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   October 2018
In This Issue
Clothing Distribution
Staff Spotlight
Gateway Gala
Hamilton 1 Activities
GBAT's 100,000 Rides!
Potluck Luncheon
New Employees
Thanks To Volunteer
Gateway Employee Appreciation
Use AmazonSmile To Support Gateway
Around Gateway Community Action Partnership ... News and Notes
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Agency Mission

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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!        
Winter Clothes Giveaway A Great Success

     Bridgeton's Winter Clothes Giveaway, supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Gateway Community Action Partnership, was a great success.  
     More than 2,000 vouchers were distributed to various organizations and schools. In doing so, we were able to provide many residents with access to 12,000 pounds of "free" clothes, coats, and shoes, as well as blankets donated from New Jersey's Seabrook House.
   After our two-day event, all excess clothing was donated to support a number of community projects, such as homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, and family emergency services.

 Gateway Staff Spotlight: Judy Amador

Name: Judy Amador
Position: Family Advocate
How long at Gateway: 5 Years
Recent Accomplishment: Received a Certificate of Excellence In Health Promotion. Making sure all 89 children at Williamstown receive the services they need.
What is most rewarding about your job: Helping families!
Tell us something about yourself: I love spending time with Lover (my dog).
Hopes, Dreams, Ambitions: My hope is for my brother to be successful with his business. My dream is to visit Hawaii. My ambition is to go back to school.
What they are saying about Judy: Ms. Judy is a dedicated worker (she loves Early Head Start/Head Start programs). The families in Williamstown love her dedication. She goes out of her way to make sure every family has what they need. Family Advocates have come and gone at Williamstown, however Ms. Judy has remained dedicated to her 89 families. This is why she is a Spotlight employee.
 Gateway Celebrates 31 Years Of Service With Gala On Nov. 8
     Gateway Community Action Partnership will hold a 31 st anniversary gala on Thursday, November 8 at the Borgata in Atlantic City to mark 31 years of service to thousands of individuals and families in Southern New Jersey.
  The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by dinner, awards, music and dancing. Cost is $200 per ticket for a memorable night at a memorable site.
  Gala Committee Chair Frank Messina and Committee Co-Chair Christine Messina, of AllRisk Property Damage Experts, along with Gateway Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer Edward Bethea, CCAP, have worked hard to make the event a worthy celebration marking 31 years of dedication to the community.
  Awards for exemplary community service will be presented to the following organizations in the following categories:
  Samuel H. Jones Jr. Community Development Awards will be presented to:
  •          OceanFirst Foundation
  •          TD Charitable Foundation
  Dr. Frank D. Brigio Memorial Spirit of Community Awards will be presented to:
  •          Sysco Food Services
 Founded by Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, current president & CEO, as Test City Child Care Center Inc., the agency became the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' designated CAP serving Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties in July 1987. The agency changed its name to Tri-County Community Action Agency Inc. upon becoming the CAP in 1987 and changed its named again in 2011 to Gateway Community Action Partnership to better reflect its expanded service base in Atlantic, Cape May, Camden and Mercer counties in New Jersey and the Germantown/Lehigh Section of the City of Philadelphia.
  Gateway began with an annual budget of approximately $500,000 and 40 employees and has grown to an agency with a $64 million annual budget and more than 750 employees providing services in core areas such as literacy, child care, nutrition education, weatherization and energy conservation, social services, affordable housing and economic development. 
  "The Borgata is a fabulous location for an evening that we feel will also be amazing. It will be a night to celebrate what we have accomplished, but with an eye on continuing to serve our community for many years to come," Kelly said.
  For additional gala information or to purchase tickets, contact Kyana Evans at 856-497-6631 or via e-mail at
 Hamilton 1 Head Start Holds Educational Activities On Sign Language, Fire Safety
Mrs. Antoinette Simms, Head Teacher at Hamilton 1 Center, is teaching sign language to the students in the Green Class.
During fire prevention week , three Hamilton 1 classrooms visited the Rusling Hose Firehouse on Oct. 10, and the firefighters came to the center on Oct. 11. Children learned about fire safety and had thank you cards for the firefighters as an appreciation for their services.

 More Than 100,000 Rides For Gateway's Greater Bridgeton Area Transit
Since 2013, the Greater Bridgeton Area Transit, a Gateway transportation program funded in part by the Pascale Sykes Foundation, has provided more than 100,000 rides for residents. This program has helped residents achieve self-sufficiency by providing transportation to work, medical appointments and shopping centers. The Cumberland County Center for Workforce and Economic Development (CCCW&ED) is one of Gateway's partners. In the photo, from left: Gene Vernacchio, Gateway; Kate Speck, CCCW&ED; Andre Jones, Gateway; Allison Spinelli, CCCW&ED Executive Director; Albert B. Kelly, Gateway President & CEO; Nina Young, Gateway; and Natasha Jennings, Gateway.

  Gateway Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Potluck Luncheon
Gateway celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a Potluck Luncheon on October 26 at Gateway's River's Edge Campus in Bridgeton. "This was fantastic," said Albert B. Kelly, Gateway's President and CEO. There are plans for a Multicultural Luncheon soon.
  A Warm Welcome To Gateway Community Action Partnership's Newest Employees

Welcome To Gateway CAP's New Hires!
Erika Bautista, HEA Tech
Erick Ojeda, NJHI Next GEN Leader  
Tra'mir Bennett, NJHI Next GEN Leader 
Keyoni Collins, NJHI Next GEN Leader 
Tyrone Chandler, NJHI Next GEN Leader 
Alavion Harris, NJHI Next GEN Leader 
Ghada Elsonbaty, Head Start
Elizabeth Luna Castillo, WIC
Marcos Rivera, NJHI Next GEN Leader 
Joanna Trenado, NJHI Next GEN Leader 
Amy Gardiner Milone, Spring Gardens Property Manager
Marioxi Fuenmayor, Head Start
Cyndia Millan Colon, Head Start
Libia Leon Rivas, Head Start
Morgan Smith, Head Start
Michael Cupeles, Head Start 
  Gateway Thanks Head Start Parent For Volunteer Efforts

Many thanks to Head Start parent Jesus Ruiz for volunteering to help spruce up the grounds at Gateway's River's Edge Community Campus in Bridgeton. 
 Congratulations To Winners Of Gateway Employee Appreciation Drawing!
On behalf of Gateway's Executive Team and Employee Appreciation Committee, it is my pleasure and privilege to thank each and every one of you for your outstanding work and dedication to the agency as exhibited by your tireless efforts on a daily basis.
Our thanks are only a starting point to express our appreciation!
To recognize your unfailing efforts, we are conducting weekly, random drawings with winners receiving a $25 gift card. Employees will automatically be entered into the weekly contest, to be announced every Friday via e-mail.
Again, many thanks for all you do to make Gateway a valued resource in our community!
Albert B. Kelly, CCAP
Congratulations to:
Noelia Ruiz, Social Services, Salem 
Jalesa Davidson, Head Start, Atlantic City
Kathryn Clawges, WIC, Camden County 
Deborah Williams, Compliance Assistant, Bridgeton
Marta Rodriguez, Head Start, Wildwood  
Linda M. Chester , Head Start, Ewing   
Robin Woodson, Head Start, Vineland III  
Meghan Taylor Boyce, Head Start, Villas
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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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