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   March 2018
In This Issue
TD Bank Supports Urban Farm
Salem Re-Opening
Holly City Celebrates Women's History Month
Hamilton I Head Start
Black History Event
Farewell Yolanda
College Tour Fundraiser
Hightstown Head Start
Mardi Gras
New Employees
College Tour
Gateway Golf Classic
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Community Baby Shower
Around Gateway Community Action Partnership ... News and Notes
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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!        
Gateway Receives $250,000 from TD Bank Charitable Foundation for Mill Creek Urban Farm 
Gateway and TD Bank representatives at check presentation at Mill Creek Urban Farm. From left: Heather Quinn, TD Bank Vice President, U.S. Field Marketing Strategy; Kevin Gibala, TD Bank Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager; Albert B. Kelly, Gateway President and CEO; Gregory Carlisle, TD Bank Senior Vice President, Regional Vice President; Marcus Weaver Gateway Director of Agricultural and Food Initiatives; and Edward Bethea, Gateway Executive Vice President and COO.

     The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank ®, recently donated a total of $250,000 to Gateway Community Action Partnership as part of the foundation's commitment to giving back to the community.
     The TD Charitable Foundation funding to Gateway CAP will expand operations of its successful Mill Creek Urban Farm in Bridgeton. The objectives of the planned expansion include: Adding two new hydroponic greenhouses to the farm in order to increase production,
providing new employment opportunities, including the creation of three new full-time positions and expanded work opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals and providing gardening education and field trips to low-income area residents and local school districts.
      "Our Mill Creek Urban Farm has always been a source of pride for us because it is an innovative, community-based solution to the pressing community issue of food insecurity," Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, Gateway President & CEO, said. "We built this farm on the former site of a housing project so it is a symbol of hope. Showing what once was and what it can become. How that dream became reality and how it translates into fresh, healthy and nutritious food for the community.
     "The TD Charitable Foundation has always been our partner and shared our mission and vision and helped us put them into practice with their support," Kelly added.
    To learn from local residents and Gateway how the Mill Creek Urban Farm and TD Charitable Foundation is impacting their lives, video can be found here .

 Gateway Hosts Open House To Mark Re-Opening Of Salem Location
Albert B. Kelly, President and CEO of Gateway, John Washington, Board Chairman at Gateway, and Charles Washington, Mayor of Salem, helped celebrate the re-opening of the Milton Johnson Outreach Center in Salem. 
     Gateway Community Action Partnership formally re-opened its Milton Johnson Outreach Center in Salem on March 20 with an open house that included remarks from Albert B. Kelly, Gateway President and CEO, Gateway staff, state representatives and other dignitaries along with tours and informational tables about programs at the center.
     The center, located on 14 New Market Street in Salem, was closed since late summer of 2017 due to flood damage. The center houses the Salem Family Success Center; Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program; County Council for Young Children and Social Services.
     In addition to Kelly, John Washington, Gateway's Board Chairman, Edward Bethea, Gateway's Executive VP and COO, and Charles Washington, the Mayor of Salem, also addressed those in attendance.
     Programs in the Johnson Center can be accessed as follows: WIC at 856-935-8919 x 2111, CCYC at 609-774-5803 or 609-364-0117, Social Services at 856-935-0944 x 2104, Salem FSC at 856-935-0944 x 2124.
For additional open house information, call the programs as listed, visit the agency's website ( ) or Facebook page (

 Holly City Family Success Center Celebrates Women's History Month
By Ivelise Perez
Family Partner Worker

We are celebrating Women's History Month every Wednesday in March. Holly City Family Success Center of Millville will be celebrating women by dressing up as an African American woman that made a huge impact in history.
This past Wednesday I was Josephine Baker. She was the first African American female entertainer in history to take a stand and embrace her culture by only performing in locations all around the world that were open to integration of African American culture.
Josephine Baker also aided solders in the war and stood aside Martin Luther King Jr. in his march for equality. She was featured in a few movies portraying looks that were mainly seen as manly. Yet, her position in the world was well known and that was to break stigma and open a path for future African American female entertainers.

Hamilton I Head Start Children Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday and Read Across America
Dr. Seuss Birthday and Read Across America Event was held in collaboration with Children's Futures and Students from TCNJ.

Hamilton I Head Start children participate in an exercise session and healthy me presentation.
  Greater Bridgeton Family Success Center Hosts Black History Month Event

     "A Travel in Time" Black History Exhibit was held at the Marino Conference Center on February 21, 2018 from 3 to 7 p.m. Local residents shared their valuable collections of African American art and memorabilia collected over the years. Gateway's President and CEO Albert Kelly shared his extensive art collection of boxing champion, the late Muhammad Ali. The event included a performance by praise dancers, a song selection and a poem. Guest speaker, Dr. Yvonne Carter, spoke about the progress and the delays in the black community. A taste of soul food was served.
  Gateway Says Goodbye to Long Time Employee
Gateway would like to give a warm goodbye to one of our fellow employees, Yolanda Rivera. Yolanda is leaving us after 15 years of service at our agency. She started with us in 2002 and has been a HR Representative in our Human Resources Department. During a farewell party given by her colleagues, Yolanda reflected on her time at Gateway. "I will never forget Gateway. I will always carry you all in my heart," she said. Yolanda's supervisor Michelle Brown added, "Yolanda is a great employee, an asset to the agency. She will be missed dearly by all." Best wishes to Yolanda as she starts her new journey in life. 

  Annual College Tour Fundraiser A Success

Painting with a Twist Annual College Tour Fundraiser was held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Marino Center. Money raised during the event will support the 2018 Annual College Tour hosted by Gateway CAP's Family Success Centers.

Hightstown Head Start Hosts Friendship Gathering And Art Display

Parents ate breakfast with their children, read books and participated different activities including: signing their child's name, making art projects and dancing.

Building Study Project was a lot of fun for Hightstown Head Start children.
 Cheryl Chadwick Celebrates Mardi Gras

Children from Gateway's Cheryl Chadwick Early Learning Center celebrate Mardi Gras with a parade.

 A Warm Welcome To Gateway Community Action Partnership's Newest Employees
Welcome To Gateway CAP's New Hires!

Joyce McManus, Head Start
Maria Rodriguez-Abreu, Head Start
Jasmin Guzman, Head Start
Jessica Escobar, Head Start
Sandra Osorio, Head Start
Tiyonnah Street, Head Start
Jessica Alzate Roldan, Head Start
Gateway Releases College Tour Schedule, Information

Save May 17 for Gateway Golf Classic!
  For additional event information, call 856-497,6652 or email  
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Salem FSC Will Host Community Baby Shower
  The Salem Family Success Center, 14 New Market St., Salem, will host a Community Baby Shower on Tuesday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gateway's Milton Johnson Outreach Center in Salem.  
  The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  
  The Salem Family Success Center is a program operated by Gateway Community Action Partnership.
  For more Community Baby Shower information or to register for the event, call 856-935-8768. 
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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