Anthony Garubo Salon in Maplewood Partners with the Linda & Rudy Slucker
NCJW/Essex Center for Women to Help Empower Women
LIVINGSTON, N.J., May 3, 2018 – For the fifth consecutive year, ten women from the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women (CFW) were treated to a special pampering this spring, thanks to the generosity of the award-winning Anthony Garubo Salon in Maplewood, NJ.
Usually closed on Mondays, the Salon opened its doors and donated its time and talent to help empower the CFW clients with a new look. All services were donated and anything was possible, from a blowout to cut, color and even highlights, as the stylists consulted with each individual client.
Patty Kremen, Career Services Manager at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, explains that this event is part of the CFW’s overall approach to help women feel a sense of confidence and at their best. “It is our goal to help women who are looking for a job or in transition to feel empowered and good about themselves,” she says. “Sometimes you are too focused on your job search and you need to take time to look inward and focus on yourself. The Garubo Salon has given these women an amazing opportunity to feel refreshed and recharged.”
This year the CFW’s partnership with the Garubo Salon expanded to offer year-round services for clients in need, thanks to a generous grant from an anonymous donor. The grant goes toward providing up to 20 clients who are trying to get back into the work force with a gift certificate to visit the Salon and an opportunity to look and feel their best before a job interview. “Landing a job is about professional preparation but also about feeling whole,” says Patty. “A single trip to the Salon can make you feel like you can conquer the world and it can make all the difference during an interview.”
“I feel happy and confident and beautiful!” exclaimed Monica Lutz of Bloomfield, NJ, after a cut, color and blowout. “The Center for Women has helped to empower me and let me believe in myself and my self-worth. They continue to guide me in the right direction.”
The Anthony Garubo Salon has graciously hosted this event for the past five years because of their desire to give back to the community and specifically to women in need. As Janine Garubo Austin, Managing Director said, “We love this tradition and it is the high point of our year. With spring and Mother’s Day, it feels like a good time to have a new beginning. My staff and I are honored to be a little bit of a catalyst for change.”
The Center for Women is a resource for women focusing on growth and self-improvement. The Center offers workshops on a variety of topics, computer classes, legal guidance, career services and peer support. Clients of the Center are learning skills to enter or re-enter the workforce, finding encouragement to cope with new or unexpected life situations, gaining the confidence to develop their own career path and improving personal relationships.
The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women is located at 70 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ. For more information, please visit www.centerforwomenNJ.org or call (973) 994-4994.
The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women
Receives Block Grant from Essex County
LIVINGSTON, NJ, March 22, 2018 – The Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women received a $9,678 block grant from the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment, Division of Housing and Community Development. The grant will go towards expanding the programs offered by the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which have helped thousands of women with computer skills, job searches and personal guidance.
Pictured (l to r) are George Serio, Director at Essex County Division of Housing and Development, Armando B. Fontoura, Essex County Sheriff, Beverly Trust and Barbara Hauser, both of Livingston, NJ, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, and Isabel Margolin of Montville. Trust, Hauser and Margolin are volunteer co-chairs of the NCJW/Essex Career Closet, which assists economically disadvantaged women in obtaining career attire appropriate for the workplace. Sue Wasserman, Director of Community Services for NCJW/Essex commented, “We are very excited about the opportunities that this grant will give to the Center for Women and the various programs that fall under its umbrella.”
For more information about the Center for Women please visit www.centerforwomenNJ.org, or call (973) 994-4994. Programs are nonsectarian and open to all women, regardless of religion.
“Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity”
NCJW/Essex Dessert and Dialogue to Feature
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf – Author, Activist, Social Justice Advocate
The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) will present a special evening event, Dessert and Dialogue, featuring author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, on the evening of April 25, 2018. The program will be held at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ, at 7:00 pm.
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leader in the movement to make feminine hygiene products affordable, and accessible. Her work to end the “tampon tax” and advocate for legislation that addresses the lack of menstrual equity in our communities has put her on the map as one of the nation’s “badass menstrual activists” by the publication Bustle. Menstrual equity is, in Weiss-Wolf’s opinion, a “gateway issue for feminism” and one that is intensely relatable by all women.
NCJW/Essex operates a community service project called “The Period.Project” which collects and distributes feminine hygiene supplies to local agencies and clients of its Center for Women. “Our community service work has shown us that more needs to be done to address the often overlooked issue of menstrual equity,” says Shari Harrison, President of NCJW/Essex. “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Weiss-Wolf to educate us and inspire us to continue engaging on this important issue.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. Writer, activist, social justice advocate, will be the speaker at an upcoming NCJW/Essex Dessert and Dialogue