Volume 9 • Issue 12 December 2017 newcommunity.org

Harmony House After-School Program Helps Kids Excel

Children in kindergarten through seventh grade living at Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families, have a place to go once the school day ends to enhance their learning and have some fun.

The Harmony House Excel program, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. each school day at Harmony House, provides children with a hot, nutritious meal; homework instruction and assistance, including one-on-one tutoring if needed; character education; and recreational activities like arts and crafts and organized games. There are currently 20 children in the program, which has room for 25 participants and is available exclusively to Harmony House families.


CMA Student Juggles Full-Time Job And Classes

Having a full-time job while going to school is never easy, but it becomes even more of a challenge when you’re working nights and attending classes during the day. That’s what Samaya Hutchinson is doing to complete the Certified Medical Assistant program at New Community Workforce Development Center.

Hutchinson works as a certified home health aide at Brighton Gardens, Sunrise Senior Living in West Orange from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She also works Saturday afternoons and sometimes Sunday. She attends class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.


Harmony House Residents Receive Thanksgiving Baskets

Residents of Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families, received baskets filled with supplies to make a plentiful Thanksgiving meal. The donated items came from Independence360, a program serving adults with autism and related developmental disabilities, and accounting firm Withum. Representatives from both organizations visited the facility with the baskets Nov. 21.

Withum donated the turkeys and one of the parents of an Independence360 participant provided the baskets.The rest of the items came from clients.

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