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Social Services Guide

Contact info for Emergency response, Social Services, and other useful links to organizations in the Bergen County area.

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For Emergencies

Government Listings

Multi-purpose Aid Agencies

Specialized Services

Contact Details

Emergency Contacts

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Medical Emergencies
American Red Cross helplines for emergency and disaster response
201-487-7470 or 800-507-6058.

Northern New Jersey office: 973-797-3300

Poison Information national 24/7 hotline 1-800-222-1222
New Jersey Poison Control – online information
Hospitals & Medical Services
Valley Hospital in Ridgewood – main switchboard. 201-447-8000.
Valley Hospital in Ridgewood – Emergency Room 201-447-8300
Valley Hospital specialized medical units, home and hospice care, support groups, classes, workshops, etc. Information on services, including branch walk-in clinics 7 days at Dumont, Hawthorne, Montvale, Riverdale, Teaneck, Waldwick.
Physician referral 800-825-5391
Englewood Hospital 201-894-3000
Hackensack University Medical Center 551-996-2000
Holy Name Medical Center (Teaneck) 201-833-3000
St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Paterson) 973-754-2000
St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Wayne) 973-942-6900
St. Mary’s Hospital (Passaic) 973-365-4300 47-8285201-447-8285
Police Departments Phone
Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (www.bcoem.org) under county Police Department201-634-3100
Glen Rock Police Department (www.glenrockpolice.com). 201-652-3800
Glen Rock Police “Help Phone Numbers” (www.glenrockpolice.com/phone.htm)
Bergen County Police by town (www.bcpo.net/go.php?display_id=40).
Downed Power Lines
Public Service Electric & Gas Company Hotline 24/7 to report downed power lines, gas leaks, power outages: 1-800-436-PSEG (-7734)
Ridgewood Emergency Services
Medical Service dial 9-1-1 for immediate threat to life; otherwise call 201-670-5570.

Police 201-652-3900.

Fire 201-444-4224

Information on services, donations, & volunteering: 201-670-5570(ridgewood911.ridgewoodnj.net)

General Services
Travelers Aid Office at Newark Liberty Airport helps travelers who are stranded or face other emergencies 973-623-5052
Free library research service 201-447-8285
Volunteering opportunities (minimum age 14) 201-447-8138
Community Resource Council of Bergen County , Non-profit that provides free information and referrals for social and personal services available from 2,000-plus area agencies. (www.crchelpline.org), email CRCHelpforall@aol.com. Also lists agencies in its “Community Resources Directory,” especially useful for clergy and charities ($30 per copy, mail order to P.O. Box 443, Hackensack NJ 07601). 201-343-4900,
helpline weekdays at 201-343-6542 or -6543.
New Jersey 2-1-1 Partnership — DIAL 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state 24/7 for free, confidential, multilingual referrals to a wide variety of community aid resources. Sponsored by United Way & State of New Jersey (www.nj211.org). 211
New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse Contacts for thousands of support and 12-step groups (e.g. for abuse, addictions, bereavement, disabilities, family issues, illnesses) and telephone helplines (www.njgroups.org). 1-800-367-6274

Government Listings

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Bergen County services. See www.co.bergen.nj.us, including:
Child Care information 201-336-7150
Community Development 201-336-7200 (aid for small businesses, home ownership and mortgages, home improvement)
Disability Services 201-336-6504 or -5
Emergency Aid 201-336-6475 (temporary housing, meals, health services etc.)
Health and Safety 201-225-7000
Homelessness 24-hour hotline 1-888-323-7436
Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing 201-336-7225
Human Services 201-336-7575 (domestic violence, disabilities, children’s services, transportation needs, family guidance, seniors, veterans)
Seniors and caregivers information 201-336-7400 or 201-634-2820
Social Services 201-368-4200 (family crises, refugees, adult protection, food stamps, child support, Medicaid and other medical help, emergency housing, job assistance, nursing home placement)
Substance Abuse Recovery 201-336-3330
Passaic County services. See list at www.passaiccountynj.org or contact Paterson office switchboard 973-881-4402
State of New Jersey Numerous services paralleling or in addition to those provided at the local and county level. Inquiries: 609-292-2121. Listing of 500 departments and services at www.nj.gov/nj/gov/njgov/alphaserv.html Detail on state services at www.njhelps.org

MultiPurpose Aid Agencies

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Crossroads Community Ministries of Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Paterson 973-278-5627After-school program; child care; fitness, dance, English as a Second Language; food pantry; summer day camp; housing for those completing drug or alcohol rehabilitation, etc. See www.madisonavecrossroads.com
New Hope Community Ministries, in Prospect Park at 973-942-4059 Christian agency offering family, employment, and financial counseling; food pantry; parenting classes; support groups, etc. See www.newhopecommunityministries.com
Northeast Community Transformation Christian Reformed Church agency based in North Haledon seeks justice on immigration, hunger, poverty, and racial reconciliation, and sponsors practical aid (e.g. ESL and other training, after-school program, wintertime men’s shelter). www.nectonline.org or info@nectonline.org
Salvation Army. New Jersey Division office in Union: 908-851-9300. Newark service center 973-623-5959Hackensack corps 201-342-6531 www.salvationarmyusa.org. Christian outreach helping with homelessness, food, clothing, disaster response, substance abuse, life-skills training, child care, seniors, youth, military personnel, prison inmates, and missing persons aid. Also receives donations of varied goods for resale.
Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity also serves Glen Rock, HoHoKus, Midland Park, Waldwick, & Wyckoff. Private non-profit founded in 1909 with food pantry, clothing vouchers, emergency housing and utility aid, child care, school supplies, birthday bags and holiday gifts, client advocacy, referrals to specialized services. 201-444-2980 or www.ssa6.org

