The Center for Women and Families

A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation

 

Providing Support Empowerment Since 1984

The Center for Women and Families, formerly known as Women For Women of Union County, Inc., is a private nonprofit organization providing self-help services and professional counseling for people in crisis and transition. The first autonomous agency of its kind in the county, The Center for Women and Families offers a wide range of confidential support services to persons of all ages who are experiencing challenging life issues.

The Center for Women and Families combines short-term professional counseling and self-help peer groups to address personal emotional needs in a changing environment. There are also numerous events and activities to help individuals actualize their potential, achieve their goals, enhance their skills, and engage new social opportunities.

Support, Enrichment and Empowerment: Peer Groups

All groups are peer facilitated by trained individuals with staff consultation. There is a nominal fee per session, discounted for members, but partial or full "scholarships" are available for those unable to pay. (The Center for Women and Families is accessible to all those seeking services; no one is ever turned away due to financial limitations.) Groups are formed in response to expressed needs. Ongoing groups include:

  • Building Self Esteem
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Self-Awareness/Assertiveness
  • Coping with Depression
  • Living with Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Retirement and Aging
  • Career Counseling
  • Financial Counseling
  • Anger and Emotional Eating
  • Reducing Stress and Enhancing Well-Being
  • Sunday Friends

Topics vary, but are often repeated according to membership demand. Three six-week topical sessions are offered including a variety of groups. These are offered during fall, winter and spring. In addition, there is an open-topic Summer Drop-In session. The Center for Women and Families strives to meet the ongoing and changing needs of members and friends by offering additional, impromptu groups that enable groups to extend their six-week segment and maintain momentum. For brief descriptions of our current groups and activities, visit our Support Groups and Special Events pages. Remember, we are always open to suggestions for new group topics!

Individual Counseling

Short-term low-cost one-on-one confidential counseling is available by appointment. Adults and children can discuss crises and transitions with experienced, attuned Masters-level counselors. A sliding-scale fee is used to determine payment, according to financial means. No one is ever turned away. For more information, please feel free to contact us. We will arrange for a counselor to answer your questions about our counseling services so that you can determine if they're right for you.

Workshops and Community Education

The Center for Women and Families provides educational workshops that are free and open to the community. Qualified workshop speakers address a variety of topics:

  • Self Esteem
  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Effective Communications
  • Health, Wellness and Nutrition
  • Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Creative Writing
  • Preparing Your Resume
  • How to Save a Marriage
  • Infertility and Adoption
  • Surviving Separation and Divorce
  • Embracing What You Love
  • Basic PC Learning
  • Understanding Abusive Relationships
  • Parenting

. . . and many others.

Helpline Informational Resources and Referrals

Trained volunteers operate a helpline providing help for those with immediate problems and supplying information about The Center for Women and Families' services and other resources in the greater Union County area. Through our helpline, we can give you initial direction, provide you with helpful contact information, and get you started on the road to resolution. Call our main number to contact us regarding our helpline services.

Free Legal Consults

Several experienced local attorneys work with our agency to provide professional legal advice to help you understand your options and to protect your rights under the law. The Center for Women and Families sponsors free half-hour appointments with an experienced attorney, available for women seeking advice and direction in approacing legal matters. Contact us for information.

Changing Families: Children Helping Children

Under the guidance of a certified counselor/early childhood educator, peer support groups, designated by age group, are available to children impacted by the break-up of their parents' marriage. www.simpleportapotties.com/ne/porta-potties-in-waterbury/
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These groups provide children positive opportunities, through artwork, storytelling and discussion, to understand their feelings and draw strength from each other in realizing they are not alone in their experiences and emotions. Help is also available for single parents, by appointment. Visit our Changing Families page. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Reference Resource Library with Internet-Connected PCs

A reference resource library, equipped reference and self-help books, video and audio tapes, pamphlets, and with internet-connected PCs, are available to those seeking a quiet, confidential place to explore available information on a variety of issues. Individual PC training is also available, by appointment, for those wishing to develop their PC skills and to explore the world of information that the internet has to offer. For additional information, visit our About Us page.

Newsletter

Our Newsletter is released three times yearly, to coincide with new group sessions and events to be hosted by The Center for Women and Families. It includes lively and informative feature articles that describe recent achievements, future goals and special events in connection with The Center for Women and Families and its membership and friends. The newsletter also announces upcoming groups, workshops and events. Each newsletter includes a registration form, giving members and friends an opportunity to pre-register to guarantee participation in chosen activities. To obtain a newsletter and registration form, please click here and call the office. To view our latest feature articles, visit our Newsletter page.

Leadership Training

Volunteers with leadership abilities can qualify for an 18-hour training program to become group facilitators and attend periodic leadership meetings. Facilitators help keep group conversation flowing, coordinate topical information, and support the needs of the individuals attending each group. These groups are generally topical. Facilitators are welcome to suggest themes they wish to introduce to our members and friends for groups to explore. For a sample of facilitator-lead groups and topics, visit our Support Groups page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Women wishing to join our family of volunteers may apply for a variety of flexible roles, in either short or longer-term capacities. Volunteering presents a unique opportunity to donate meaningful help resources to their community while developing marketable communications and office skills through a variety of hands-on projects and assignments. For additional information, visit our Contribute page.


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