MILLTOWN—The Women’s Center at Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County (JFVS), now in its fourth year, provides employment services to women who have lost their financial support as a result of separation, divorce, death or disability of a spouse.
Throughout each program year, The Women’s Center at JFVS expands services and develops new job search strategies and techniques to assist women in transition. This year has been no exception.
The Women’s Center recently updated its computer lab and is now able to offer computer training in Microsoft Office 2007. New courses added in the previous year included Keyboarding and Simple Start for QuickBooks. The Women’s Center continues to provide both introductory and intermediate level classes in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Women Center participants have access to the computer lab to practice and maintain skills learned.
In the job search process, The Women’s Center assists clients with resume writing, honing their interview techniques; as well as offering a 12-week, intensive job readiness program designed to help women return to the workforce. Program participants meet individually with a career specialist to identify specific skills, develop employment goals, participate in career counseling and receive job coaching. Women receiving job readiness and job search assistance develop a more focused approach to their employment needs, improve their level of self-confidence to manage an interview, determine the need for additional training or education and successfully find employment.
The Women’s Center at JFVS offers comprehensive, holistic services to enable women experiencing drastic life changes to overcome their fears, insecurities and financial distress. Workshops on topics such as financial literacy, balancing work and family, stress management and other important life skills, are also provided to assist women who need to support themselves and their families.
For the third consecutive year, a Women’s Center client received a New Beginnings Award from the Displaced Homemakers Network of NJ. This award is given to women who overcome many barriers to obtain self-sufficiency and, in doing so, have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life for themselves and their children. The Women’s Center is one of 15 displaced homemakers centers located throughout the state of New Jersey. This program is funded by the Division on Women, NJ Department of Community Affairs and the United Way of Central Jersey.
To learn more about The Women’s Center, to determine program eligibility, to register for computer classes or to post a job opening, call 732-777-1940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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