Specialized Services

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Bethany Christian Services national hotline 1-800-BETHANY (238-4269) www.bethany.org Fair Lawn office 201-703-4371. Provides pregnancy counseling and arranges adoptions.
Birthright Free pregnancy tests, referrals to counseling and maternity homes. National hotline 1-800-550-4900. www.birthright.org. Local office in Maywood: 201-845-4646.
Florence Christian Home Single mothers’ residence in Wayne, crisis pregnancy
center, medical care, tutoring. 973-616-1315
New Hope Inc. Help for single first-time mothers and their babies (housing subsidies, day care, education, counseling). 24-hour NJ hotline: 201-408-4726
Right to Life Abortion Alternatives 24-hour NJ hotline 201-262-1953
Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center973-238-9045 lighthouse.org
ABUSE [back to top]
Adult Protective Services of Bergen County government: 201-368-4300; after hours 1-800-624-0275
Alternatives to Domestic Violence 201-336-7575 Crisis intervention, counseling, legal aid, information, referrals to other services.
Bergen County Prosecutor: Domestic violence 201-646-2057. Superior Court domestic violence intake unit201-527-2350 Child abuse 201-226-5620.
Child Abuse Hotline, State of New Jersey 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (652-2873)
New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women 24-hour NJ hotline 1-800-572-SAFE (-7233). National hotline 1-800-799-7233
ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE [back to top]
Bethany Christian Services. Largest U.S. adoption agency; also provides foster care, international adoption service, pregnancy counseling. National hotline 1-800-BETHANY (238-4269) www.bethany.org. Fair Lawn office 201-703-4371
BLOOD [back to top]
Community Blood Services Donations welcome from those age 17 and up and weighing at least 110 pounds. Paramus center 201-444-3900; other locations
CHILDREN’S AID [back to top]
Big Brothers / Big Sisters Volunteers mentor children of single parents, ages 6-16. Information: 973-335-3044
Child Abuse Hotline, State of New Jersey 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (652-2873)
Covenant House “Nineline” for homeless and at-risk youths: 1-800-999-9999 Varied youth aid programs offered at Newark center: 973-621-8705
Early Intervention System State program to evaluate developmental, physical, or mental issues with children under age 3. Information: 888-NJ-EI-INFO (653-4463)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hour hotline 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)
New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention 1-877-NO-BULLY (662-8559) or 908-522-2581, njbullying@yahoo.com, www.njbullying.org.
Runaway Hotline for youths to call: 1-800-231-6946
Youth Consultation Service Hackensack office 201-678-1312. Varied programs for children with special education, mental health or behavioral health needs.
CIVIC & CULTURAL [back to top]
College Club of Ridgewood College graduate members from many towns provide student grants and loans & sponsor monthly speakers. www.collegeclubofridgewood.org Information: ccmembership@gmail.com.
Community Schools Operated by public school systems in Glen Rock, Midland Park, Paramus, Ridgewood, and other towns. Reasonably priced excursions, and short courses to enhance numerous skills and hobbies. Contact local districts for information. Ridgewood posts 50-page catalog online at http://ridgewood.rcs.schoolfusion.us
Glen Rock Independence Day Committee. Sponsors annual parade. To participate, contact glenrockparade@gmail.com
Glen Rock Jaycees Non-profit sponsors various community programs. www.glenrockjaycees.org or info@glenrockjaycees.org
The Hermitage State museum in HoHoKus with special programs at Revolutionary War house visited by Washington, Hamilton, Monroe, Burr, & Lafayette. Information on hours and events: 201-445-8311 or www.thehermitage.org
James Rose Center Exhibits, lectures, juried competitions at non-profit research foundation for landscape design at what was Rose’s Ridgewood home. www.jamesrosecenter.org
League of Women Voters of New Jersey Non-partisan civic activities. Units in Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Northern Valley area, Ridgewood, Teaneck, Wayne. Information: www.lwvnj.org or 609-394-3303
Mahwah Museum Exhibits and lectures. www.mahwahmuseum.org
Ridgewood Art Institute 201-652-9615 Non-profit for professionals and amateurs to foster painting and drawing through classes, demonstrations, lectures, and juried exhibitions (fees).
Ridgewood Fourth of July Committee Has sponsored parade and fireworks since 1910. To participate contact ridgewood4th@gmail.com
Ridgewood Public Library 201-670-5600 Free book, e-book, video, periodical, and reference collections, access to Bergen County Cooperative Library System holdings (searchable at library’s Website), and numerous free or low-cost programs, e.g. book groups, movies, computer classes, lectures, children’s storytime, family fun, exhibits. See listings at www.ridgewoodlibrary.org (Similar offerings other towns’ libraries.)
Saddle River Valley Cultural Center Non-profit based in historic Upper Saddle River church building. Children’s classes, art displays, concerts, dance and acting lessons, dramas and shows, summer camps. www.saddlerivervalleyculturalcenter.org or office@srvcc.org
Schoolhouse Museum For exhibits and hours: 201-447-3242 or www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org. Sponsoring Ridgewood Historical Society also has information on other area historic sites (e.g. John Fell House, The Hermitage, Hopper-Goetschius House, Old Stone House, Van Allen House, Zabriskie House).
Toastmasters International Non-profit for developing public speaking, communication and leadership skills (dues). Clubs in Clifton, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Mahwah, Paramus, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Saddle River, Wayne. Information: 949-858-8255 or www.toastmasters.org
CONSUMERS [back to top]
Better Business Bureau of New Jersey 609-588-0808. http://newjersey.bbb.org Check out businesses, charities, and online scams; file complaints
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of New Jersey 888-726-3260 www.cccsnj.org Non-profit offers reasonably priced counsel for NJ residents on budgeting, repayment, bankruptcy filing, foreclosure mitigation
Division of Consumer Affairs, State of New Jersey hotline 800-242-5846 www.njconsumeraffairs.gov
New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants posts useful personal finance information at www.moneymattersnj.com
Office of Consumer Protection, Bergen County 201-336-6400
DENTAL [back to top]
Dental Discount Plan (of Bergen County government) 888-632-5353
Donated Dental Services of the New Jersey Dental Association 732-296-6717 Free services for the needy from 700 volunteer dentists and orthodontists.
Eva’s Village in Paterson 973-523-6220 operates free clinic for dentistry as well as primary medical care.
