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Community Resources
Norwalk Housing Authority and General Information

The Norwalk Housing Authority has put together this list of resources available to the residents of our communities to assist during this uncertain time. We hope to assist in providing resources to meet the variety of needs.

Please click on the links to get to more detailed information. 

 

Norwalk Housing: Call 203.838.8471

Monthly RENT payment 'REMIT TO' Address: 

  • Norwalk Housing Authority Department 51
    PO BOX 150504
    Hartford, CT 06115-9901

NHA Rent Adjustments: Contact your NHA occupancy specialist.

NHA Learning Centers: Free homework help for grades K-12 For more information call: 

Income Support/Stimulus Payments/Unemployment Benefits/Money Management

Meals, Food Pantries, Food Stamps, Nutrition Programs

  • Daily Breakfast & Lunch for NPS Students: Days/Hours Open: Mon-Fri, 12 PM to 2 PM

  • Take-away Meals & Pantry:

    Open Door Shelter,
    4 Merritt Street,
    203-866-1057

    Hours Open:
    Breakfast: 6 AM - 8 AM every day
    Dinner: 3 PM - 4:30 PM every day
    Pantry: Mon - Fri 9:30 - 11:30 AM
     
  • SNAP: Call End Hunger CT at 866.974.7627 
    Mon 9AM - 8PM, Tues 9AM - 9PM, Fri 9AM - 3:30PM, Sat 9AM - Noon, Sun 9AM - 5PM.
    English & Spanish support available.

  • WIC: Visit website for details of setting up an intake appointment.

  • Person to Person: 76 South Main Street 203.939.1650 
    Days/Hours Open:
    Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 1 PM
    Eligible to get groceries every 28 days.
  • Norwalk Salvation Army: 14 Byington Place, 203.866.2125
    Days/Hours Open:
    Mon, Wed, Fri 9 AM - 12 PM (by appointment)

Norwalk Seniors: Age 60 or older and in need of home delivery or referrals, contact the Senior Center at: 203.847.3115 (English) or 203.299.1500 (Spanish)

There is an additional service for a one-time delivery for Seniors. When they call Senior Services, they will receive a bag of groceries which may include fresh fruit, veggies, breads, eggs, canned goods to be delivered on the following Monday.

Special Note: For individuals that are Disabled, especially those homebound, due to self-quarantining (including non-seniors), or those that are having a hard time making ends meet, they can also call, for the one-time delivery of groceries.

Senior services will do their best to make deliveries as close to the day of the call as possible. Contact Senior Services Coordinating Council at: 203.434.3085 or 203.434.1876

Financial Support/Assistance/Child Care

Fairfield County Community Foundation & ABCD, Inc. offer a one-time COVID-19 Disaster Relief stipend to pay an outstanding utility bill, rent, or food insecurity, not to exceed $200.Applicant can select only one item to cover.

Call office: Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Norwalk office: 475.489.9119

CTCARES Childcare Subsidy for Frontline Workers Program

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Last Revised May 7, 2020.


CTCARES for Frontline Workers Program

The CTCARES for Frontline Workers Subsidy Fund, a program from the Office of Early Childhood (OEC), helps Connecticut's frontline workers pay for child care. This is a short-term program to help during the COVID-19 emergency through June. Application deadline ends June 15, 2020.

What does this program offer?

If you're a frontline worker struggling to  nd or pay for child care, this program will help you. The OEC has a $10 million fund to help you pay for licensed child care at a center, family child care home, or group childcare home.

And if you need care outside of the settings listed above - we can still help. We will pay the same funding to an adult (age 20 and older) who is not the child's parent to care for your child while you're working.

How much funding does the program offer?

Funding will depend on the number of children and time spent in care. OEC will pay the subsidy directly to the child care provider during the COVID -19 emergency.

21 hours or more per week:

  • One child: $200/per week per family until July 3, 2020.
  • Two children: $400/per week per family until July 3, 2020.
  • Three or more children: Maximum $500/per week per family until July 3, 2020.

8 to 20 hours per week:

  • One child: $100/per week per family until July 3, 2020.
  • Two children: $200/per week per family until July 3, 2020.
  • Three or more children: Maximum of $250/per week per family until July 3, 2020.

In all cases, parents should expect to pay a co-pay, as full-time child care costs are often higher than the subsidy. There is a family income limit of up to 85% of state median income to qualify (i.e., for a family of 4 to qualify, their income would need to be less than $99,000 a year) and not eligible if you are already in the Care 4 Kids program.

Who counts as a frontline worker?

