Project Self-Sufficiency will welcome representatives from local faith-based organizations to an informational gathering on Wednesday, November 14th at 8:30 a.m.  The clergy and lay leaders from local parishes, synagogues and other houses of worship will be invited to tour the campus, learn about the programs and services available at the non-profit agency, and offer input for future programming.  Participants have been asked to bring along canned goods for distribution to needy families at Thanksgiving.

“We are looking forward to discussing the activities that we currently offer to homeless and low-income families in our area, and we hope to gather input to incorporate into future programs,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “Many of the families served by Project Self-Sufficiency are members of the churches and synagogues here in our community.  Coming together to share insights and offer solutions to the problems faced by these families will only serve to make all of our efforts more cohesive and ultimately more successful.  For example, hunger is an issue faced by many local families.  We have asked participants in this year’s clergy gathering to contribute an item for inclusion in our annual Thanksgiving food basket distribution which serves hundreds of families each year.”

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 achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency, family stability, and to improve their lives and the lives of their children.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 19,500 families, including over 30,000 children. 

For information about the Clergy Summit, or to find out more about the programs and services offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit