Gateway Community Action Partnership celebrated the American Dream of Homeownership on DEC. 7 with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting on the first of 10 new single family homes on South Avenue and Eagle Street, in Bridgeton’s Southeast Gateway Neighborhood.
The affordable, quality homes all include three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, appliances and central air, all with a starting price of $77,500.
First-time homebuyers with an income of at least $31,620 (household of two) are eligible. Requirements for Mill Creek Crossing home ownership includes attending home buyer classes, have a permanent income, qualify for a mortgage, have a credit score of at least 580 and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must meet U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) guidelines and be approved by the NJ Housing Affordability Service (HAS).
The project is funded by the NJ Department of Community Affairs through the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC), HUD, the City of Bridgeton and the Cumberland Empowerment Zone as well as Wells Fargo and TD Bank.
For an application or additional information on Mill Creek Crossings homes on South East Avenue, call 800-457-3188. For ribbon cutting event questions, call 856-497-6621.
Holiday celebration at Hightstown Head Start 12-2016
Holiday celebration "Around the World" at Hightstown Head Start Dec. 2016
Breast Cancer Awareness at Spring Gardens
Atlantic City Fire Department at the Mayor James Usry EHS/HS "Fire Prevention Activities
Breast Cancer Awareness
The staff and students at Hammonton and Landisville Head Start wore pink in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
HCFS Back To School Bash at Oakview 8-26-16
The Holly City FSC held a Back to School Event on August 26, 2016. Holly City FSC partnered with Oakview Apartments for the 6th year to bring the community of Millville a back to school bash! We had music, food, a bouncy house, community organizations, children's undergarment giveaways and backpack raffles. What a success this event was!
Thank you to all of the organizations who came out; Scratch Coalition from the Southwest Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Millville Fire Department, Connecting Families to Communities, Lowes, South Jersey AIDS Alliance, Pathstone, United Healthcare, Weisman Children's, and Make a Move.
Millville Play Streets Event - July 27, 2016
On July 27, 2016 the Holly City Family Success Center hosted it's first Play Streets Event in Millville. This event hd been in the making since January.
For the 6-week duration of Play Streets the FSC partnered with the Millville Police Department, Millville Housing Authority, Millville Public Schools, Millville Public Library, the Holly City Development Cooperation, Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition and 5 different churches in our area
2016 Summer Youth Feeding Program
Bridgeton at-risk residents need food. Bridgeton needs youth willing to become the future leaders of our community. Gateway Community Action Partnership, through the funding of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is currently operating a pilot program that addresses both.
In the "Bridgeton Youth: Helping to Feed, Learning to Lead" program, teenagers are going door-to-door in the city to provide information about federal programs that provide free food to children and adolescents during the summer and where to get the food. The goal is to more than double the number of residents who applied last year to 2,000. The actions of the teenagers, dressed in their white or green T-shirts displaying the program name, increase the chance that residents will receive the nutrition they need. They are also helping with meals at feeding sites.
While the nutritional aspect is extremely important, developing the youth as leaders is a key aspect of the program. Through their daily activities, the guidance of adult team leaders, and team building activities, the youth are learning new skills, gaining confidence and becoming aware of the issues facing their community.
As part of the program, the youth spent a weekend in June at Camp Okanickon in Medford receiving training in leadership and community organizing.
There is interest in expanding this program to other communities in New Jersey.
Albert B. Kelly, Gateway's President and CEO and the Mayor of Bridgeton, addressed the youth on the first day of the program, stressing the importance of this initiative.
"I want to show the state that this is something we are taking seriously," Kelly said. "We all know people in our community who do not have enough food to eat. They go to school hoping to get decent meals. But when school is out, they don't have that opportunity. We want to be sure they get decent meals. People outside of Bridgeton believe in what we are trying to do here. I want you to believe in it, also."
Summer Youth Employment Fair - June 15, 2016
Gateway Community Action Partnership held a Summer Youth Job Fair on June 15 in the Everett P. Marino Center in Bridgeton. More than 250 youth attended to seek opportunities in administration, maintenance, child care, outreach, social services, summer feeding and clerical.
