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New Jersey Community Development Corporation

28+ Years of Creating Opportunities to Transform Lives

aka NJCDC   |   Paterson, NJ   |  www.njcdc.org

Mission

New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) is dedicated to creating opportunities to transform lives within the Great Falls Neighborhood of Paterson, NJ. NJCDC is a private, non-profit community development and social service agency focusing on early childhood and youth development, education, affordable and supportive housing, and community building initiatives. Founded in 1994, NJCDC serves over 4,000 children, teens and families daily, and strives to fulfill its vision that all 8,000 children living in the Great Falls neighborhood will graduate from high school ready for college and a career. For more information, visit our website at www.njcdc.org.

Ruling year info

1998

Founder and CEO

Mr. Robert F. Guarasci

Main address

PO Box 6976

Paterson, NJ 07509 USA

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EIN

22-3282526

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2012, in an effort to mitigate the effects of living in poverty, NJCDC created the Great Falls Neighborhood (GFN). The GFN is a place-based initiative that supports community-wide efforts to improve educational and developmental outcomes for all children who live or go to school in our community. To achieve this, we implemented a pipeline of programs and services for all children and families in the GFN, starting at birth and continuing through high school graduation. Our target neighborhood is home to approximately 14,000 people, including over 8,000 children who live or go to school here.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Building

At NJCDC, we believe in driving positive neighborhood change through sustainable and community-centered revitalization throughout our city. We seek to address all of the elements necessary for comprehensive neighborhood revitalization, including strong schools, safe and affordable housing, youth development, job training, and resident-led advocacy.

Since 1994, we have invested over $100 million in brick and mortar projects, including transforming abandoned historic buildings into new community spaces and building new housing, retail space, and playgrounds. Through our place-based approach, we endeavor to forge innovative and creative solutions to revitalize our neighborhood and help residents succeed.

Our Community Outreach department engages local residents and hosts neighborhood clean-ups and family activities. Our Neighborhood Help Center provides assistance on topics including housing, immigration, job readiness, educational opportunities, financial literacy, and more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Having a place to call home is one of the most fundamental human needs necessary for stability and personal growth. NJCDC prides itself on providing affordable and supportive housing in the city of Paterson and the surrounding area to those vulnerable individuals and families who need it most. We build and operate housing with onsite social services for individuals with special needs, including those who are homeless, mentally ill, those with developmental disabilities, grandparents raising grandchildren, and youth aging-out of foster care.

Our goal is to offer a decent place to call home, to provide assistance in navigating everyday challenges, and, most importantly, to instill hope, confidence, and optimism among those we serve.

Since 1994 we have built over 200 units of affordable housing, with our most recent projects including multifamily buildings and a healthy living building in partnership with the local hospital, which aims to address the social determinants of health.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people
People with disabilities

At NJCDC, education is just another word for opportunity. We operate a number of educational initiatives designed to help local residents open their minds and reach their fullest potential.

We founded and support the operation of three schools:

The Paterson Family Center, which provides free preschool programming for Paterson's youngest students.

The Community Charter School of Paterson, which provides its 900 students from Kindergarten to 8th grade with a free, high-quality education

Garrett Morgan Academy (GMA), which is Paterson's first STEM academy high school.

In addition, NJCDC is the lead agency in the Full Service Community School programs at Public School 5, Joseph A. Taub Middle School, and John F. Kennedy High School, where we work with other organizations to provide extended-day, weekend, and summer services for students and families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

In helping to foster the next generation of productive citizens, NJCDC reaches beyond the classroom to invest in future residents and leaders of our community at their individual points of development. By providing these young residents with a head start, safe haven and, for some, a second chance, NJCDC is consistently investing in the human potential of the city of Paterson.

Throughout the year, we operate over 20 Youth Development programs. We operate Teen Centers in four area high schools, which provide services such as academic support, counseling, and enrichment activities to all students. We also run the Great Falls Youth Center, which provides high school students with a safe space to go after school and on weekends to do homework and hang out with friends. The Paterson Youth Council provides leadership development opportunities to 30 teens each year through college preparedness, community service, civic engagement, and financial literacy programming.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our challenge is to forge innovative and creative solutions to physically revitalize our neighborhood and help low-income individuals and families lift themselves out of poverty. NJCDC's array of programs and services focus on one overarching vision: to create a pipeline of programs and services to ensure that all 8,000 children living or going to school in our target neighborhood graduate from high school, college and career ready.

