Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC)
Community Affairs & Resource Center (CARC) – formerly known as Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center – is a nonprofit social service organization established in 1980. CARC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders. CARC provides a variety of programs and services which operate from three sites: the main office located in Asbury Park, one satellite office in Freehold and one in Toms River, New Jersey. All sites are accessible via public transportation.
CARC services all people regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or functional capacity. Originally, the population served by CARC was primarily Hispanics of Caribbean descent. Today, CARC clients are diverse, consisting of Hispanics of various descents, Haitians, African Americans and Caucasians. Social services are provided to economically disadvantaged individuals and families throughout Monmouth County with the goal of revitalizing the communities served. CARC is one of the very few service providers in Monmouth County that can effectively provide multi-lingual/multi-cultural diversity in its services. Through this multi-lingual and multi-cultural approach, CARC serves as proactive agent for individuals and families whose needs may otherwise go unmet due to language barriers, discrimination and lack of cultural competency.
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Last Updated: 01/02/19
CARC has provided English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction on three different levels: I, II and III. Civics education has also been added to the program. Classes are offered to the community at large, free of charge. In 2012, in order to accommodate the increased demand for this service, the program was extended to include off site classes.
YouthPro is an employment and academic program for out of school youth ages 16-24. The program focuses on employment through a Work Skills Curriculum that focuses on relating math, reading, and critical thinking to the workplace. YouthPro focuses on helping youth determine a career that will sustain them. YouthPro emphasizes Earn while You Learn by developing a career plan that incorporates work and training to get them to a desired career. Youth will test for the National Work Readiness Credential to show off their work skills to employers. They may receive referrals for grants to pay for training programs that will leave them with a career credential. Participants will also be placed in subsidized employment in the career field they desire to give them work experience.
Interested youth should contact Program Manager Christie Zelek to find out more information about the program. Program Manager can be reached at (732) 774-3282 or [email protected]