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The Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP) is a $30M private, non-profit corporation that serves the low-income population of Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Morris and Somerset Counties. NORWESCAP's mission is to improve the lives of low income individuals and families in need in Northwest New Jersey by creating pathways that lead to economic empowerment and prosperity.
NORWESCAP grew out of President Johnsons War on Poverty, which in 1966 created a network of locally-focused agencies called Community Action Partnerships. These organizations are committed to addressing the root causes and conditions of poverty in their local communities by providing services and programs that promote economic self-sufficiency. NORWESCAP fulfills its mission by providing a diversity of programs that address the systemic issues of poverty and engage the community in social action and community improvement efforts.

Programs
NORWESCAP has been building self-reliance and resiliency for over 50 years through a variety of programs that address the multitude of needs for the communities they serve. Below is a brief sampling of their programs.

Child and Family Development
NORWESCAP offers a variety of programs that provide services to children. There are programs that can assist with and improve the quality of child care and curriculum-based programs that promote literacy. The goal is to enhance the childs overall development and growth within a positive, nurturing environment. Programs include Head Start and Early Head Start, a Diaper Bank, childcare vouchers and resource services. The case management approach provides better coordinated services in the community and can also provide improved access to supportive services to assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. Included in this category are programs that focus on helping women to gain personal and economic self-sufficiency, and others that allow families to move out of subsidized housing.

Economic and Employment Building
The organization offers three programs to help low-income individuals and families leave behind poverty and begin the path of building assets and achieving wealth accumulation. A series of economic literacy classes are available in the evenings and are free to interested individuals. Programs include Pathways 2 Prosperity, a Family Loan program and a matched savings program.

Housing
NORWESCAP Housing and Energy Services provide the following programs and services: LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program), Weatherization Assistance Program, USF (Universal Service Fund), and other programs to assist low income individuals and families with their heating & cooling costs. There are also several housing projects that are aimed at providing safe and affordable housing to low-income families.

Nutrition & Healthy Living
NORWESCAP provides services that aid in the relief of hunger and promote good health. Programs include a highly successful Food Bank that serves 120 local food pantries, WIC, and Early Cancer Detection.
NORWESCAP is a $30M organization with a staff of almost 300 employees, serving over 20 locations with 35 plus programs that address NORWESCAPs 4 core issue areas: Housing, Economic Development and Employment, Nutrition and Health, and Family and Children Services. For more information about NORWESCAP, please visit their website at www.norwescap.org.