FREE Women-Focused March Workshops from SOFIA

True to its commitment to provide advocacy, support, and to help develop life skills for those who need it in the Essex County community, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) is offering FREE workshops all through March aimed at building focus and purpose for the whole family:

The Power of Labels: An Empowerment Workshop with Selina Carter
Saturday – March 18, 2017
10:00 am-12:30 pm
Have you ever thought about the power of labels? Labels are attached to a person by other people and one self. Gain the knowledge to let go of labels attached to you. Acquire the skills to re-discover the authentic you. Get unlocked from the positive and negative labels that have locked you into a box. To confirm your attendance please email

Couponing: A Financial Empowerment Workshop with Tia Harris
Saturday – March 18, 2017 – 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Last year Tia Harris, couponing enthusiast and owner of Tia Marie Beading Studio in Montclair , NJ , wowed us with her money-saving tips using coupons. Come join us again for not one, but two more workshops on even more amazing ways you can use coupons. Tia will show you how and where to find coupons, how to organize them, how to know your store’s policy for redeeming coupons and how to shop wisely and cheaply using coupons.To confirm your attendance please email

How to De-stress Your Life: An Empowerment Workshop with Gioya McRae
Saturday – March 25, 2017
10:00 am-12:30 pm
We are constantly bombarded by stress from family demands, our jobs, social pressures and outside obligations. Stress has been linked to physical disorders and depression. Learn the steps to relieve your stress and improve your outlook on life. To confirm your attendance please email

Superhero Writers Club with the Superhero Child Advocates
Saturday – March 25, 2017
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
The Superhero Writers Club will bring children and family members in the community together with fun, team building superhero-themed activities. The creative activities, facilitated by the Superhero Child Advocates, will promote positive interactions with family, healthy self esteem and strong social skills. Every child is a superhero! This program is free and open to children ages 5-12 years old and their caregivers. Caregivers must be present for the entire session. To confirm your attendance please email

Learn to Crochet with Marie Thompson
Sunday – March 26, April 23, May 21, 2017
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Crocheting can be relaxing and therapeutic. Come and spend an afternoon filled with fun and friendship and learn the basics of crocheting with Marie Thompson, owner of Sweeti’s Creations. Join us and learn how crocheting is good for your physical and mental health!
To confirm your attendance please email

Workshops are free and will be held at The Community Services Center @ 11 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ. There is a green awning over the door and directly next to the Fire station.

Please note: Free parking is available at Glenfield Middle School on the south side of Bloomfield Ave. You are welcome to park on the street, in the circle if spaces are vacant. Walk north, across Bloomfield Ave to The Community Services Center. In addition, there is the Bay Street Deck at 21 Pine Street (directly in back of The Community Services Center), which is $7. Also, if you would like to park directly in front of the building, you would need to pay via the mobile app to avoid getting a ticket. Safe travels!



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