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Grand Openings Scheduled for Sussex, Morris Communities.Beginning next week, Project Self-Sufficiency’s long-awaited mobile services vehicle, PSS Journey, will celebrate its inaugural route with a series of grand opening events in the Sussex and Northern Morris County towns where it will set up shop. 

Area residents are invited to tour the renovated RV, enjoy refreshments and enter contests to win Shop Rite gift cards and tickets to the Fair at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, graciously donated by the New Jersey State Fair.  Grand opening celebrations will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Montague, Monday, April 9th; Hamburg, Tuesday, April 10th; Jefferson, Wednesday, April 11th; Sussex, Thursday, April 12th; Netcong, Friday, April 13th; Vernon, Monday, April 16th; Franklin, Tuesday, April 17th; Ogdensburg, Wednesday, April 18th; and Hopatcong, Thursday, April 19th.

PSS Journey is a retrofitted recreational vehicle with internet access, computer work stations, and counseling and classroom space which will allow Project Self-Sufficiency services to be brought to the more remote regions of Sussex and Northern Morris Counties where residents may not have easy access to personal vehicles or public transportation.  Once the program is underway, the RV will be staffed by a driver, a case manager, and a computer instructor, and travel a set schedule through Sussex and northern Morris County. 

“With these grand opening celebrations we are looking forward to introducing Sussex and Morris county residents to the opportunities that await them onboard PSS Journey,” explains Deborah Berry-Toon, Project Self-Sufficiency’s Executive Director.  “Individuals will be able to receive case management services, participate in computer training, obtain help with resumes, cover letters, and interview skills, and access information about job openings and community resources.  The vehicle will also carry much needed basic essentials like food, clothing, diapers, and other items needed by local families.”

PSS InsidePSS Journey will travel a rotating schedule through  Each of the municipalities will have access to PSS Journey roughly two days each month, from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with the exception of holidays).  Services will be offered to individuals in four distinct stages, beginning and ending with meetings with the case manager.  Stage One will include a one-hour counseling session and the creation of an individual action plan along with a discussion of community resources.  Stage Two will emphasize the development of resumes, cover letters, interview skills and other services related to job searching.  Computer instruction will be the focus of Stage Three under the guidance of a computer instructor trained in QuickBooks as well as Microsoft Office applications.  Stage Four will focus on the distribution of food, clothing, and infant care items, and will include a discussion of holiday assistance and other needs.

Interested participants will be able to access the PSS Journey schedule on the Project Self-Sufficiency website and on the program Facebook page,

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Project Self-Sufficiency is celebrating its thirtieth year of providing services to families in the New Jersey counties of Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon.  Programs include career guidance, computer training, help with obtaining a high school diploma, parenting skills classes, legal assistance and education, financial workshops, health education, childcare and family activities.  The agency offers help around the holidays, formal dresses during prom season, and assistance with emergency basic needs, such as food and clothing to its participants.  Most services are free and many are open to the public. 

Those who are interested in learning more about the programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, are encouraged to call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org. 

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PSS Journey will celebrate its inaugural route with a series of grand opening events in Sussex and northern Morris Counties.

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