Paterson Community Health Center 973-790-6594 Dental and medical services for those with limited incomes
Visiting Dental Associates Glen Rock office 201-670-0097 In-your-home dental services using portable equipment for the elderly, homebound, and disabled. Standard fees charged.
DRUGS see SUBSTANCE ABUSE [back to top]
EDUCATION [back to top]
Eastern Christian School Association 973-427-6244 Preschool through grade 12. Biblically centered, academically strong education on three campuses. Founded 1892. Accredited by Middle States Association. Technology centers. Need-based scholarships available. Students come from 140 congregations in 40 communities via extensive bus system. See www.easternchristian.org
Bergen Community College in Paramus 201-447-7100 www.bergen.edu Two-year and one-year degree programs and Internet courses. School of Continuing Education has classes in 27 subjects. Adult Learning Center offers high school equivalency, English as a Second Language, and career training. Small Business Development Center provides free counsel.
Passaic County Community College in Paterson and Passaic 973-684-6868 Degree programs, Internet courses, continuing education — see www.pccc.edu
Other New Jersey Colleges & Universities Statewide list posted at www.nj.gov/highereducation/colleges/schools_sector.htm
EMPLOYMENT [back to top]
ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) Northern New Jersey Chapter 973-808-0505Training and networking for career advancement
Back to Work Program of Bergen County United Way. Advice on resume writing, articles with career advice, job coaches’ replies to queries. Email cincontro@bergenunitedway.org or dial 2-1-1 statewide.
Bergen Career Networking Community 201-519-0545
Career Resources Ministry of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Ridgewood 201-444-2000Periodically offers free four-session workshops for job-seekers
Department of Labor, State of New Jersey www.nj.gov/labor Hackensack office 201-996-8970 Paterson office 973-977-4285
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Federal agency with area office in Newark enforces laws barring discrimination against job applicants due to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, older age, or disability 1-800-669-4000 www.eeoc.gov
Glen Rock Job Search Work Team information at 201-445-9229. Meets Monday mornings for information and support at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering 1-800-736-2216 Hewitt office 973-853-6585 Job counseling and referrals for the physically handicapped
Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors 201-262-0103 Free peer support for job-seekers with weekly meetings at Ridgewood Library and many other Bergen and Passaic County locations.
Northern NJ Professionals in Transition contact this network by joining online at http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/NNJ_PIT/
One-Stop Career Center 201-329-9600 Bergen County office with varied services for job-seekers, disadvantaged teens, employers (see www.onestopbwc.org)
Professionals in Transition meets Monday mornings at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Ridgewood, for prayer, mutual support, networking, coaching, and practical tools. Information at 201-444-2299
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) in Paramus 201-599-6090) offers free management counseling to emerging and existing small businesses
Small Business Development Center of Bergen Community College (201) 489-8670 State program for free counsel to owners of established small businesses and startups
ENVIRONMENT & NATURE [back to top]
Closter Nature Center 136-acre site with ponds, brooks, forests, nature walks, lectures. www.closternaturecenter.org (201) 750-2778
Demarest Nature Center Trails, educational and other events. www.demarestnaturecenter.org
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center Hiking and various programs in Englewood www.flatrockbrook.org
Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve Fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, picnicking, 75-acre lake (no boating or swimming). Parking entrance off High Mountain Road. Information: 201-847-8200
Fyke Nature Association Co-manages Celery Farm in Allendale and works to preserve open lands. www.fykenature.org
Garden Club of New Jersey Affiliated groups in HoHoKus, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Saddle River, Wyckoff, elsewhere. Tours, classes, shows. Information: www.gardenclubofnewjersey.com or sue.berdahl@bmail.com
Laurelwood Arboretum 30-acre public park in Wayne with trails, gardens, wildlife, plant species. 973-202-9579 and www.laurelwoodarboretum.org
Lorrimer Sanctuary New Jersey Audubon facility in Franklin Lakes. Self-guided trail, classes, field trips, exhibits, day camps. 201-891-2185
Master Gardeners Rutgers University extension classes in horticulture. Information for Bergen County: http://mgofbc.org or 201-336-6780. Information for Passaic County: http://mgapc.org or 973-305-5740
Meadowlands Environment Center sponsored by Ramapo College. Educational programs in Lyndhurst http://moodle.rst2.edu/meadowlands
Nature Program Cooperative Area alliance of 17 nature and environmental groups www.natureprogram.org
Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. in Oakland offers pets shelter, humane treatment, & adoption; educational programs. 201-337-5180 http://rbari.org
Ridgewood Wildscape Association Promotes nature education, and preservation and maintenance of the village’s undeveloped lands www.ridgewoodwildscape.org
START II (Save The Animals Rescue Team) Non-profit rescues abandoned cats and dogs available for adoption. Offices in Dumont, Englewood, Paramus, Wayne. 201-797-8861
Teaneck Creek Conservancy 46-acre park with nature trails for hiking and jogging; educational programs. www.teaneckcreek.org
Tenafly Nature Center Offers nature programs for all ages and summer day camp. 201-568-6093
Thielke Arboretum Adjacent to Glen Rock swimming pool; hundreds of plant species. http://glenrockarboretum.org or 201-447-0452
Weis Ecology Center New Jersey Audubon facility in Ringwood. Bird-feeding station, observation deck, store, visitors center with exhibits, hiking trails, summer camp. 973-835-2160
Tri-State Voice Free-circulation quarterly newspaper. Posts New Jersey and NYC area events, news, listings, and opportunities for evangelical Christians at www.tristatevoice.com Contact: tristatevoice@aol.com or 201-644-7062
FAMILIES [back to top]
Bergen County Community Action 201-968-0200 Comprehensive information on services to low-income families (case management, counseling, housing, walk-in feeding, family services, energy assistance, vocational training)
Bergen Family Center 201-342-9200 Varied services for children, adolescents, families, and the elderly. See www.bergenfamilycenter.org
