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Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018


A job fair will be held tomorrow in Mount Olive specifically designed to help persons affected by the abrupt closing of the Sam’s Club store in Mount Olive last week. At the same time, assistance is available to those Morris County residents who lost their jobs through county social services and re-employment agencies, according to the Morris County Board of Freeholders.

Job Fair poster

Hundreds of people lost their jobs when Sam’s Clubs closed stores in Mount Olive, Linden, and West Windsor, as part of a nationwide move by the company that affected thousands of employees nationwide.

“This is a very difficult time for some of our residents who had no expectation of being put out of work so suddenly, and who are obviously reeling from the store closings,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “Our county agencies are available to help those employees to find new jobs, receive needed re-training, and get the personal assistance they may need as they seek new employment.’’

The special job fair will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 17) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mountaintop Church, 6 Naughright Road, Hackettstown NJ 07840. For information, call 9087-850-5477. It is sponsored by Mount Olive Township in partnership with the church.

Potential employers who would like to participate in the event should contact Lisa Brett in Mount Olive at [email protected] or Pastor Matt Jones at Mountaintop Church at [email protected]

Meanwhile, for assistance during this difficult time, laid off workers can avail themselves of a host of county and regional services:

  • Morris-Sussex-Warren Employment and Training Services: https://msw-jobtraining.org/ or call 800-870-3478 or 973-285-6880 for an appointment;Sam's Club Layoffs: Mt. Olive Hosting Job Fair; County Offers Job Guidance and Assistance
  • Additional job seeker services are available through the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development at the Morris County One-Stop Career Center located at 13 Emery Avenue, Randolph, NJ or visit: http://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/
  • Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance, for Medicaid or the SNAP (food stamps) program: https://hs.morriscountynj.gov/financial/ or call 973-326-7882
  • NJ Dept. of Labor, to file an unemployment claim: http://nj.gov/labor/ui/file.html
  • Mental Health Services are available for persons dealing with severe stress due to their job loss through the county’s Disaster Response Crisis Counseling program. Call 973-285-6852 or 973-285-6863.

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