About New Community
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New Community is recognized as;
•The largest and most comprehensive community development organization in the United States
•A large-scale deliverer of comprehensive programs and services
•A leader in affordable housing and economic development
•A model, nationally and internationally, among non-profit, social entrepreneurship, and CDC communities
•Having beneficial partnerships on the local, national, and global level
New Community History
“New Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey is the largest and most comprehensive community development agency in the country. Founded in 1968 by Msgr. William Linder, then a young parish priest, it was born out of the civil unrest that spread through inner cities like Newark during the late 1960s. The goal of New Community is to help community residents improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.
New Community’s programs include a one-stop Family Resource Success Center that serves thousands of clients annually with everything from emergency food assistance to help paying utility bills. Our 102-family transitional housing facility for the homeless, called Harmony House, serves hundreds of family every year, most of them single mothers and children. Clients are provided with a host of on-site support services like child care, job search and workshops intended to help with goal-setting and activities of daily living. New Community also owns and manages more than 2,000 units of housing for seniors and families in Newark, Orange and Jersey City, ranging from high-rises for the elderly to family townhouses.
Also included as part of the New Community network is a shopping center, anchored by a major supermarket, a testament to New Community’s goal of building a local economic base and keeping jobs and profits in the community. New Community’s Federal Credit Union is also community-focused, with its specialization in serving low-income wage earners and others, including recent immigrants and people with disabilities, with outstanding banking services, but without the fees charged by mainstream banking institutions.
The Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Families (SAIF) program provides intensive case management to individuals who have reached their maximum allowable time on public assistance, moving many into the workforce.
In response to the severe nursing shortage, New Community has also developed a highly regarded School of Practical Nursing that prepares students to enter the healthcare field as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The program has achieved nearly 100 job placement upon graduation.
Also included in the New Community network is a 180-bed Extended Care Facility and Adult Medical Day Care Program, providing a full range of skilled nursing services and sub-acute care, along with adult medical day care services encompassing socialization and help with medication management. Through a partnership with VNA Health Group, New Community has also been able to meet the health care needs of residents of Newark and the surrounding area with home health services, including hospice care.
New Community’s Adult Education program, meanwhile, serves over 1,800 students a year with a comprehensive array of educational programs, including GED-Prep, English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education. Many of our students go on to attend college and enter promising careers as a result of the solid, educational, foundation and motivation they receive from our program and instructors.
Other programs include the New Community/Ford Motor Company Automotive Training Program, which offers a year-long program in a fully equipped facility that provides technical training in auto repair with job placement assistance upon graduation. Program graduates are now employed in all aspects of the auto industry, including car dealerships and auto repair shops. New Community’s Culinary Specialist Program, through collaboration with local restaurants, hotels and country clubs, has seen its students immediately step into jobs as chefs upon graduation from the seven-month program.
New Community also has two early learning centers---Harmony House Early Learning Center and Community Hills Early Learning Center---both located in Newark and designed to meet the needs of working parents and provide infants and children with a solid, educational foundation that develops language, motor, social and intellectual skills.
From after-school programs to summer camp, The Youth Services Department provides young people from the community with a host of activities that are both fun and challenging. There are both community service initiatives and leadership training that young people can engage in once they become connected to the department.
Finally, the Family Service Bureau is New Community’s affiliate providing behavioral and mental health services for individuals, couples and families. With offices in both Newark and Kearny, the professionally trained staff provide counseling for problems ranging from domestic violence and drug abuse to child abuse and school truancy.
New Community Mission
To help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.