New Community Corporation has steadfastly remained true to its mission of improving the quality of life for inner city residents since 1968. Take time to learn more about some of the people whose lives have been positively impacted by New Community:

Building Trades Grad Tashera Taliaferro By Aliyah Rawles

Tashera Taliaferro attributes her innovativeness to her parental upbringing. That’s why it’s not hard to believe that she is a perfect addition to the team at AeroFarms, vertical farm startup in Newark.  Joining the company as Machine Tech 1, in April 2016, Taliaferro boasts that she is capable of solely accomplishing tasks at work that would usually require the help of four individuals. If there is one word Taliaferro describes herself as it is efficient. Taliaferro, 35,  acquired the skills that make her successful at AeroFarms through New Community Workforce Development Center’s Building Trades Program in September. She graduated  in December. Arriving at the Building Trades program with ambition and drive, Taliaferro remained focused and set on her dreams despite

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To Infinity And Beyond: Next Stop, Virginia State University

By Aliyah Rawles Still hitting life’s curves but managing to stay on track, former Harmony House resident and college-bound track runner Infinity Hedrington continues to stride towards her dreams. During the month of June, Hedrington had a lot on her plate. She applied to colleges, prepared for prom and graduation, and her family moved out of Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families. Hedrington has certainly made big strides. Now an incoming college freshman at Virginia State University, Hedrington plans to study sports medicine and become a kinesiologist. With track still being a part of her future dreams, Hedrington served as captain of Newark’s West Side High track team for a third year during the 2015-2016 school

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Despite Life’s Curveball, NCC Resident Strives For High School Diploma

For Selena Brown, the journey towards achieving her high school diploma has been a long one. But she’s taking it one day at a time. A resident of New Community Gardens Family, Brown, 21, is currently enrolled in NCC Workforce Development Center’s Academic Enrichment and High School Diploma Program for Older Youth. Under the guidance of her instructor, Odette Phillip, Brown and her classmates are learning subjects ranging from language arts and math to science, social studies and life skills. Earning a high school diploma is a challenging task for Brown, who has been out of school for several years but still has her dream career in sight. “I want to be a nurse,” she said. From around 2007 to

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FSB Client Receives Prestigious Student Of The Year Award

On October 20, 2015, Wesley Way received the Literacy Volunteers of America’s Student of the Year Award. Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) is a national non- profit learning program for adults who want to learn how to read and write in English. The Student of the Year Award is their most prestigious award and is given to a student who excels at LVA in their achievement, commitment and diligence. Way enrolled in LVA when he was a client at NCC Family Service Bureau’s Gateway to Freedom (GTF) Outpatient Program and was referred to LVA by his counselor Stanley Ross.  The GTF program is an evidence based holistic rehabilitative program designed to enable clients to reassess their values, goals and priorities

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NCC Building Trades Student Lands Job At Newark Airport

Maurice Culley’s handiwork can be seen all over Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport. Culley, a 2014 graduate of the New Community Workforce Development Center’s Building Trades Training Program, works as a mechanic for Aerotek, a contractor for Delta Airlines that provides maintenance and repair services for all of Delta’s equipment. Aerotek also staffs other services, ranging from food to janitorial, at Newark airport. On a recent Tuesday, Culley carefully applied a coat of white paint to baggage tow tractor. He focused intently, working alone in a garage near gate 43 at Terminal B, with the radio and roar of jet engines filling the background. Before painting the stocky, two-seat vehicle that pulls baggage carts to and from aircrafts,

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Adult Learning Center Success Story Lisandro Rodriguez

Turning Tragedy Into Motivation, GED Student Pursues Goals

Despite having a thriving career, Lisandro Rodriguez decided to return back to the classroom to earn his GED at New Community. Most of his coworkers at the biomedical technology company where Rodriguez has worked for 17 years would likely be surprised to learn that he doesn’t have his GED, he said. “It’s just something for me,” said Rodriguez. During the summer, he enrolled in the GED class offered at New Community’s Adult Learning Center with instructor Delya Holt. He plans to tackle the four-part exam in pieces, first taking the math section. “I lack confidence when it comes to tests,” Rodriguez acknowledged. That’s why he came to class hungry to learn and even supplemented the lessons at home with online

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Quick Turnaround: Rehab At NCC Gets Man Back On His Feet

During the summer, Wayne Bullock was in a world of pain. But a mere three weeks of physical therapy at the New Community Extended Care Facility made a world of difference for the 57-year-old Newark resident. “I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t bend,” Bullock recalled. But his progress since then has been remarkable, he noted. “I went from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane,” he said. After being discharged from Saint Michael’s Medical Center in August, Bullock came to the New Community Extended Care Facility for rehabilitation. Previously, Bullock said he had health issues with his liver that also impacted his mobility. “I couldn’t bend my legs but I said, it’ll pass,” he said. But suddenly one day, his

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Climbing Higher, Former NCC Student Forges Successful Career Path

It’s been quite a journey for Wanda Rodriguez to get to where she is now. And she hasn’t got plans to stop anytime soon. Rodriguez is currently in the process of purchasing her first house. In January, she will enroll at Rutgers-Newark to pursue a master’s degree in social work—a goal that she’s been pursuing, but has eluded her, for a few years.  Her classes will begin in January of 2016. “If you really want to pursue something, it’s a matter of determination,” said Rodriguez, 32. She’s come a long way since first walking through the doors of New Community in 2004. Martina Lopez-Nunez has known Rodriguez for years and first met her when she signed up for English classes

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Paying It Forward: Longtime Camper Returns To NCC As Summer Volunteer

By Katherine Angulo Latasia Anderson is currently a volunteer at New Community Youth Services Summer Camp, a place where everyone is valued and welcomed. Born and raised in Newark, Anderson is the third oldest out of four siblings, with an older brother who is 21, a younger brother, 5, and a newborn sister who is 11 months old. Anderson said she likes to help her mother, who works as a Cablevision operator, and in her free time volunteers at the New Community Youth Services Summer Camp, where Anderson works with 9-year-old campers. Out of all the things Anderson could be doing this summer, why did she choose to be here? Most of her free time is doing nothing, really, she

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Two Auto Grads Land Jobs With Volkswagen After Training At NCC

Reginald Norris and Kennard Irving are swimming in a sea of Volkswagens. Their work days are filled with a steady stream of VWs pulling in and out of the service department at Gensinger Volkswagen, a dealership in Clifton, where the two graduates of New Community’s Automotive Technician Employment and Training Program both recently landed full time jobs. For Norris and Irving, securing jobs at Gensinger Volkswagen opens up a world of possibilities in the automotive industry. Both men were trained at NCC’s auto program, held at the state-of-the-art Automotive Training Center on West Bigelow Street in Newark, which Brian Pleva said allowed both men to start working on cars immediately upon being hired. “They basically were able to start working

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