New Community Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

New Community staff, residents and supporters gathered to celebrate New Community Corporation’s five decades of service and honor Founder Monsignor William J. Linder at the 50th Anniversary Gala March 3.

Guests dressed in suits and gowns enjoyed a cocktail reception, formal dinner and dancing at the Hilton Meadowlands in East Rutherford. Music was provided by Kit McClure Band, an all-female big band.

“The 50th Anniversary Gala was such a wonderful night. We honored Monsignor Linder for his leadership and vision and Madge Wilson and Newton Richards for their long service as members of our Board of Directors,” said New Community CEO Richard Rohrman. “It was also a much deserved opportunity to thank the New Community family and staff who make us who we are, and support us every day. It was good friends, good food, good music and an all-around good time.”

Claremont Construction Group Inc., which has been associated with New Community for decades, served as the Anniversary Sponsor for the event. The company has been instrumental in many NCC projects, including the recent completion of A Better Life, New Community’s newest facility to serve the chronically homeless, and the current renovation projects at four of NCC’s Newark properties.

“What they did for us, especially with this event, they’re spectacular,” Monsignor Linder said of Claremont. “More things wouldn’t happen in New Community if it wasn’t for them.”

Rohrman provided a welcome message and thanked everyone in attendance for their support and dedication to New Community’s mission.

Monsignor Linder also provided remarks, commenting that he was happy to be present to see New Community reach the 50-year milestone.

Mistress of Ceremonies Diane Johnson, retired field office director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a consultant for NCC, talked about the many offerings of New Community, which provides services to inner city residents of all ages, from day care to a nursing home.

Current board members Newton Richards and Madge Wilson received plaques recognizing their five decades of service to New Community.

A highlight of the gala was the presentation of a video showcasing Monsignor Linder and stories from those who know him well. It also featured several people who have directly benefited from New Community’s services.

Withum provided the Cocktail Reception Sponsorship for the gala. Ferry Carpet, Newark Cabinets, PharmScript, Prudential, PSE&G and Silva’s Mechanical Services served as Platinum Sponsors. Gold Sponsors included Gensinger Motors, Jasinski, Medline, National Foundation of Affordable Housing Solutions Inc., Sandy Hill Foundation, TD Bank and Wells Fargo. New Community thanks all sponsors for their contributions, which made the 50th Anniversary Gala possible.

Click here to see the full photo gallery from the 50th Anniversary Gala.

Five Decades of Service to the Community

New Community Corporations

Five Decadeof Service to the Community

Decade 1, 1968-1978

• 1975: First housing development – Homes Court (Family Housing)

• 1977: Roseville Senior (Senior Housing)

• 1978: Associates (Senior Housing)

Decade 2, 1979-1988

• 1980: Commons Family (Family Housing), Commons Senior (Senior Housing) and Douglas Homes (Senior Housing)

• 1981: Gardens Family (Family Housing) and Gardens Senior (Senior Housing)

• 1983: Manor Family (Family Housing), Manor Senior (Senior Housing) and Douglass-Harrison (Family Housing)

• 1984: New Community Federal Credit Union

• 1985: St. Joseph Plaza renovation

• 1986: New Community Extended Care Facility (Nursing Home)

• 1988: Sussex Gardens (Family Housing)

Decade 3, 1989-1998

• 1989: Harmony House (Transitional Housing for Homeless Families)

• 1990: Pathmark Shopping Center

• 1991: Ocean Bayview (Jersey City) and Englewood Apartments (Family Housing)

• 1991: English for Speakers of Other Languages classes begin

• 1994: New Community Estates (Family Housing)

• 1995: Community Hills (Townhomes)

• 1996: Salem Lafayette (Family Housing)

• 1997: Hudson Senior (Senior Housing)

Decade 4, 1999-2008

1999: Workforce Development Center (Accredited Post-Secondary School)

• 1999: New Horizons Community Charter School

• 2001: NCC gets first adult literacy education grant (Adult Learning Center)

