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Families in Motion Open House Offers Resource Information to Immigrant Community in New Jersey
Bridgeton, NJ - URC-CHS’s Families in Motion Program, a collaboration between the Hispanic Family Center (Camden, NJ), the Latin American Economic Development Association (Camden, NJ), and the Center for Human Services (Bridgeton, NJ), welcomed 40 families to its second annual Open House Celebration November 29, 2017. Together, these three organizations represent more than 60 years of experience providing community services in NJ.
The Families in Motion Program provides family development coaching services and workshops to families in NJ and offers English as a Second Language instruction (ESL) to both parents and children in the same classroom.
At the Open House, sixteen participating community resource organizations, representing four different counties (Camden, Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland), provided information on services related to economic stability, healthy living, and civic engagement. The celebration offered families an authentic Mexican lunch and a game and coloring book station for children while parents met with service representatives.
Attendees learned about services offered by organizations including the Mexican Consulate, Cumberland County College, Family Service Association-Kinship Program, Center for Family Service-Services Empowering Rights of Victims Program, Accutemp, Horizon Employment Services, Inspira Health, LIFE Services, Women Infant and Children Program, Salem Family Success Center, Bridgeton Family Success Center, Cumberland County Alcohol and Abuse Services, and the Latin America Economic Development Agency.
Several attendees interviewed and submitted resumes with participating employment agencies. Additionally, families completed applications for the 55 and older services available through the Inspira Health LIFE program. Throughout the day more than half of the adult participants took advantage of glucose and blood pressure health screenings offered by the Mexican Consulate.
For many of the ESL students who attend Families in Motion classes it was their first opportunity to meet with a college representative. And for many families, it was their first time to learn about community resources offered by participating organizations.
The event closed with a final gathering of the families and the organization representatives cheering on door prize winners. Attendees left with a sense of collegiality and caring, and in some instances, life-changing information. Simply put, by one of the vendors, “It was a humbling and beautiful experience.”
December 14, 2017