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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Breast Cancer Survivors Invited to Celebrate

A wide variety of events and activities will be available, all of which are uniquely designed to celebrate the survival of breast cancer by local women.  Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Diana Perez will present “From Victim to Victorious; Embracing who we are and Celebrating how far we’ve come in our Journey of Life.”  Personal trainer Paula Ramm, from R & T Nautilus, will demonstrate low-impact exercises, stretching and light kickboxing.  A panel of experts will discuss “Everything you wanted to know about Breast Cancer but were Afraid to ask,” featuring Radiation Oncologist Dr. Kathy Lo, Medical Oncologist, Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky, Nurse Navigator Kelly Zukswert and Radiation Oncology Nurse Becky Grabowski.   A representative from Newton Medical Center’s Nutrition Services will demonstrate the creation of a tabouli salad while discussing nutrition guidelines.  A performance by Harmony in Motion’s Mixed Nuts Quartet, and an appearance by Compassionate Care Hospice Therapy Dogs, Lil’ Rascal and Pearl, will round out the event.  Lunch is sponsored by Dr. Kathy Lo at the Sparta Cancer Center. 

Numerous vendors will be on hand to offer tips on health, wellness, fashion and exercise, including Project Self-Sufficiency, Alternative Hair at Sunshine; PB&J Stores; Relay for Life of Greater Sussex County/American Cancer Society; Sparta Cancer Center; Sussex County Department of Environment and Public Health Services (Sussex Warren Chronic Disease Coalition); Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing (NJCEED); Planned Parenthood; Newton Medical Center; Mary Kay; Fairview Lakes YMCA; and others.

“Sussex County has the highest incidence of incurable breast cancer in the state of New Jersey, so it is with great pride that we are able to honor those women from our area who have survived breast cancer,” noted Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “With survival, however, comes the issue of maintaining well-being.  This Survivorship Celebration will instruct participants about appropriate steps to take to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise and stress relief techniques.   We are grateful to all of the individuals and organizations who have agreed to join in this special celebration of life.”

The Survivor Celebration is sponsored by Sparta Cancer Center, Summit Breast Care, the Breast Health Awareness Project at Project Self-Sufficiency, a program of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate, Newton Medical Center, and the Sussex County Department of Environmental & Public Health Services/Office of Public Health Nursing – NJ CEED.  The Survivorship Celebration is free and open to Sussex County breast cancer survivors, but registration is required.  To register, call 973-940-3500.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Career Fair Aids Job Seekers

In addition to discussing job openings with area employers, attendees at Wednesday’s Career & Job Fair at Project Self-Sufficiency were invited to practice their interviewing techniques with professional recruiters and attend a seminar about the hiring process.  “This Career & Job Fair offers those who are currently seeking work the opportunity to fine tune their interviewing skills, learn about the hiring process and gain the confidence necessary to land their next job,” noted Project Self-Sufficiency Career Center Coordinator Kyersten Rozanski.

Employers on hand to promote job openings and educational opportunities included Abilities Solutions; Accountemps; Barn Hill Care Center; Center for Humanistic Change; Compassionate Care Hospice; DAWN Center for Independent Living; Dental & Medical Career Training Institute; Devereux, New Jersey; Enable, Inc.; Express Employment Pros; First Student; From the Heart Elder Care; Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice; Lakeland Bank; Lantek Corporation; Lowe’s; Macy’s; Mountain Creek; New Jersey Courts; New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Perona Farms; ResCare Home Care; SCARC; Selective Insurance Company of America; Staples; Sussex County Community College; Telesearch Staffing Solutions; Thomas & Betts, Corporation; Thorlabs, Inc.; Valley View Care Center; Walgreens; 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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Computer Classes and Career Assistance Available in June

Classes in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, seminars designed for goal exploration, skills assessment and interpersonal growth, as well as computer courses designed specifically for seniors and for men, will be offered at Project Self-Sufficiency during June.  All courses will take place in the agency’s Career Center, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.   The fee for each computer course is $10; the class for seniors is $25.    Students must be registered Family Success Center or Project Self-Sufficiency participants. 

Introductory and advanced classes in Microsoft Word will be held.  An introductory course in Microsoft Word will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2nd – 18th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Advanced Microsoft Word classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 1st – 17th, from 12:00–2:00 p.m.   A combination Word I and II course will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings, June 1st – 17th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Students will learn word-processing techniques, including the creation of professional-looking letters, faxes, newsletters and other documents, as well as the use of mail merge features used to print mailing labels and address letters to multiple recipients. 

Introductory and advanced courses in Microsoft Excel will also be offered.  Introductory Microsoft Excel classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 1st – 17th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Advanced Microsoft Excel will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2nd – 18th, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  A combination Introductory and Advanced Microsoft Excel course will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 1st – 17th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Instruction will center on the creation of spreadsheets, databases and workbooks for use in tracking inventory, sorting data and creating mailing lists.  Students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rows and columns using formulas and become adept at storing, managing and interpreting data. 

Seniors are invited to familiarize themselves with personal computers, learn how to use email and safely navigate the internet with “Better with Technology,” which will be offered on Fridays, June 5th – 19th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  This class is open to agency participants as well as seniors from the public.

A special Men’s Employment Lab will be offered on Wednesdays, June 3rd – 24th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Participants will receive assessment testing, discuss short and long-term employment goals, obtain basic computer instruction, and assistance with resume development and job search techniques.

The Career Center at Project Self-Sufficiency is now offering participants new courses designed to maximize personal and professional skills, while combining career assessments, training and access to employment opportunities.  The new “Career, Education & Employment Foundations” course bundles goal-setting exercises with introductory computer training and career seminars.  Upon completion, students are poised to move on to more advanced computer training or enter the workforce.  Separate sessions are available.  Session One will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 1st – 10th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Session Two will convene on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 15th – 24th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  For those who prefer an evening schedule, the group will gather on Wednesday evenings, June 3rd – 24th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The agency’s new “Foundations for Personal Success” series offers participants the opportunity to focus on interpersonal skills, such as anger management, effective communication, the establishment of healthy relationships, nutrition, social media and other topics.  Session One will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2nd – 11th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Session Two will convene on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16th – 25th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  A separate evening session will meet on Tuesdays, June 2nd – 23rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The agency also offers a series of seminars on Fridays, from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., covering topics such as “Resumes & Cover Letters”, “Interviewing Skills”, “Job Search”, “Financial Management”, and “Careering 101.”  Project Self-Sufficiency’s Career Center also offers help with obtaining a GED; job training for women, teens and young adults; career counseling and assessment; Job Start and Job Search services.   Interested participants are encouraged to contact the agency for a schedule.

The fee for each computer course is $10; the class for seniors is $25.  All computer classes at the agency are open to registered Family Success Center and Project Self-Sufficiency participants.  To inquire about eligibility, or to find out more about the computer courses, seminars or career fairs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit