This weekend, we saw oppression, violence, bigotry, and hate manifest in Charlottesville, Virginia. We know the same forces that white supremacists rely on to incite violence - power and control and fear - are the same forces that normalize sexual violence.
Every day there seems to be new examples of institutionalized oppression that should serve as warning signs so we are no longer surprised by these kinds of events. Dakota Access Pipeline. The deaths of Freddy Gray, Walter Scott, Michael Brown, Jr., Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and many others. HB2. Executive Order 13769. The writing is on the proverbial wall: the pursuit of equity and justice is perceived as threat to the status quo and for it we must fight daily.
It's up to us to listen to communities directly impacted by injustice so we are all prepared to share the burden of speaking truth to power, to recognize our responsibility to push back on harmful words and actions rather than avoiding an uncomfortable conversation, and to acknowledge some of the daily micro- (and not so micro) aggressions that serve as opportunities for allies to stand together against harmful actions and social norms.
We must acknowledge the daily lived experiences of people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, and other marginalized groups silenced by the hatred and institutional power, rather than looking the other way or denying these realities because it is inconvenient or anxiety-producing for the majority. Active and ongoing allyship is vital, especially for the safety of those who don't have the privilege of feeling safe!
We all know that denouncing Nazis and white supremacy should not be difficult or contemplated for very long. But we must also acknowledge the slow, insidious ways the moral fabric of our society can be dominated by those with harmful intentions and hate-fueled, protectionist agendas. We share this so that the our friends, allies, members, and the survivors for whom we all work to know that NJCASA is with you: In support of justice. In support of your voice being heard. And in solidarity.
-The NJCASA Team
As members of NJCASA, The Women's Center echoes the words written here and we work to provide a save harbor for all marginalized populations in our nation and around the world.
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The Women’s Center is committed to providing equal treatment to our diverse community with a fully integrated and educated staff. Diversity is our strength and we celebrate it by helping individuals of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, physical abilities and sexual orientations. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects multiple traditions, heritages, and experiences. Our goal is to eliminate discrimination by becoming change agents in the workplace and in the community.
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GREAT NEWS FROM THE HOME TO WORK PROGRAM...
Funds may be available to help you get the training you need to change your career. Some options include short-term training for high demand careers such as: Administrative Professional, CDL Driver, Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Assistant...or bring us a program of your choice. This assistance is available to Displaced Homemakers: Women who are widowed, divorced, separated, displaced by domestic violence, or their spouse or partner is in the military. For additional information, contact the Home To Work Program at 609.601.9925 ext. 1014.
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HOME TO WORK PROGRAM
Providing free and confidential services to Displaced Homemakers
Displaced homemakers are women who have lost their primary income due to divorce, separation, the death or disability of a spouse or partner, or have been displaced due to domestic violence, and now find themselves as the primary source of household income, having to return to work.
The Women’s Center’s "Home to Work Program" offers the following free and confidential services:
Resume and Cover Letters Computer Training Job Search Assistance Social Services Referrals Interview Practice Career Counseling Professional Clothing Closet Job Club...and more!
Upcoming computer training classes, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Beyond the Introduction, are listed on our training and events calendar. Click on the "training and events" link at the top of this page for registration information.
To find out more about the Home to Work Program and Job Club, call us at 609.601.9925 ext. 1014
This is a Displaced Homemaker Service
HOME TO WORK PROGRAM
PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING CLOSET
Our thrift store closed in 2015, so we are no longer able to accept "drop offs" or the types of general items meant for the thrift store. We are grateful for donations and are able to accept them by appointment, as specified below.
In all sizes, we accept new or gently used, interview-appropriate and professional clothing including: Matching Suits Separates Handbags Shoes Outerwear
All donated items should be in season, in style and in great condition. In order to present our clients with clothing that is ready to wear, we ask that all items be clean, pressed and on hangers; please...not in bags or boxes. For more information and to schedule a drop-off please call 609.601.9925 ext. 1001
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To find out about specific items currently needed for our protective residential shelter, please call our Shelter Manager at 609.601.9925 ext. 1010.
If you or someone you know is a victim/survivor of human trafficking and would like to learn about the free support services available through out New Jersey, please call our 24 hour confidential hotline to speak with a counselor: 1-800-286-4184
To learn more about Human Trafficking and the Dream Catcher program, please click here
CRIMES OF VIOLENCE!
Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.Help change the facts. Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
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The 24:7 Dad Program is a 12 week curriculum facilitated in a group setting designed to improve the well-being of children through involved, responsible, and committed parenting.
All program services are free! For more information, or to sign up, please contact: 609-601-9925 ext. 222.