Virtual has become the new reality at Project Self-Sufficiency in Newton as the non-profit agency has pivoted to serving clients via video chat platforms and over the telephone due to the ongoing public health crisis. In addition to distributing record amounts of food to local families, the agency is now hosting support groups, career workshops, parenting forums, and other helpful gatherings online. All services are provided under the auspices of the Sussex County Family Success Center, which is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children & Families. All forums are free and open to the public. Interested participants are encouraged to call the agency to obtain log in information.
Noted author, life coach and motivational speaker Diane Lang hosts Motivation Monday, covering topics ranging from stress management to combatting loneliness. Tuesdays are devoted to playful sessions for parents and children and hosted by staff members from the agency’s Little Sprouts Early Learning Center. Career Center Staff hosts Workforce Wednesday sessions where participants can receive help with resume development, interview skills, cover letters and other topics related to job searching.
Morning Thursday sessions feature professionals from DASI focused on healthy relationships and media literacy. Thursday afternoons are focused on parenting dilemmas addressed with the help of Licensed Clinical Social Worker and parenting expert Kris Imbrie. Separate evening support groups are available to women and men on Mondays and Tuesdays, respectively.
“The current public health crisis has caused extreme stress for many individuals in our area, thrusting some families to quickly adapt to changing economic circumstances and the presence of children in the home due to the closure of schools and childcare facilities,” commented PSS ED, DBT. “Our staff has worked hard to develop a variety of online resources which will enable those who are struggling with job loss, parenting challenges and emotional upheaval to address their needs in a comprehensive and respectful format.”
In addition to the online forums offered through the Sussex County Family Success Center, Project Self-Sufficiency continues to offer legal consultations with local attorneys via telephone, and free food through The Food Project, Nourishing Our Neighbors at its Newton location. No appointment is necessary to receive food. Donations are gratefully received Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm; those in need can stop by during business hours.
Project Self-Sufficiency is accepting food and monetary donations, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Those who need assistance or who want to drop off a donation are encouraged to call the agency at 973-940-3500 prior to visiting the campus at 127 Mill Street in Newton. To make a donation, or to find out more about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.