U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th District, announced a new United Way of Central Jersey Financial Opportunity Center in Perth Amboy on June 3, which will provide services for families in need, including employment services, financial education and coaching, and assistance applying for federal support.
The new center, which is being funded by $420,874 of American Rescue Plan money, is designed to help families still recovering from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
“I’m proud to join United Way of Central Jersey today to announce a new center to help families who need employment and financial assistance in our region. The United Way of Central Jersey Financial Opportunity Center will offer a range of critical services to families who need help getting back on their feet,” said Pallone. “As we continue our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must make sure that every family has the resources they need. I’m grateful for everyone who joined me today and would like to give a special thanks to the United Way of Central Jersey for its dedication to our community.”
“We know that poverty is a complex issue and that this innovative program and will provide families with resources, coaching, and classes needed to achieve financial stability,” said Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, D-19th District. “As a former nonprofit executive, I know the impact that these programs can have for families, and I am confident that the FOC will help families break the cycle of poverty improving their overall quality of life.”
“Our partnership with United Way has been integral for our residents with several shared services,” said Mayor Helmin Caba. “I want to thank the United Way of Central Jersey, United Women, and Congressman Pallone for their continued advocacy for our residents. I am confident that through the life changing financial skills gained at the new FOC, the lives of our families will be changed for the better.”
“Studies have shown that family income during critical early childhood year is strongly associated with not only educational success, but also as other positive social and economic outcomes. We know, however, that 20% of children in the United States grow up in poverty,” said Lawrence O’Connell, chair, United Way board of trustees. “United Way of Central Jersey is committed to improving financial stability for Central Jersey families with young children by establishing a Financial Opportunity Center in Perth Amboy, NJ in collaboration with LISC and the City of Perth Amboy.”