Bergen’s Promise 201-712-1170 www.bergenspromise.org Non-profit care management and coordination for Bergen County children with serious emotional and behavioral problems and their families. For eligility and referral questions contact PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624
Center for Family Services Varied programs – see www.centerffs.org Information: 856-964-1990 Referrals 877-9-ACCESS (9-22-2377 access@centerffs.org
Children’s Aid and Family Services Paramus headquarters 201-261-2800 Sixteen locations; aids children who are vulnerable, traumatized, or with special needs. Adoption, foster care, group homes, family services, child care, early learning, addiction resources.
Division of Youth and Family Services, State of New Jersey 24-hour hotline to report child abuse or neglect: 1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873). Contracts with child and family service agencies.
Family Promise of Bergen County Ridgewood office 201-833-8009 Alliance of 21 host religious congregations provides overnight lodging for homeless and hungry families; also case manager and children’s daycare
Family Support Organization 201-796-6209 Provides direct family-to-family peer support, education, and services for family members of children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Hackensack University Medical Center Children’s Hospital in Hackensack sponsors support groups for those affected by SIDS, miscarriage, newborn and infant deaths. Information at 800-704-7437
Parent to Parent 1-800-372-6510 Support, training, and information for parents of children with developmental delays, disabilities, or special health needs.
Parents Anonymous of New Jersey stressline 24 hours at 1-800-THE-KIDS (843-5437) Also 609 585-7666 or panjstress@aol.com. Free confidential support groups for parents, in-person or online, designed to protect children, prevent abuse, and strengthen families
Parents in Crisis Glen Rock support group for parents coping with difficult youths using “tough love” approach. Information: 201-891-4090
The Source 201-670-4673 Glen Rock referral service for individual and family problems.
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network Newark office 973-642-8100 Support and advocacy for children and families facing needs due to disability, poverty, discrimination, immigration status or homelessness, including involvements with the foster care, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems.
FINANCIAL & FOOD AID [back to top]
Center for Food Action 201-569-1804 Provides emergency food packages and rent and utility assistance for the homeless and other needy clients in northern New Jersey. Offices in Hackensack, Mahwah, other locations
Community Meals (201) 447-8295 www.communitymealsonwheels.org. Delivers two low-cost meals weekdays to the homebound in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Midland Park, and Ho-Ho-Kus. For other towns see www.mowaa.org.
Compassion Fund of Bergen County United Way. Help with urgent financial needs and referrals to social services. For contact, dial 2-1-1 statewide.
Food Stamps (i.e. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Aid for qualifying low-income households administered by state Department of Human Services: www.njfoodstamps.com or 1-800-687-9512
Lifeline 1-800-792-9745 New Jersey state programs for the elderly and disabled on limited incomes helps with utility payments, prescription drugs, hearing aids
New Jersey Citizen Action, Newark 973-643-8800 Counsel on available public benefits and family finance. Free tax preparation
New Jersey Shares Non-profit with utility aid hotline: 1-866-657-4273
Salvation Army (see under MULTIPURPOSE above)
SAVVERS 201-336-7400 Bergen County government retail and medical discounts for seniors and veterans
Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity (see under MULTIPURPOSE)
FITNESS & RECREATION [back to top]
Bergen County Park System Sixteen facilities include: Darlington Park in Mahwah with beach and swimming (fee), fishing, picnicking, tennis, handball, wildlife observation. McFaul Environmental Center in Wyckoff with 81-acre wildlife sanctuary and related programs. Van Saun Park in Paramus with county zoo, miniature train, carousel, pony rides, playground, tennis, athletic fields, picnicking. Information: www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcparks/LocalParks.aspx or 201-336-PARK (-7275)
Bergen County Y, a Jewish Community Center in Washington Township 201-666-6610 Fitness center, pool, many community activities. www.yjcc.org
Graydon Park features Ridgewood’s unique sand-bottom swimming area, open June through Labor Day (fee); swimming and lifeguard lessons, swim team, adjacent café, playground, pavilion, game areas, other amenities. Admission sold at higher rates to non-Ridgewood residents. 201-670-5560 or www.ridgewoodnj.net/graydon
Palisades Interstate Park 12-mile preserve along Hudson River. Picnicking, scenic overlooks, lectures, boating, hiking, skiing, other recreation www.njpalisades.org
Passaic County Park System Nine facilities include Garret Mountain Reservation with jogging paths, trails, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, athletic fields, and historic Lambert Castle. Information” 973-881-4921or http://www.passaiccountynj.org/county-parks
Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation 201-670-5560 Exercise and numerous other activities for village residents, e.g. tennis lessons and camps, other athletics, art classes, seniors programs, children’s and youth classes, courses in first aid, babysitting, Red Cross certification, summer day camp (fee) open to non-residents etc. Also has information on local athletic leagues. www.ridgewoodnj.net/recreation
Ridgewood YMCA – YWCA 201-444-5600 Fitness center and pool. Also numerous other programs, services, support groups, summer day camps, newcomers’ club. Listings at www.ridgewoodymca.org
State of New Jersey operates 50 parks, forests, & recreation areas. Three are in Ringwood: Norvin Green State Forest with ecology center and hiking. Ramapo Mountain State Forest with trails for hiking, mountain biking, and cross country skiing. Ringwood State Park with state botanical garden and Ringwood Manor tours. In Jersey City, Liberty State Park features ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, historic railroad terminal site, education center, Liberty Science Center, canoeing, kayaking and other recreation. Details on all state facilities at: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/parkindex.html
Upward Basketball Two local leagues sponsored by Ridgewood and Wyckoff churches for grades 1-4 and grades 5-6 (fee), linked with national program emphasizing equal playing time, healthy competition, sportsmanship, skill-building, and faith in God. Register by November 1 for 10-week season beginning in early January. Information: 201-493-9536 and www.upwardridgewood.com
U.S. National Park Service — Gateway Recreation Area’s Sandy Hook unit offers beaches with ocean swimming and historic sites. Great Falls National Historical Park in central Paterson. Ellis Island National Monument accessed via Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Information on all 12 facilities in New Jersey: http://www.nps.gov/state/nj/list.htm?program=parks
Wyckoff Family YMCA 201-891-2081 Varied fitness facilities. Spring Lake memberships open to non-residents. Many other programs, e.g. youth, special needs, performing arts. See www.wyckoffymca.org
Gamblers Anonymous National hotline 1-888-424-3577 www.gamblersanonymous.org. Twelve-step fellowship for compulsive gamblers. Local meetings in Fair Lawn, Paramus, Westwood.
Gam-Anon for gamblers’ family members. National hotline 1-888-263-1885. Local meetings in Fair Lawn, Paramus. 973-815-0988 www.njgamanon.org
Alliance Against Homelessness of Bergen County 24-hour hotline 1-888-323-7436.
Bergen County Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing 201-336-7225
DACKKS Group 201.236.9001 Ramsey charity helps the Bergen County homeless achieve independent living by renting residences at 30% of whatever their income level
Eva’s Village in Paterson (973-523-6220, www.evasvillage.org) Overnight shelters for men and women and long-term residence for women and children
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey Hackensack office aids people seeking housing and works to assure equal opportunity without discrimination in purchase or rentals. 201-489-3552 or www.fhcnnj.org
Good Shepherd Mission in Paterson (973-742-9244, http://gsmpat.org Men’s overnight shelter and 9-month residential program based upon Bible study.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers construct and rehabilitate homes for persons with limited income, at cost and without interest. Hackensack office 201-457-1020 or www.habitatbergen.org Paterson office 973-595-6868 or www.patersonhabitat.org
Harrison House Paramus residence for those living with HIV/AIDS. Information: (201) 489-2900
Housing Works of Bergen County United Way. Provides rent subsidies for the homeless and develops affordable housing. Information: 201-291-4054, or dial 2-1-1 statewide.
Rebuilding Together Bergen County 201-447-8886 Provides affordable housing by making critical home repairs at no cost for those in need
State of New Jersey Offers temporary aid on back rent to prevent homelessness: 1-866-889-6270
State of New Jersey listing of affordable housing in Bergen County: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/publications/pdf_guide_2_afford_hsg/bergen.pdf
State of New Jersey listing of affordable housing in Passaic County: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/publications/pdf_guide_2_afford_hsg/passaic.pdf
IMMIGRANTS [back to top]
American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights program at Newark office works to ensure respect toward immigrants and meet their needs for legal counsel and fair treatment by government agencies. 973-643-1924
Catholic Community Services Newark office 973-733-3516 Reasonably priced bilingual legal aid in immigration, naturalization, deportation, refugee, and citizenship matters.
Catholic Family and Community Services of the Catholic Diocese of Paterson, offers legal services on immigration matters. 973-279-7100
International Institute of New Jersey The state’s oldest agency helping refugees and immigrants resettle in the U.S. Training, counseling, employment aid, translators, legal services. http://iinj.org Jersey City office 201-653-3888
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National service center 1-800-375-5283
LEGAL AID [back to top]
Christian Legal Aid Project Helps low-income clients in the Elizabeth-Newark area. 908-289-6322
Community Mental Health Law Project 201-634-2760 Legal services for those now or previously hospitalized or at risk of becoming psychiatric patients.
Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Attorney General 609-292-4605 Investigates and prosecutes discrimination claims in housing, employment, public accommodations
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Newark office works with a dozen agencies offering free legal aid. www.njisj.org/legal/index.php 973-624-9400
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services Bar associations sponsor free legal aid in civil cases for limited-income, disabled, and vulnerable clients. Statewide hotline 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (576-5529) or NNJLS@lsnj.org. Hackensack office 201-487-2166 Paterson office 973-523-2900
Office of the Public Defender, State of New Jersey. Low-fee representation in criminal matters and child advocacy for those unable to afford private attorneys. Hackensack office 201-996-8030 Paterson office 973-977-4150 Statewide: 609-292-7087
Passaic County Legal Aid Society, Paterson. Contact volunteer lawyers handling wide variety of civil matters via 973-345-7171
RequestLegalHelp.com Web site matches inquirers to lawyers nationwide with dozens of specializations (search is free; lawyers charge standard fees).
Small Claims Court These county courts handle civil cases with claims limited to $5,000, sometimes without need for an attorney. See www.judiciary.state.nj.us/civil/civ-02.htm
Victims of Crime Compensation Office State of New Jersey agency with office in Newark compensates innocent victims of crime. 1-877-658-2221
MEDICAL & HEALTH [back to top]
AIDS-HIV-STD hotline (University of Medicine and Dentistry) 1-800-624-2377
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative 201-342-2478 Physicians and nurses at Hackensack clinic provide free primary and preventive care to those without insurance or other means to pay who qualify under federal poverty guidelines
CancerCare New Jersey office in Ridgewood: 201-444-6630 National: 800-813-HOPE (-4673). Non-profit whose social workers provide free support groups for cancer patients, family members, and caregivers
Catastrophic Illness in Children 1-800-335-FUND (3863) State of New Jersey aid for heavy medical costs (generally 10% of income) for patients age 21 and under
Eating Disorders helplines 1-800-624-2268 and 1-800-522-2230
Eva’s Village in Paterson (973-523-6220) operates free clinics for primary medical care and dentistry.
Family Health Line of the Center for Family Services. Though based in southern New Jersey, this agency provides comprehensive referral information statewide at 1-800-328-3838
N.J. Family Care Pprovides low-cost or no-cost medical coverage for low-income families. 1-800-701-0710 www.njfamilycare.org
North Hudson Community Action Corp. Health Center, Garfield 973-340-1182 Medical treatment on sliding fee scale based on ability to pay
Overeaters Anonymous New Jersey information: 973-746-8787 Meetings in Hawthorne, Midland Park, Ridgewood
Paterson Community Health Center 973-790-6594 Medical and dental treatment for those with limited incomes
Pharma.org Drug companies’ offers of discount and free prescriptions: www.pharma.org/info/
Rita and Samuel Brodie Medical Day Care, Clifton 973-253-5704 For the frail, elderly, and Alzheimer’s patients. Sliding scale for payments; Medicare approved.
