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A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,


Autumn is one of the most glorious seasons here at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Not only is our campus beautiful in the golden light, but we eagerly anticipate some of the events which are most central to our mission:  Helping families, educating children, teens, and adults, and embracing the holiday season.

We are embarking on the busiest season of the year at Project Self-Sufficiency! 


The past few years have forced many of our clients to face overwhelming loss and hardship.  Our creative and hardworking staff has embraced the challenge, rising to the occasion time after time to create new programming to address the myriad needs of our participants.  PSS Journey and The Food Project continue to bring much-needed sustenance to those in far-flung regions of our service area who are without transportation.  Our virtual services remain a constant source of support, and this year we have launched a series of parenting workshops, support groups, and consultations here at PSS and in the broader community.


The season kicks off with two of our fundraisers, the Harvest Shoot and Project 300.  Each year we are grateful to the members of the Hudson Farm Club who host the annual clay shoot on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency on their stunning, 3,800-acre hunting preserve.  Their unflagging generosity helps to support our many programs. 


Our inaugural fundraising initiative, the annual Project 300 campaign, is still going strong.  Donors are invited to make a gift which will support all the services at Project Self-Sufficiency, from case management to our early childhood programs.


This season is particularly remarkable because of the tremendous response from the community to the needs of our clients for food and holiday gifts.  Thanks to all of you, Project Self-Sufficiency will provide complete Thanksgiving feasts to more than 500 families; instead of facing hunger, children and their parents and caregivers will be able to gather around a table overflowing with a turkey and all the trimmings.


The Season of Hope Toy Shop is always a momentous event at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Thousands of infants, children, and teens will find gifts under the tree thanks to the hundreds of individuals, organizations, schools, churches, law enforcement officers, first responders, and businesses who take the time to purchase new, unwrapped toys for our families.  Each year, the overwhelming need is matched by a cascade of generosity from all of you.  We can’t thank you enough.


Of course, while all of this is going on, our regular programs and services continue.  The educational needs of young adults are being addressed by the New Jersey Youth Corps and Bridges to Employing Youth programs.  Women are getting help with returning to the workforce by participating in Higher Opportunities for Women.  The public is welcome to get help with finding a new job at the Career Fair and with healthcare screenings, vaccinations, and other healthcare needs at the Health Fair. Workshops addressing the lingering impact of childhood trauma, parenting initiatives, support groups, career services, and legal education programs are also available to those in need.

Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon

Our hearts are full of joy as we witness the overwhelming generosity of our community.  We wish you good health and happiness.


Thank you for your support of Project Self-Sufficiency.

With gratitude,

Deborah Berry-Toon,

Executive Director

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