Josephine’s Place, led by its Executive Director Sheila Case, has received funding from The Westfield Foundation for its ‘Connecting the Pieces’ Program, which aims to provide crucial support to women who are caregivers for children on the autism spectrum. These women often face unique challenges, including language barriers and cultural differences, that can make advocating for their children in various settings, such as schools and doctor’s offices, more challenging.
Highlights to Josephine’s Place and the ‘Connecting the Pieces’ Program:
Program Empowerment: The program is designed to empower mothers and caregivers to effectively advocate for their children. It equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate complex systems and ensure the best possible outcomes for their children.
Supportive Services: Josephine’s Place offers this program at no cost to its clients, removing financial barriers and ensuring that women from low-income backgrounds can access these vital services.
Monthly Clinical and Social Worker Support: The program recognizes the ongoing needs of women and their families. By providing clinical therapists and social workers on a monthly basis, it offers consistent, professional support to help them plan for the future.
Community Reach: While Josephine’s Place is located in Elizabeth, it serves women from a wide geographical area, including Springfield and Newark. This broader reach enables the program to have a more significant impact on immigrant women facing economic challenges.
Volunteer Support: The organization benefits from the involvement of Westfield volunteers, who contribute to the success of its mission and programs. This volunteer support helps extend the program’s reach and effectiveness.
Alignment with The Westfield Foundation’s Mission: Dr. Cheryl Lundy Swift, a steward and newly appointed Board member of The Westfield Foundation, highlights how Josephine’s Place and the ‘Connecting the Pieces’ Program align with the foundation’s mission of enhancing and supporting the quality of life for citizens in Westfield and the surrounding communities.
The collaboration between Josephine’s Place and The Westfield Foundation exemplifies the power of community support. This program holds great promise in positively impacting the lives of women and their families, ultimately contributing to the well-being of the broader community.
The Westfield Foundation’s purpose is to promote the betterment of Westfield New Jersey and its surrounding communities by enhancing the quality of life for all of its citizens.
Our areas of focus include but are not limited to capital projects and improvements within Education, The Arts, Health and Human Services, Historic Preservation, Civic Projects, and Community development.
Our grants provide innovative and strategic responses to recognized community needs.
We aim to partner with agencies and institutions to strengthen their services to the local community. www.thewestfieldfoundation.org