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Family Success Center
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Hillsboro Town Hall meeting
Joetta Clark Diggs
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Family Success Center
Our mission is to provide an environment to strengthen and empower individuals and families and to build connections among families and the community.


Family Campfire Night


Over 100 family members attended our free Family Campfire Night at the Bridgwater Family YMCA on September 26th to enjoy hot dogs & s'mores, games, laughs and so much more!  


Special thanks to our Parent Advisory Board members and EmPoWER volunteers for lending a hand whether passing out s'mores, signing in guests, roasting hot dogs or just having fun with our amazing families. 

Be sure to register for our next FREE Family Fun Event...

Halloween Spooktacular on Division street! 



Families will come together on Halloween for an evening of trick-or-treating, music, games, prizes, raffles, and Halloween fun!  Special thanks to the Downtown Somerville Alliance and Somerville Business & Professional Association for their involvement!  




    Check out the links below for more 

Family Success Center happenings:

View our October calendar  &  Event descriptions 

Bound Brook School District Wins NJ School Breakfast Challenge


Bound Brook School District recently received first place prize in the NJ School Breakfast Challenge, receiving a $5,000 grant and a visit from New York Giants Linebacker Mark Herzlich at an awards ceremony at Lafayette School in Bound Brook on October 7, 2014. Bound Brook School District has been a participant in Coordinated School Health for five years, working closely with EmPoWER Somerset on efforts to improve student health. Under the leadership of District Superintendent Daniel Gallagher, Bound Brook High School nurse Sally Hoben championed the adoption of Universal Free Breakfast After the Bell. Since the district-wide adoption of this program in January of 2014 school breakfast participation has increased from just 211 students in September of 2013 to 1,402 in May of 2014 - a 564% increase.  

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Hillsborough Town Hall Meeting



The event will include the"Pills to Heroin" documentary followed by an interactive discussion and question and answer session with a panel of professionals and community members. This free event is open to all and especially encouraged for Hillsborough parents and students in middle school and above.


Click HERE to register


Click HERE to download a flier of the event 



Vote for Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation!



Congratulations to our partner organization Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation for their nomination for the 2014 Aetna Voices of Health Award! Four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs has been a supportive partner in Coordinated School Health and Family Success Center initiatives. Please take a moment to vote for Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation to win this award, bringing them closer to the $30,000 top prize which would allow them to continue providing quality health and fitness programs in our communities!  


Click here to vote now!

Upcoming Events:
  • Family Fun Night on Division Street, Fri 10/31, 4-6:00pm
  • Women's Wellness Support Group at the FSC, Thursdays 9:30-10:30am
  • Citizen Prep Class at the FSC, Mondays10-1:00pm
  • English for Speakers of other Languages at FSC, Monday and Wednesdays, 7-9:00pm
  • Interview Workshop at FSC, Thur 10/23, 7-9:00pm
  • Talent Development Group at FSC, Mondays 2-4:00pm

Our Mission:  EmPoWER Somerset assists individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices and fosters healthy, drug free communities through education, collaboration, and linkages to resources.