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Gateway Community Action Partnership.

The main poverty fighting organization for the New Jersey counties of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem is the Gateway Community Action Partnership. They offer guidance, services, and direct aid for low income households, the unemployed, and people that are struggling.

The non-profit community action agency uses both government grants and private funds in order to help clients. Each assistance program will have an application process in place. Only a limited number of people can get help from the Gateway Community Action Partnership as resources are limited. However the organization may also provide referrals and other forms of guidance.

Food, groceries, and other items are passed out in bulk from the Gateway Community Action Emergency Assistance Food Pantry. The items are passed out without cost to residents who are considered needy and struggling. The pantry can be found at the Distribution Centre which is located at 65 Mainheim Avenue in Bridgeton New Jersey. Those eligible can attend one day per month as a pick up can only occur once every 30 days.

Clients can get help with childcare by way of the Early Learning Center. It provides assistance for parents with low incomes by way of low cost child care for children between the ages of 0 to 5. Among the benefits of the program are contact with teachers who are experienced and who have degrees, free nourishing meals, play time that is supervised, transportation and occasional field trips. Some of the qualifications for the program include being in work, attending school or job training, and also residing in the district of Abbot. Contact the Early Learning Center, 110 Cohansey Street, Bridgeton, or dial 856-451-0994.

Anyone from the counties of Cumberland, Salem or Gloucester who needs help may wish to check out the Family Success Center. It is a community based location and serves as a gathering place and a source of information. They are located in a family orientated neighborhood where residents of the community are able to go to get family support, services, referrals and information. The staff at the Family Success Centre’s have the aim of enriching adults and children’s lives by helping to make the neighborhood along with families in them stronger. Other services that may be of interest to those seeking help, and the addresses are.




  • Holly City Family Success Center, 21 E. Main St Rear Suite, Millville, New Jersey08332, (856) 765-0205 or (856) 327-1510
  • Salem Family Success Center is located at 14 New Market St., Salem, NJ 08079, call (856) 935-0944

Weatherization can provide support for low income families in regards to reducing heating bills and making safety improvements in the home thanks to the free energy efficiency measures. These improvements may include insulation along with air sealing or the replacement of refrigerator units. It will help families come up to date with energy efficient homes and appliances. Typical savings of weatherization fall in at around 20% of your monthly utility bills. (856) 455-5900.

The Gateway Community Action Partnership Head Start/EHS program supplies assistance to parents by way of a school readiness program for children between the ages of 0 to 5. It is run in all counties and also the Germantown-Lehigh section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Head Start can even transport students to many of the sites. And schools.

Families that are eligible for the service will receive it free of charge. The Head Start supports children’s growth in many areas, including language, nutrition, literacy, and social development . Other assistance is for cognition and general knowledge. Comprehensive services are offered to all children enrolled. Programs can be based in centers or schools, family child care homes or the client home.

The Early Head Start program provides educational assistance for low incomes for families with toddlers and infants along with low income women who are pregnant. It promotes healthy families, positive development in children and prenatal care.

One of the largest outreach and nutrition programs is the WIC, or Woman, Infants and Children Program. The Gateway WIC Van is able to offer mobile services and provide information around the region. It is a nutrition program for women, newborns, and children who are eligible for assistance. Help is offered by way of passing out nutritious foods and free formula for babies, advice on proper nutrition, health screenings and additional services. The program also supplies an immunization schedule.





Foreclosure prevention and also home buying advice from the Gateways Housing Department is there to provide housing counseling services. Other assistance includes home buying education and counseling for stopping foreclosures. The classes have been designed to provide education to those considering purchasing a home and cover all aspects of the process. For more information about classes call (856) 451-6330.

The community action agency also offers a service that is free for preventing foreclosure for those who are having issues with keeping up with their mortgage repayments. To find out more contact (856) 497-6679.

Spring Gardens Senior Housing is run by the non-profit. It is an apartment complex offering 125 units for residents that are over the age of 62 and is located in Vineland New Jersey. It offers living quarters of high quality for seniors. It is also the base for the Alzheimer/Adult Day Care Centre. 856-507-0790.

Individual Development Accounts, or the IDA/Tri Loan program, may be able to help families on low incomes to save money and reach specific goals. This could be used to reach targeted college tuition or funds to buy a home. Those participating in the program will be able to learn how to manage cash flows along with budgeting. IDA/Tri Loan program can be contacted at 110 Cohansey Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302 or telephone 856-451-6330.




Gateway Community Action Partnership locations are as follows.

Main office is at 110 Cohansey Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302, dial (856) 451-6330 for hours

Atlantic County, 1400 Albany Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, phone 609-385-9471

Cumberland County office is at 110 Cohansey Street, Bridgeton, NJ. Call (856) 451-2966

Camden County - 2600 Mt Ephraim Avenue, Suite 411, Camden, NJ 08104, 856-225-5050

Cape May County, 6 Moore Rd , Cape May, NJ 08210, 609-465-1224

Gloucester County center is at 10 E. Madison Street, Paulsboro, New Jersey. Dial (856) 423-0040

Mercer County, 320 Hollowbrook Dr., Ewing, NJ, (609) 771-4076

Salem County, 14 New Market Street, Salem, New Jersey, dial (856) 935-0944


By Jon McNamara











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