"When Janet Veach needs anything, she texts Ri-Chelle Oliver, a family advocate who can help her with anything from budgeting to creating a chore chart for her two kids.
'It’s a friendship, but it’s also like a family,” Veach said. “It’s someone I can trust and I can confide in.'
Oliver is assigned to the roughly 12 families at Maurice River Township School, Port Elizabeth, Cumberland County, who are part of the Family Strengthening Network, a nonprofit group based in Bridgeton that works with families on financial stability, jobs, relationships, education and faith in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
The network is one of the groups that work with the Pascale Sykes Foundation, which has spent more than 25 years helping New Jersey’s low-income, working families through the Whole Family Approach, an idea that everyone in the family must actively participate in order to achieve goals. Foundation representatives will speak at the National Health and Human Services Summit in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday, putting the foundation’s approach in the national spotlight."
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