Also see Hospital listings under EMERGENCIES
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP [back to top]
Bergen County Society. Inter-denominational Christian men’s Friday breakfast meetings at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes; annual retreats. Information: www.bergencountysociety.com
MENTAL HEALTH [back to top]
Bergen County Community Mental Health System Lists 18 facilities and other agencies at www.bergenhealth.org/mental/bcmhsystem.html
Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, Main switchboard 201-967-4000. 24-hour psychological screening center and emergency room 1-800-730-BRMC (-2762) Also publicly aided acute and long-term behavioral treatment, nursing home.
On Our Own Drop-In Center Hackensack 201-489-8402 Social club operated by and for the mentally ill
Psychiatric Emergency Hotline Operated by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, available 24/7: 973-754-2230
Psychiatric Emergency Screening helpline operated by CarePlus NJ: 201-262-HELP (-4357)
Recovery International 1-866-221-0302 uses the Abraham Low system for self-help aftercare with mental patients. Local meeting in Ridgewood.
Suicide hotlines: National 24-hours: 1-800-Suicide (784-2433) and 1-800-273-Talk (-8255) Local line: 201-262-4357
West Bergen Mental Healthcare, Ridgewood 201-444-3550 Non-profit providing professional services for individuals and groups covering a dozen specialties, e.g. anger, anxiety, Asperger’s, ADHD, depression, substance abuse, children’s and family issues; also workshops, support groups, other opportunities www.westbergen.org
See also Christian Health Care Center under SENIORS
MULTICULTURAL [back to top]
Asian Women’s Christian Association, Teaneck 201-862-1665 or -1664. Culturally appropriate individual and group counseling with fees on sliding scale. Senior centers for Chinese, Japanese, Koreans. Family Service Center 201-862-1116. Home Care Agency in Korean 201-862-9111 and in Chinese 201-862-0006 Mental health information in Korean: 877-862-1116 http://awcanj.org/blog
Hispanic Institute for Research and Development in Hackensack offers adult education in ESL, high school equivalency, basic business skills, etc. 201-368-1414 or www.hird.org
Latin American Institute (201) 525-1700 Hackensack office offers varied social services. See www.latinamericaninstitute.net/Services.html
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Bergen County branch, Teaneck: 201-227-1875
Spanish Resource Guide Spanish-language listing of area services issued by Community Relations Advisory Board of Ridgewood & Glen Rock. Contact CRABNJ@gmail.com or write the Board care of Village of Ridgewood, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood 07450
Urban League Bergen County office, Englewood: 201-568-4988
NEWCOMERS [back to top]
Glen Rock Newcomers & Neighbors Club Contact grnewcomers@yahoo.com
Newcomers Club of Ridgewood Sponsored by YWCA. Contact 201-444-4710
Wyckoff Newcomers & Neighbors Contact info@wyckoffnewcomers.com
Other Newcomers Clubs and MOMS Clubs For contacts with other New Jersey clubs including Paramus, Waldwick, Washington Township, Wayne, see: http://newcomersclub.com/nj.html
PERFORMING ARTS [back to top]
Arts Musica Chorale Based in Paramus. www.arsmusica.org
Bergen County Players Non-profit, non-Equity troupe performs at the Little Firehouse Theater in Oradell. www.bcplayers.org 201-261-4200
Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. Events calendar at www.bergenpac.org/shows-and-events/events-calendar
Cavaliers of Harmony Barbershop-style men’s chorus based in Wyckoff. www.cavaliersofharmony.com
Discover Jersey Arts Searchable online directory and calendar for many state groups covering dance, theater, visual arts, history, classical and popular music, crafts and folk art, fairs and festivals. www.jerseyarts.com
Harmony Celebration Chorus Sweet Adelines-style ensemble for women based in Ridgewood www.harmonycelebration.com
Hillside Players Church-based drama group in Ridgewood. Hillside@westside.org and http://westside.org/326903.ihtml
Hot House Jazz Monthly magazine features NYC and New Jersey events calendar in print, also online along with venue directory: www.hothousejazz.com
Kasschau Memorial Shell Summertime popular performances twice a week at park bandshell behind Ridgewood’s Village Hall & Library. Free. Bring folding chair. Schedule: http://mods.ridgewoodnj.net/pdf/recreation/Kasschau.pdf
New Jersey Choral Society Based in Ridgewood www.njcs.org
New Jersey Jazz Society Hosts concerts including college festival; publishes magazine with events calendar; sponsors hall of fame, films, high school education, talks, socials. 1-800-303-NJJS (-6557) www.njjs.org & jerseyjazz@njjs.org
New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark www.njpac.org
New Players Company Ridgewood High School-based productions of plays and musicals; workshops for grades 5-8. www.rhsnewplayers.com
Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus Based in Ridgewood; in performance since 1909. www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org
Parlance Chamber Concerts National-caliber classical musicians performing in Ridgewood. www.parlancechamberconcerts.org
Porch Light Productions Black box-style theater in Glen Rock with adult, youth and family shows; acting classes, seminars, workshops. www.porchlightproductions.org info@porchlightproductions.org 201-857-3520
Pro Arte Chorale Based in Ridgewood www.proartechorale.org
Ramapo College in Mahwah presents varied events at the Berrie Center for Performing Arts. See www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter/events/index.html
Ridgewood Choral All-women’s ensemble www.ridgewoodchoral.org
Ridgewood Concert Band www.ridgewoodband.org
Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company www.ridgewoodgands.com
Ridgewood Singers www.theridgewoodsingers.com
Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra www.ridgewoodsymphony.org
Saddle River Valley Cultural Center Non-profit in Upper Saddle River sponsors dance and acting lessons, dramas, shows. office@srvcc.org or www.saddlerivervalleyculturalcenter.org
Studio 691 and Y Arts Theater Company Training in acting, dance, song, and visual arts at Wyckoff YMCA, which produces operas & musicals. www.wyckoffymca.org
West Side Concert Series Classical recitals in Ridgewood; free admission but offering taken. www.westside.org/325790.ihtml
William Paterson University in Wayne schedules numerous lectures, concerts, art exhibits, dramas. See www.wpunj.edu/culture
PRISONERS [back to top]
Hope for Ex-Offenders Hackensack office 201-646-1995. Housing, food, and employment referrals upon release.
New Jersey Order of Malta Catholic ministry in Wayne works with other faith-based agencies to help ex-offenders and parolees with education and employment. www.njompmi.org or e-mail NJOMPMI@optonline.net
New Jersey Prison Justice Coalition monitors rights of inmates. Information from Newark office of American Friends Service Committee: 973-643-1924
