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motherjosephineJosephine's Place officially opened on October 1, 2003, after nine months of research by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The purpose of creating this location in the city of Elizabeth, was to serve the needs of women in an economically challenged area.

The name honors Mother Josephine Marie O'Brien, who led the Sisters of Charity and made a great deal of positive change.

Since the beginning, it has been an important part of the Elizabeth landscape, recognized as an asset by the City, the County, and the women who participate. As testament to its success and effect, Josephine's Place has become a model for other women's centers and programs. In April, 2009, Josephine's Place received a Unity Achievement Award from the Union County Human Resources Commission, and in May 2009, the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center recognized Josephine's Place as a "Good Samaritan" during the annual Elizabethport Pride parade.

The goal is to provide women with a safe place, where they will be welcomed, where they can connect with one another, and develop necessary skills to succeed. Development of these skills will empower the women to realize their full pontential, enabling them to create a better life for themselves and their families.

A dedicated cadre of volunteers provides instruction in a variety of topics including computer literacy, crafts, English and exercise. Support groups for survivors of domestic violence and parents of children with autism provide needed information and peer support. Most offerings are determined based on suggestions from women coming to the center. 

The 400 to 500 women who come to Josephine's Place each year do so because they feel safe and know that they will receive help. It is a space where women are affirmed and children are embraced with the development of skills that complement the learning of the women.