• 2001: Community Hills Early Learning Center

• 2002: Bergen Estates (Family Housing)

• 2003: Orange Senior (Senior Housing)

• 2004: NCC Health Care Complex

• 2005: Resyndication and Renovation of Associates (Senior Housing)

• 2007: Family Resource Success Center

Decade 5, 2009-2018

2010: Roseville Commons (Family Housing)

• 2013: Springfield Village (Senior and Family Housing)

• 2015: Resyndication and Renovation of Manor (Senior and Family Housing)

• 2017: A Better Life (Housing Facility for the Chronically Homeless)

• 2017: Circle of Life (Palliative Care for Children with Life-Limiting Illnesses)

• 2018-2019: Resyndication and Renovation of Commons, Douglas Homes, Gardens and Roseville

NCC Begins Rehabilitation Project On Four Properties

New Community is in the midst of renovating four of its Newark properties: Commons, Douglas, Gardens and Roseville.

Construction work began Jan. 8 and will continue through the end of 2019. The senior buildings are being done first, with the family buildings to follow.

The goal of the project is to update and preserve NCC’s affordable housing.

“Our residents will now be able to enjoy a renewed environment and have the assurance that their home will be preserved for many years to come, all while maintaining the services and facilities on which they rely heavily for everyday life,” said New Community CEO Richard Rohrman.

New Community worked with Greystone Affordable Development — a development and transaction management group focused on recapitalization, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable housing — to secure funding for the project. Claremont Construction Group is upgrading the interior and exterior of the buildings.

The rehabilitation work on the buildings will include roofs, boilers, lighting, elevators, underground piping and landscaping to better serve residents.

Each unit within the properties will be painted and will be getting new closets and a brand new bathroom. Based on need, some apartments will have additional work done, which could include flooring, entry doors, light fixtures or appliances.

During the in-place rehab, residents do not have to move out of their apartments. They only need to vacate when heavy construction is being done. Breakfast, lunch and activities are being provided for residents who are required to vacate their homes for the day. Tenants receive sufficient notice about work being performed.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka sees the renovation project as a positive for the city.

“The revitalization process at NCC serves as a model for how we can ensure the legacy of our city, and others like it,” Baraka said. “Newark is making clear and measurable efforts to increase the amount of available affordable housing, and NCC’s contributions to serving the at-risk community is a critical component to the city’s future success.”

To help pay for the project, Hudson Housing Capital provided low income housing tax credit equity and Freddie Mac and Greystone’s Affordable lending arm provided tax-exempt and taxable debt.

“Teaming with an organization such as New Community Corporation is truly meaningful to Greystone, as we are able to positively impact the lives of thousands by preserving the environment they call home,” said Greystone Affordable Development President Tanya Eastwood.

Residents with questions or concerns about the renovation project should contact their building manager.

Behind The Scenes Of NCC’s 50th Anniversary Video

New Community will debut a video commemorating its founder and 50 years of service at its 50th Anniversary Gala March 3 in East Rutherford.

The video will highlight the work of NCC Founder Monsignor William J. Linder and the corporation as a whole. There will be interviews with New Community staff members, including CEO Richard Rohrman, Director of Mission Frances Teabout and Director of Health and Social Services Veronica Onwunaka; Victoria Foundation Associate Director Craig Drinkard; people who knew Monsignor Linder before he founded New Community; and Monsignor Linder himself.

Also highlighted in the video will be a number of New Community programs and services, including the New Community Workforce Development Center, an accredited post-secondary career and technical school; Harmony House, NCC’s transitional housing facility for homeless families; day care; after-school program; and senior activities.

John Pallone, owner of Video Life Productions, is producing the piece. He visited New Community in January to film the interviews and scenes throughout the network.

To see the video debut, purchase tickets for the New Community Corporation 50th Anniversary Gala, which will be held Saturday, March 3 at the Hilton Meadowlands, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by a formal dinner.

