For many of us, when in need some serenity, we seek fresh air and solitude in a special outdoor space. But for some, especially the clients of North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI), the largest AIDS service organization in Newark, finding some quiet outdoor space is difficult, if not impossible. Click here to read more about what NJCRI did to find their serenity.
Take That to the Bank!
When it came time to apply for colleges, Gerardo did not set his hopes high because he believed there was no way to afford it. Learning of this, the Conservancy staff and Board pulled together to help Gerardo secure a four-year scholarship at FDU. Read more of Gerardo's story here.
"Eating Like A Rich Person"
Tracie never considered herself a gardener. About a year ago, she began to "dabble" in gardening by watering and weeding at a community garden in the South Ward. Hungry for knowledge, she became what she calls "an internet gardener" – learning as much as she could from the internet while developing a container garden. Soon after, she met the Conservancy's Greening Director, Justin Allen, at a church event. Click here to find out what happened next.
Do you believe in second chances?
On the day Asim came home from a four year prison term at age 25, he was immediately given custody of his seven year old son, and, as he recalls, had “no job, no money, and just the shirt on my back.” Asim was resolute that he was not going back to prison nor to his prior life that led him there. Click here to read what happened next...
Guess who's on the front page of the Star Ledger! If you haven't had a chance to read the article... Click here to read the full story.
Greater Newark Conservancy’s Urban Tree Farm Program in Newark, NJ is the subject of this brief 2013 film. Generously funded by the Lower Passaic River Study Area Cooperating Parties Group, the Conservancy’s farms are being established to help reduce Newark’s carbon footprint, sequester ambient carbon dioxide in the surrounding neighborhoods and wards, and absorb stormwater runoff. As the trees grow, they will provide a readily available source for new plantings in Newark, along streets and within public parks. A job training component is part of the program, teaching ex-offender Newark residents the necessary skills that will enable them to seek employment in the growing arboriculture and nursery job industry. The filmmaker, John Tokar, is a senior cinematography major at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Click on the link to watch the video.
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