Thursday, May 25, 2023

Learn about Tick Borne Illnesses and Prevention



Community members are invited to discuss tick borne illnesses and learn prevention techniques at a meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council, Wednesday, June 21st, 11:00 a.m.  The presentation will be given by Juliette Bannister, Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing.  Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis are just three of the numerous illnesses caused by ticks which can be found in grassy, brushy, wooded area or on animals.  Guest speakers will discuss symptoms, treatments, and prevention.  Project Self-Sufficiency staff will also provide an update on Project Sussex Kids activities.  The meeting is free and open to the public; advance registration is encouraged.  Interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 to register.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Free, Virtual Parenting Classes this Summer

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Project Self-Sufficiency will offer virtual parenting workshops for parents with children of all ages, Tuesdays June 20th – August 15th, 6:00 p.m.  Participants will learn how to build positive parenting skills, prevent behavioral problems, and encourage effective anger management.  The parenting classes offered by Project Self-Sufficiency follow the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program developed by the American Psychological Association which aims to educate parents and other adults who raise and care for young children about creating environments which protect them from violence.  Classes are co-sponsored by the Journey Family Success Center and Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children.  The sessions are free and open to the public; interested participants are invited to call 973-940-3500 for log-in details.


“The ACT Raising Safe Kids curriculum is based on the premise that effective parenting is an important factor in preventing behavioral issues and violence,” explains Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “We are delighted to continue offering these innovative parenting courses to the general public.”


To register for the free parenting workshops, to discuss your parenting needs, or to find out more about other programs and services available at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500. 

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Input from Parents Needed


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Local parents are invited to attend an information session about the Journey Family Success Center Parent Advisory Board at Project Self-Sufficiency, Tuesday, May 23rd, 5:00 p.m.  Organizers are seeking input from families regarding area services, parenting challenges and concerns, and ideas for upcoming events. Family Success Center staff will highlight ways the agency can address issues facing local parents and incorporate feedback into future programs.  Dinner and childcare will be provided for those in attendance.  Advance registration is encouraged.


“Input from parents is crucial to the success of the Family Success Center and we are excited about offering residents the opportunity to meet area providers, express their concerns about gaps in services, and identify strategies for moving forward,” remarked Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “The Family Success Center has supported Sussex County parents and children for many years.  Expanding the Parent Advisory Board will allow us to further respond to the needs of area families and incorporate their feedback into existing and new programs for the community.”


Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.  For information about the Parent Advisory Board, or to find out more about any of the programs at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500 or visit