Volume 35 • Issue 12 December 2018 newcommunity.org

Better Life Open House Highlights Programs And Services

New Community Corporation and Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) hosted an open house at Better Life Nov. 15 to showcase the various programs and services offered to the community.

Better Life, which is located at 101 Fourteenth Ave., Newark, has three distinct programs at the location. The first floor houses the Better Life Engagement Center, which connects the homeless to services and offers a place for homeless individuals to come for help getting documents, help with a search for permanent housing and jobs, referrals to detox if requested and meals. Also on the first floor is Essex County Wellness Respite Services, which is a hospital diversion program that offers 10-day stays to individuals in crisis who are dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues. CSPNJ runs both programs on the first floor. On the second floor of Better Life, there are 20 apartments for formerly chronically homeless individuals. Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care provides the services for those residents, though they also work with CSPNJ and are welcome at the downstairs Engagement Center. New Community Corporation owns and manages Better Life, providing property management, security and maintenance.


New Community Workforce Development Center Graduates Find Success At University Hospital

When students enroll in programs at New Community Workforce Development Center, the goal is to provide them with an education and the skills necessary to obtain a job in their career of choice with a family income supporting wage. Solid training supported by employer partnerships help make that happen. Three recent Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) graduates have started their careers at University Hospital, one of the employers with which New Community Workforce Development Center has a relationship.

Withum Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner For Harmony House Families

Accounting firm Withum hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families, Nov. 20 at St. Joseph Plaza.

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