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Social Capitalists: New Community Corporation

43 entrepreneurs who are changing the world
2007 Social Capitalist Winner

New Community Corporation

Newark, NJ
Year founded: 1967
Executive Director: William J. Linder
www.newcommunity.org

Founded by a group of dedicated Newark residents in the aftermath of the disastrous 1967 summer disorders, New Community Corporation is the nation's largest and most comprehensive community development corporation.

Driven by its mission to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement, New Community has been the primary force in revitalizing Newark's Central Ward. Its assets are valued at more than $500,000,000 and its programs and services touch the lives of 50,000 Newark and Essex County residents every day.

NCC owns and manages more than 2,000 units of housing and employs 1,600 people, more than 95 percent of whom live in urban areas. The array of community-based services and programs provided by New Community includes housing, education and training, transitional housing for the homeless, health care, community arts, youth programs and a host of social services for children, families and senior citizens.

NCC's trailblazing inner-city development strategy features holistic and comprehensive approaches to individual and community needs; it utilizes strategic partnerships with government agencies, private companies and nonprofits to achieve its goals.

New Community's Workforce Development Center, which offers career training in a number of areas, includes the nation's first program established by a community-based organization to train inner city residents as Licensed Practical Nurses. Three classes have already graduated from this innovative program and more are underway. Its Youth Automotive Training Center is a groundbreaking partnership with Ford Motor Company designed to prepare inner city residents for careers as automotive technicians.

NCC's Gateway to Work program has helped thousands make the transition from welfare to the workplace. NCC's educational network, which includes two public charter schools founded by New Community, a parochial school and two early childhood education centers, serves nearly 1,500 children and young people on a daily basis.

NCC's health care services--which include a 180-bed Extended Care Facility, the Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Care at Home home health aid services and the Family Service Bureau of Newark, a community mental health agency--serve thousands of low-income inner city residents every year.

New Community operates a variety of for-profit businesses including Chelsea Construction, Dunkin' Donuts, and the Priory Restaurant and Jazz Club. Opened in 1990, the New Community Neighborhood Shopping Center and its Pathmark supermarket helped spark the economic comeback of the Central Ward and led to the return of a major retailing chain to inner city neighborhoods in over 20 years.

NCC's latest development project, a health care center that centralized its community-based health care services in one location, opened in November 2004. NCC continues to grow and plans are underway for new facilities and programs to address deep needs in the community.

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