For more information about purchasing tickets or sponsorships, contact Tracey Battles at 973-497-4414 or or Michelle Lang at 973-497-4413 or

Additional information is also available at or by contacting event coordinator Zoraya Lee-Hamlin at 862-233-8020 or


50th Anniversary Gala Details

It has been a long time since the riots of 1967 tore through Newark’s Central Ward.

However, soon after the riots, there was the coming together of a community, where those who wanted to make a better life, stood together, prayed, and worked toward rebuilding a new life. Lead by a group of parishioners and its dedicated catholic priests, New Community was born in 1968 from the ashes of racism, poverty and despair.

On March 3, 2018 we will honor a man who was there from the very beginning.  Join us as we honor Monsignor William J. Linder for his never-ending commitment to Newark.  

Today, NCC touches more than 40,000 lives each MONTH. We’ve counted and New Community, in a typical month, serves many clients, patients, members, families, residents, and children through its outreach, services, programs and resources.  Developing a “new community” is the legacy of Monsignor’s strong leadership and service to the lives of its residents and Newark has been and continues to be a place for families to live, work and thrive. 

We ask that you please take a moment to reflect and be inspired by this significant achievement and join us in celebrating this milestone event on March 3, 2018, from 6-9 pm at Hilton, East Rutherford, NJ.  The formal gala will feature live entertainment, a cocktail reception and delicious dinner.  

Below you will find ticket information, and ways in which you can show your support for New Community and honor Monsignor’s work.

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  • $250 Non-profit Rate: Cocktail reception, reserved seating 
  • $500 VIP Guest – Individual: Cocktail reception, reserved seating
  • $5000 VIP Table: Cocktail reception and VIP reserved seating for 10

Gala Underwriting Opportunities

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  Gala Cocktail Reception sponsor ~ $15,000

  Gala Invitation sponsor ~ $10,000

  Gala Program Journal ~ $5,000

  Table Wine sponsor ~$5,000

Sponsorship Opportunities

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“Out of the Ashes Came Hope” ~ Anniversary Sponsor – $50,000

“Stand With Us” ~ Heritage Sponsor – $25,000

Platinum Sponsorship – $10,000

Gold Sponsorship – $5,000

Silver Sponsorship – $2,500

Bronze Sponsorship – $1,500

Small Business Sponsorship – $1,000

Advertising Opportunity
Deadline for ad journal, sponsorships: February 2, 2018

Consider showing your support for New Community’s clients, staff, volunteers and supporters.  Purchase an ad in the gala’s commemorative souvenir program. 


  • Full color or black and white accepted with bleeds
  • The finished full page ad size will be 5.5 wide by 8.5 inches tall

If you do not have camera-ready artwork, we will prepare your ad in the program style. 

Send camera-ready ad copy/artwork to

Select ad size below:

  • $1,000 – Gold full-page advertisement, includes premiere placement
  • $500 – Standard full page Advertisement
  • $250 – Half page Advertisement
  • $150 – Quarter page Advertisement

For more information, please call or email:

Tracey Battles at 973-497-4414, 

Zoraya E. Lee-Hamlin at 862-233-8020,

Michelle Lang at 973-497-4413,

Make Plans To Attend NCC’s 50th Anniversary Gala

New Community Corporation is celebrating a huge milestone this year — 50 years of service to the community.

In honor of the achievement, NCC is holding the 50th Anniversary Gala Saturday, March 3 at the Hilton Meadowlands, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, beginning at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by a formal dinner.

The event will recognize New Community’s founder, Monsignor William J. Linder, and feature a video highlighting the organization’s offerings and achievements by clients and employees.

“Fifty years serving the community is a great accomplishment for a nonprofit organization. We at New Community always keep in mind our mission: To help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement. Our goal is to continue that mission for many more years to come,” said New Community CEO Richard Rohrman. “We hope you are able to join us at the 50th Anniversary Gala to celebrate our many achievements.”

