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Participate in classes, workshops, programs and services to improve your skills and enrich your life.
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday 9am-8:30pm, Friday 9am-5pm.

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, and employment assistance, call Luz Galeano or email lgaleano @ womensrights.org. For resume development and career counseling, call Juanita Turner, or email jturner @ womensrights.org.

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, email info @ womensrights.org. Clothing donations are being accepted by WRIC volunteers at Past & Present Consignment Shop, 253 Closter Dock Road, Closter, New Jersey. Please 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: Office Technology/Microsoft Office Specialist certification training (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook); Intuit QuickBooks accounting software; Microsoft productivity mini-courses and Computer Basics, Email, social networking and Internet classes for the beginner computer user.
Accreditations: NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development approved training provider; Microsoft-authorized training and certification center; Intuit-authorized training and certification center; National Healthcareers Association 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 beginner classes, call Cheryl Alicchio or email calicchio @ womensrights.org. For certification testing, call Suzan Burr, or email sburr @ womensrights.org

DISPLACED HOMEMAKER (DH) 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 and displaced homemakers 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. Call Suzan Burr or email sburr @ 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 Cheryl Alicchio or email calicchio @ womensrights.org.

EN ESPAÑOL - HISPANIC WOMEN’S SERVICES

Our bilingual counselors assist Spanish-speaking women with improving English skills, learning computers, studying for citizenship, and preparing for work.
Para las mujeres que hablan español, se ofrecen asesorías sobre carreras, búsqueda de empleo y entrenamiento. Tenemos también clases de inglés y de computadora. Se le atenderá en español. Contactar a Luz Galeano al 201.568.1166 o lgaleano @ 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 Cheryl Alicchio, or email calicchio @ womensrights.org

LEGAL CONSULTATIONS

For family, matrimonial and child support issues, half-hour appointments are scheduled Monday evenings and one Thursday night a month with attorneys specializing in family law. Call Cheryl Alicchio, or email calicchio @ womensrights.org

SHARED HOUSING FOR ONE-PARENT FAMILIES AND OTHERS

Shared Housing is a personalized service that assists single parents and others in finding compatible housemates, matching those who are looking for housing and those who are looking to share their home or apartment. Shared Housing benefits include reduced financial burden, sharing of household tasks, childcare or companionship possibilities, an opportunity to increase savings, 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 Jovannie Lorenzo or email jlorenzo @ womensrights.org.

VOLUNTEERING

To contribute your time and talents to help the Center help other women, contact Doris Baran Hirsch at dbhirsch @ 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

VETERANS

For women veterans or military spouses needing housing, legal or employment-related assistance. The Center’s programs and services are available to help you move toward economic self-sufficiency. Veterans may be eligible for referrals or funded computer training through the Bergen County One Stop Career System. Informational workshops, Vet-to-Vet self-help groups and a support group for survivors of MST (military sexual trauma) are currently forming. For assistance, veterans can contact vet-voice.blogspot.com. For general information, email info @ womensrights.org or to participate in our Veteran's Forum, click here

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 Libary. 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 Cheryl Alicchio or email calicchio @ womensrights.org. To present a workshop, call Suzan Burr or email sburr @ 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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