Office of Chaplaincy Services, New Jersey Department of Corrections, assigns chaplains at all state facilities, supplemented by volunteers. Information at Trenton headquarters: 609-292-4036
Office of Transitional Services, New Jersey Department of Corrections 609-292-4036 Information upon release at its Website www.state.nj.us/corrections
Detailed Bergen County “re-entry” guide for released inmates at: www.state.nj.us/corrections/pdf/OTS/110401_Bergen_Smart_Book.pdf
Detailed Passaic County “resource guide” for released inmates at: www.state.nj.us/corrections/pdf/OTS/101124_Passaic_Co_Smartbook%20.pdf
Redeem-Her Non-profit operated by former inmates helps adjustment for women upon release from New Jersey prisons. Transitional home in Toms River: 732-966-3788 www.redeem-her.org
Saints Prison Ministry Moorestown headquarters 856-866-9428. Christian outreach to prisoners sponsors athletic teams, worship services, mentoring, free Bible correspondence course. Lives In Transition ministry assists re-entry into family and society after incarceration. www.saintsprisonministry.org
SENIORS [back to top]
Activities Club Monthly meetings and special-interest groups for retired and semi-retired men from Glen Rock and neighboring towns. 201-652-2585 and www.theactivitiesclub.org
Bergen County Senior Services for information on county services and local senior centers: 201-336-7400 . CHEER service 201-488-0041 helps with shopping and other errands.
Bergen County Health Care Center 201-750-8310 County-run nursing home in Rockleigh; also offers rehabilitation, hospice, and respite care
Bergen County Senior Care Center in Paramus. Weekday programs for clients and caregivers. Details: www.bergenhealth.org/seniorcare/index.html Information: 201-634-2820
Christian Health Care Center, Wyckoff (201) 848-5200 or 800-848-2422 www.christianhealthcare.org. Long-established, comprehensive facility provides elder-care options i.e. nursing home, assisted living, independent living, short-term outpatient and rehabilitation services, behavioral management residence, psychiatric hospital, outpatient mental health service, adult day services, caregiver support group.
Glen Rock Senior Citizens Club Local meetings and excursions. Information: 201-445-9238
HILT (Highlights In Leisure Time) Seniors club sponsored by Village of Ridgewood. Information: 201-670-5560
Holland Christian Home, North Haledon 973-427-4087 Residential community providing meals, housekeeping, skilled nursing care; respite care available
Northwest Bergen Regional Senior Center in Midland Park Information: 201-445-5690
Paramus Senior Center 201-265-2100
Ridgewood Senior Center 201-248-2730
U.S. Social Security Administration National information line 1-800-772-1213 www.ssa.gov Regional service office in Glen Rock
GEMS (Girls’ Educational & Mentoring Services) in New York City helps girls and women ages 12-24 exit from commercial sexual exploitation. www.gems-girls.org 212-926-8089
Polaris Project Comprehensive social services for victims of the sex trade and other forms of human trafficking; also public policy advocacy. Newark office 973-624-5454 National hotline 24/7 at 1-888-373-7888 . www.polarisproject.org
SINGLES [back to top]
Christian Singles of North Jersey meets at Faith Community Christian Reformed Church, Wyckoff. Information: 201-337-7492
SPECIAL NEEDS [back to top]
ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties 201-343-0322 Varied services for developmentally disabled persons and their families. www.arcbergenpassaic.org
Bergen County Disability Services 201-336-6500
Bergen Center for Child Development 201-385-4857 Non-profit special education school in Haworth for ages 5-21, admission by referral from school district’s child study team.
Billy’s Buddies Outreach of Wyckoff YMCA for children with Down syndrome and their families. www.wyckoffymca.org
Camp Sunshine & Camp Snowflake 201-652-1755 Summer and winter recreation for disabled children and young adults, at Ridgewood’s Duck Pond.
Christian Overcomers 973-253-2343 Christian fellowship for adults with physical disabilities offering one-week summer camps in Pennsylvania and other recreational events and meetings.
Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat 201-848-8005 www.eccretreat.org State-licensed residences in Wyckoff for persons with a broad range of mental and physical disabilities; also short-term respite care.
Forum School 201-444-5882 Private, non-profit day school in Waldwick for area children ages 3-16 whose educational needs cannot be met in their local districts due to varied forms of atypical development. www.theforumschool.com
Friendship Ministries Weekday Bible study and fellowship for persons with intellectual disabilities and their families; offers other assistance. Meets at Midland Park Christian Reformed Church: 201-445-4260
Friends to Friends Sunday evening Protestant worship in Ridgewood especially for persons with disabilities from group homes and other community agencies. Information: 201-652-3952.
Holmstead School Regional high school in Ridgewood for students needing a non-traditional setting and referred by child study teams or clinicians. 201-447-1696 www.holmstead.org
MarbleJam Kids Tenafly-based programs for children and youths with autism spectrum disorders 201-497-6512 www.marblejamkids.org
New Alliance Academy Paramus campus providing a therapeutic environment for adolescents recovering from psychiatric illnesses. 201-225-0046 www.newallianceacademy.com
New Concepts for Living, Rochelle Park 201-843-3427 Housing, day and vocational programs for the developmentally disabled
Quest Autism Program Daytime activities at Wyckoff YMCA for adults over age 21 with autism. www.questnj.org
S.A.G.E. Day Schools Supportive education for students diagnosed with varied psychological issues. Middle school in Mahwah, high schools in Boonton and Rochelle Park. www.sageday.com 1-877-887-8817
SUBSTANCE ABUSE [back to top]
Addictions Hotline of State of New Jersey 1-800-238-2333
Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour New Jersey hotline 1-800-245-1377 or 908-687-8566 www.nnjaa.org Numerous “open” and “closed” meetings in this area.
Al-Anon and Alateen 973-744-8686 Numerous meetings in this area for those whose life is affected by alcoholics
Eva’s Village, Paterson 973-523-6220 Halfway house treatment, outpatient program, recovery center http://evasvillage.org/addiction-treatment.shtml
Narcotics Anonymous New Jersey helpline 1-800-992-0401 meeting information 732-933-0462 www.nanj.org Twelve-step meetings in Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, Paramus, Ridgewood, elsewhere.
Nar-Anon 1-800-477-6291 http://nar-anon.org Meetings for relatives and friends of addicted persons in Glen Rock, Paramus, elsewhere.
Salvation Army (see under MULTIPURPOSE listings above)
Straight and Narrow Inc. 973-345-6000 Catholic Charities agency in Paterson treats addictive disorders and HIV. Residential and outpatient services.
