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There are many excellent resources in New Jersey for people whose native language is Spanish. Unfortunately, people are not always aware of the services that exist to help them. This list describes numerous agencies so that Spanish-speaking residents will be able to access the help they need in their native language.

National Organizations and Hotlines

The following organizations are nationwide programs, but assist people within their own communities, either by phone, or through regional offices.

  • Insure Kids Now
    1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KIDS-NOW)
    Insure Kids Now offers bilingual information about the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and links to each state’s child and adolescent health insurance program Web site.

  • National Hispanic Family Health Help Line, “Su Familia”
    1-866-783-2645 (1-866-Su-Familia)
    Su Familia offers Hispanic consumers free and reliable health information to help prevent and manage chronic conditions. They maintain a nationwide database to refer callers to local health care providers and federally supported health programs.

  • ASPIRA
    ASPIRA is a national nonprofit organization devoted to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. Activities include a health career program through which they coordinate educational workshops and seminars, provide career counseling and test preparation, and share information about financial aid. Services also include an Upward Bound program (an educational program geared towards helping high school students apply and prepare for college), various leadership programs that emphasize community involvement and cultural heritage, and a teen pregnancy prevention program. ASPIRA’s main office in New Jersey is at 390 Broad Street, 3rd floor, Newark, (973-484-7554), but programs are coordinated throughout the state. Call the Newark office for help in locating the office nearest you.

New Jersey Community Organizations Organized by Region

There is a wide range of organizations in New Jersey that help Spanish speakers with everything from counseling to transportation, interpretation, and childcare. Below is a list of these organizations and a brief summary of what services are offered.

Northern New Jersey

  • Community Action for Social Affairs (CASA)
    84-86 Mill Street, Paterson, NJ 07505
    (973) 523-5452
    Provides employment services, emergency food and vouchers, translation and interpretation, health and social service referrals, housing-related services, and crisis intervention services. Organizes workshops, advocacy efforts, and dissemination of information. Also offers a special program for seniors, including home visits, transportation, emergency assistance, and help with citizenship applications; and operates a separate Child Learning Center at 37-41 Mill Street (973-754-7040).

  • CURA
    PO Box 180, Newark, NJ 07101-0180
    (973) 622-3570
    CURA is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program staffed by Spanish speakers. The Newark site includes an adult residential treatment program, outpatient drug and alcohol treatment for adults, HIV/AIDS education and services, and a charter school for children in grades three through eight. The Secaucus program includes an adult residential treatment program and a male adolescent program, with outpatient services for youth and adults.

  • El Club del Barrio
    76 Clinton Avenue, Newark, NJ 07114
    (973) 624-4222
    Health and mental health organization that provides many services to youth (summer camp, academic programs, counseling, internships, community service, and nutritional programs); women and families (literacy, employment, nutrition, counseling, domestic violence); HIV prevention and services (including assistance with housing, transportation, and meals); and behavioral health services (screening, outpatient services, and transportation for child psychiatric treatment).

  • FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development
    441-443 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
    (973) 624-2528
    Health center that offers care and provides bilingual training in health care fields. FOCUS also offers many services for children and youth, including summer camp programs, after-school programs, mentoring, and tutoring.

  • Hispanic Information Center of Passaic
    186 Gregory Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
    (973) 779-7022
    Provides information and referrals to services in Passaic County.

  • Hispanic Institute for Research and Development
    17 Arcadian Avenue, Suite 200, Paramus, NJ 07652
    (201) 368-1414
    Offers various courses geared towards Spanish speakers, including ESL classes, GED courses and accounting courses taught in Spanish, and computer classes in various levels of English proficiency levels.

  • Hispanic Multi-Purpose Services Center
    911 East 23rd Street, Paterson, NJ 07504
    (973) 684-3320
    Relocation assistance, shelter, housing, emergency food, education, and employment services. There are also two other organizations at this location: Mi Casa es Su Casa (973-345-4300), a long-term care facility for seniors and disabled, and the Paterson International Preschool (973-279-9860).

  • Immigration and American Citizenship Organization
    647 Main Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
    (973) 472-4648
    Publishes newsletters and presents seminars to the general public on issues related to immigration and immigrants. Also provides assistance with tax-related matters, teaches history and civics classes, and provides general assistance with the immigration and naturalization process.

  • La Casa Don Pedro
    23 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104
    (973) 483-2703
    A community-based organization that provides individual counseling, domestic violence support groups, and vocational programs. Also provides information and referral, and community education.

  • Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs
    95-97 Bassett Highway, Dover, NJ 07801
    (973) 366-4770
    Satellite office: 120-122 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
    (973) 644-4884
    Provides transportation to medical, employment, social services, and court appointments; assists with weatherization and home energy assistance. Also offers translation services, counseling, immigration services, and vocational programs.

  • Hogar Infantil
    560-566 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07503
    (973) 279-4486
    A child development and day care center open to all residents of Paterson, with before- and after-school programs for income-eligible families. Offer monthly workshops for parents and information and referral services as needed for families of students.

  • North Hudson Community Action Corporation
    5301 Broadway, West New York, NJ 07093
    (201) 866-2388
    Provides health care services through eight Federally Qualified Health Centers and a mobile health center. Also coordinates Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout northern Hudson County and low-cost child care from bilingual caregivers.

  • PROCEED
    1126 Dickinson Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
    (908) 351-7727
    Services include preschool, after-school, and summer camp programs; utility assistance, transitional housing for HIV/AIDS clients, and senior citizens’ home repair; HIV/AIDS community health programs; substance abuse programs, individual counseling and support groups, domestic violence programs, and child abuse prevention; interpretation and translation; and homelessness prevention services.

  • Puerto Rican Association for Community Organization (PACO)
    390 Manila Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    (201) 963-8282
    Provides individual and group counseling for adults, HIV prevention, housing assistance, job development and placement, immunization program, and information and referrals.

  • Puerto Rican Family Institute of the Jersey City Mental Health Clinic
    20 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    (201) 610-1446
    Offers mental health services, foster care placement prevention programs, crisis intervention, and education. Services are primarily geared towards keeping families together.

  • Save Latin America
    3510 Bergenline Avenue, Union City, NJ 07087
    (201) 223-5102
    Focus is on education, access, and awareness. The Community Resource Center (CRC) assists Hispanics with health services, educational and employment resources, economic and business development, and politics and government. Other activities are geared towards keeping youth in school and raising awareness of certain health issues.

  • Wind of the Spirit
    19 Market Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
    (973) 538-2035
    Interfaith organization that strives to raise awareness about immigration issues; promotes civic participation; provides information and legal assistance in the areas of wages, health care, taxes, and immigration; advocates on behalf of the immigrant community; offers training in tenants’ rights and labor law, citizenship classes, and ESL/SSL classes.

Central New Jersey

  • El Centro Hispano Americano
    525 East Front Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060
    (908) 753-8730
    Immigration, education, social and emergency services, and community events. Also offer food and clothing to those in need (Tuesday: canned goods; Wednesday: clothing; Thursday: bread items).

  • Hispanic Affairs Resource Center of Monmouth County (three sites)
    Asbury Park:
    913 Sewall Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    (732) 774-3282
    Freehold:
    12 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
    (732) 431-6977
    Red Bank:
    121 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701
    (732) 747-9000
    All three sites provide information and referrals, immigration assistance (but cannot fill out forms), employment services, translation, transportation, and ESL classes. Also offer services for youth, including drug and alcohol prevention, and women’s resources, including abuse/neglect prevention.

  • Mercer County Hispanic Association
    18 East 6th Street, Hamilton, NJ 08619
    (609) 587-8800
    Many services in the areas of housing, employment, education (with after-school and summer camp programs), and substance abuse prevention.

  • Puerto Rican Action Board
    90 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    (732) 828-4555
    www.prab.org. (site currently under construction)
    Multi-service program with job development and placement services, community education, counseling and advocacy, legal assistance, and health education. PRAB is an intake agency for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), NJ Shares, and weatherization assistance for Middlesex County. Also operates a preschool (18 Drift Street, 732-828-4709) and a day care center (165 Somerset Street, 732-828-0451).

  • Puerto Rican Association for Human Development
    100 First Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
    (732) 442-1081
    Provides case management services for individuals and families, including outreach, translation, transportation to emergency services, workshops, legal, health, and housing-related services, information and referral.

  • Puerto Rican Community Day Care Center
    PO Box 3747, Trenton, NJ 08629
    (609) 392-8787
    Bilingual day care center for families living in Trenton.

Southern New Jersey

  • Casa Prac
    800 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
    (856)-692-2331
    Multi-service agency, providing housing and homelessness assistance, NJ Shares, an office on aging, a truancy program, community service programs, anger management and parenting classes, HIV/AIDS services, and medical transportation.

