Our Family Programs enable families to develop and apply their family-strengthening, child-rearing, community-building, financial, social, and leadership skills and talents. Through their participation, they strengthen their families and help other families and the community grow and develop.
Harmony Family Success Center (HFSC)
Middlesex County residents gather in a family friendly community space, where they and their families receive resources, information, and support, and connect with others to create a broader sense of community. They also participate actively in activities that strengthen their families and neighborhoods, in partnership with other families and local community institutions.
Harmony FSC enhances families’ social and human capital
Families improve their life skills in several core areas: health, parent education/family interaction, employment, housing, advocacy, and resource building. They also increase their social networks and capacity through the connections they make with other parents, children, and families. In the process, families become more aware and self-reliant. They also connect to one another and build lasting connections with other community members.
Harmony FSC increases community partnerships and connections
HFSC and participating families work with other community organizations, individuals, and key stakeholders. They involve parents, community residents, and individuals in engagement activities, through which they gain feedback and input. In the process, they maintain a sustainable presence and secure buy-in from community residents. They also strengthen existing partnerships and develop new partnerships each year.
To participate in Harmony FSC, you must:
- Visit us (we welcome ALL community members)
- Participate in as many activities and workshops as possible
Family Leadership Academy (FLA)
New Brunswick residents improve outcomes for their families and the overall community through individual coaching, group workshops and seminars, one-on-one sessions with staff and mentors, and a matching savings component. FLA is a partnership between PRAB and New Brunswick Tomorrow (NBT).
FLA enhances families’ human, social, and financial capacity
Families participate in four (4) modules during the first six (6) months, or Foundational Phase: Planning for our Future; Finances; Parent-Child Interaction; and Wellness. The next six (6) months, or the Implementation Phase, they participate in support groups and attend elective workshops chosen by them. Families also participate in Peer Leadership, through which they join and participate in a community building network. Along the way, families develop a family plan with at least one family goal, which helps them be socio-economically self-sufficient. Ultimately, they graduate from the program, and achieve at least one goal in their family plan.
To participate in FLA, you must:
- Have at least one child under the age of 18 in their home
- Have at least two involved adults willing to participate
- Have a steady source of income
- Commit to the first one-year phase of the program comprised of two workshops per month, and one monthly session with a family coach
- Be involved as peer leaders, and alumni events (Optional)
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Middlesex County parents who are pregnant, or have children up to five years old, receive free and voluntary home visitation services, including information, support, developmental screenings, and referrals to community resources.
PAT promotes the optimal early learning development learning and health of young children
We support and engage the parents and caregivers of young children during weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly evidenced-based home visitations. We provide a developmental topic, well-being aspect, and parent-child interactive component, as well as opportunities for additional support, education, and positive connections. We monitor their progress with timely immunization records, assessments, and developmental screenings of their children. We also refer them to issues related to parents or their children. In the process, they become stronger, healthier, and successful academically.
PAT enhances families’ social and human capacity
Parents participate in free workshops and fun activities that strengthen their social connections and parenting knowledge. Parents, community residents, and individuals also participate in quarterly community advisory board meetings, at which they provide feedback and input to the program. In the process, parents build connections with other parents and discuss parenting-related topics. They also help strengthen the program.
To participate in PAT, you must:
- Be referred directly through the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium’s central intake (CJFHC collects referral forms and conducts initial screening before you are assigned)
- Be pregnant at the time of referral (One parent), or have a child up to the age of 5. (Note: If your child is over 5 years of age, you would be referred to another available resource in the county.)
- Commit to in-home visitation on a weekly to monthly basis, depending on the age of your child and family’s needs
The Parents as Teachers National Office recently noted that our program data demonstrated fidelity to all of the Essential Requirements of the Parents as Teachers model. See our program model and expected outcomes below:
Boaz Immigration & Counseling Program
Central New Jersey individual and families receive education and counseling on immigration matters, including education workshops, completion of petitions and/or applications for immigration benefits, and civics education for Limited English Proficient individuals.
Boaz Immigration & Counseling Program
90 Jersey Avenue
Boaz educates individuals and families on immigration benefits
Central New Jersey individual and families receive individual counseling, and participate in education workshops, to gain knowledge regarding current immigration policies and benefits available to them. They may meet with our accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative to assess their unique needs and learn what their individual options are for immigration benefits.
Boaz helps individuals and families gain immigration benefits
Central New Jersey individual and families receive assistance with filing petitions and/or applications for immigration benefits. They attend legal clinics and/or meet individually with our accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative until they gain their benefits.
Boaz helps Limited English Proficient individuals pass the Citizenship Test
Limited English Proficient individuals attend ESL classes to increase their knowledge of civics. They also learn about the citizenship test, where they take a pre-test and other practice tests in preparation for the official citizenship test.
To receive Boaz services, you must:
- Reside in Central Jersey
- Schedule an appointment with our BIA Accredited staff, or visit us during Immigration Clinic Days on Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm
To apply for a fee waiver or reduced fees for a citizenship application, you must:
- Meet household income guidelines set by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)