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Showing posts from October, 2020

Virtual and Drive-By Halloween Celebrations Hosted by Project Self-Sufficiency

  Blustery skies and a public health crisis could not stop local families from celebrating a special, socially-distanced Halloween Spookmania at the Sussex County Family Success Center located at Project Self-Sufficiency.   The organization’s usual in-person festivities morphed into dueling virtual and drive-by events; those who did not feel comfortable leaving their homes enjoyed ghoulish crafts and spooky games over Zoom, while others drove through the agency’s Newton campus to receive treats and prizes from costumed staff members while snuggled safely in their vehicles.   Patrons and staff were serenaded with ghostly tunes by violinist Susie Mittelstadt. “We continue to be amazed by our dedicated staff who have demonstrated boundless enthusiasm and creativity as they address the unique demands of serving our participants during this pandemic,” remarked Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.   “Today’s events have allowed children and families to kick off

Earth Angels Seeks Donations for Local Senior Citizens

  Project Self-Sufficiency is currently seeking monetary donations and gift cards to local stores to be distributed to senior citizens as part of the agency’s Earth Angels initiative.   During mid-December, students in the New Jersey Youth Corps high school diploma program at Project Self-Sufficiency will stuff festive bags with the cards and gifts; the items will be delivered by volunteers and Project Self-Sufficiency staff to homebound seniors during the week leading up to Christmas.   Along with monetary contributions, the agency is seeking the donation of gift cards from local retailers, including Kohl’s, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Wal-Mart, Weis and the hair salons at the Homestead and Liberty Towers senior residences.   Newton attorney Elenora L. Benz, Esquire, originated the Earth Angels program in 1999 by enlisting the support of her staff member Mary Jones, along with clients, business colleagues, and community volunteers.   Although most Earth Angels recipients resid

Project Self-Sufficiency Teams Up with Pass it Along for Winter Coat Drive

  Cold weather is heading our way and those without warm jackets and coats are already in need of help.   Project Self-Sufficiency and Pass it Along, two non-profit agencies located in Sussex County, New Jersey, have teamed up to gather new jackets and coats for children, teens, and adults this fall.   Drop off sites have been established around the county making it easy to donate; more schools and businesses are climbing on board the effort daily. “The pandemic has caused economic hardship for hundreds of children and families in our area,” remarked Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.   “Many are out of work and others are straining their budgets to put food on the table.   At the same time, schools and other organizations are stressing the importance of outdoor gathering, which just is not practical without warm outerwear.   These families are in dire need of assistance.”   Drop off sites for the new coat drive have been set up at the following loc