Grant Recipients

2020 - $100,000

Cornerstone Family Programs - Teen Pathways to Brighter Futures

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Teen Pathways to Brighter Futures is a work-based earn-and-learn program at Morristown Neighborhood House that is a pathway out of poverty for low-income, minority youth, setting them on the road to personal, academic and economic success. This holistic approach provides mentorship, guidance, and a commitment to their futures to help them realize their full potential and achieve a better life.

2020 - $100,000

Homeless Solutions, Inc. - “Next Level” Shelter Expansion Project

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The “Next Level” Shelter Expansion Project is the renovation of the ground floor of our emergency shelter and will improve the lives of our guests for generations. The expansion of our dining hall/kitchen, the new multipurpose space for a Warming Center along with the recently completed Alcohol & Drug Counseling Center will broaden and deepen our capacity to help our guests get out- and stay out- of homelessness.

2020 - $100,000

Zufall Health Center - Mobile Meals for Dover Families in Need

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Mobile Meals for Dover Families in Need - Zufall Health is seeking funding to purchase a food truck outfitted with appropriate equipment to distribute prepared meals to underserved Dover, NJ children in the summer, and to increase access to fresh local produce and nutrition education for low-income families year-round. Zufall aims to improve food security and health outcomes among needy communities with enhanced access to mobile meals.

2019 - $110,000

County College of Morris Foundation - Dover College Promise

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Under the leadership and oversight of County College of Morris (CCM), Dover College Promise (DCP) will give low-income middle and high school students from the Dover School District the opportunity to earn a guaranteed scholarship to the College. CCM and The Educational Center, a Dover-based community organization, will partner to provide students with tutoring, college preparation classes, mentoring, and opportunities for community-based service learning projects.

2019 - $110,000

CUMAC - Beyond Hunger

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The Beyond Hunger initiative’s vision is to transform CUMAC into a one-stop access point for supportive services that is embedded in the community. Through sustainable partnerships, strong programs, and a focus on upstream social determinants of health, CUMAC will not only provide individuals and families with healthy foods but opportunities for legal support, help in navigating public benefits, nutrition education, job readiness training and other services that empower individuals to break generational cycles of poverty.

2019 - $110,000

Union County Economic Development Corp. - Entrepreneurship as a Second Chance

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Entrepreneurship as a Second Chance is designed to provide citizens returning from incarceration the opportunity to explore business ownership as a way to reenter society. This program will provide participants with an intensive training and readiness program including multiple classroom sessions, one-on-one mentoring, business planning and all the other aspects of turning their ideas into viable business opportunities.

2018 - $100,000

Greater Bergen Community Action - Paterson Family Financial Empowerment

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Low-income Paterson families are not welcome in banks and spiral deep into financial despair as they struggle to pay usurious fees for essential services and loans. Impact 100 Garden State funds will provide these families with a combination of comprehensive financial education, full-service banking services, and low-cost loans, placing these families on a path to financial stability, self-sufficiency, and improved lives.

2018 - $100,000

Samaritan Inn, Inc. - Emergency Shelter Program

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Impact 100 Garden State funds will enable Samaritan Inn to purchase another house that will provide emergency shelter to the homeless of Sussex County. Due to the overpopulation of the current shelter, this program will benefit an underserved population by ensuring those adversely impacted have a roof over their heads and case management to help them become self-sufficient again.

2018 - $100,000

Table to Table - Eat Fresh Passaic

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Eat Fresh Passaic is a multi-level initiative to impact hunger in Passaic County. By establishing multiple touch-points in the most at-risk areas of the county, Impact 100 Garden State funds will enable Table to Table to address the growing need for fresh, healthy, food for struggling families, children, and the underserved within their community.

2017 - $141,000

Oasis A Haven for Women and Children - Teaching Women Reaching Children

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Oasis seeks to change the lives of women and children, some of Paterson’s neediest citizens, by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, and educate. Impact funding will support three courses that prepare women to pass the high school equivalency exams and a new literacy course to teach women with very little formal education to read and do basic arithmetic.

2017 - $141,000

Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County - PSS Pop-Up Shop

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In rural Sussex and Morris Counties, hundreds of families live in enclaves of high poverty, geographically isolated from social services, schools, and supermarkets. They go without supportive referral and advocacy services simply because they lack transportation. The PSS Pop Up Shop, with Impact 100 Garden State funds, will purchase and equip an RV to take a full range of PSS social services “on the road” –reaching out to families who cannot come to them.

2016 --$100,000

Interfaith Food Pantry - Healthy Choice Mobile Pantry Program

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Clients of the Food Pantry are the working poor, senior citizens on fixed incomes, single parents, the disabled (mentally and physically), the unemployed, the home-bound and others in crisis. Impact 100 Garden State funds will set up a Healthy Choice Mobile Pantry Program, providing not only for the purchase of a refrigerated vehicle but also for a supply of fresh foods and outreach to existing food providers.

2016 --$100,000

Roots and Wings - Outreach Case Management Program

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Aged-out foster youth are among the most under-served, disconnected and statistically vulnerable segment of our society. These young people lack the skills and the self-esteem needed to become self-sufficient adults. Grant funds will expand the Outreach Case Management Program, aiming to double the number of youth among their non-residential clients and increase the variety of services offered to them.

2016 -- $44,000

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts - Paterson Music Project

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The Paterson Music Project, an out-of-school program for children of diverse backgrounds, uses music to empower children through the communal experience of ensemble learning and performance. The free weekly programming will include additional programming, such as a city-wide orchestra and an inter-generational choir for students as well as their families, teachers, and other members of the community.

2015 - $102,500

New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) - FreePair Paterson

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NJCDC’s program, FreePair Paterson, helps to bridge the gap between two generations — youth ages 16-24 who have dropped out of high school, and the elderly and disabled living in poverty. These youths will be given the opportunity to obtain their GED and a vocational certificate in construction, receiving on-the-job training repairing the homes of some 500 elderly and disabled homeowners or renters who cannot afford to make the repairs themselves.

2015 - $102,500

Head Start Community Program of Morris County - Early Language and Literacy Program

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Head Start’s Early Language and Literacy Program is designed to help young children from low-income Morris County families, the majority of which are Spanish speaking, develop their vocabulary and conversation ability. The program has two key components: teacher coaching and education programs for parents about ways to promote language and literacy in the home, including bilingual children’s books for families.

2014 - $100,000

America’s Grow-A-Row (AGAR) and the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center of Morristown - Morris County Free Farm Market

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This collaborative grant provided tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce and other healthy food to help alleviate hunger in Morris County.

2014 - $85,000

Middle Earth - Big Dan’s Bike Shop

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This innovative program is aimed at teaching bicycle mechanics, business operations, and employment-related skills to at-risk youth. The program is conducted in partnership with Raritan Valley Community College’s Enactus Club.

2013 - $135,000

Printmaking Center of New Jersey - Combat Paper NJ

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Combat Paper NJ is an intensive therapeutic arts program for veterans, run by veterans. The Impact 100 Garden State grant enabled the program to reach out to new communities of veterans in Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Sussex counties.