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For more than 25 years, HANDS and its mission-focused partners and tenants have ignited a renaissance in Orange, NJ, part of a larger commitment to positively impact the quality of life in and around Essex County, NJ. Their work has transformed this once deteriorated, former industrial city by redeveloping industrial sites; cleaning up environmental contamination; and rescuing vacant commercial/mixed use properties. These redeveloped properties now house entrepreneurs, artisans; community builders including a café, theater, music venues; a hydroponic greenhouse; furniture makers; galleries, restaurants; and young artist centers – essential partners in Orange’s continued renaissance.
HANDS needs your support to help maintain a majority of properties that remain affordable. While HANDS earns revenue from the properties it develops there is a need for grants and charitable gifts to continue to attract artists, entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers that keep the area vital. Support to HANDS’ Valley Community Fund is used to cover gaps in financing of new developments like the Firehouse and residential housing for first-time homeowners—invest in small businesses – create public spaces such as parks/recreational areas – and enhance educational achievement and create career opportunities for young people and other high-risk/high potential groups.
The result is a new model of urban development, what we refer to as the 21st Century Urban Village, a Just and Beautiful City.
In 2008 the housing bubble burst; the economy tanked and market-driven momentum in the Valley evaporated. Property redevelopers retreated to the sidelines waiting for a return of the market, but HANDS continued to redevelop arts properties and support its tenants with affordable rents and other business assistance.
Please consider a tax-deductible gift to HANDS’ Community Fund to continue this momentum and assure the future of our community.
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