Frontline workers are those who must work outside of their own home for at least 8 hours a week caring for people, or providing direct services and essential goods to maintain human livelihood during Governor Lamont's Stay Safe, Stay Home order. Examples of such workers may include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • First responders
  • Child care workers
  • Grocery workers
  • Workers at state facilities (e.g. corrections, DMHAS, DCF, DDS)
  • Home/group home care workers (e.g. seniors, youth, mental health or people with disabilities)
  • People who provide services to any of the above

The state may expand this list depending on the essential services needed during the COVID-19 emergency.

How do I apply for the CTCARES for Frontline Workers Program?

Call 2-1-1 Child Care to let them know you want to apply. You will find out if you are eligible and what child care programs are near you. To access 2-1-1 Child Care, dial 800.505.1000.

Frontline Workers Flyer with the same copy information from above

Last Revised June 04, 2020.


Person-To-Person
Helping Others, One Person at a Time. 

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RESOURCES FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Person-to-Person (P2P) is serving low-income residents of Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton who are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Since 1968, P2P has provided individuals and families with assistance for basic needs to overcome daily challenges and access to resources to improve their lives. P2P is offering the following assistance during this time: 

Food Assistance:
Free shelf-stable groceries including fresh produce, protein and dairy are available to residents with income below 235% of Federal Poverty Guidelines or employees furloughed due to COVID-19.

  • Please call 203.655.0048 to make an appointment; appointments are available immediately.
  • Proof of residency and family size is required; NO PROOF OF INCOME required.
  • Three Locations: Darien (1864 Post Road); Norwalk (76 South Main Street), Stamford (mobile). 
  • P2P on Wheels mobile pantry serves the following Stamford neighborhoods (CALL TO CONFIRM HOURS):
    - Mondays 11 am - 1 pm: Yerwood Boys & Girls Club, 90 Fairfield Avenue
    - Mondays 2 - 4 pm: Stamford Manor, 26 Main Street
    - Tuesdays 11 am - 1 pm: Ferguson Library South End., 34 Woodland Avenue
    - Tuesdays 2 - 4 pm: Shippan Place, 521 Shippan Avenue
    - Wednesdays 11 am - 3 pm: DOMUS, 83 Lockwood Avenue
    - Thursdays 3 pm - 7 pm: Building One Community, 75 Selleck Street
  • Foods include fresh produce, protein, dairy, tuna, beans, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, soups, fruits & vegetables, pasta, rice.
  • P2P provides each member of a family with 3 meals per day for 7 days, visit once every 28 days.

Emergency Financial Assistance
Caseworkers meet with clients to determine eligibility for emergency financial assistance for rent, security deposits, utilities and small emergency expenses. Call 203.655.0048 for an appointment.

Clothing
In order to minimize risk of COVID-19 contagion, P2P has temporarily closed the Clothing Center until further notice. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times.

HOW TO HELP

To donate food, toiletries, paper goods, diapers or gift cards: Drop off in Darien or Norwalk, Monday - Friday 9 am - 1 pm, Saturdays 9 am - 12 pm. After hours by appointment: 203.621.0703

To donate to a virtual food drive: www.p2phelps.org Due to beneficial buying arrangements, P2P can purchase more than $3 worth of food with every dollar donated.

Most Needed Items: Tuna, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cereal, Beans, Soup, Pasta, Rice, Canned Fruits, Vegetables

Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to pack bags for "grab and go" service - we practice "social distancing"!

PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES AND CHANGES: www.p2phelps.org


Norwalk Food Guide

The City of Norwalk: The Sound of Connecticut  Norwalk Health Department Logo

These Norwalk organizations offer pantry and/or meal services. Please call ahead to confirm details.

OPEN DOORS

  • Address: 4 Merritt Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
  • Phone: 203.866.1057
  • Pantry Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Takeaway Meals: Every day, 6 - 8 am and 3 - 4:30 pm

HOMES WITH HOPE, FOOD PANTRY

  • Address: 45 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880
  • Phone: 203.226.1661
  • Pantry Hours: M, T, Th, F, 1 - 4 pm
  • Takeaway Meals: Lunch 12 pm, dinner 5 pm (Daily)

THE SALVATION ARMY OF NORWALK, CT

  • Address: 14 Byington Place, Norwalk, CT 06850
  • Phone: 203.866.2125
  • Pantry Hours: M, W, F, 9 am - 12 pm

NORWALK SENIOR CENTER - Meals on Wheels Home-Delivered Meals

ST. PHILIP CHURCH

  • Address: 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT 06851
  • Phone: 203.847.4549
  • Pantry Hours: F, 8:30 - 11:00 am

