PROCEED constantly evaluates to identify consumer needs and responds to these by incorporating new state of the art programs and services.
Every year, PROCEED provides an array of social, health, and energy conservation services to approximately 15,000 individuals and families throughout Union County, most of which are free or provided on a sliding scale. In addition, PROCEED has also been providing individual, group, local and national level capacity building assistance, training, curricula and program development, and service implementation to organizations and individuals in the health, HIV/AIDS, and substance use fields since 2000.
PROCEED’s services are organized under six general categories:
Family Resources: PROCEED offers a safe space where families seeking solutions to everyday worries can come for assistance. PROCEED provides preschool services for children ages 3-4 who live in Elizabeth, NJ, as well as services to enroll eligible children into health insurance programs. Parenting services are offered along with child abuse and neglect prevention counseling and intensive in-home counseling. There is also counseling available for adolescents and their families. Additionally, eligible families can participate in financial self-sufficiency courses.
HIV/AIDS Services: PROCEED provides counseling and testing, prevention case management, health education, risk reduction workshops, support groups, community outreach, treatment education, transitional housing for men living with HIV/AIDS, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) counseling and medication referral for people at very high risk for HIV.
Homelessness Prevention and Employment Assistance: PROCEED provides financial emergency assistance for rent, utilities, and food for people in danger of becoming homeless. Through these programs, individuals and families can also receive information and referrals for additional services available in the community. Employment search, preparation, and placement are offered.
Utility Assistance and Home Improvement: PROCEED provides heating payment assistance and weatherization-energy conservation measures to income-eligible residents of Union and Somerset Counties. PROCEED also assists Union County senior citizens with minor home repairs. LEAD remediation services are also offered to residents living in eligible cities as determined by funding sources.
Substance Use Treatment: PROCEED provides individual and group substance use treatment, including alcohol and outpatient treatment. AA groups in Spanish are available for individuals in recovery. Educational workshops aimed at raising community awareness about substance use are offered. Counseling is also available for youth who are either current substance users or are at high risk for substance use.
Training and Capacity Building: PROCEED’s National Center for Training, Support, and Technical Assistance, NCTSTA, provides capacity building, training, and technical assistance that supports the workforce of community-based health and human service organizations including HIV and substance use prevention providers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.