For more information about purchasing tickets or sponsorships, contact Tracey Battles at 973-497-4414 or or Michelle Lang at 973-497-4413 or

Additional information is also available at or by contacting event coordinator Zoraya Lee-Hamlin at 862-233-8020 or

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Harmony House After-School Program Helps Kids Excel

Children in kindergarten through seventh grade living at Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families, have a place to go once the school day ends to enhance their learning and have some fun.

The Harmony House Excel program, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. each school day at Harmony House, provides children with a hot, nutritious meal; homework instruction and assistance, including one-on-one tutoring if needed; character education; and recreational activities like arts and crafts and organized games. There are currently 20 children in the program, which has room for 25 participants and is available exclusively to Harmony House families.

“The goal is to help our students develop basic skills and to succeed in school, in addition to providing them with the opportunity to try new things,” said Edward Morris, director of Youth Services at New Community.

The main purpose of the program is academic enrichment so the children spend one hour on their homework. If they finish their homework early, they are provided with appropriate academic work to complete for the remainder of the time.

In addition to Harmony House staff, two members of the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (ERESC) work with the children. There is currently one teacher and one social worker involved. In total, four staff members run the after-school program.

Judith Robertson, the teacher from ERESC, explained that staff members interact with the students’ teachers and act as a liaison for parents.

“We provide continuity between school and home,” she said.

Morris said Excel program staff members are in contact with teachers and counselors to see where the students are in class so they can help the students get where they need to be and address any issues that may be occurring.

Children do more than academic work during the program. Board games and puzzles are available to them, as well as arts and crafts, science activities and cooking. On Fridays, the children go to the NCC Neighborhood Center around 4:30 p.m. to participate in joint organized activities with children in the program there, including relay races and obstacle courses.

“Academics is the focus, but we want them to experience other things while they’re here as well,” Morris said.

In addition to helping the children, the Excel program also involves the parents. Parent workshops are held, with topics chosen based on surveys that parents receive. Staff members encourage parents to volunteer during the program and they hold special events periodically to bring the parents and children together.

Celestine Swain, whose two children have participated in the after-school program, said it has a great impact.

“The entire staff here work very hard to try to make the transition from being homeless to being a home,” she said. “Whatever resources they can offer, they do.”

Morris said the after-school program provides a positive atmosphere for participants.

“The kids enjoy it because they get to work with staff and take part in a number of fun activities,” he said.

NCC received a grant from the Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC) over the summer to fund the after-school program through December. The grant is from the county to address unmet needs of children in Essex County. It pays for staff, supplies and food.

“Getting this grant enhances our Harmony House transitional home program by providing children stability and support for their educational needs while gaining support for stability in securing permanent housing,” said Chief of Health and Social Services Arti Kakkar.

Morris is hoping to get the program licensed with the New Jersey Department of Licensing, which would allow for additional funding sources. He’s hoping to have the license in early 2018.

Five Decades of Service ~ 50th Anniversary Celebration

Soon after the riots of 1967 tore through Newark’s Central Ward, there was the coming together of a community where those who wanted to make a better life, stood together, prayed, and worked toward rebuilding a new life. Lead by a group of parishioners and its dedicated catholic priest, New Community was born in 1968 from the ashes of racism, poverty and despair.
Today, NCC touches more than 40,000 lives each MONTH! Read More… 
On March 3, 2018 we will honor a man who has been there from the very beginning.
Join us as we honor Monsignor William J. Linder for his never-ending commitment to Newark.
50th Anniversary Gala
Five Decades of Service
Honoring Monsignor William J. Linder
March 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Hilton, East Rutherford, NJ
CLICK HERE for your opportunity to support.
For more information, please call or email
Zoraya E. Lee-Hamlin, 862-233-8020 or
Tracey Battles at 973-497-4414
Michelle Lang at 973-497-4413

New Community Corporation Hosts Grand Opening Of Housing Facility For The Chronically Homeless

New Community Corporation hosted about 100 people Oct. 18 for the grand opening of its new supportive housing facility for the chronically homeless, which is also New Jersey’s first HUD Safe Haven model development.