ST. MATTHEW CHURCH

  • Address: 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT
  • Phone: 203.838.3788 x 118
  • Pantry Hours: W, 10 - 11:30 am

FILLING IN THE BLANKS (School-age kids program)

  • Phone: 203.750.0019
  • Call to see if your school is participating

PERSON TO PERSON

  • Address:76 South Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
  • Phone: 203.939.1650
  • Financial Assistance: 203.655.0048
  • Pantry Hours: M - F, 9 am - 1 pm and the 2nd &4th Saturdays of each month, 9 am - noon

NORWALK SENIOR SERVICES COORDINATING COUNCIL

SIKH GURDWARA

  • Address: 622 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850
  • Phone: 203.434.8508
  • Pantry Hours: Sun 12pm - 2 pm (pick up a bag of groceries)

ST. VINCENT/ST. THOMAS

  • Address: 203 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855
  • Phone: 203.866.3141
  • Pantry Hours: Tues and Sat, 10:00 - 11:30 am.

NEW LIFE CHURCH

  • Address: 146 Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06851
  • Phone: 203.286.9820
  • Pantry Hours: W, 6 - 7 pm

VETERAN'S PARK (Drive-Thru or Walk-Up)

  • Address: 42 Seaview Ave, Norwalk, CT 06855
  • Hours: W, 8:30 am - 11:30 am

TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER

  • Address: 650 West Avenue Norwalk, CT 06850
  • Phone: 203.853.0600
  • Pantry Hours: Walk in M-F, 10 am - 5 pm

Click here to view more information on food access from the City of Norwalk.

Last Updated 05/12/2021. Contact Pamela Silva with corrections or additions.


Connecticut Free Tax Prep

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You Earned It. So Keep It. Don't Pay to File Your Taxes.

If your household earned $57,000 or less in 2020, you may be eligible for a free in-person filing with an IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparer. 

For more information visit: GetYourRefund.org/enGetYourRefund.org/es
or Call 2-1-1

You Earned It. So Keep it.


Self-Sufficiency Supportive Services

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SSSS connects people with an array of services to promote self-sufficiency. Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Long Term Case Management
  • DSS Applications
  • Clothing and Food Referrals
  • 211 Infoline
  • Emergency Rental/ Utility Assistance
  • Child Care Referrals
  • G.E.D Classes
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Community Resource Referrals

Alliance
149 Water Street, 2nd Floor, Norwalk CT
Phone: 203.838.8110
Fax: 203.838.8198

Visit: www.alliancect.org

Self-Sufficiency Supportive Services Flyer (same info as above)


ALICE® Saves

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ALICE® Saves helps families and individuals in Connecticut develop healthy financial habits and offers members opportunities to earn rewards for savings and to get help solving their financial concerns.

Free Financial Guidance
Connecticut residents who need help dealing with creditors, finding resources or managing their money have access to Trust Plus, a free virtual or telephone financial coaching program.

COVID-19 Resources and Information
ALICE Saves and United Way's 2-1-1 Connecticut are here to help stay connected to coronavirus-related information. View the handy guide to information, government programs and other services to help you make it through these difficult times.

Join ALICE® Saves
Join ALICE® Saves and you'll be enrolled in SaverLife which helps you learn how to save money. Plus, you'll have access to TrustPlus - a FREE online financial coaching program which helps you get on a path to financial security.


Need Help Paying Your Winter Heating Bills?

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The ALLIANCE Energy program provides help to eligible households who reside in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull, Norwalk and Westport with assistance in paying their winter heating bills. One application covers all programs. There are several programs for which you may be eligible.

List of required documentation

Please remember to bring:

  • Valid ID
  • List all those who live in your household and social security numbers are required
  • Document all the income for the 4 weeks prior to coming in for everyone 18 and over
  • Paystubs
  • Self-employment income with all pages of the 10401 IRS forms
  • Social security income and benefits
  • Pension statement
  • Unemployment printout (www.ctdol.state.ct.us)
  • Workman's compensation statement or disability insurance 
  • Rental Income
  • V.A award letter for Veterans' benefits V.A. pension
  • Divided and interest statement over $10.00
  • Child support alimony
  • All assets: bank account((s) Statements(s) of all members including debit card statement
  • Current rent receipt or mortgage statement
  • Current gas and electric bill

 

Visit: www.alliancect.org

Alliance
1070 Park Ave Bridgeport, CT 06610
203.366.8241
149 Water Street, 2nd Floor, Norwalk CT
203.838.8110

Monday - Friday 7:30am-5pm

Alliance Flyer with information above


Bridgeport Rescue Mission

Bridgeport Rescue Mission: Fighting Poverty From the Inside Out

Free meals daily 4 days a week in Norwalk

  • Tuesday Dinners 6:00 PM
    13 Day Street Parking Lot
  • Thursday Dinners 6:00 PM
    Meadow Gardens Learning Center Parking Lot
  • Friday Dinners 6:00 PM
    Roodner Court Learning Center Parking Lot, 261 Ely Ave
  • Sunday Lunches 1:00 PM
    Mount Zion Church Parking Lot / 96 South Main Street

The Bridgeport Rescue Mission Mobile Kitchen Food Services provides FREE WEEKLY delicious, nutritious meals in take-home packages to anyone in need.

