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   March 2019
In This Issue
UW Delaware Donation
Staff Spotlight
Foster Grandparents
Rev. Dr. Weinstein Receives Award
Literacy Tutor Graduation
Coat Donation In AC
Mill Creek Urban Farm
Salem FSC
Twin Rivers Head Start
New Employees
College Tour 2019
Gateway Scholars
Golf And Gala Sponsorships
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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!        
United Way Of Delaware Donates $4,000 To Gateway
To Assist City Of Salem Residents With Utility Assistance

     United Way of Delaware presented a check for $4,000 to Gateway Community Action Partnership for utility assistance in the City of Salem. Jamee Boone, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy and Engagement, presented the check to Albert B. Kelly, Gateway's President and CEO, at Gateway's central office in Bridgeton.
     "I'm happy that they selected us to distribute those funds to the residents of Salem," Kelly said. "Salem is a city that needs support. We have been trying to do all that we can but additional funds received from United Way of Delaware will help more than 200 families. I'm happy to be a recipient of these funds and happy to be a conduit to the citizens of Salem City."
     Said Jamee Boone: "We are providing these funds in support of the great work Gateway Community Action Partnership does in helping the families of the City of Salem with utility assistance."

 Gateway Staff Spotlight: Diane Fitzgerald

Name: Diane Fitzgerald
Group Teacher, Swedesboro Head Start 
How long at Gateway: 2 years
Recent accomplishment: Would have to be getting Four Donors choose projects fully funded. The classroom projects have brightened my children's lives as the learn in an enriched classroom environment
What is most rewarding about your job: Having a personal interest and passion for helping young children, and watching them learn and achieve. This is one of the most heartwarming benefits of being a preschool teacher.
Tell us something about yourself:
I'm a retired First Lieutenant of the United States Army in the Aviation unit. I've done 5 tours in Afghanistan and 2 tours in Dessert Storm.
I'm also a Deaconess at Church of Faith in Philadelphia, PA. I do missionary work for the older Saints and children and families in need of food, shelter, and guidance.
Hopes, Dreams, Ambitions:
I've always hoped to be an attorney and have my own law firm someday. I did accomplish an Associates in Paralegal Studies in 2008 and am currently enrolled as a full-time on-line student in the Forensic Science Bachelors program at Sullivan University in Louisville Kentucky.
My dream is to open a coffee shop in New Jersey or Philadelphia, which will carry the most prestigious coffees of the world. It would be my little slice of Heaven so I can relax and enjoy the company of good friends and family.
I want to continue being a teacher in Swedesboro Head Start teaching the children new methods of learning. Science is always my favorite subject and also I love to teach art. I have introduced new methods of teaching science and art to the children. I always love reading books and I have read many novels pertaining to children's activities and hence I began liking the young literacy programs in early childhood education. 
What they are saying about Diane Fitzgerland: 
She is a great teacher and friend. She has done so much for her classroom and her students. She has not given up and always keeps the class in order. The children have learned so much this year because of her and her hard work. I am pleased to be working with her and Ms. Debbie. - Ms. Mariabell Caballero 
Diane is a very sweet person to work with. She always helping the parents and children making sure the classroom has what we need. Diane has her work done on time. She never complains about anything. I love working with Diane. She is a good teacher. Diane helps everyone if she can, no matter who you are.- Ms. Debbie Ceaser 
Gateway Welcomes Foster Grandparents With Orientation Activities
Orientation for Foster Grandparents in at the Gateway Head Start Early Education Center in Atlantic City. Foster Grandparents, through a federally-funded program, volunteer to meet critical community needs and provide a high quality volunteer experience that enrich the lives of the volunteers. Program funds are used to support Foster Grandparents in providing supportive, person to person service to children with exceptional or special needs. 
Foster Grandparents Orientation for Burlington/Camden/Gloucester/Salem Program.
Board Member Rev. Dr. Robin Weinstein Receives Award From Bridgeton Lions
Rev. Dr. Robin Weinstein, left, was the first recipient of the Bernard W. "Bernie" Fralinger Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award at a Bridgeton Lions Club 78th Charter Night celebration. The award also included a donation to the M25 Initiative. Rev. Dr. Weinstein is president and founder of M25, whose mission is "engaging, equipping, empowering, and mobilizing individuals and organizations to engage in innovative and cooperative solutions to alleviate suffering, feed the hungry, end poverty, reduce crime, revitalize a spirit community and transform lives." M25 has had an amazing impact upon caring for the homeless in Cumberland County. Mike Cudemo, right, presented the award to Rev. Dr. Weinstein. Cudemo is the organization's King Lion and also the Vice President of Planning for Gateway Community Action Partnership. The award will be given annually in memory of long-time Lion Bernie Fralinger.
Four Graduate From Literacy Volunteers of Salem/Cumberland Tutor Training
     Four new literacy tutors received certificates after completing literacy tutor training for Gateway's Literacy Volunteers of Salem/Cumberland Counties. The new tutors are Ellen DeBoese, Sherry Macpherson, Terri Jackson-Fuller and John Kinnan. Tutors undergo training once a week for five weeks to become certified in Gateway's award-winning literacy program.
     In photo above, from left: Laura Stanton, Gateway's Director of Literacy Services; Albert B. Kelly, Gateway's President and CEO; DoBoese; Macpherson; Jackson-Fuller; Kinnan; Carol Musso, Vice-President of Business Development for Century Savings Bank; and Edward Bethea, Gateway's Executive Vice President and COO.
     Century Savings Bank is a long-time funder of Gateway's literacy program, which has been the state literacy program of the year in 2011, 2013 and 2017.  
AC Rotary Club Donates Coats For Children At Gateway HS Early Education Center
Children at the Gateway Head Start Early Education Center in Atlantic City received new coats through a donation from the Atlantic City Rotary Club. Kudos to staff member Tasha Devonish who formed the partnership with the Atlantic City Rotary Club and helped make this happen.
Mill Creek Urban Farm Continues To Be An Educational Asset To Community

