ROSELLE, NJ - United Way and Union County have introduced a program to help students and their families that are struggling with the economic and emotional impact of the pandemic.

The Family Support and Prevention program is open to all families that are Union County residents with a child under 18 in the home. The purpose of the program is to address health issues and/or help children who are having difficulties in school. The support and prevention program is funded by a grant from The Department of Children & Families of the State of New Jersey and the Union County Department of Human Services.

The services are available in English and Spanish. According to the United Way website, the services are guided by three main components: the first is outreach which allows United Way to identify and create plans to address issues; the second is empowerment of parents and caregivers by facilitating their use of family services or other programs; the third is FLEX funds that are to assist families in crisis.

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Some of the other programs families may be informed about are Union County’s Emergency Food & Shelter Program, the Focus on Families Initiative and Community Development Block Grant.

United Way works with Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, the Hillside Family Success Center, Parents for Partners, Inc., The Connection for Women and Families and the Rahway Community Action Organization.

To receive support services contact or call (908) 827-5400.