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The History of Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County

Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County was established in 1986 with funding from the New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Vocational Education, under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act, and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division on Women, Displaced Homemaker program. An affiliation agreement was reached with the Sussex County Technical School and Sussex County Community College shortly thereafter.

The original Project Self-Sufficiency staff of two full-time professionals was housed in two storage closets at the Sussex County Technical School. Once the agency began to grow, Project Self-Sufficiency moved to a small shed located on the Sussex County Technical School property and remained there until 1994.

The agency relocated to a rented 5,000 square foot facility (formerly the barracks for the New Jersey State Police) on Route 206 in Newton, New Jersey, in 1994. A separate Career Center was leased at a different location beginning in 1999.

In 2005, a capital campaign was initiated to raise funds for the purchase of land to erect a new campus. The capital campaign succeeded in raising $10 million, and achieved a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation to finance construction at the new site. The two-year long campaign brought together 895 donors, 95% of whom were local individuals, families, businesses, corporations and civic organizations.

Agency personnel moved to the new Michael J. Holub campus, named for the late founding Board President, in 2008. The 5-acre site includes the Selective Insurance Career Training & Employment Center, the B. Douglas Gordon & Elizabeth Houskeeper Gordon Family Counseling Center, the Senator Robert E. Littell Family Literacy Center, the B. Douglas Gordon & Elizabeth Houskeeper Gordon Little Sprouts Early Learning Center, and a large Community Education Center.

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Project Self-Sufficiency receives funding from a variety of sources:

The agency also receives support from private funders:

A variety of fundraising events throughout the year provide unrestricted revenue for agency programs:

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Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton, NJ 07860 - Phone: 973-940-3500 - 844-807-3500 - Fax: 973-940-3501 - Email: pss@projectselfsufficiency.org
Home Case Management Family Success Center Home Visitation New Jersey Family Care Single Parent Displaced Homemaker Program
A Taste of Talent Celebration of Literacy Food Donation Honors & Awards NJ Shares Success Stories
Annual Fund for Project Self-Sufficiency Clothing Donation Free Mammograms Jolin Food Box Nurse Family Partnership Summer Youth Employment Program
Auto Donation Community Education Center GED & Literacy Leadership Council Open that Bottle Night Sussex Warren Project Family Connect Central Intake
Back to School Fair Computer Classes Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering Legal Assistance & Education Parenting Classes Thanksgiving Donations
Becoming You Series Contact Us Health Fair Life Skills Seminars & Support Groups Parents as Teachers Virtual Career Library
Board of Directors Employment Center Healthy Families Little Sprouts Early Learning Center Project 250 Volunteer
Breast Health Awareness Program Employment Opportunities Help for Young Families Mammograms Save Lives Campaign Project Launch Newton Warren County Outreach Site
Campus to Campus Enough Abuse Higher Opportunities for Women Message from the Executive Director Project Sussex Kids Work Connections
Campus Tour Family Counseling Center History Monetary Donation Prom Shop Working Women's Wardrobe
Career & Employment Fair Family Expo Holiday Assistance Mosaic Awards Race for the Cure
Career Training & Employment Facility Family Literacy Center Holiday Toy Drive Mother's Day Donation School Supplies Donation