New Community Is Recognized As:
•One of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations 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 Corporation (NCC) in Newark, New Jersey, is one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the country. Founded in 1968 by Msgr. William Linder, then a young parish priest, NCC was born out of the civil unrest that spread through inner cities like Newark during the late 1960s. The mission of New Community is to help inner-city residents improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.
Services We Provide
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.
Preparing individuals for high-demand workforce jobs is also a primary focus of New Community. Recently, training courses for in-demand careers including patient care technicians and clinical medical assistants were added to New Community’s Workforce Development Center. Also in response to the severe nursing shortage, New Community developed a highly-regarded School of Practical Nursing.
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.
Education For All Ages
New Community’s Adult Learning Center, meanwhile, serves over 2,000 adult 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 Workforce Development Center’s 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 in the culinary field 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 providing infants and children with a solid, educational foundation that develops language, motor, social and intellectual skills. Hours are designed for working parents.
From after-school programs to summer camp and social dances, 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 initiatives that young people can engage in once they become connected to the department.
Mental And Behavioral Health
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 provides counseling for problems ranging from domestic violence and drug abuse to child abuse and school truancy.
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