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Programs & Services

For women transitioning from home to the paid workforce following separation, divorce, disability or death or a spouse or significant other, the Center’s programs and services are available to help you move toward economic self-sufficiency. Domestic abuse survivors, displaced homemakers, veterans, LGBT, and others, may be eligible for referrals or funded computer training through the Bergen County One Stop Career System. Women’s Rights Information Center is a member of the Displaced Homemaker Network of New Jersey.
Participate in classes, workshops, programs and services to improve your skills and enrich your life.

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-3pm.
Evening hours available for Programs

CAREER SERVICES

Equip yourself with the skills and tools you need to get a new or better job. For job search counseling, interview coaching, networking, employment assistance, resume development and career counseling, call (201) 568-1166 for an orientation appointment. (Orientations are every other Wednesday at 1pm.)

CAREER CLOSET

Enter the workforce with style and confidence. Low-income job seekers can shop for outfits and accessories from our Career Closet of donated items. To make an appointment, call (201) 568-1166.

Clothing donations are being accepted by WRIC volunteers at Past & Present Consignment Shop, 253 Closter Dock Road, Closter, New Jersey. We ask that all donated items be no older than 5 years old, laundered, on hangers, seasonally appropriate, and suited for interview, job, or network settings.
Call ahead for drop off hours - 201-784-7441.

MICROSOFT TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Gain the competitive edge with the skills and credentials you need to set yourself apart in the job market. Our classes include: Certified Microsoft Office Specialist training and Certified Bookkeeping and Quickbooks Specialist training. Accreditations: NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development approved training provider; Microsoft-authorized training and certification center; Intuit-authorized training and certification center; Bergen County One Stop Career System/Workfirst New Jersey collaborative partner. For training courses, call Martha Velez, or email mvelez @ womensrights.org. For certification testing, email jsprance @ womensrights.org

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

If you’re considering starting a business, or are already on your way, our informative seminars offered by the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. provide the skills, resources, and networking opportunities to strengthen your business capabilities and provide you with the insight to take your business wherever you want it to go. Call Judith Williams at (201) 568-1166, or email Support.WRIC @ womensrights.org

ESL / CITIZENSHIP CLASSES -
Se habla Español

ESL: We offer classes for improving English skills. Contact Ysabel Espinal at yespinal @ womensrights.org. Se habla Español.
Se ofrecen clases de inglés, cuidadania y de computadora básica. Tenemos también damos ayuda sobre carreras, búsqueda de empleo y entrenamiento. Contractar a Ysabel Espinal at 201.568.1166 o yespinal @ womensrights.org

We offer Citzenship Classes. Contact Ysabel Espinal at yespinal @ womensrights.org.

INFORMATION, RESOURCES AND REFERRALS

Through our local, county and statewide network of agencies and non-profit organizations, we can help you find resources and services for your personal and family needs. Call us at (201) 568-1166 or email jwilliams @ womensrights.org

LEGAL CONSULTATIONS

For family, matrimonial and child support issues, and immigration issues, half-hour appointments are scheduled Monday evenings and one Thursday night a month with attorneys specializing in family law. Call us at (201) 568-1166, or email jwilliams @ womensrights.org. (Consultations in Spanish available)

SHARED HOUSING

Shared Housing is a personalized service that matches those who are looking for housing with those who are looking to share their home or apartment. Shared Housing benefits include: reduced financial burden and therefore an opportunity to increase savings as well as keep one’s home, sharing of household tasks, companionship possibilities, and more. Women’s Rights Information Center is a member of the National Shared Housing Resource Center. Homelessness prevention referrals and housing counseling services are also available by appointment. Call 201-568-1166 or email sbendes @ womensrights.org

VOLUNTEERING

To contribute your time and talents to help the Center help other women, contact Judith Williams - jwilliams @ womensrights.org

UNEMPLOYMENT/
RE-EMPLOYMENT

For dislocated workers or unemployment insurance recipients seeking computer training and/or certification to improve their work qualifications and re-enter the workforce. You may be eligible for referrals or funded training through the Bergen County One Stop Career System. Call Martha Velez, or email mvelez @ womensrights.org

WOMEN'S DIVERSITY BOOK GROUP

The Women's Diversity Book Group meets monthly to discuss works by and about women. It is cosponsored by the Community Outreach Committee of Women's Rights Information Center and the Englewood Public Library. For further information, leave a message for organizer Nancy Ferer at 201.568.1166

WORKSHOPS

Monthly workshops are offered on a variety of topics of interest to women including health and wellness, stress management, violence prevention, financial management, self-esteem, and more. To register or inquire, call us at (201) 568-1166 or email info @ womensrights.org. Check our home-page for job fairs, hiring events, special programs, yoga, and other news.

To present a workshop, call Judith Williams, or email jwilliams @ womensrights.org

WORKFIRST
NEW JERSEY

For individuals striving to move from government assistance to employment and self-sufficiency. You may be eligible for referrals or funded training through the Bergen County One Stop Career System. Call Martha Velez, or email mvelez @ womensrights.org
Funding for Center programs and services include: NJ Department of Community Affairs Division on Women, Displaced Homemakers Program; NJ Department of Labor; Bergen County Department of Human Services; Bergen County Community Development Program; County of Bergen; Bergen County’s United Way; Displaced Homemaker Network of NJ, Inc.; Community Chest of Englewood; Leonia Community Chest; National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Teaneck Section; Women United in Philanthropy; contributions from individuals, organizations, small foundations and corporations; fund-raising events; plus valuable in-kind services from members of Women Lawyers in Bergen and many other volunteer professionals.
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