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Monday, September 29, 2014

Unique Fundraiser Supports Low-Income Families served by Project Self-Sufficiency

Men and women recently gathered on the grounds of the Hudson Farm Club, a 3,800 acre hunting preserve in Andover, to participate in a clay shoot, enjoy a gourmet meal and raise funds for Project Self-Sufficiency, a non-profit agency specializing in services for low-income families.  Participants of all skill levels were invited to shoot at an assortment of over 100 clay targets at 20 different locations throughout the sprawling grounds.  The day was capped with a 5-course, gourmet dinner prepared by renowned chefs Kirk Avondoglio, Bradley Boyle, Andre de Waal, and Tim Harder.

The Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering is one of the cornerstone events of Project Self-Sufficiency’s annual campaign, noted Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “Given the tenuous state of our economy, the services provided to low-income families by Project Self-Sufficiency are more important than ever.  Raising funds necessary to operate these programs is crucial to our success.  We are extremely grateful to the four chefs who have shared their time and talent with all of us, and we offer special thanks to the Hudson Farm Club for hosting this event year after year.”

Patrons at the Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering had the option of participating in the all-day event, or just the dinner alone.  A special shooting clinic was recently added to the beginning of the course so that novices could learn to safely use a hunting rifle.   Afterwards, participants gathered in the club’s richly-appointed dining room for the evening meal, which included hors d’oeuvres, salad and soup, fish, meat, and dessert.  Each course was paired with a wine chosen specifically to complement the food.   The four chefs who provided the food for the Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering have volunteered their services for the event each year.  The group collaborated on the hors d’oeuvres course, with the remaining courses provided individually. 

Sponsors of the event included The Hudson Farm Club; Beverly and Bruce Gordon; J.P. Perry, Henry O. Baker Insurance Group; Hilary Kruce and Vincent Signorile; Legacy Studios/Esposito Associates; Gregory and Susan Murphy; Rhoda and Norman Seider; Selective Insurance Company of America; John Ursin, Schenck, Price, Price, Smith & King, LLP.  Sponsors of individual stations included Eastern Propane and the Nicholson Family; Exceptional Risk Advisors, LLC; George’s Salvage Company; R.G. and B.W. Huber; Nisivoccia, LLC; Shop Rite/Ronetco Supermarkets; Dr. Richard Vaz; and Zitone Construction and Supply.  Wine bar sponsored by Beverly and Bruce Gordon.

All proceeds from the Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering benefit Project Self-Sufficiency, a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 20,000 families, including over 30,000 children.  To make a donation, or to find out more about the programs and services available at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, visit

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Career Fair in October

Area residents are invited to jump start their job search at a Career & Job Fair at Project Self-Sufficiency on Thursday, October 9th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Job seekers, those who need assistance with job search techniques, and people who need help navigating their current workplace are encouraged to attend.  Strategies for using social media, preparing for interviews, and marketing oneself will be highlighted at workshops, and representatives from local businesses and schools will be on hand to promote job openings and educational opportunities.  The Career & Job Fair is free and open to the public; no registration is required.  Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.

“The Career & Job Fair will offer those who are currently seeking work the opportunity to network with other job seekers, get leads on employment opportunities and gain the skills and confidence necessary to land their next job,” noted Project Self-Sufficiency Career Center Coordinator Kyersten Rozanski.

In addition to information tables hosted by area employers, the Career & Job Fair will feature workshops conducted by guest speakers.   Claudia Raffay, Adjunct Professor at Sussex County Community College and Human Resource Specialist at Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative, will discuss “Marketing Yourself to Employers,”  while Jim Albrecht, Talent Acquisition Manager, and Casey Saporito, University Recruiter, from Selective Insurance Company, will present “Job-Searching 101: Resumes, Social Media, and Interview Preparation.”

Employers expected to be on hand to discuss job openings and educational opportunities include but are not limited to, Capitol Care, Inc.; County College of Morris; DAWN Center for Independent Living; Dental Medical Technical Career Institute; Devereux; DeVry University; First Student; From the Heart Elder Care; Hampton Inn; Homestead Rehabilitation; IBEW Local 102; Lantek Corporation; Lincoln Heritage; Lincoln Technical Institute; Lowe’s; Metro Public Adjustment; Mountain Creek; New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Pathstone; Preferred Care at Home; Primerica; ResCare Home Care; Rite Aid; SCARC; Selective Insurance; Sussex County Community College, Department of Health Sciences; ThorLabs; Toy R Us; United Associates of New Jersey; UPS; Willowglen Academy; and others.

Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children through the achievement of personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 20,000 families, including over 30,000 children. 

For more information about the Career & Job Fair, or to find out more about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Learn about Legal Issues Impacting the Elderly

Project Self-Sufficiency will sponsor a free seminar about legal issues related to the elderly on Wednesday, October 8th, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the agency’s campus, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton. The “Elder Law” seminar will provide an overview of general estate planning, development of a will, advance directions for healthcare, dealing with Medicare and Medicaid, tips on caring for aging parents, and other issues related to the elderly. The presentation, which will be facilitated by Jan Pasculli, Esquire, and Len Pasculli, Esquire, is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.

Free Legal Advice available at Project Self-Sufficiency

Area residents are invited to privately discuss issues related to divorce, bankruptcy or other topics with an attorney on Thursdays, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Individual consultations will be offered at 45-minute intervals between the hours of 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The sessions are free and open to Sussex County residents who meet income eligibility requirements; consultations are by appointment only.  To make an appointment, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.