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NORWESCAP 50 Years Anniversary
Program of the Month
Career & Life Transitions Center
On July 20, 1965, the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP) was incorporated by a group of concerned citizens from Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren County. NORWESCAP is one of 23 Community Action Agencies in New Jersey State, and one of over 1,000 nationwide founded on a common purpose: to support low-income households as they develop their abilities to be self-supporting and develop family and community relationships that will sustain self-reliance. Since that time we have expanded into Morris, Somerset and Passaic Counties and grown to assist more than 35,000 individuals each year with a portfolio of emergency, preventative and self sufficiency services.

Half a century later, we are preparing to celebrate our long term commitment and success in the community. Each month we will feature a program that will have media coverage and special events. The agency will receive proclamations from elected officials, bury a time capsule and culminate the year with a gala celebration. It is our belief that every person should have access to a future that includes sufficient resources, good relationships and a meaningful life.

Of course, we haven’t been able to do accomplish our vision without our community partners and friends like you. Will you join us in this celebration through sponsorships and participation in our events? We look forward to serving the community for another 50 years and hope that you will help us make northwest New Jersey a stronger place for everyone to live.

We all know surviving on one income is difficult, and surviving on an income based on limited skills and work history is a struggle just to survive. The staff at the NORWESCAP Career & Life Transitions Center are here to provide the supportive services and skill-building programs needed to dive back into the workforce with confidence. We are the State funded Displaced Homemakers Program providing services in Warren & Hunterdon Counties, also able to provide services in Somerset & Mercer Counties. A displaced homemaker is defined as any individual who has lost their primary source of income due to divorce, separation, death, or disability of a spouse. In many cases they may be underemployed and, therefore, unable to support themselves and/or their children.

We can also work with individuals who have experienced the deployment of a spouse, have experienced domestic violence, are emotionally separated and preparing to leave the home, or those who are over the age of 40 and may be experiencing discrimination due to their age. Through New Jersey's Displaced Homemaker (DH) programs, a participant may obtain or upgrade their skills for transitions into the paid labor market. In order to accomplish our mission of providing quality services that will assist women in gaining economic and personal self-sufficiency and reach their full potential the center offers a variety of programs and services. The CLTC offers a free 10 session, 50-hour computer training program covering the basics of Microsoft office, a very popular Empowerment Program, a 4 session Job Club, career counseling, case management, and a variety workshops. We provide these services to further enhance their confidence and preparedness to increase their chances of landing that much-needed job.


NORWESCAP Announces 50th Sponsors

We are pleased to announce that we have 25 sponsors for our 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, September 17th at Fiddlers' Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Without the generous investment of our sponsors, we simply couldn't have the gala. They turn the "friend raiser" into a fundraiser. Please help us salute and patronize their businesses.

Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program Inc.
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NORWESCAP’s mission is to improve the lives of low income individuals and families in need in Northwest New Jersey primarily by offering, referring or collaborating with others to provide programs and education which help foster self-sufficiency in the following domains:

  • Economic and Employment Building
  • Nutrition and Healthy Living
  • Child and Family Development
  • Housing

We will also provide community services in:

  • Information and Outreach
  • Volunteer Services
  • Emergency Services

NORWESCAP will strive to measure our progress through self-sufficiency scales driven by defined outcomes.

NORWESCAP will ultimately try to see that families have self-sufficiency across domains, seeking to strengthen the family as a whole by looking across all of a family’s needs.

As an organization, we will invest our funding and management time in the highest value projects or agency improvements that can best help families and individuals reach self-sufficiency and strengthen our communities.

News and Upcoming Events

On-Going Monthly Activities - 2015-12-31

Financial Literacy Workshop - 2015-12-01

Open House - 2015-11-30

Mortgage Modification & Understanding Foreclosure - 2015-11-30

Honoring Our Veterans - 2015-11-15

Community Meeting - 2015-11-10

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Open Letter from Terry Newhard, Executive Director NORWESCAP

They say that every organization has a set of values, whether or not they are written down. The values guide the perspective of the organization as well as its actions. To me, values are what guide the organization when they are tested in difficult situations and show up in the agency’s culture. Recently, our board and staff reflected on our core priorities and created a new values statement based on what we believe is true.

VALUE-We will be dedicated to providing value to our clients, community and our co-workers;
ADVENTUROUS-We will be adventurous, creative and innovative in bringing new resources to impacting poverty and improving our communities;
LOYAL-We will be loyal stewards holding the organization in the highest esteem and in trust for the public and the community;
UNIFIED-We will be one unified agency representing the promise and hope of every person.
EMPATHETIC-We will be empathetic, understanding, nonjudgmental with our clients and passionate in our approaches to impacting poverty. In your interactions with NORWESCAP, we anticipate that you will experience these values in our actions and behaviors. While nothing in this world is perfect, if we consistently stray from these values, you should “call us out on it” and let me know.

Our goal is to live our mission, vision and values so we can be the leader in community service and the catalyst for our clients to experience changed lives.