THRIFT SHOPS [back to top]
Community Thrift Shop in Midland Park Shopping Center 201-652-7661 Sale of donated goods to aid local churches and charities.
Ditto “Upscale Resale” 973-423-4886 An 11,000-square-foot retail store at 965 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, that receives and sells donations of new and “gently used” clothing, furniture, appliances, sporting goods, household items, etc. Proceeds aid Eastern Christian School Association.
TRANSPORTATION [back to top]
American Automobile Association, North Jersey Provides dues-paying members emergency road assistance 24/7, locally 1-877-720-2530 or nationwide 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357). Information on local routes weekdays at 973-636-5807. Travel services at local offices in Fair Lawn, Oradell, Wayne
Dial 5-1-1 or online www.511nj.org for current road conditions 24/7
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission 1-888-486-3339 www.state.nj.us/mvc
New Jersey Transit — Information on its bus and train routes statewide at www.njtransit.com or 973-275-5555 or 1-800-955-2321
VETERANS [back to top]
American Legion has posts in Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Midland Park, Paramus, Ridgewood, Waldwick, elsewhere. Information: 1-800-433-3318
Veterans of Foreign Wars has posts in Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, HoHoKus, Midland Park, Paramus, Waldwick, Washington Township, elsewhere. New Jersey headquarters: 609-393-1929
New Jersey Veterans Helpline of University of Medicine and Dentistry, available 24/7 at 1-866-VETS-NJ4 (838-7654). Also www.njveteranshelpline.org
New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home Paramus (state-sponsored) 201-634-8200
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Newark regional office 1-800-827-1000 National crisis line 1-800-273-8255 National information: http://iris.custhelp.com
VOLUNTEERING [back to top]
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) State Office of Emergency Management citizen corps trains volunteers to assist first responders and victims during emergencies and meet other community needs. Units in Glen Rock, HoHoKus, Midland Park, Waldwick, Wyckoff, elsewhere. Information: Bergen County 201-785-5757, Passaic County 973-256-2411, statewide 1-877-CERT-411 (237-8411). For O.E.M.’s youth CERT, medical corps, neighorhood watch, police and fire volunteering programs see listing at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/citizen/index.html
Lions International Service clubs in Hawthorne, Midland Park, Waldwick, Wyckoff, elsewhere. Information: 732-747-9440 or njlions@verizon.net
Rotary International Service clubs in Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, Midland Park-Wyckoff, Paramus, Ridgewood (2), elsewhere. Information: 1-847-866-3000
Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Hackensack 201-489-9454 Operates 10 programs where adults assist others, and search function on Website locates other volunteering opportunities. www.bergenvolunteers.org
Volunteer Fire Departments: Most area towns except Ridgewood operate 24/7 with volunteer fire fighters as well as emergency ambulance corps. Training and information is available from the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute — Fire 201-785-6013, ambulance 201-785-6026, www.co.bergen.nj.us/bclpsi — and the Passaic County Community College Public Safety Academy 973-304-6021, www.pccc.edu/community/public-safety-academy
WEATHER [back to top]
See www.newjerseyweather.com
WOMEN’S GROUPS [back to top]
Babyland Nursery Domestic violence shelter for women and children. 973-484-4446
Jersey Battered Women’s Service 24-hour hotline 201-267-4763, Morris Plains office 201-455-1256 Non-profit providing temporary safe housing, counseling, legal assistance, and advocacy.
MOMS Club Non-profit support group for stay-at-home mothers; chapter in Glen Rock: http://momsclubgrnj.tripod.com
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Christian non-profit with chapter in North Haledon. Information: 303-733-5770 or www.mops.org
Mothers and More Non-profit support group for mothers; Bergen County chapter in Paramus: mothersandmorebergen@yahoo.com or 201-475-0927
Rape and abuse crisis hotline of Bergen YWCA 201-487-2227
Shelter Our Sisters 24-hour hotline 201-944-9600 for victims of domestic violence. Provides emergency housing and other support
Women and AIDS Network 800-747-1108 and 609-695-1200 Comprehensive services for women infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.
Women’s Clubs Social and charitable activities. New Jersey federation has member groups in Allendale, HoHoKus, Paramus, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Wayne, Wyckoff, elsewhere. See www.njsfwc.org
YOUTH [back to top]
Asian Young Life 201-674-7966 Christian teen club in Teaneck http://ayl.younglife.org
Bergen County Youth Police Academy Free two-week summer program trains high school students in emergency response, law enforcement, & other public service aspects. Information from county prosecutor:201-646-2300 or 201-336-3540
Boy Scouts Northern N.J. office 201-677-1000. Scouting for boys ages 7-17; coed Venturers for ages 14-20.
Boys and Girls Clubs. Centers in Clifton, Garfield, Hackensack, Haledon, Hawthorne, Lodi, Paterson, and Wayne. Information: 212-377-6440
Cadets and GEMS, Christian clubs for boys and girls respectively of elementary and junior high age. Information at 616-241-5616 or www.calvinistcadets.org and www.gemsgc.org
Girl Scouts Northern N.J. office 973-248-8200 For ages 5-17.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Campus chapters at Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck), Ramapo College, William Paterson University, and other New Jersey campuses. National IVCF holds student conferences on foreign missions careers. Information: 212-248-6621 or national office 608-274-9001 and info@intervarsity.org
New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy National Guard’s tuition-free, coed, military-style boarding school for unemployed or under-employed state residents ages 16-18 who are high school dropouts or potential dropouts. Work toward GED high school equivalency diploma; career training; placement aid. Information: 1-800-997-5587 or 609-562-0577 http://new.ngycp.org/site/state/nj
Teen CERT Free 20-hour course in emergency response. Information: 609-963-6995 or http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/citizen/teencert.html
Young Life Christian teen summer camps in the Catskills and elsewhere. Information: 201-745-1061 or 877-438-9572
YouthQuest Three groups sponsored by area Christian Reformed churches meet in Wyckoff: Go M.A.D. (“Go Make a Difference”) for grades 5-6; Heirborne for grades 7-8; LinC (“Living in Christ”) for grades 9-12. Regular social gatherings, foreign mission trips, special programs. Information and schedule at www.go2yq.org or contact director Denise Banaag at 862-221-