Volume 8 • Issue 10 October 2016 newcommunity.org

NCC Founder, CEO Joined By Officials Committed To Helping The Chronically Homeless

New Community Corporation officially broke ground on A Better Life on Sept. 28, 2016, joined by its funding and service partners as well as elected officials, dignitaries and community leaders.

The ceremony marked the public announcement of A Better Life, a 24-unit residence that’s New Jersey’s first “safe haven” supportive housing model targeting chronically homeless persons with severe mental illness who have been unable or unwilling to participate in supportive services.

New Community Founder Monsignor William J. Linder and CEO Richard Rohrman were joined by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other dignitaries at the event. The $8 million project is slated for completion by June 2017.“New Community is proud to be the developer of A Better Life and to work hand in hand with our many partners to make this supportive housing project a reality,” Rohrman said.


2016 Festival And Parade Pay Tribute To NCC’s Legacy, Newark’s 350th Anniversary

South Orange Avenue was awash in green and white. Marchers holding balloons, carrying banners and donning “NCC” t-shirts paraded down the street in Newark to celebrate New Community’s 2016 Parade and Family Festival on Sept. 17, 2016.

“Out of the Ashes Came Hope” was the theme of this year’s parade, which also paid tribute to Newark’s 350th anniversary as one of many city-wide events organized in coordination with Newark Celebration 350.

NCC Partners With City To Train Jobseekers For Positions At Port Newark

For Ashton Merritt, New Community Workforce Development Center’s Ford Automotive Training Program has changed the course of his life.

In the Summer of 2015, he completed the 1,200-hour program, which is backed by Ford Motor Company, and was hired last September by FAPS Inc., a major employer at the Port of Newark.

“This has literally turned my life around,” said Merritt, 32, of Newark, who recently marked his one-year anniversary at the job. “It was great for me.”

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