Summer Feeding Kick-Off Event
The Cumberland County Positive Youth Coalition (Bridgeton Group) kicked off its Bridgeton Area Summer Food Service Program with fun, food and activities Thursday, June 9 at the ALMS Center in Bridgeton. Those in attendance learned about the different feeding sites that will provide free meals to children 18 years and under throughout the summer months. Community information tables were also available. There were also a variety of fitness activities. Among the partners in this event were: Gateway Community Action Partnership, ShopRite, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, Inspira Health Network, Bridgeton Area Police Athletic League, Century Savings Bank, and Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
Beam Signing and Topping Off Ceremony - June 1, 2016
Gateway Community Action Partnership senior leadership members, staff, project partners, elected officials and community members participated in another significant milestone in the construction of the $22-million Gateway Early Education Center in Atlantic City with a “beam topping ceremony” on Wednesday, June 1.
Those in attendance signed the last steel beam to be placed on the building and watched as it was hoisted to the top of the three-story building in the heart of Atlantic City (1433 Bacharach Boulevard).
The 43,787-square foot, three-story center is scheduled for completion in May 2017 and will provide quality early childhood education for approximately 300 children and employ 80 Head Start teachers, aides and support staff. The center replaces four Atlantic City centers severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Spruce Head Start Fatherhood Initiative Event
Spruce's Fatherhood Initiative, the students engaged in various games and activities with their fathers including twister, basketball, bean bag tossing, pie in the face contests, and soccer. The day was filled with laughs, friendly competition, and lots of fun.
Hammonton Head Start Father's Initiative - May 2016
For Hammonton's Fatherhood Initiative, the students spent time in the sun painting birdhouses and jewelry boxes with their fathers. This time allowed for bonding, fun, and implementing creative ideas.
2016 Gateway Golf Classcic - May 12, 2016 Stockton Seaview
Highlights of the 2016 Gateway Golf Classic, May 12, 2016 at Stockton Seaview
of Hammonton Head Start visiting The Jersey Shore Children Museum 5-16
Spruce Head Start students visit the A.C. Aquarium
Galloway Head Start Year End Celebration
Parents were invited to come and participate in a obstacle course in our playground to celebrate the end of the ‘Exercise’ study 4-21-16
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Mill Creek Crossings 4-26-16
Gateway Community Action Partnership’s Mill Creek Crossings program’s dream of making the American Dream of homeownership a reality for area residents held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 26 at 2 p.m. on Eagle and Grove streets in Bridgeton.
Mill Creek Crossings homes are being built on South Avenue and Eagle Street in Bridgeton and all 10 units include three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, appliances and central air. Starting price is $77,500 and first-time homebuyers with an income of at least $31,200 (must have at least one dependent) are eligible.
Construction will begin this spring and all 10 units are slated for completion by September. Applications are now available at Gateway’s administrative offices, 110 Cohansey St., Bridgeton.
Pre-requisites for Mill Creek Crossings home ownership include: attend home buyers’ classes, have a permanent income, qualify for a mortgage, a credit score of at least 580 and be a United States citizen. Applicants must meet U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) guidelines and be approved by the NJ Housing Affordability Service (HAS).
Project funding is being provided by the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) through the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Galloway Head Start celebrate Family Friday 4-16
Students at the Galloway Head Start participated in nutritional activities on April 18, 2016 to celebrate “Family Friday” during the Week of the Young Child. Parents were invited to come in and help the students learn about healthy foods, while preparing healthy snacks hands-on. Students learned how to make garden salad and fruit salad and then enjoyed their self-made snack!
Twins Day at Spruce Head Start 4-16
Spruce Head Start chose "TWIN DAY" as our Staff Spirit Day Theme. 4-16
Site Director Annalysa Coleman and Food Service Worker Bonnie Emanuel in the Blue Shirts Teacher and TA Rosa Vargas and Karol Munoz in the purple shirts Teacher and TA Diane Ireland and Chimere Mitchell in the pink shirts.
Soccer at Spruce Head Start in EHT
Spring bags donated to the Hightstown Head Start Center 3-2016
Spring bags donated to the Hightstown Head Start Center children from the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in East Windsor
Three Little Pigs at Hightstown Head Start 3-2016
Staff at the Hightstown Head Start Center in Mercer County recently performed a production of the Three Little Pigs for their students.
Vineland II Head Start students visit Barnes Studio 3-2016
Children from Gateway's Vineland II Head Start had a tremendously successful trip to the Barn Studio of Art in Millville in March 2016. They discussed a famous painter and the elements of nature in his watercolor paintings by acting out a poem. Then they had opportunity to explore painting at an easel while setting on a stool. Finally, children took a small nature walk and discovered early spring teardrop flowers and heard different birds singing. By the pond they got to see gold fish as they walked over the small wooden bridge. Children also walked into an outside "room" created by growing bamboo.