ALL are welcome!

Bridgeport Rescue Mission Meal Flyer with Information above


City of Bridgeport Down Payment Assistance Program

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Up To $15K Available for Qualified First-Time Homebuyers

We are taking applications for this round of funding for the City of Bridgeport's Down Payment Assistance Program

Please share with your email contacts and help us get the word out. Funds are available on a "First Come First Served Basis".

Eligibility Criteria

1. Forgivable loans of up to $15,000 for down payment and closing costs
2. Buyer must have a written pre-approval from a mortgage lender
3. Buyer must be pre-approved for a fixed rate mortgage
4. Purchase property can be 1-4 units
5. Owner Occupancy Required
6. Buyer must contribute a minimum of 1% of the purchase price
7. Underwriting ratios - 35%/43%
8. Property must be located in the City of Bridgeport
9. Household must make no more than 80% of the Area Median Income, as established by HUD
10. Buyer must attend an 8 hour homebuyer class with a HUD-approved counseling agency eg. BNT
11. Property deed restricted for 5 years
12. Not a property owner in the past 5 years
13. Property value cannot exceed 95% of Bridgeport's median purchase price for single family housing

Household Size 2016 Max-Adjusted Gross Income

1- $46,000
2- $52,600
3- $59,150
4- $57,700
5- $71,000
6- $76,250
7- $81,500
8- $86,750

For more information or to apply, please call Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust at 203.290.4255 or visit our website at www.bntweb.org.

City of Bridgeport 1st Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program Flyer with Information above


Norwalk Health Department
- Hepatitis C

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Get Tested FREE for Hepatitis C

  • If you were born between 1945-1965
  • You've injected drugs
  • You have tattoo or piercing
  • You had an organ transplant or blood transfusion before 1992
  • You have HIV or liver disease

Call now to get tested
Norwalk Health Department
203.854.7776

Free Hepatitis C Testing; Information above


10 Reasons to Apply to Job Corps

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Train - Successful careers require a strong foundation.
Learn - Further your education, gain new skills to advance your career.
Live - Become part of a community that encourages growth and success.
Connect - Network with employers and community leaders.

  1. Hands-On Career Training in high-growth industries
  2. Tuition-Free to eligible men and women ages 16 through 24
  3. Housing, meals, and basic medical care provided at No Cost
  4. Industry-recognized Credentials
  5. Community College classes and partnerships
  6. Workplace Experience with employers in all industries
  7. Community Service projects that provide additional training opportunities
  8. Networking and Professional Development opportunities
  9. Advanced Training Programs in industries like health care and information technology
  10. Results: Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, or go on to higher education, or join the military

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Job Corps is tuition-free to eligible young men and women.
  • Job Corps is open to ages 16 through 24.
  • There are 123 centers across the nation.
  • Job Corps offers hands-on training in high-growth industries like health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and many more.
  • Our most successful Job Corps students are in the program for at least 18 months.
  • Job Corps works-Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.

JOB CORPS INDUSTRY SECTORS 

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automotive and Machine Repair
  • Construction
  • Finance and Business
  • Health Care
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Renewable Resources and Energy
  • Transportation

Contact: Robert Velez, Jr.
Cell 203.443.7463 or Office 203.549.1502, Email: Robert Velez, Jr.

Visit: recruiting.jobcorps.gov or mifuturo.jobcorps.gov (español)
Call: 800.733.JOBS [5627]

Job Corps Flyer page 1: Information above

Job Corps page 2: Information Above


Are You Interested in the Healthcare Industry?
Let Us Build Your Pathway to a Brighter Future!

Our Health Career Academy provides Tuition Assistance and other support to help you with a career in the growing healthcare field.

Examples of possible career tiers:

TIER 1 - Entry Level Certificates: 4-16 Weeks

  • Dental Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Certifi ed Nursing Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician

TIER 2 - Mid-Level Certificates: 1-2 years

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Records & Health
  • Information Technology

TEIR 3 - High Level Certifications or Degrees: 1-3 years

  • Registered Nurse
  • Medical Office Management

You will have access to career readiness and personal growth classes and seminars. Upon completion, you can move into occupational skills training in a variety of healthcare related fields.

