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Dec-07-09 Mercer County Develops Resource Package for Mercer Job Seekers
CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County has an array of resources for citizens who may be experiencing medical or financial hardship because of job loss or income reduction, and County Executive Brian M. Hughes has created a package of valuable resources containing information about programs to assist unemployed Mercer County residents, administered by multiple county and state agencies.
“Reaching out for assistance can be a humbling and sometimes confusing experience, especially for people who have never before needed a hand,” said Hughes. “This resource package is designed to provide important information spanning multiple programs and services for Mercer County citizens who may need guidance.”
The guide includes information concerning:
In addition to information about programs and services, Mercer County understands the toll job loss can take on one’s mental health. Programs dealing with mental health and domestic violence are also included in the packet. However, if a person feels the immediate need to speak to someone, anytime of the day or night, he or she is urged to call 2-1-1. For emotional support, call the New Jersey Mental Health Helpline toll-free at 877-294-HELP (4357).
The Resource Guide will be available at all branches of the Mercer County Library System; the County Connection at Route 33 and Paxson Avenue in the Acme Shopping Center, Hamilton; and at County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street, Trenton, Room 423
Added Hughes, “Even though there are no easy answers, there are steps you can take during this difficult time in your life. First and foremost, ask for help.”