Friends School of Mullica Hill Visit Mill Creek Urban Farm
Students from Friends School in Mullica Hill visit Gateway's Mill Creek Urban Farm on 3-8-16
Galloway Head Start Musical Instrument Study - March 2016
Galloway Head Start musical instrument study. We had parent and family visitors come in and discuss their musical instrument. They allowed the children to watch them preform and learn hands-on by playing musical instruments. To conclude the study, the class and staff participated in a musical march!
Galloway Head Start Friendship Day and Chinese New Year 2-2016
Hamilton I Head Start Fashion Show January 2016
Hamilton I Head Start Fashion Show. The children studied about clothes and concluded the study theme with a fashion show.
Cheryl Chadwick ELC Kazoo Parade
Cheryl Chadwick Early Learning Center students participate in their annual Kazoo Parade on January 28, 2016 in Bridgeton, NJ.
Spirit Week at Germantown-Lehigh Early Head Start, Phila., Pa.
Spirit Week at Germantown-Lehigh EHS, 1-2016. Building team work, professional morale and effective communication along with staff togetherness displays a strong agency. Parents witnessed the fun engagement between each staff member and children were laughing and questioning why we dressed or looked a certain way. Overall, it was more than just fun, engaging activities and laughable moments; it was a pilot of things to come.
"Need To Feed" Food Summit 1-20-16
Gateway Community Action Partnership, in conjunction with community partners, held a Food Summit at Cumberland County College’s Luciano Center on Jan. 20, 2016.
The “Need To Feed” Food Summit’s goal was to bring community members together to discuss solutions to increase availability of meals for approximately 11,000 at-risk children in Cumberland County living below the poverty level ensuring their access to healthy, nutritious meals all year long.
Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, president & CEO of Gateway and City of Bridgeton mayor, opened the summit with a number of keynote speakers, including Rev. Dr. Robin Weinstein, pastor of Bethany Grace Community Church, Douglas Fisher, NJ Secretary of Agriculture and a Bridgeton native, NJ Assemblyman John Burzichelli, Adele La Tourette, director of the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition and Patricia Dombroski, administrator of the Food & Nutrition Services Mid-Atlantic Region.
MLK Day Breakfast 1-18-16
Gateway Community Action Partnership, in collaboration with Shiloh Baptist Church, hosted a multi-cultural commemorative breakfast in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18 in the Marino Ballroom, 11 Washington St., Bridgeton.
This year’s theme was “The Dream In Action” and included a memorable ceremony, guest speaker and musical guests. The event honored local trailblazers who demonstrated Dr. King’s dream in their daily lives with profound impact on the community.
Code Blue Distribution 12-22-15
Code Blue leaders pass out winter weather gear and homeless care kits to those in need at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Bridgeton, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Gateway CAP employees contributed to the effort through a recent sock collection drive.
Train Safety at Galloway Head Start
Ms. Barbra from NJ Transit speaks to Galloway Head Start students about train and train station safety on December 3, 2015.
Friends School Mullica Hill at Mill Creek Urban Farm
Middle school students from Friends School Mullica Hill spent the day volunteering and learning at Gateway CAP's Mill Creek Urban Farm
Galloway Head Start New Playground - November 2015
our first Mercer County Council for Young Children Family Fun Fair
Our first Mercer County Council for Young Children Family Fun Fair. The purpose of the Mercer County Council for Young Children (MCCYC) is to create an environment where parents/families come together at the local level with providers and other community members as active partners to identify and discuss the needs, concerns, aspirations and successes regarding issues that affect the health, education and well-being of children from pregnancy to age 8.
Mercer Head Start Autumn Fun Festival - 10-24-15
Autumn fun festival we had in Mercer on Saturday October 24, 2015.
Usry Head Start Fall 2015 events
The Mayor James Usry Child Care Center, went on our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Monday, October 19, 2015. Every year we get the children together and we take a walk around the block. The center is located in Atlantic City, NJ. ... Also, the Atlantic City Fire Department came to visit the Mayor James Usry Head Start Center on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Captain Fonville went over all the important things, for the children to do when there is a fire.
Hammonton Head Start Fire Safety Event 10-2-15
On Friday, October 2, 2015, Firefighter, Israel Mercado, stopped in to teach the children at Hammonton Head Start about Fire Safety and Prevention. The children learned about this topic for the whole month of September. Israel Mercado is not only a local firefighter, but he is the grandfather of our very own student, Gabriella Vasquez.
