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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.


Halloween BOO-gie a Scary Success   


EmPoWER Family Success Center partnered with the Downtown Somerville Alliance and many Division Street Shops to host the 2nd Annual Halloween BOO-gie this Halloween. Division Street was full of happy families trick-or-treating, playing games, listening to music, and participating in our spooky scavenger hunt!  More than 500 people attended this Spooktacular event! Nearly 20 volunteers and over 15 businesses provided their time and skills and donated candy and raffle prizes to support this event!   


Click HERE to view the photo album.

We look forward to next year's fun and hope to see you at our upcoming FREE Family Fun Karate Event. Become a November Ninja is being held on Saturday, November 15th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at The USA Karate Academy of Green Brook NJ.   Space is limited - call to register  now (908) 722-4400. On-line registration is not available.

Families gathered 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 partnership!


    Check out the links below for more 

Family Success Center happenings:

View our November calendar  &  Event descriptions 

FREE Family Fun Night


Become a November Ninja  

Saturday November 15th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM

The USA Karate Academy of Green Brook NJ

Call to register now - space is limited!

(908) 722-4400


Donations Needed for Veterans


EmPoWER Somerset will be coordinating the third annual Veterans Holiday Dinner in partnership with Community Hope on December 16th.  Each year we provide a number of grocery bags full of fresh fruits, cereals, holiday snacks and heat-and-eat nutritious meals that can be warmed in a microwave or crock pot.  Items which require the use of a stove (dry pasta, boxed macaroni & cheese etc.) or that require refridgeration or freezing are not suitable. We are now accepting donations for this year's grocery bags. Donated items can be delivered to the EmPoWER Family Success Center from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Donations will also be accepted at our next Family Fun Night on November 15th. 

Suggested Donations:

  • Cereal (low sugar)
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Canned Fruit (low sugar)
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium)
  • Microwavable Meals & Sides (shelf stable)
  • Microwavable Rice Pouches 
  • Canned / Microwavable Soup
  • Microwavable Popcorn (mini bags)

Safe Communities Coalition 



The Far Hills Race is a traditional horse race event that attracts approximately 32,000 spectators. It is a major fundraiser for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (formerly Somerset Medical Center).   



Recently, the event staff has made policy changes toward addressing increased binge drinking and encouraging patrons to drink responsibly. The Far Hills Race committee welcomed the Safe Communities Coalition of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties to provide a free exhibit space in the infield area. The Coalition provided information and activities to reinforce the importance of the 911 Lifeline Legislation and celebrating safely and responsibly. The event was a great way to continue sharing the mission and vision of the Coalition.  


To view more pictures of our efforts at the 

Far Hills Race, follow our Instagram page @safe_communities


EmPoWER Somerset Work@Health  


Work@Health, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has made it possible for EmPoWER Somerset to offer employees a wellness program. Over the last 6 weeks, EmPoWER Somerset employees have been participating in a Work@Health initiative called the STRONG program.  


This program is designed to educate participants on the importance of the mind/body connection - specifically focused on realizing internal strength by developing physical strength and promoting a strong and healthy way of living. Some workshop topics we have covered are nutritional changes, weight training for healthy body weight, mental wellness and the importance of sleep. Employees have enjoyed the educational and physical training components of the program. We hope to incorporate many of the skills we have learned during STRONG into our everyday lives.

Family Success Center Upcoming Events:
  • Family Fun Night Be a Ninja, Sat 11/15, 2:00-4:00pm
  • Empowering Parent Series, Tues 11/11, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Walking Club, Wednesdays & Fridays 12:30-1:00 pm
  • Women's Wellness Support Group, Thursdays 9:30-10:30am
  • Citizenship Prep Class, Mondays10:00am -1:00pm
  • English for Speakers of other Languages, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Parents as Teachers, Thursday 11/20, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Talent Development Group, Mondays 2:00-4:00pm

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.