about us

Harvest Family Success Center

Our mission is to provide a welcoming environment to strengthen and empower individuals and families through family-centered activities, educational workshops, and access to resources needed to maintain healthy relationships. We are determined to be there for each family in our county.

A Family Partner is on staff to work with families to create a plan of life that addresses goals and dreams holistically and realistically.  We are great hunter/gatherers, and will find you the resources you need to achieve those dreams. Whether you’re trying to stay afloat during a difficult time in your life, or you’re at a point where you want to give back or further yourself and your family, a family partner will assist you in setting goals, concentrating on what is positive in the family unit.  A Spanish/English bilingual partner is also on staff.

Please visit our Events page for our full calendar of programs. Programs scheduled typically include:

  • Unifying Families
  • Strengthening Families
  • Positive Parenting
  • Financial Literacy
  • Stress & Anxiety Management
  • Women’s and Men’s Support Groups
  • Recovery Center
  • Weight Management
  • Health Education including Breast Cancer and Diabetes Education
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Employment Rates
  • Special Needs Programming
  • Homework Help & Mentoring

All programs are presented to the public free of charge and can be provided in Spanish. Babysitting is available upon request.

The Harvest Family Success Center is administered by Prevention Resources Inc.
with funding from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Harvest is open to all families.

Meet Harvest's Team

Karen Widico

Karen Widico

Co-CEO
Prevention Resources Inc
Karen has been working in the non-profit sector for her entire career, first in treatment for 15 years, and in prevention for the last 8 years. Karen received her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Karen graduated from a two year Ethical Leadership Fellows Program in 2013 that speaks to her continual desire to provide cutting edge services. Karen strongly believes that prevention and early intervention is the key to minimizing many societal problems.

Karen has been with Prevention Resources for 18 years and has navigated the growth of the agency from a small, single county and focus agency to one with four divisions and serving four counties. Karen believes in serving the community both individually and as an agency. Prevention Resources has received many community awards, and the most recent is from the New Jersey Narcotics Association for Community Leadership. Personally, Karen has served on the Boards of the YMCA, Hunterdon Helpline, Education Foundation, and served as Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Karen is Past President of the Rotary Club of Flemington and received its highest awards as Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow. Karen received the Chamber Chairman’s Award in 2008 and was Women and Community Business Leader in 2012. Currently, Karen serves as secretary to Flemington Rotary, Vice Chair of the Chamber Foundation, and President of the Flemington Area Food Pantry. Karen enjoys time with family and friends, the beach, and her three adopted fur babies: Adopt Don’t Shop!!!

Carmel Gettings

Carmel Gettings

Director & Family Partner
Harvest Family Success Center
Carmel has been actively involved in social ministries in the Hunterdon County area for the past 25 years. Carmel started the St. Vincent DePaul program at St. Magdalen de Pazzi RC Church in 1999 and continues to support the ministry to this day. She is a recipient of the 2002 Division of Youth and Family Services Award for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In 2003, she became a founding member and continues to serve on HCMAP, which has provided over $3 million in free prescription medications for uninsured individuals. In 2005-2006, she was a member of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board of Hunterdon and Warren Counties. Carmel was honored by the Diocese of Metuchen in 2010 and received the Immanuel Award. Currently, Carmel serves on the Executive Board of the Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council (HIOC), Flemington Area Food Pantry Board, Leadership Hunterdon Alumni Board, One Voice Steering Committee, and is a member of the Central Hunterdon Kiwanis Club and Safe Communities Coalition. Carmel has been a Hunterdon County resident for 26 years.

Rachel Pernini

Rachel Pernini

Family Partner
Harvest Family Success Center
Rachel is a Family Partner at Harvest Family Success Center. She is a life-long native of Hunterdon County, born and raised in Raritan Township. She began as a volunteer with HFSC where she grew to know and love the families of our community, ultimately making the decision to become a permanent part of the Prevention Resources Team. She studied Communications at Raritan Valley Community College and has lead a coast-to-coast career in Marketing and Event Planning for over ten years- spanning from Los Angeles, CA working for Wolfgang Puck to close-to-home Char Steakhouse in Raritan, NJ. Rachel is full of compassion, she’s friendly and outgoing, and her ability to speak Spanish makes her a valuable asset to our organization.

