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   December 2018
In This Issue
Holiday Breakfast
Coat Drive
Staff Spotlight
Literacy Appreciation
Mill Creek Urban Farm
Spring Gardens
Gateway Head Start Early Education Center
Greater Bridgeton FSC
Mommy And Me Luncheon
Gateway Employee Party
New Employees
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The name Gateway Community Action Partnership reflects our expanded coverage area, but more importantly, it signifies what we are all about. We are a gateway to success for individuals and families in our community and we achieve those results through actions done in partnership within that very community we serve. So please take a minute to read our newsletter and learn more about our successes and struggles as we serve a Gateway to Community Action in Partnership with others for everyone's benefit!        
Holiday Breakfast Again Provides Gifts For Children
     The Bridgeton Mayor's Holiday Breakfast was held at the Marino Center on Dec. 17. Santa was "invited" by Mayor Albert B. Kelly, the President and CEO of Gateway. Above, Santa checks out the donations at the start of the breakfast. The gifts kept rolling in from there from generous donors in our community (see photo below) and filled the front of the room from wall-to-wall. There were more than 2,000. The gifts will be distributed to area children.


Gateway Sponsors Coat Drive To Benefit Kintock Group, Greater Bridgeton PAL
Albert B. Kelly, President and CEO of Gateway and Mayor of Bridgeton, with Angela Brown of the Kintock Group.

     Gateway proudly sponsored a coat drive to benefit the Greater Bridgeton PAL and the Kintock Group (a non-profit organization providing re-entry services for individuals transitioning from the criminal justice system to the community). Coats were collected through a collection box at Gateway's administrative office in Bridgeton.
 Gateway Staff Spotlight: Kim Wilkerson

Name: Kim Wilkerson
Position: Accounting Associate/Accounts Payable
How long at Gateway : 22 years
Recent accomplishment : I helped out at our Spring Gardens Senior Housing holiday party this Christmas season. I have been doing this for a number of years and it's a good feeling to help brighten the holidays for the residents there. It is a lot of fun.
What is most rewarding about your job: I like being part of an agency that helps people. I am proud to play a part in our mission "to provide services that improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency."
Tell us something about yourself: I am a lover of all things Christmas. I love decorating. I started listening to Christmas songs in October. I wish I had a bigger house so I could have more Christmas decorations. I won't let myself buy anything else! My husband asked what I wanted for Christmas. I showed him my gift registry and it has all snowmen on it!
Hopes, Dreams, Ambitions: I am a family person. I just want my family to be happy and healthy and have everything they need.
What they are saying about Kim:  Denise Castley, CFO, said: "Kim has been with Gateway for more than 20 years. Her experience and work ethic are a valued asset not only to the Finance Department but the entire agency. Even though I have nicknamed her "The Enforcer," Kim is reliable, loyal, kind and caring. This is demonstrated through her generosity and participation in lending a helping hand whenever needed. We appreciate Kim not only for her outstanding work and dedication but for the person she is." 
Kim's cubicle is filled with Christmas spirit inside and out, including snowmen.
Gateway's Literacy Program Holds Tutor Appreciation Night

Congratulations to the Literacy Volunteers of Salem/Cumberland Counties Volunteer of the Year, Mary Jane McGinnis, who was recognized for her achievement at the program's Tutor Appreciation Night in November. Not long after becoming a tutor, Mary Jane volunteered to do learner assessments in addition to tutoring.
"She has proven to be a huge help to the program," said Laura Stanton, Gateway's Director of Literacy Services. Mary Jane also recently agreed to serve on our Advisory Board.
Those who tutored more than 50 hours during the last year were also recognized: Denise Arrigo, 52 hours; Judy Augustus, 53 hours; Barbara Miller, 57 hours; Judy Hunt, 58 hours; and, Diane DeAlcantara, 75 hours.
Mill Creek Urban Farm Featured In Article

Marcus Weaver, Gateway's Director of Agriculture & Food Initiatives

Gateway's Mill Creek Urban Farm was featured in a great article on and on The In Season Kitchen website.

Alzheimer's/Adult Day Care And Spring Gardens Senior Housing Holiday Party
Alzheimer's/Adult Day Care and Spring Gardens Ugly Sweater Luncheon. Congrats to the winners!
Gateway Head Start Early Education Center Children Having Fun With Clothing Study
Children in Ms. Cheatham's class at the Gateway Head Start Early Education Center in Atlantic City are doing activities for a clothing study.

