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Help in Hard Times
Recent Atlantic City casino closings as well as other layoffs throughout the state have placed many families in hardship. If you are one of the thousands facing a sudden loss of income, you may find resources on this page that will help.
Take advantage of the research we’ve already done to learn more about resources that are available in New Jersey that may be able to help you through these hard times.
Resources Specifically Related to Atlantic City Casino Closings
Catholic Charities Casino Closings Hotline
In an effort to assist the many people impacted by the casino closings, Catholic Charities has formed a response team that can be reached by calling 856.342.4145. Case managers will assist those eligible for help and will direct others to agencies that may be of assistance. Catholic Charities has also created an Atlantic City Casino Closing Resources page on their website that provides information about local resources.
Atlantic County One-Stop Career Center
One or more One-Stop Career Centers are located in every county in our state. Atlantic County has two. One is located in Pleasantville at
2 South Main Street and the other is situated at 44 North Whitehorse Pike, Suite A in Hammonton. Resources to assist with your job search, including job skills training, are available at these locations and accessible online. Notices of local job fairs, training classes and other resources can be found at their websites.
Access a list of all One-Stop Career Centers.
Information about more local job fairs may be found at One-Stop websites. When going to a job fair remember to dress for success, bring several copies of your resume (if appropriate), a pen, and be ready to be interviewed. Below are some upcoming local job fairs.
No current events are known of at this time.
Job Skills Workshops
The Atlantic City Free Public Library is offering a series of job skill workshops for those in need of help with job-related tasks such as job searches on the web, updating a resume, creating an email address, and completing an online employment application. The workshops will take place every Wednesday in November and December from 2-4 pm. The event will be held in the main library meeting room at One North Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City. For more information please visit their website or call 609.345.2269. Read their A.C. Casino Applications, Jobs & Careers library guide.
Financial Education through Hands on Banking
Wells Fargo has joined forces with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and is working within the Foundation's Sharpen Your Financial Focus initiative to bring the Hands on Banking for Military financial education program to service members in the continental United States. If you are a veteran who has a need for these services, they are available to you free of charge. In addition to the group education designed to keep you and your family on a path toward financial stability, NFCC Certified Financial Professionals are ready to provide one-on-one personalized financial reviews, budget planning and concrete solutions to pressing financial concerns.
Clarifi is a non-profit, HUD approved organization that offers this one-on-one financial review with a NFCC Certified Financial Professional. Located at the United Way of Atlantic County headquarters office, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 10 in Galloway, call 855.300.4014 to schedule an appointment today. Learn more.
Healthcare and Health Insurance
AtlantiCare has announced the creation of AtlantiCare Community Healthcare Access Program – or AtlantiCare CHAP, a program that is intended to assist residents of Atlantic, Cape May and southern Ocean counties who recently lost jobs at Atlantic City casinos. For those who qualify, the program includes education, counseling and assistance with health insurance coverage and options; health insurance premium subsidy support; and a resolution for outstanding medical bills for services received from AtlantiCare before September 30, 2014. Those seeking AtlantiCare CHAP assistance should call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888.569.1000 to schedule a private appointment with an AtlantiCare CHAP certified financial counselor.
The Community Health Law Project is providing free assistance through their Health Insurance Navigator Program. Loss of a job is a life event that qualifies you to apply for health insurance outside of the open enrollment period (November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015.) Read our health pages to learn more about the ACA healthcare coverage and other healthcare resources in our state.
New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey operates the New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline. The Helpline serves as a gateway to clinical outpatient mental health and addiction services as well as inpatient substance use disorder services for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Casino workers who were recently laid off and lived in one of the ten most devastated counties during the time of the storm are also eligible for these services. Callers may receive supportive counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, and when needed connection to appropriate resources and services.
Stress can surface in many forms and often appears weeks or months after a traumatic event. It may include anger, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, nightmares, depression, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity and/or increased alcohol or drug use. If you or someone you know is experiencing distress or feeling overwhelmed by painful emotions related to recent events, call the New Jersey MentalHealthCares' Disaster Helpline: 1-866-202-4357 (HELP). A TTY line is available at (877) 294-4356. Translation services are available as well.
The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a program of Saint Clare's Health System that has been helping people find local, New Jersey community-led support groups, national self-help headquarters, local self-help group clearinghouses, national and international resources, online, telephone and one-of-a-kind support groups, as well as other national networks since 1980.
In an effort to assist those affected by the Atlantic City casino layoffs, the Clearinghouse has created a list of self-help support groups that focus on issues relating to an unexpected lay-off. Self-help groups are member-run support groups, where people facing the same stressful situation come together regularly to help one another. Visit the organization's website to learn more about the Clearinghouse or search its database for more additional resources.
Discounted Veterinary Services
Shore Veterinarians is offering discounted veterinary services to those employees affected by recent casino closings.
The Casino Pet Wellness Clinic Program offers basic vaccinations and health exams including discounted prices on rabies, distemper and heartworm tests; a low cost spray and neuter program is also available. The programs will be offered at Shore Veterinarians in Hammonton, Seaville and Egg Harbor Township.
For further information, Atlantic County residents can call 609.272.8777; Cape May County residents call 609.390.9113.
Further Resources for Those Facing Hard Times
NJ 2-1-1 is dedicated to connecting people-in-need with the services, programs and organizations that provide assistance. You will find a variety of topics listed on our Latest News page that will connect you with other pages on our site designed so that you can learn how existing programs work and the services that exist. Below are just a few of the topics we have researched for you. Find others on our Latest News page.
Assistance for Military Personnel and their Families
Finding Affordable Housing
Achieving Financial Stability
Food & Nutrition
Surviving a Layoff
Surviving Unemployment When Unemployment Benefits Run Out
Utility Assistance Guide
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Page last reviewed/modified on 11.10.14
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