ALICE refers to individuals or households who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. Another way of putting is people who work hard but are not paid enough to afford the basic expenses of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. For ALICE individuals and households, one emergency or unexpected cost can be utterly devastating, and unfortunately, this group is continuing to grow in size throughout the country. The United Way’s ALICE project began a decade ago in Morris County, before expanding to all of New Jersey in 2012. The first expansion outside of the state occurred in 2014, when Michigan, Indiana, Connecticut, Florida, and California joined the program. Now the ALICE project is operating in 15 states throughout the country, providing vital research and data on a range of issues and subjects regarding poverty at the local and national level.
If knowledge is power, then the data collected by the ALICE project is an invaluable tool in the fight against poverty. For the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of these findings as they relate to New Jersey, including housing affordability, financial emergencies, and income sustainability. Hopefully this will provide readers with a snapshot of the types of problems in the state that we here at NORWESCAP are working to overcome every day. For more information on the ALICE project, see http://unitedwayalice.org.
The NORWESCAP Family Success Center is a one-stop shop for family resources for any family/individual
that resides in Warren County and is part of a large statewide network of over 55 centers in the State of
NJ funded by the Department of Children and Families. With no eligibility requirements or fees, the
Family Success Center has something to offer everyone and is constantly seeking to respond to the
current needs in the community. The FSC is the perfect place to start if you are seeking assistance, want
to get involved in your community, or are looking for educational and fun opportunities for yourself
and/or your family.
In addition to monthly free family events, the Family Success Center offers
parenting classes, workshops on a variety of topics, resume assistance, translation services, and
assistance with life skills, advocacy, goal setting, support groups, referrals to community resources, and
so much more. The center prides itself on collaborative partnerships with both other community
agencies as well as the residents in the community who are the voice of the center and help the staff
plan activities and events.
Volunteers are always welcome and Advisory Board Members are always
needed! To keep connected to the NORWESCAP Family Success Center and all of the opportunities
offered, find us on Facebook by searching "NORWESCAP Family Success Center".