Greater Bridgeton Family Success Center Hosts Healthy Cooking Classes

       Alberta Frazier, Gerri Morrell, and Lottie Knight were the recipients of gifts of appreciation (a Ninja IQ Blender, a food scale, and a variety of measuring cups) to assist them in continuing their efforts to prepare and eat healthy meals. 
     Cooking Classes were held at the Greater Bridgeton Family Success Center under the supervision of Mae Woodley and Lisa Carter, and hosted by Nicole Curtis from Rutgers University. Ms. Frazier, Ms. Morrell, and Ms. Knight attended every class.
     When asked what was their favorite part of the cooking classes, "Learning to cook quick, healthy meals" was Ms. Knight's favorite. Portion control and the parfait was Ms. Gerri's favorite. Ms. Frazier express the pleasure of coming to such a class. In addition, all three women stated that they would like to have the classes continue. They are also interested in being a part of the coalition.
     Bridgeton also has a Breast Cancer group who meets once a month. They are meeting next Thursday, December 20. Please call 856-451-1133 for more information.     

Mommy And Me Holiday Luncheon A Hit With Moms And Families

Congratulations to Antoinette Thomas, the Expectant Families Manager at Gateway Head Start, on planning and implementing a successful inaugural "Mommy and Me Holiday Luncheon" at her Cornerstone Community Church in Millville. Gateway's Family Success Centers, Head Start and other programs played a role in the success.
Because of the efforts of Antoinette and other community partners, families had fun, food and gifts they might not otherwise have enjoyed.
"The smiles on their faces were priceless," Thomas said. "This is the reason why I love serving my community and giving back. I am grateful to know that we made an impact. I am looking forward to next year."
Antoinette gave special thanks to Elvin Santiago from Horizon NJ Health for a donation of $1,500. More special thanks went to: Cornerstone Community Church, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, the Family Success Centers, the Sicklerville and Williamstown centers, Jinnea Terrell and Mysella Centeno, who decorated, Sonya Melton, Natalia Uribe, and Jameka Jones.
Antoinette said the families expressed their gratitude and that she is still receiving calls and texts.

Gateway Employees Celebrate Holiday Season With Party At Marino Center
Contestants in the Ugly Sweater Contest with Albert B. Kelly, Gateway President and CEO!

  A Warm Welcome To Gateway Community Action Partnership's Newest Employees

Welcome To Gateway CAP's New Hires!
Farhana Lipe, Head Start
Nigel Beckett, Head Start
Juana Garcia, Head Start
Latifa White, Head Start
Karen Cooney, WIC
Emily Nieves, Head Start
Ronald Bryant, Head Start
Carolina Taveras Veras, Head Start 
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A round Gateway Community Action Partnership ... News and Notes

Internet Essentials , a program offered by Comcast, gives income-eligible families access to the Internet for $9.95 a month with no activation fee, equipment fees or price increases.  Having the Internet enables children to do homework, type reports or do research and enables the parents to e-mail teachers as well as look for jobs, pay bills or find doctors.
Gateway Community Action Partnership is working with Comcast to inform families of the program. Internet Essentials is available to households that have children eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program or if they receive HUD housing assistance.  They must reside in a Comcast service area and must not have subscribed to Comcast Internet in the last 90 days or have overdue Comcast bills. Also, low-cost computers are being offered for $149.99 and free training is accessible if needed. To get more information or to sign up, visit or call 1-855-846-8376. ... Gateway operates the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) in Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic and Salem counties. The program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, lactation support, immunization education and health care referrals to income-eligible pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age 5. Gateway WIC serves more than 23,000 clients annually through flexible hours through its eight (8) offices and a full-service, health screening mobile office. WIC is an equal opportunity program. If you believe you have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, write immediately to: USDA, Director-Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, 20250 - 9410. For additional information on the Gateway WIC program or nearest office location and hours of operation, call the Gateway WIC program at 856-451-5600 or 856-225-5050. ... Gateway's Head Start program is once again sponsoring the Child Care Food Program. This program is designed to provide meals to children receiving services in Head Start centers located throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Mercer, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. Meals are available at no separate charge to all children 12 and under enrolled in the Child Care Food Program and are served without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex.    

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