Somerset resident Matilda Archer, 39, has spent the last 12 years taking care of her son, Dijon Archer, who brings her unimaginable joy.
Many who know her at the Somerville-based Jewish Family Services of Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset Counties say that she is thoughtful and always has a positive outlook on life. Archer and her son are part of the organization’s family mentor program, which provides tutoring once a week for her son, Dijon, who is in seventh grade, has a little trouble focusing, and the program is helping him keep his education on track.
She said her son has a variety of interests typical of a young man his age, including playing sports and hanging out with friends.
Archer said that while his grades have improved since participating in the mentoring program, having a computer would really help him because almost everything they do in school now is online.
This would also help her with her dream of finishing her college degree, as everything is also done mostly online in higher education as well.
Before deciding to go back to school, Archer worked at Player One Amusement Group doing accounting until Aug. 15 of this year.
“We nominated Matilda (for the Courier News Wish Book program) because she was recently laid off by her company, which was very hard for her because she is a single mother working to support her family,” said Young-ln Shin, family mentor coordinator at Jewish Family Services. “She is using this difficult time to better herself and improve the quality life of her whole family.”
“She is looking to go back to community college to finish her associate degree,” Shin said. “This has been a long-term dream of hers to get a degree.”
Archer said that because of her financial situation, she has not been able to complete her accounting degree even though she already has 49 credits. Her current situation has given her a golden opportunity to realize her dream.
“Raritan Valley Community College has a program that helps you go back to school if you’re unemployed,” explained Archer.
“A computer would help my whole family,” Archer added.
Jewish Family Services is a non-profit, non-sectarian, community organization which provides counseling, family mentor programs, senior mentor programs, and programs to help clients prepare for and find better job opportunities.