Program participants residing in southwestern Connecticut who are receiving TANF, meet income requirements, were impacted by a company layoff, or their position was eliminated may also be eligible for comprehensive support services and access to internship opportunities and job placement assistance.

Health CareeRX Academy
A Workplace Opportunity
For more information call 203.930.1637

 

Health Care Academy Flyer with the copy information from above.


Allied Health Certificate Programs

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Norwalk Community College
NCC Career Connections Thrive by 25

An Allied Health certificate can be the first step in launching a career that offers a clear pathway for advancement. The Allied Health employment sector is one of the fastest growing in Connecticut. Scholarships for eligible Career Connections candidates are available for the certificates below.

Certified Nurse Aid
Program Dates: 1/31 - 5/12
Median Wage: $14.84

EKG Tech
Program Dates: 2/1 - 5/3
Median Wage: $26.71/hr

EMT
Program Dates: 1/22 - 5/26
Median Wage: $15.71/hr

Homemaker Companion
Program Dates: 2/3 - 3/4
Median Wage: $10.87

Medical Billing & Reimbursement
Program Dates: 1/17 - 5/13
Wage Average: $16.09/hr

Home Health Aide
Program Dates: 2/28 - 5/25
Median Wage: $12.98/hr

Personal Care Aide
Program Dates: 1/29 - 5/14
Median Wage: $12.67

Pharmacy Tech
Program Dates: 2/6 - 4/19
Median Wage: $15.05/hr

Phlebotomy Tech
Program Dates: 1/23 - 5/5
Median Wage: $15.72/hr

Physical Therapy Aide
Program Dates: 1/24 - 2/28
Wage Range: $10.47 - $22.93

Veterinary Assistant I, II, III
Program Dates: 1/31 - 5/10
Median Wage: $14.65/hr

CAREER CONNECTIONS

Are you ready to gain a certification that will allow you to compete in a career in the medical field?

This program includes: a full scholarship, clinical or internship, job placement, career development, coaching, and a workplace strategies class.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are 18 to 25-years-old.
  • Have graduated from high school.
  • Are currently not working full time, and not attending school.
  • Do not have a college degree

APPLY NOW

For more on eligibility, certificate training offerings, and applications, please contact Lauren McGuire, 203.857.3307

This program includes: a full scholarship, clinical or internship, job placement, career development, coaching, and a workplace strategies class.

For more information and to register email The Division of Extended Studies. Reference the Service and Sales Certificate.

Jumpstart Your Path to Success flyer with information above


Retail Customer Service and Sales Certificate

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Norwalk Community College
Retail Customer Service and Sales Certificate
(8/17/17)

The Customer Service and Sales curriculum is designed to help entry-level sales and service associates learn skills related to frontline work in retail (or any industry that values customer service and sales skills). All students enrolled also receive access to career services to ensure they are job ready, as well as have access to wrap around support services to enhance student retention and completion.

Upon successful completion of course requirements, students receive an NCC Retail Customer Service and Sales Certificate from Norwalk Community College. In addition, students sit for the National Professional Certification in Customer Service and Sales Exam offered by the National Retail Federation, (NRF).

Registration for this class is $25 (scholarship value of $199) which will be refundable upon successful completion of the certification exam. Class will meet 6-9pm Tuesday's beginning 10/24-12/19 and additionally on Thursday 12/14 and 12/21.

Course Learning Overview

Retail Industry Overview

  • Defining Retail
  • Understanding the Customer
  • Recognizing the Economics of Retail

Customer Service

  • Understanding Customer Service
  • Learning About Products and Services
  • Assessing and Meeting Customer Needs
  • Educating the Customer

Selling and Service

  • Preparing for Selling
  • Gaining Customer Commitment and Close the Sale Develop and Implement a Sales Follow-Up Plan

Store Operations

  • Understanding the Basics of Inventory Control
  • Exploring the Process of Merchandising
  • Contributing to the Store's Loss Prevention Strategy
  • Following Procedures/Workplace Safety

Getting the Job

  • Understanding the Importance of Common Employability Skills
  • Crafting Polished Resumes
  • Making an Impression
  • Shining in an Interview
  • Networking
  • Exploring a Retail Career Path

This Certification is funded by GGP and the Norwalk Community College Foundation.

For more information and to register please contact The Division of Extended Studies at NCC, 203.857.7080. Reference the Service and Sales Certificate.

Retail Customer Service and Sales Certificate