Called A Better Life, the facility will house chronically homeless individuals, many who suffer from mental illness. They will live in studio apartments at 101 Fourteenth Ave. in Newark that include a private bathroom that is handicapped accessible and a kitchen area with a stovetop, microwave and refrigerator. A Better Life also has an engagement center, library, dining area, laundry room and common areas. Residents will have access to supportive services on site.

The grand opening was a culmination of six years of work. The $8 million project was the vision of New Community Corporation Founder Monsignor William J. Linder.

At the grand opening, Linder said A Better Life is a beautiful facility for residents.

“One elected official said to me when we started New Community that New Community homes were too good for poor people. The housing should look poor. No, it shouldn’t look poor. It should look how much we love,” he said. “It’s a sign of our love, not their condition.”

CEO Richard Rohrman said throughout its 50 years, New Community has always helped the most vulnerable and housing the chronically homeless is another piece of the puzzle.

“This is a group that requires our help. It requires much more than this. This can only just be the very beginning. The issue that we’re facing of homelessness is much larger than this,” Rohrman said. “We’re hoping that by doing this it can be replicated with more and more of this in the city and elsewhere.”

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said the county has more than 3,000 homeless people. “So that’s a very, very high number. Being part of the New Community family and being part of this, people that are here will be involved in all the other programs and services that are offered so it’s giving them a second chance and that’s what we should be doing,” he said.

Congressman Donald Payne Jr. said he was delighted to lend his support. “It’s not radical to propose that everyone have a home,” he said. “Our veterans, our citizens are in need and it’s incumbent upon us to do everything we can to eradicate that need.”

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Community Investment Research and Outreach Specialist Brian Loeb said A Better Life meets people where they are to help them. “These 20 of the most vulnerable people in Newark are going to have a bed. And more than a bed, a place to call home,” he said.

Red Stone Equity Partners Managing Director of Acquisitions Richard Roberts said the solution to homelessness is simple. “It is supportive housing. It is the bricks and mortar with the services on site. Not around the corner, not down the block, not downtown,” he said. “And if we muster the resources and the political will to commit more money, time and energy to projects like this, a problem which harms so many people could be solved.”

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Executive Director Anthony Marchetta said the Christie and Obama administrations were involved in the completion of A Better Life. “We got half of the resources for this facility from the Sandy Special Needs Housing Trust Fund. That’s a combination of both the state and the federal government,” he said.

University Hospital’s emergency care system will refer individuals for placement at A Better Life. Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care will be providing 24/7 supervision and support for the residents.

Rosemarie Rosati, who recently retired as COO of Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care and was heavily involved in the planning and completion of A Better Life, said, “This program represents the best types of services that I worked to develop over my 38-year career in mental health.”

She said the building has been specially designed to serve the chronically homeless. “The services are tailored to engage folks because it’s difficult to just move off the streets to a structured program,” she said.

Former director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Newark Field Office Diane Johnson served as the emcee of the grand opening. She talked about the many offerings of New Community, including two early childhood learning centers; education and youth services; the Adult Learning Center; Workforce Development Center; New Community Federal Credit Union; Harmony House, a transitional housing facility for homeless families; housing for families in Newark and Jersey City; senior housing in Newark, Orange and Jersey City; Extended Care, a nursing home; the Family Service Bureau, which provides behavioral and mental health services; and the Family Resource Success Center, which links individuals to services they need.

A Better Life is a joint project led by New Community Corporation in collaboration with a number of funders and partnering agencies: New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; Red Stone Equity Partners; Essex County HOME Program; Newark HOME Program; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. Chelsea Construction Company, a subsidiary of New Community, managed the project and Claremont Construction served as the general contractor. The facility was designed by lwdmr Architects.