To Strengthen Families is to Live United

Following are a few updates for our community partner, the Jefferson Park Family Success Center
The purpose of Jefferson Park Family Success Center (the Center) is to enrich the lives of children and adults by making families and neighborhoods stronger, a strong component of the United Way of Greater Union County initiatives.  The staff and volunteers at the Center are committed to serving Union County's individuals and families by providing comprehensive services focusing on self- empowerment, compassion and self-determination.  There is no cost to access services which include: Access to information on child, maternal and family health services; Development of "Family Success" plans, which addresses strengths and challenges and creates goals to overcome issues that undermine family stability; Employment related services and income security services; Life Skills training (budgeting, nutrition counseling, etc.); Housing related services; Parent education; and Parent-child activities.
Recent Successes:

 The Jefferson Park Family Success Center, in partnership with the Union County College Retail Skill Center, sent over 35 unemployed adults to a series of job interviews. Although many are still awaiting finale response from potential employers, two (2) were immediately employed and many have expressed gratitude and feel positive they will secure employment.  Successfully, Ms. G. (to protect her identity), obtained two full-time positions, and in the process, was able to secure permanent housing. In her spare time, Ms. G. continues to visit and volunteer at the Center.  

 Through the job placement program, an extern who was at the Center learning job skills, went on an interview and successfully secured a full-time employment at the newly opened Embassy Suites Elizabeth-Newark Airport Hotel, located in Elizabeth, NJ.
 A member of the Center, Ciliana Pierre Paul, was able to secure a full time position through a partnership with Homewood Suites. She will now be able to support herself and her three children. Although this is her first step in acquiring self-sufficiency it is a major milestone in earning family sustaining income. 
• Members were able to successfully enroll over 150 in plans through the Affordable Health Care Act before the March 31st enrollment deadline.  Many of the members thanked the Center for assistance with obtaining health care cards.