Resident Empowerment and Community Engagement (RECE)

Recognizing that in addition to affordable housing options, low-income residents need better access to a range of community resources, JCHA established its Resident Empowerment and Community Engagement (RECE) Department in 2018. With the goal of empowering residents and guiding investment in social infrastructure, RECE’s experienced staff delivers programming, assessments and referrals to services that are responsive to the needs of JCHA residents, drawing upon innovative and strategic partnerships with dozens of government agencies, nonprofits, and institutes of higher education with a particular focus on youth, workforce development, senior, and digital inclusion initiatives.

RECE Programming & Partnerships

The RECE team (see Staff Directory) has significant experience and expertise in social service delivery and resident engagement and offers assessment and referral services directly to residents.

 

In collaboration with local partners, RECE provides essential supportive services and facilitates regular events and programs including:

 

  • Early childhood education in partnership with Greater Bergen Community Action. To learn more and enroll visit www.gbcaheadstart.org/apply-now or call 201-884-1050

  • Comprehensive afterschool run by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County. To learn more and enroll, visit https://www.bgchc.org/afterschool-programs or contact Adam Jaeger at ajaeger@bgchc.org or (201) 333 4100, extension 304

  • Financial literacy workshops and one-on-one counseling from organizations such as HOPES CAP, Inc., and New Jersey Citizen Action

  • Workforce development and training via partners such as Goodwill, Hudson County Community College, Hudson County One Stop, Jersey City Free Public Library, NPower, Rising Tide Capital, WomenRising, and Year Up

  • On-site health screenings provided by partners including Jersey City Medical Center, Hoboken Family Planning, and Act Now Foundation

  • Food insecurity and nutrition services including senior congregate meal programs and on-site indoor vertical farms via the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services, nutrition education from SNAP-Ed and Rutgers University, and supplemental meal delivery programs from Community Food Bank of NJ and Coalition for Food and Health Equity

  • Youth development, recreational, and summer programming offered via scholarships from Boys and Girls Clubs, Camp Liberty, Hands in 4 Youth, Nimbus, Guazabara Insights, Connected Vine, and Hudson Partnership CMO

  • Wifi connectivity, digital devices, and digital literacy classes in partnership with HUD’s ConnectHomeUSA program, EveryoneOn, Andrena, Starry, Parker Life, and AARP Foundation with classes led by many of the partners named above.

 

To learn more about current and upcoming offerings for JCHA residents, click here.