A New Way Forward Series - ALICE at Work: Presented by United Way of NNJ

June 14, 2023

12:00:00 PM - 01:30:00 PM


A New Way Forward Series

ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households throughout the country struggle to afford basic expenses — food on the table, child care, medical care, and more. Over a quarter of New Jersey households were ALICE before the pandemic hit, and financial hardship worsened as the crisis took its toll.

This webinar will help you understand the basics

  • Who is ALICE?
  • Challenges ALICE faces at work
  • How to create an ALICE-aware workplace
  • What is the ALICE Action Network
  • Why taking action for ALICE matters
  • Resources to support you in making a difference for ALICE

Senior Vice President of Strategies for ALICE, Michelle Roers, leads the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of United For ALICE@Work and United In Care. This includes project development, evaluation of progress toward programmatic and funding goals and objectives, and strategizing for project sustainability. Michelle is a member of United Way’s Senior Leadership Team which she is a recognized leader in systems change initiatives in education and workforce development to promote better opportunities for ALICE, and in building strategic partnerships. Roers has an MSW in Social Work from Fordham University’s School of Social Services (NYC) and a BSW in Social Work from St. Catherine University (MN). Prior to United Way, she championed victim rights via the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Jersey Battered Women’s Service (both in New Jersey).

Stephanie Howland is a Senior Manager with United Way of Northern New Jersey. She oversees and participates in multiple initiatives , including United for ALICE@Work, United Way Caregivers Coalition, The Assistive Technology for Caregiving Families Program, and the Equity and Inclusion committee. Stephanie received her MSW from New York University and is a Licensed Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. She started her Social Work career in direct practice, working with adolescents and substance use disorders, victims of domestic, and sexual assault. Many times, she would go out into the community to educate individuals and groups, which is how she realized her true passion: educating and informing individuals and groups about important issues in their community. Stephanie initially came to United Way of Northern New Jersey over 11 years ago excited for the opportunity to work with the Caregivers Coalition, knowing it would allow her to utilize her skills by bringing people together from various backgrounds, for the purpose of supporting family caregivers, through education, information, resources and support, as well as the ability to use this opportunity in a way to mobilize the community and work toward ultimately effecting societal change. Most recently, she has been actively involved in the implementation and growth of United for ALICE@Work, where the potential to influence systemic change is even more prevalent.

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