Sussex Warren Project Family Connect is marking its first anniversary of giving Sussex and Warren County residents easier access health care and other services. The service is provided by Project Self-Sufficiency through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health.
The one-stop source for information links individuals to medical, educational and social services which can enhance their overall health and quality of life.
Since the program’s inception in July, 2015, the agency has received 1,800 calls requesting assistance, and placed 2,151 calls for referrals to service on behalf of those in need. Local residents who need assistance are invited to call the toll free number, 844-807-3500, for help with questions regarding health care, education, housing, utilities and other needs.
The new initiative is a natural fit for Project Self-Sufficiency explains Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “Project Self-Sufficiency has referred local families to area resources for many years as part of our case management and home visitation services.
"Unlike more generalized resources services, Project Family Connect ensures that specially trained workers follow up with each caller to make sure that their needs have been met and to determine whether or not they are in need of other services. Project Family Connect promotes better overall health and well-being for the entire community, by connecting individuals and families to the resources they need.”
Specific functions of the Sussex Warren Project Family Connect program include connecting individuals and families to community resources for health care, maternal infant and early childhood home visitation programs, domestic violence shelters and support services; educational alternatives; family support programs; financial assistance; employment training; infant and child care; early intervention; referral to emergency housing and utility assistance services; as well as programs for senior citizens, veterans, and other community services and programs.
A comprehensive community resource guide is also in development. The guide will be available online as well as in local social service agencies, healthcare providers, government offices, educational institutions and other venues. For more information about the services available through Sussex Warren Family Connect at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 844-807-3500.
Project Self-Sufficiency is a community-based non-profit organization which specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey. Programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency include family literacy education, computer training and job placement services, assistance with parenting skills, childcare, counseling and advocacy, referrals, and help with emergency basic needs. For information about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500.