Volume 8 • Issue 7 July 2016 newcommunity.org

A Place To Call Home: NCC’s Homeless Veterans Housing Project Moves Forward

For decades, New Community founder Monsignor William J. Linder has fought for safe, attractive and affordable housing for the most vulnerable members of society—single mothers, the elderly and disabled. Now, his vision to serve the chronically homeless, including military veterans who have sacrificed for their country but often end up living on the streets—is another step closer to becoming a reality.

A Better Life, the inspirational name given to the project that will provide 24 units of supportive housing, including designated units for chronically homeless, and on-site mental health services, reached a major milestone when financing for the $8 million project officially closed on June 3.


Spirits High At NCC’s 22nd Annual Golf Outing

Jasmine Thompson’s greatest fear in becoming homeless was having her family split apart. When she arrived at Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families, she discovered a 102-unit haven in Newark with apartments for each family, 24-hour security and supportive services.

“The most important thing was keeping my family together,” said Thompson, 31, of Newark, who came to Harmony House with her husband, Gordon, and their two young children after Gordon lost his job and they could no longer afford rent.

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow: Community Hills Early Learning Center Students Move On

The 2016 Moving On Ceremony at Community Hills Early Learning Center was a packed house and for good reason, Director Cheryl Mack said. “We could be looking at the next president (or) attorney general,” Mack said of the students who donned caps and gowns to celebrate their completion of pre-kindergarten. Each class performed skits, dances, rhymes and stories before an adoring crowd. Mack acknowledged several parents for their participation and support of CHELC. Afterwards, students, families and staff enjoyed refreshments in the classrooms.

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