As spring turns to summer, we delight in witnessing the signs of life returning to our campus as we transition to a different sort of normal following the many seasons of this pandemic. Our employees are fully vaccinated, and our doors are now open for limited activities, such as the Sister-to-Sister Prom Shop, the New Jersey Youth Corps, and the Higher Opportunities for Women program. Our mobile services vehicle, PSS Journey, is back on the road serving the communities of Franklin, Hopatcong, Netcong, Sussex, and Vernon.
Our food distribution program, The Food Project, Nourishing our Neighbors, continues to feed an alarming number of individuals and families and we are grateful for the extraordinary support it has received from our community. Several programs continue to be offered remotely, including weekly Lunch, Learn & Play events for mothers and children, the Family Expo and Health Fair, the Family Success Center and Project Sussex Kids programs, and our legal education services.
We are eagerly anticipating the events of the fall, including a newly redesigned Back-to-School Fair and the annual Autumn Harvest Shoot. We are delighted to be holding A Taste of Talent at the North Shore House – oh, how we have missed seeing our favorite chefs and all our friends at this spectacular event!
Our participants are awe-inspiring; many have struggled mightily to support their families during this public health crisis. We are proud of our staff whose creativity and dedication has allowed us to serve the children and families who rely on our programs to put food on the table, locate resources for utility payments, help with securing employment, and so much more.
The unwavering support we have received from our Board of Directors, our Leadership Council, and our many friends and neighbors has allowed us to expand our programs to meet the needs of local families. Every day it seems that there is a small parade of people of all ages who bring donations of food, funds, prom dresses, toys, fresh produce, and more. We are blessed.
We invite you to join us online for one of our many virtual programs or visit PSS Journey when it stops in a town near you. Thank you for supporting Project Self-Sufficiency.
Deborah Berry-Toon, MSW