Claudia Roose

Claudia Roose

Bilingual Family Partner
Harvest Family Success Center
Claudia is a proud mother of two and has lived in New Jersey for the past fifteen years. She is a seasoned preschool teacher of almost twenty years and an active member of her church where she helps run two ministries. Helping the Hispanic families in our community gives her great joy.
Currently she is working on programming a “moms” group and a teen group.
Claudia is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and in her spare time she likes to read historical fiction novels and paint in watercolor.

Penni Trionfo

Penni Trionfo

Development, Volunteer, & Resource Coordinator
Harvest Family Success Center
Penni Trionfo is the Harvest Family Success Center Development, Resource and Volunteer Coordinator. She currently organizes and runs the children and teen programming at the center, as well as off-site events for families, such as Mother/Daughter Bonding Workshops, Spring Fling and Fall Fest events. She manages the center’s on site thrift store and is on a constant hunt for donated goods for the center’s low income families.

Penni has lived in NJ her whole life, attended Kean University and graduated with honors and degrees in both Business Management and Sociology. She lives on a small farm in Alexandria Township with her husband and many pets, while her two children are away at college. Penni has an organic garden, raises bees and chickens, is active in her church, and is a member of two book clubs.

Our Timeline

2012: 
Harvest Opens its doors for the first time at its “Roselawn” location, the old white Victorian at 3 East Main St., Flemington.  Back then, we went by the name Hunterdon County Family Success Center

2012 – 2015:
Harvest offers parenting programs for the first time, including Strengthening Families and Unifying Families several times per year. Donations start rolling in, as well as volunteers!

WOWSA women’s support group begins to gather every Thursday night and the same group of women are still going strong today, supporting each other through thick and thin!

HIOC begins providing utility assistance through our FSC!

2015:
Harvest runs out of space! We find a new home at 87 Park Avenue and begin renovations. The new space sports professional lighting through a Shell grant and the beautiful kitchen was donated and installed by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
The location opened January 2016.

We grow our programming to include homework help; sup-port groups; holiday parties with food and entertainment; wholistic parent and child clas-ses; we become a supervised court visitation site; and offer pro-bono attorney counseling.

2015-2016:
More and more new programs begin to emerge for children and parents, including our ever-popular ESL classes, provided by RVCC.

2016:
We become affiliated with The Salvation Army which has become integral to our families’ wellbeing. They provide space for our Mamas Sin Miedos program. Meanwhile, the club itself is sponsored by Central Jersey Health Consortium, another partnership that began that year. We become Harvest Family Success Center, representing all the bounty and beauty of Hunterdon, and the potential of all our families to become empowered and yield fruit.

Independence Manor begins preparing and providing meals for families once per week. This is an amazing affiliation which has held strong ever since.

The Flemington Food Pantry continues to provide food for our families, and we add a few other regular food providers this year, including but not limited to Panera Bread and Wawa.

2017:
Harvest begins its Lego Robotics program thanks to a grant from Penn East. The iPads purchased with this grant are essential to our center! It is thanks to funders that we are able to provide amazing programs for less-fortunate kids, absolutely free of charge!

Our relationship with St. Magdalen’s in Flemington strengthens as we take on the responsibility of registering families for their food pantry.
—We added programs at Frenchtown Presbyterian Church for seniors and parents.

2018:
Veggiepalooza, which started in 2015, gained even more momentum this year as we had not just one, not two, but three farms providing produce and veggies! We distribute and provide nutritional advice every Wednesday without fail during harvest.

2018-Present:
Harvest continues to grow, so much so that we are setting our sights on a new, bigger location. We have also established a relationship with St. Ann’s in Hampton and have begun satellite office hours and programs there as well, to meet the needs of those in every corner of the county.

Our registration becomes electronic which means we can better understand the demographics we serve.