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Working Poor Struggle
Program of the Month

 Along with retired persons, the majority of the people that NORWESCAP serves are the “working poor.”  They often work in retail sales, cashiers and laborer positions which all have median wages that pay less than $12 per hour.  Many of these jobs will be replaced by technology.  Costs are far outpacing wages for most service jobs.  Low wages are projected to grow faster than high-wage jobs over the next decade.    In a recent report by one of our community partners, the United Way identified some of these and other trends about the ALICE population (Asset Limited Income Restrained and Employed).    See -   The report also lists facts that compound the situation; 37% of New Jersey households can’t make ends meet, ALICE families spend 24% of their income on housing and child care is the highest monthly expense for ALICE rising 16% since 2007.

The report breaks the data down by county starting on page 61.  The cost of living is based on housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.  In order to live in our counties, it takes an hourly wage way above $12 per hour.  For a family with a preschooler and infant, the living wages are; Hunterdon-$40.58, Morris-$34.51, Somerset-$40.04, Sussex-$34.85 and Warren-$31.71.  With facts like these, you can see the role of agencies like NORWESCAP to provide some additional help to assist your neighbors in making ends meet.  To find out how you can help, visit our website at 

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".

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