NEWTON, N.J. – Project Self-Sufficiency’s mobile services vehicle, PSS Journey, has added Hackettstown to the roster of municipalities it visits on a rotating basis. Although visits have already begun, a festive grand opening celebration will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main St., Hackettstown, serves as the hosting site for the RV.
PSS Journey is a retrofitted recreational vehicle with internet access, computer workstations, and counseling and classroom space which allows Project Self-Sufficiency services to be brought to locations where residents may not have easy access to personal vehicles or public transportation. In addition to Hackettstown, the schedule includes stops in Franklin, Hopatcong, Netcong and Vernon. The RV, and its smaller companion, the refrigerated Food Project van, is stocked with food, diapers and limited personal care products for those in need. PSS Journey, launched nearly five years ago, was the brainchild of longtime Project Self-Sufficiency staff member Patrice Green who identified a need for mobile services in northern New Jersey. Individuals and families are encouraged to check the Project Self-Sufficiency website, or their own municipal websites, for the itinerary. PSS Journey also has its own Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PSSJourney.
“Project Self-Sufficiency has been serving individuals and families in northwestern New Jersey for 35 years. However, not everyone has the ability to travel to our Newton campus, so we are delighted to be able to bring these essential programs to other regions like Hackettstown,” commented Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “Since its debut five years ago, PSS Journey has offered food, resources and support to thousands of residents in our area. We are grateful to the municipalities which have embraced our vision for mobile community outreach, and we are looking forward to making new friends in the Hackettstown area.”
To create PSS Journey, funding from Impact 100 Garden State, a New Jersey women’s philanthropic organization, was used to purchase and retrofit a used recreational vehicle with internet access, computer work stations, and counseling and classroom space. Funding for Journey in Hackettstown is provided by the County of Warren through the Department of Human Services Division of Administration.