A Message from the Executive Director
Spring brings with it the opportunity for renewal and nowhere is that more evident than at Project Self-Sufficiency. Our beautiful campus comes alive with blossoms galore and we are delighted to welcome our dedicated Master Gardeners as they return to till our community gardens and begin planting for the growing season.
Many of our programs are also expanding at this time. Warren County has embraced our mobile services vehicle, PSS Journey, as we help those in need in the Hackettstown area. Of course, the season would not be complete without the Sister-to-Sister Prom Shop which grows in popularity every year.
In May we are excited to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our signature fundraising event, A Taste of Talent. We are looking forward to welcoming back our stalwart chefs who have enriched our lives – along with those of thousands of patrons over the years – and greeting new friends as we gather at Perona Farms.
Our programming continues to evolve in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. The virtual workshops initiated during the early stages of the health crisis have become a robust mainstay of our Family Success Center programming. Parenting classes and workshops designed to foster awareness of adverse childhood experiences have also been successfully added to the roster of offerings held virtually.
The New Jersey Youth Corps and Bridges programs invite struggling teens and young adults to find new paths to a high school diploma, career training, and college. We are profoundly grateful to the cadre of dedicated volunteer teachers who help to transform the lives of these participants as they navigate the transition between adolescence and adulthood.
We cannot forget our mainstay programming for single parents and displaced homemakers. Our home visitation services are marking a banner year of assisting pregnant and parenting young women while the popular Higher Opportunities for Women program addresses the needs of women who need restorative workplace training and support. Project Self-Sufficiency’s Central Intake team, Connecting NJ, is helping thousands to access health and social service resources and has been identified by the State of New Jersey as a model for similar programs across the area.
How can we help you this season? If your career skills need a boost or you need a group of supportive friends to help you navigate through a personal or parenting challenge, we invite you to give us a call. If you are in a place where you can give back, we would be delighted to give you a tour of our campus and help you identify where your contribution can make the most impact.
However you choose to mark the coming of Spring, we thank you for allowing Project Self-Sufficiency to be a part of your life.