The Center for People in Transition (PIT) was begun by Gloucester County College (GCC) in 1981 to assist women returning to school. Since that time the Center has expanded its mission and has become a semi-independent social service agency dedicated to assisting displaced homemakers to become self-sufficient.
To provide services to displaced homemakers who are experiencing the three greatest stressors in life: divorce, death of spouse & loss of employment / unemployment to reach a new beginning of self worth and self sufficiency.
To assist Displaced Homemakers to become emotionally and economically self-sufficient through life skills training, education or vocational training, advocacy and supportive services.
People In Transition Strategic Plan for 2009 - 2014
MEET THE STAFF
Jeanne M. LaBuz, M.A., CWDP - Director
Jeanne started working for People in Transition (PIT) at GCC in January 2002 as the Career/Placement Counselor. In July 2007, she was promoted to Director of the program. Prior to joining the staff of PIT, Jeanne worked at Burlington County College (BCC) for ten years as the Director of the Psychology Lab; Basic Skills/Academic Counselor; and Psychology & College Skills Instructor.
In between her career at BCC and GCC PIT, Jeanne was a stay at home mom who was very much involved in the activities of her two girls as well as church and community affairs. She understands the fears and trepidations associated with returning to the workforce after being a “Professional Mom”.
Jeanne has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stockton State College and her Master’s degree in School Psychology from Glassboro State College (Rowan University). She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory; is a Certified Workforce Development Professional and a Notary Public. Jeanne has served as a GCC mentor, on several search committees and as Vice President of the Displaced Homemakers Network of NJ, Inc. She is presently on GCC's Experiential Equivalency Overview Committee; United Way of Gloucester County's Volunteer Recognition Committee; Gloucester and Camden Counties Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition to implement The Green Dot Program in schools and social service agencies; People to People Hands Across the County; Mothers Matter and Women's Advocacy and Resource Initiative and works very closely with Services Empowering the Rights of Victims (SERV), Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Gloucester County, National Organization of Women Alice Paul Chapter, Heart of Gloucester County.
Jeanne understands that life has many unexpected twists and turns and often times, we are left in so much turmoil that it is hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel. She and her staff are passionate about providing assistance and guidance so each displaced homemaker can venture on a path leading to a new beginning with a different purpose, a higher self esteem and in time self sufficiency.
Nancy L. Hawn, M.S., APM - Social Service & Legal Resource Assistant
Nancy is a trained mediator and has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Widener University. She worked as an accountant in the Business Office of Camden County College, has been an adjunct professor for nineteen years, and has a private divorce mediation business. Nancy has led workshops for People in Transition for eleven years and joined their staff on a part-time basis in February of 2008. She is available to displaced homemakers for information on the divorce process, what to expect in court, resources for domestic violence, and assistance in preparing their resumes. Nancy is the proud mother of two daughters, both of whom are teachers, and three grandchildren
Eileen Adezio - Technician
MEET OUR WORKSHOP FACILITATORS
Jennie McQuaide, Ph.D.
Leads support group for divorced and bereaved
Leads new beginnings and self esteem workshops
Tina’s love of computers began in the 80’s when she learned that with basic math and logic skills she could use programming language to create playable games on her old TI-99 computer. When she discovered that computers could unleash unrealized creative potential in the form of graphic design and document formatting this love became a passion. It is this passion, coupled with a strong desire to empower other women to believe in themselves and know that they could achieve anything, that keeps her in the classroom. Tina has taught computer workshops for the faculty of Washington Township and Glassboro public schools, computer classes for Goodwill® Industries of Southern New Jersey, Gloucester and Cumberland County’s road to success programs, the Glassboro Public School’s adult/senior evening and JPTA youth summer programs, and GCC’s Division of Lifelong Learning Pillsbury Training Grant. Tina has been teaching computer workshops for Center for People in Transition since 1995. Tina has a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Anthropology/Sociology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She currently lives with her husband, their four cats and one fish and after 15 years still considers teaching her “fun” job.
Teaches basic and advanced computer workshops. Expert Certified Microsoft Access Developer Key Logic Solutions
Wanda P. Hardy, EMBA of Credit Worthy, Inc.
Wanda P. Hardy, an Adjunct Professor at Saint Joseph’s University in the Department of Economics and at Cumberland County College in the Department of Business, where she teaches Consumer Economics and Personal Finance respectively, is a Financial Education Consultant, Money Management Coach and President and Founder of CreditWorthy, Inc. a financial education organization based in Deptford. She has conducted numerous classes, workshops and seminars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, helping individuals and families to develop the financial “know-how” – knowledge, skills and confidence – to make informed financial decisions, to manage their finances, reduce debt, build wealth, and achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Ms. Hardy’s articles including “Contact Lenders Fast Over Mortgage Problems” and “Credit Advice” have been published in The Courier Post.
Some of the many workshops offered by Ms. Hardy through the Center for People in Transition include, New Beginning Money Management which is designed for individuals who, for the first time, are making their own financial decisions; Financial Aspects of Divorce which is designed to help individuals understand the broad range of issues they will face when going through divorce, and Money Smart the core foundation of money management.
Wanda P. Hardy is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University Executive MBA Program and Columbia University School of Business. She is a licensed New Jersey Realtor, Certified Housing Counselor, FDIC Certified Money Smart Instructor and Trainer and a Certified Coach. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s University. She has been recognized for her work on behalf of financial education/literacy having received the 2009 Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the American Association of University for helping women and girls to break through economic barriers; the 2008/2009 New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education in the Community Award for her work for promoting and teaching financial education in the community; and, by the FDIC for her steadfast commitment to promoting and facilitating financial education programs.
CPC, Certified Professional Lifecoach www.goodgriefcoaching.com
Lawyers- Gloucester & Camden County Bar Association
Services Empowering Rights of Victims
Lawyers from South Jersey Legal Services
Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation
- Ms Peggy Van Natta Schoen - Chair
- Ms. Eileen Adezio
- Mr. Steve Awalt
- Ms. Wendy Brooks
- Ms. Cheryl McBride
- Ms. Christine C. Cockerill
- Ms. Patricia Fletcher
- Ms. Gina Foster
- Ms. Nancy L. Hawn
- Ms. Robbenmarie Insogno
- Ms. Lauri Kuder
- Ms. Jeanne M. LaBuz
- Ms. Kathleen Malloy
- Ms. Susan Nevins
- Ms. Gina Ridge
- Ms. Anna Domurat Thomas
- Ms. Barbara Turner