Extending a Helping Hand

WESTBROOK (SEP 28, 2020) In 1967 a series of riots in Newark, New Jersey left blocks of buildings burned down and businesses destroyed. Monsignor William Linder determined to see a new community arise from the ashes, and so the New Community Corporation was born. For the past fifty years NCC has spearheaded efforts to build affordable family and senior housing, provide youth and mental health services, access to long term care, a food pantry, and access to a quality education for inner city residents. Today the NCC is recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the United States.

Artel employees recently participated in a fundraiser to benefit one of NCC’s many programs. Harmony House provides transitional housing for people in need and assists them in connecting with available social services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency. A number of employees volunteered to undertake the popular ice bucket challenge or to take a pie in the face for this worthy cause – all in good humor and with donated dollars designated for various employees’ fates. Their efforts in this campaign raised $3,250 for the program.

Michelle Lang, Director of Communications for NCC, says “Donations are greatly appreciated and support us in fulfilling NCC’s mission to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement. From providing services to the residents of Harmony House, our transitional housing facility for homeless families, to taking measures to prevent homelessness, we work to ensure people have the tools to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency.” Artel is pleased to assist Michelle and NCC with their important programs, so that they can continue to reap extraordinary results for their community.