Bridgeton Municipal Alliance and Youth to Youth Program
What it is: A non-profit community-based organization formed in March 1990 and linked with municipal alliances throughout Cumberland County and New Jersey.
Mission: To provide the community of Bridgeton with opportunities to access activities and venues that are responsive to the “Biopsychosocial Disease Model” and address the following areas:
- Information and Education
- Personal Growth and Decision Making
- Community and Environmental Change
- Inclusion in drug free, bias free, and violence free lifestyles, activities, and networks as a way toward quality life and communal success; also, promotion of that lifestyle in the schools and community.
Success: According to a member of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction and other reviewers, the BMA Y2Y program offers a model other alliances and programs in New Jersey should follow. By working with other community programs, agencies, and ventures (including the Bridgeton School District), the BMA has done far more than a municipal alliance alone could. Particular successes have been achieved in youth outreach and cross-age mentoring. The BMA serves residents as young as two years and as old as ninety-two. It also serves as a stable, supportive, challenging, nurturing, and empowering community for a wide variety of youth in Bridgeton.
Director: Karen E. Barnett, CSW
Range: The BMA Y2Y serves hundreds of youth in a continuously growing variety of programs and activities that, not only offer present alternatives to addictive or self-destructive choices, but also empower and equip youth and children in Bridgeton for lifelong productivity and service. The program fosters a self-respect that generates respect for other people, and it encourages that respect to cross barriers of ignorance and prejudice. It also provides opportunities to youth who predictably would not have them otherwise, and it enables the youth to draw out their own resources (and each other’s) to take advantage of those opportunities.
Funding: Primary funding comes through government grants which require matching funds from the community and, also, from the City of Bridgeton. The level of this primary funding has not increased over the life of the BMA Y2Y Program, and so community support is crucial for the program’s development.
Cumberland Women’s Center
Mailing Address: PO Box 921, Vineland, NJ 08362
|TTY (Text Telephone)||856-691-6024|
ACT (Abuse Ceases Today): 856-691-3713
Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity seeks to give witness to the Christian gospel by working in partnership with God’s people by building low cost housing for people in need who cannot afford a conventional mortgage. The aim is to create an environment of hope and dignity and a truly human existence for all people. The houses are built mostly with volunteer labor and sold to recipients at out-of-pocket cost. Habitat carries the mortgage with no interest charges. The justification for this may be found in the Bible, in Exodus 22:25.
Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity builds houses in Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland. No Government funding of any kind is accepted. Habitat relies completely on citizens, churches, and organizations to be partners in this ministry.
Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in Amerucus, Georgia, which is now considered the largest independent home builder in the world.
Good Shepherd Dining Room
The Good Shepherd Dining Room is run by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and housed in Saint Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church in Bridgeton. The St.Vincent de Paul Society is a lay organization started by a college student, Fred Ozinam, who saw the need to help the poor. Their Good Shepherd Meal Program has been serving meals to the less fortunate in this area since 1980. With the help of Green Thumb workers and volunteers, 20,000 – 21,000 meals are served each year.
In addition to our local mission support, our congregation’s youth group supports the Society by participating every year in the Souper Bowl Sunday event. Donations collected from this event are sent to the Good Shepherd Meal Program.
The youth group also sends part of the money collected from the congregation through the 2-cents per meal program. The rest goes to the Presbytery of West Jersey for hunger programs through the Presbyterian Church.
Meals are served Monday thru Friday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Food, time and/or monetary donations are graciously accepted. New members are also welcome.If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to St. Vincent dePaul. Checks can be mailed to 46 Central Ave., Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Attention Good Shepherd Dining Room.
Our Partnership with Bet-El Hispanic Presbyterian Church, Vineland
We are very pleased to be partners with the session and people of Bet-El for ministry to Spanish-speaking people in the Bridgeton area. Bet-El Presbyterian Church has its home on Fourth Street in Vineland, New Jersey, but also draws worshipers from Bridgeton.
So, now Bet-El holds a midweek Bible study and worship at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month in our building at 119 West Commerce Street in Bridgeton.
We held our first cooperative Vacation Bible School (VBS). Bet-El Presbyterian holds its own VBS in Vineland, with children’s activities in English and adult classes for the parents in Spanish. The VBS at First Presbyterian in Bridgeton was also held in English, but the adults from Bet-El were able to speak with the parents and, as needed, also with the children in Spanish. Thirty-two children participated.