Since our founding in 1994, NJCDC has grown from a staff of 2 to over 130 employees, and our operating budget is over $15 million. We have led the way in the development and maintenance of numerous community improvement and revitalization projects. For over 28 years we have been increasing our community impact in efforts to improve the overall quality of life for the children and families in our neighborhood. Our challenge is to forge innovative and creative solutions to physically revitalize our neighborhood and help low-income individuals and families lift themselves out of poverty. NJCDC today serves more than 4,000 children and families each day through a variety of programs and services designed to create opportunities to transform lives. Our array of programs and services focus on one overarching vision: to create a pipeline of programs and services to ensure that all 8,000 children living or going to school in our target neighborhood graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

Through NJCDC’s placed-based approach to community development, we are able to comprehensively address the variety of issues facing our community, including subpar educational outcomes, unsafe and expensive housing, high crime, and a need for safe community spaces. Accordingly, we do our work in four distinct, yet interconnected, areas: education, youth development, affordable/supportive housing, and community building.

Community Building: We’ve invested more than $100 million in transformative neighborhood projects, including building over 200 units of affordable housing, over 15 new playgrounds and community gardens, and rehabilitating several historic mills now serving as neighborhood anchors. We formed a Community Advisory Board of our neighborhood members, business owners, and stakeholders in order to garnish the communities input on our neighborhood revitalization strategy.

Affordable and Supportive Housing: Many of our more than 200 units of affordable housing offer on-site social services for individuals with special needs, including the homeless, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, youth aging out of foster care, and grandparents raising grandchildren with disabilities. We also provide housing counseling through our Neighborhood Help Center.

Education: We founded and support the operation of the Paterson Family Center preschool, the Community Charter School of Paterson (K through 8th grade), and Garrett Morgan Academy, a STEM high school.

Youth Development: NJCDC reaches beyond the classroom during and after school at four area Teen Centers and we operate several after-school programs. We also provide leadership development through programs like the Paterson Youth Council and the Great Falls Youth Corps, and we offer educational enrichment programs such as a Summer Arts Camp, parent education programs, and literacy events. We operate over 20 youth development programs.

NJCDC offers services in the areas of education, youth development, affordable and supportive housing, and community building. We have grown from a staff of 2 to 130, with an operating budget of over $15 million. We have invested over $100 million in brick and mortar projects, transforming once-abandoned mill buildings into neighborhood anchors including schools, offices, and affordable housing. For over 28 years we have been increasing our community impact in efforts to improve the overall quality of life for the children and families in our neighborhood.

Education: NJCDC offers high-quality public education from pre-k through 12th grade. We founded and support the operation of three schools in the Great Falls Neighborhood: The Paterson Family Center, a community preschool serving 105 three and four year olds; the Community Charter School of Paterson, an elementary and middle school serving more than 900 K-8 students; and Garrett Morgan Academy, a STEM academy high school of 175 students. Additionally, NJCDC is the lead agency in three Full Service Community Schools in Paterson: Public School #5, Joseph A. Taub Middle School, and John F. Kennedy High School, where we offer a variety of programs and services to support student success.

Youth Development: NJCDC operates comprehensive Teen Centers in four area high schools to promote healthy lifestyles and provide educational enrichment and support services. Through our AmeriCorps national service program, NJCDC works in several neighborhood schools to provide a range of supportive services to help students and families succeed. Additionally, we provide inner-city children with comprehensive after-school programs and leadership development throughout the year. NJCDC also offers parent education classes through our Parent Academy for expectant families and parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to help them improve their parenting skills. Our Great Falls Youth Center provides neighborhood teens with tutoring, various educational programs, and recreational activities such as basketball. We operate over 20 youth development programs.

Community Building: Our Community Outreach department engages local residents and business owners to care for and speak out on behalf of our shared neighborhood through a variety of initiatives. We created an active Community Advisory Board that has representatives from throughout the neighborhood. We carry out neighborhood clean-ups, build playgrounds and gardens to help revitalize our neighborhood, and provide social activities for families. Our Neighborhood Help Center, open to neighborhood residents, is a one-stop shop for assistance on a broad range of topics that concern neighborhood residents, including housing, immigration, job readiness, educational opportunities, financial literacy, and more. In 2023, we relaunched the City of Paterson's only Financial Empowerment Center to provide free financial counseling to all residents.

Affordable Housing: NJCDC has built over 200 units of affordable and supportive housing. Several of our affordable housing developments offer on-site social services for individuals with special needs, including the homeless, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, youth aging out of foster care, and grandparents raising grandchildren with disabilities.

Financials

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New Jersey Community Development Corporation

Board of directors
as of 05/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Don Buckley

Anthony Coscia

David Berninger

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Carline Morrison

Etta Denk

Robert Garrison

William Pascrell III

Kenyatta Stewart

Martin Vergara II

Robert Guarasci

Eric Daleo

Victor J. Herlinsky, Jr.

Nita Das

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data