Students from the Salem County Special Services School District learn about the various produce generated at the Mill Creek Urban Farm and the methods of production.
Marcus Weaver, Gateway's Director of Agriculture and Food Initiatives, visited Rossi Elementary School in Vineland to give a presentation on hydroponic growing. Teacher Amber Egorov, who has visited Gateway's Mill Creek Urban Farm and toured our hydroponic facilities is doing a hydroponic project with her 3rd grade students.
Families At Salem Family Success Center Enjoyed Sweet Valentine's Day Dance

The Salem Family Success Center held a Sweet Valentine's Day Family Dance.  Parents and children enjoyed themselves and participated in playing musical chairs, Valentine's Day trivia, dancing and dinner.
 Twin Rivers Head Start Serves Children And Families With Fun Activities
The Shine and Inspire organization visited Twin Rivers Head Start to celebrate Valentine's Day. They donated scarves and goodie bags for the children to take home.
Twin Rivers Head Start staff "All Fit Together" and support one another for the benefit of the children and families they serve.

Some activities at Twin Rivers Head Start are represented in the above photo collage. They include a clothes study, where the children created their own scarf using sentence strips, crayons, colored pencils and yarn; and building houses with paper bags and assorted shapes.
  A Warm Welcome To Gateway Community Action Partnership's Newest Employees

Welcome To Gateway CAP's New Hires!
Lorraine McLeod, LIHEAP
Jasmonae Washington, Early Head Start
Brittany Anderson, Head Start
Ashley Genz, Head Start
Joy Rothenberger,  Atlantic Cape Early Learning Center 
Carlos Vazquez, Head Start
Nybriyyah Manuel, Head Start
Angela Surace, Head Start
Stephanie Smith, Mill Creek Urban Farm
Veronica Valdez Barrios, Head Start
Amanda Seals, Head Start
Gihane Khalifa, Head Start
Calise Sharpe, Gateway Scholars
Clarvene Pierce,  Hopewell Abbott 
Fatima Morales Castaneda, Head Start
Amanda Meglino, Head Start
Elsa Vasquez, Head Start 
College Tour 2019 Will Visit Eight Colleges; Starts On April 22

Gateway Scholars Program Accepting Applications
Gateway Offering Sponsorship Opportunities For Gateway Golf Classic And Gala
The Gateway Golf Classic will be held on May 15 at Seaview Hotel & Golf Club and the Gateway Gala will be held on November 7 in Atlantic City. Please click on the link below for more information on how sponsors can participate in both events.

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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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