ELIZABETH – United Way of Greater Union County announced last week that it has been awarded $125,000 to support their network of Family Success Centers by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The grant is designed to help the centers provide emergency assistance to families in need.
“The Union County Family Success Centers provide a lifeline for families in need,” said Dr. James Marks, Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “RWJF believes in creating opportunities for people to have better lives by investing in the local community. During this economic crisis, the Foundation is privileged to be able to help community-based organizations serve vulnerable populations. We are proud to support the work of United Way of Greater Union County.”
The five established Family Success Centers are based in Elizabeth, Plainfield, Roselle and Linden. They are community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering places where residents can go for support, information and services. The centers are designed to maximize and leverage all available resources within Union County on behalf of children and families. United Way of Greater Union County ensures that all services are culturally sensitive for the community being served and easily accessible to the residents.
“Our mission is to help families throughout Union County find the support they need to build stronger, healthier and more financially secure lives,” said James W. Horne, Jr., President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. “By doing this we improve our neighborhoods and strengthen our communities. This grant from RWJF allows us to continue helping families in need. We are tremendously grateful for the Foundation’s support and generosity.”
The Family Success Centers are the cornerstone of the Union County Family Success Network, a partnership between UWGUC, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the Union County Department of Human Services and The Nicholson Foundation. The network also includes the Differential Response Initiative, Nurse-Family Partnership, Reconnections and other programs designed to create a comprehensive strategy addressing family support needs within the county.
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