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
Atlantic County One-Stop Career Center - One or more One-Stop Career Centers are located in every county in our state. Atlantic County has one located in Pleasantville at 2 South Main Street. Resources to assist with your job search, including job skills training, are available here and accessible online. Notices of local job fairs, training classes, and other resources can be found at their website.
Scholarships Offered by AtlantiCare - AtlantiCare has initiated a scholarship program to assist members of the community to start or further a career in healthcare. AtlantiCare has partnered with Atlantic Cape Community College to enable selected applicants to choose from one of four courses of study. Approximately 60 scholarships will be awarded over the next three years. Learn more about this opportunity.
The library in any community is a great place to explore when you need access to free resources. The Atlantic City Free Public Library has done an extraordinary job of offering free classes designed to help recently unemployed residents and compiled information on local resources that are available if you need assistance. Download their Need Assistance brochure. Visit the library's website to find out about events and services offered.
Do you have financial concerns? Are you stressed about making ends meet? Clarifi is a non-profit, HUD-approved agency with certified counselors that can help you:
- Develop a spending plan
- Improve credit & reduce debt
- Avoid foreclosure
- Prepare for homeownership
- Review bankruptcy options
- Prepare to be a renter
Those who are interested should call 800.989.2227 or visit Clarifi's website to schedule an appointment. An appointment is required, and most financial counseling services are free.
The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development maintains a statewide listing of job fairs, and many of these are in the Atlantic City area. Information about local job fairs may be found at One-Stop websites as well. 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. Upcoming local job fairs will be listed below as we hear of events.
Job Skills Workshops
The Spruce Street Family Success Center in Egg Harbor Township is offering help from an employment specialist. The specialist is provided by Family Service Association and can assist with resume building, job searches, and online applications, and can provide job interview tips. Call 609.569.0376 to schedule an appointment.
The employment specialist is also available at the New Day Family Success Center in Galloway. Appointments and/or additional information is available at 609.652.0230.
Atlantic City Free Public Library is hosting ongoing walk-in job skills labs. Here you will get 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. For more information call 609.345.2269. Read their A.C. Casino Applications, Jobs & Careers library guide. Review their Employment and Job Skills Resources pamphlet.
The Oceanside Family Success Center is offering two courses every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:00 at their office which is located at 3201 Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City. Course titles are English as a Second Language (ESL) and Career Preparation and Exploration. To learn more, call 609.594.4990.
Additional Local Resources
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.
Child Federation of Atlantic City, Inc. offers free immunization and medical exams to children of families with no health insurance ranging in age from birth to 18 years. They are located at 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Pleasantville, NJ 08232 and can be reached at 609.272.1711.
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 a 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: 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. You can view this list on the attached documents listed on the right side of the page.
Pet Supplies for those in Need
Kibble Cupboard, a completely volunteer-staffed nonprofit organization, supplies supplemental pet food (dog or cat), pet supplies, and cat litter to Atlantic County individuals in need. Their goal is to help seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities and homeless individuals keep their pets with them and their families intact. Apply for assistance. For further information call 609.412.5440 or email.
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