WIC Immunization Health Fair 9-12-15 in Bridgeton
Gateway CAP's Immunization program hosted a health fair at the Zoo Pavilion on Mayor Aitken Drive in Bridgeton on September 12, 2015 There was music, face painting, food, bouncy rides, giveaways and information.
Mosaic at the Holly City Family Success Center
Two artists volunteered their time to help create a stunning mosaic mural that adds to the warm and welcoming atmosphere at the Holly City Family Success Center in Millville.
Neil Patterson, from Philadelphia, and Jacqueline Sandro-Greenwell, the director of Clay College in Millville, worked with 12 students at the center to complete the project over five days.
Head Start Recruitment 2015
Gateway Head Start/Early Head Start is accepting enrollment of new students at our centers in New Jersey and at one Early Head Start center in Philadelphia. Gateway has centers in six New Jersey counties: Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, Mercer, Atlantic, and Cape May. Call 856-497-6694 for more information and/or click on the links below. Staff has been out in public on a recruitment tour to provide information and answer questions.
2015 Inaugural Gateway Golf Classic
Gateway held its inaugural Gateway Golf Classic May 14, 2015 at the historic Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township. Approximately 80 golfers hit the greens while enjoying golf, food and fun.
Groundbreaking AC Head Start Early Education Center
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held May 19, 2015 for a new, $21 million Head Start center at 1433 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City. The 43,747 square foot, three-story facility will include 20 classrooms, two Head Start playgrounds, one Early Head Start playground and a multi-purpose room as well as administrative and family resource space. Construction on the $21 million project, funded by Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds as coordinated through Head Start Region II, will begin later this year. The project is slated for December 2016 completion with approximately 300 children occupying the center in early 2017.
Daddy-Daughter Dance at Hammmonton Head Start 4-2015
Hammonton Head Start Family Advocate, Dawn Dudley, planned and organized a Daddy/Daughter Dance for the girls at Hammonton Head Start. Fathers or father figures were invited to share laughs, finger nail painting, snacks, and of course, dancing. In addition, each father gave a small heart-felt speech about their little girl. Pictures were taken and music was played all while enjoying the theme of the popular movie, "Frozen".
Fathers Initiative at Spruce Avenue Head Start Center (EHT) 3-2015
Hamilton I Head Start Dr. Seuss Day 3-2015
Staff and students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by having a crazy Hair Day, a crazy Sock Day, and Green Eggs and Ham. March 4 we had students volunteering from Assumption College , Worcester Ma; and during the week of March 16 we had students from Ohio State University through a collaboration with Center for Faith Justice . March 18 , 41 students from Notre Dame High School volunteered at Hamilton 1 center and donated stuffed animals to all the students.
Cheryl Chadwick Music in our Schools 3-2015
Breakaway 2015 SUNY-Oswego at Millville Head Start
Paulsboro Head Start Winter Celebration - Jan. 2015
Spring Gardens Christmas Party 2014
Woodbury Head Start Fire Department visit and pumpkin Patch visit.
Vineland II Head Start wear purple to increase awareness to the issue of domestic violence
Early Head Start Fire Prevention - Oct. 8, 2014
Vineland II Head Start Teachers Magali Rodriguez and Samantha Vazquez invited local firefighters to speak to Early Head Start students on fire prevention.
Hamilton 1 Head Start Center's "Dad take your child to school day"
River's Edge Head Start Optical Academy
Landisville Head Start Bring Your Dad To School Day
2014 Poverty Symposiums
2014 Gleaning Field trip
Millville Head Start Book Bag Donation Sept. 9, 2014
Ocean City Head Start "Foot Steps of a Father"
Independence Day at Usry Center Head Start
Dr Seuss' Day at Landisville Head Start Center - March 28, 2014
Swedesboro Head Start Parents Apprciation Breakfast 2-2014
Woodbury Head Start - Winter Wonderland, Clothing Swap and Fire Prevention Day
Germantown-Lehigh EHS Holiday Socialization for the Expectant Families Program - Dec. 2013
Penns Grove 2 Head Start Fall Festival 2013
First Anniversary of Greater Bridgeton Area Transit
Germantown-Lehigh EHS Health and Recruitment Fair - August 2013
Hightstown Head Start End of Year Carnival 2013/ Fatherhood Initiative
Germantown-Lehigh Head Start Week of the Young Child Activities 4-2013