  • Community United for the Rehabilitation of the Addicted (CURA)
    729 Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
    (856) 696-7335
    CURA is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program staffed by Spanish speakers. The Vineland site includes a male adolescent residential program, and offers intensive outpatient drug and alcohol services.

  • El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care
    438 Martin Luther King Blvd, Camden, NJ 08103
    (856) 541-0201
    A bilingual day care center for children, with special programs for children ages three to five, who live in Camden.

  • Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey
    35-49 South 29th Street, Camden, NJ 08105
    (856) 541-6985
    Multi-service agency with three sites. The 29th Street location offers ESL, citizenship, and computer classes. The clinic, La Esperanza, (2700 Westfield Avenue, (856) 365-7393), includes outpatient and partial care programs for mental health and substance abuse, and a senior day care program. The Family Success Center, (2850 Federal Street, (856) 963-0270), includes a pediatric asthma prevention program and an HIV/AIDS prevention program.

  • Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA)
    129 N. Broadway, Camden, NJ 08102
    (856) 338-1177
    The goal of LAEDA is to promote economic development in the city of Camden—specifically by creating jobs and promoting minority-owned businesses. LAEDA invests in properties to renovate them for use; encourages business development and employs local residents; and provides entrepreneurial training, business and technical assistance, and credit opportunities for low-income individuals and businesses.

  • Mi Casita Day Care Center
    551 Spruce Street, Camden, NJ 08103
    (856) 541-4772
    Mi Casita 2
    2601 Carmen Street, Camden, NJ 08105
    (856) 541-3372
    Bilingual/bicultural day care centers, whose mission is to promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children.

  • Nueva Vida Behavioral Health Center
    427 Market Street, Camden, NJ 08102
    (856) 338-1995
    A multilingual/multicultural health center that provides outpatient bilingual mental health services to people of all ages.

  • Puerto Rican Action Board
    111 Clifton Avenue, Suite 14, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    (732) 886-9395
    www.prab.org (site currently under construction)
    Multi-service agency with job development and placement services, community education, counseling and advocacy, legal assistance, and health education. PRAC is an intake agency for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), NJ Shares, and weatherization assistance for Ocean County.

  • Puerto Rican Action Committee
    Salem County:
    114 East Main Street, Penns Grove, NJ 08069
    (856) 299-5800
    Cape May County:
    604 Franklin Street, Woodbine, NJ 08270
    (609) 861-5800
    Provides case management, educational and cultural programs, job training, counseling, domestic violence programs, senior citizen programs, transportation, translation, interpretation, and crisis intervention services, such as emergency food, utility assistance, and rental assistance.

  • Puerto Rican Unity for Progress
    425-427 Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103
    (856) 541-1418
    Information and referral to community agencies for employment, housing, economic, legal, education, training, and health services. Also offers translation services.

  • Servicios Latinos de Burlington County
    1 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
    (609) 518-7171
    Provides translation and interpretation, ESL classes, parenting classes, referrals to social services agencies, employment information, assistance with resume writing and computers, information on health and housing resources, child safety education, and basic immigration assistance.

  • Spanish American Social Cultural Association of New Jersey
    P.O. Box 2248, Willingboro, NJ 08046
    (609) 835-1111
    Information and referrals to community agencies, translation services, transportation, employment services, and community education.

  • Spanish Community Center (three sites)

    Landisville:
    303 Sumner Street, Landisville, NJ 08326
    (856) 697-2967
    Maintaining Family Unity (MFU) program to assist parents who have an active DYFS case with parenting counseling, transportation, and referrals to other services. Also provide translation and coordinate a food pantry, a clothing closet, and a latch key program.

    Atlantic City:
    3900 Ventnor Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    (609)-345-1249
    Provides the same services as the Landisville location and also HIV prevention programs.

    Vineland:
    (856)-692-6122
    Resource Family Program to recruit foster parents.

Additional Helpful Web sites

  • In addition to the services described above, there are many programs in New Jersey that offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. An excellent publication from the state, called Resource Guide for Adult English Language Learners, lists information about each one.

    Resource Guide for Adult English Language Learners (from The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs)

  • Spanish-Language Health Resources: Knowledge Path (from the Maternal and Child Health Library) - a comprehensive list of Spanish-language, health-related Web sites.

  • List of Free Legal Services Providers (from the U.S. Department of Justice) - a list of legal services providers that provide free legal assistance to low-income people in immigration and removal proceedings.

 

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