MORRISTOWN, NJ - While women have been in the military for years, their needs as veterans often differ from those of the men with whom they served, so Cornerstone Family Programs is launching an exciting new program just for them.

With a grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Veterans' Mental Health Initiative, “A Sisterhood of Soldiers – Reconnecting with our Female Vets” will foster overall health and well-being with a support network that offers connectedness and community among New Jersey female veterans. Cornerstone looks forward to working in partnership with the HFNJ to ensure that our female veterans and military families receive the long-term support that they need and deserve.

According to Cornerstone Executive Director Patrice Picard, “our women often feel underserved and invisible in a system designed primarily for men and many are unaware or distrusting of the services available to them. Our program addresses the overwhelming need for outreach, education, connection and representation.”

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In its first year, Cornerstone will serve 100 women who will connect with one another through peer support, mentorship, and trusting relationships.

Cornerstone’s veteran counselor/program facilitator will run the program, which will include expert advice on women’s health, prenatal care, childcare, workforce retraining, housing and financial inclusion services. A drop-in center will be created at Cornerstone’s office at 62 Elm Street in Morristown, where female vets have a comfortable place to gather, connect and find resources. And, importantly, childcare will be available.

If you or someone you know is a woman who served in our military, help spread the word and reach out to Cornerstone to find out more about this new initiative. Call 973-538-5260 or email slippe@cornerstonefamilyprograms.org

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Cornerstone Family Programs (and its subsidiary Morristown Neighborhood House) build better lives and stronger communities by helping individuals, families, and new immigrants who are confronting economic and other life challenges. Pre-school, after school, summer camp, recreation, tutoring, and parenting education programs give children the best start in life and help youth reach their full potential.  Counseling, substance abuse prevention, recreation, work force development, language, and skill-building programs build resiliency in families.  Adult day care centers, case management services, and counseling and education programs help older adults remain independent in their homes.  CFP, founded in 1813, and MNH, founded in 1898, joined forces in 2013 to better serve the community.

For more information about Cornerstone Family Programs, call 973-538-5260 or visit www.cornerstonefamilyprograms.org.  For information on programs offered through the Morristown Neighborhood House, call 973-538-1229 or visit www.neighborhood-house.org.