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Center for People in Transition at Rowan College at Gloucester County

 

The Center for People in Transition (PIT) is a semi-independent social service agency that assists displaced homemakers in becoming self-sufficient. Rowan College at Gloucester County in Sewell, New Jersey, started PIT in 1981 to assist women returning to school. It provides services to displaced homemakers who are experiencing the three greatest stressors in life — divorce, death of a spouse or loss of employment/ unemployment — to help them reach a new beginning of self-worth and self-sufficiency. Its Mission is to assist displaced homemakers to become emotionally and economically self-sufficient through life-skills training, education or vocational training, advocacy and supportive services. The Center is externally funded through grants; Rowan College at Gloucester County provides fiscal monitoring and space. A Department of Children and Families’ Division on Women grant requires People in Transition to serve ninety new displaced homemaker clients per year. The Center regularly assists approximately 360 new and ongoing clients annually. A quarterly newsletter reaches approximately 3,500 clients, including social service agencies, community-based organizations, and mental health and legal professionals. During the past 28 years, more than 5,600 displaced homemakers have received emotional support for the trauma of separation, divorce, or death or disability of a spouse, and approximately 19,600 people in Gloucester County and the surrounding areas have benefited from legal, financial and life-skills workshops and support groups​.

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