Saint Peter’s Prep students from Jersey City rolled up their sleeves for a week in August to volunteer with New Community Corporation in Newark. It was part of the all-male prep school’s immersion trip program to expose the juniors to a city of which they had little knowledge.
The students rotated to various New Community locations executing various tasks. They cleaned units at Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families, and at Extended Care, the organization’s nursing home. They also taught English at the Adult Learning Center and read to children. The teens also helped people access services at the Family Resource Success Center.
Some students even had a the unique opportunity to participate in the Automotive and Building Trades programs at the New Community Workforce Development Center.
Tim Garcia, resident of Cranford, said he didn’t know much about Newark before and the trip was productive.
“This was a great experience. It really taught you about what life is like here,” he said.
Nick Gayle of Montclair said, “The trip showed me a place I didn’t know much about and proved the stereotypes you hear are not really true.”
The students also toured New Community and Newark with Director of Special Projects Richard Cammarieri. They met with CEO Richard Rohrman and New Community founder Monsignor William J. Linder, who also graduated from Saint Peter’s Prep.
Saint Peter’s Prep sends students to New Community Corporation as part of its annual summer immersion program, which has been active since 2013.