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19th Annual Community Leadership Awards Nov. 29th

19th Annual Community Leadership Awards Nov. 29th

Orange, NJ- November 9, 2018- Putting the spotlight on the work of leaders and changemakers in the City of Orange and surrounding communities, HANDS is hosting its 19th Annual Community Leadership Awards: Building Together. Since 1986, HANDS has been dedicated to empowering the residents of Orange. This year’s event on November 29th at 6pm will be in the Heart of Orange at the Church of Epiphany and Christ Church,105 Main Street.

“HANDS mission is to empower residents to create neighborhoods of choice — places where people can and do choose to raise their families and run their businesses” states Executive Director, Luther Flurry. “Great neighborhoods depend on a network of committed individuals and organizations. People, not buildings, matter most, and all of our accomplishments stem from Building Together. We are thrilled to honor six outstanding individuals and organizations this year.”

With this year’s theme, “Building Together,” HANDS looks to engage those who live and work in the community, highlighting the progress that has been made to amplify neighborhood voices and elevate the quality of community life in Orange. Moving towards the vision of a just and beautiful city, HANDS continues to involve residents, business owners, municipal officials, and other stakeholders to use their assets and strengthen their capacity to bring real, impactful change in the city. Community empowerment works in tandem with HANDS’ development work to improve the built environment by repurposing vacant, deteriorated buildings for homeownership, affordable rental space for living and creative small businesses and improving open space.
The community is invited to join HANDS in this community-affirming event, in honor of those acting for the greater good. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Call HANDS at 973-678-3110 x 26 for ticket inquiries and volunteer opportunities.

Prime sponsors for the event are Prudential Bank, Valley National Bank, and Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

 

Neighborhood Project Grants! Open for Grant Applications

Neighborhood Project Grants! Open for Grant Applications

HANDS, The HUUB and ValleyArts Working Together for Neighborhood Project Grants Initiative:

Do you have an idea that will bring people together, get to know your neighbors better, and make meaningful change in your community? Apply for a Neighborhood Project Grant to help make it happen! Click here to download the application (click here for Spanish version of the application and click here for Haitian Kreyol version) or to complete the application online, click here.  We are happy to answer any questions about the application!

Residents can receive application assistance at the Information and Help Workshops

Orange is full of talented people with exciting ideas about how to make the city a better place. We are supporting resident-led projects that impact the Heart of Orange or Valley Arts District neighborhoods and their residents. These projects are created to build community, cultivate neighborhood leadership, expand activities for youth, promote wellness and health and to more generally celebrate the diversity of people living in this city.

We are accepting applications from resident groups for projects in the Heart of Orange neighborhood.

The Orange High School NJROTC, Boys to Men and Robotics Club Little Heroes event in Orange, NJ, Oct. 14, 2017.

Groups may be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have non-profit or 501(c)(3) status. Submit your idea to HANDS, The HUUB, or ValleyArts by September 30th for a chance to make a difference in your community – one idea at a time!!

We look for projects that: are clear and thoughtful; address important community concerns; contribute to building stronger communities through neighbors working together; and result in concrete and sustainable improvements.

Applications are accepted until September 30, 2018. Residents can receive application assistance at the Information and Help Workshops. Click the workshop date you are interested in below to register online:

The application is available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, with September 30, 2018 being the final date for submitting applications during the Fall 2018 grant round.

These grants are NOT for: individuals; for-profit projects; businesses; organizations with paid staff; religious, fraternal, and partisan organizations; projects affiliated with staffed organizations; groups that have received Neighborhood Project Grants in the last year. We also do not fund the following: rent, utilities, web hosting, web development, 501(c)(3) incorporation fees, salaries, speaker honorariums, and computer equipment.

Contact Charlie Wirene at 973-674-0010, ext. 1, or Charlie@orangehuub.org or Jeremy Moss at jeremymoss@valleyartsnj.com or 862-252-7035 to ask a question or request an application.

The Heart of Orange is bound by Main St, Scotland Rd, Central Ave and Oakwood Ave and the Valley Arts District is bound by Scotland Rd, Valley Street/Road, Argyle Ave, and Central Ave.

Orange Farmers Market, It’s Coming Back!

Orange Farmers Market, It’s Coming Back!

ORANGE FARMERS MARKET
Monday August 13, 2018, 12pm – 6pm
@ THE ORANGE TRAIN STATION/ TONY GALENTO PLAZA

73 Lincoln Avenue, Orange NJ

Come out and shop fresh produce from NJ farms as well a variety of other foods and beverages from local vendors!
Live music will be playing all day long, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes along with your appetites.
Vouchers are available for senior citizens with an income of no more than $1832 monthly. Also accepting Food Stamps, WIC, and SNAP. For senior citizen transportation call Orange Office of Older Adults at 973.266.4068/4069.

Hat City Lofts – Leading the Way for Neighborhood Transformation in Orange NJ

Hat City Lofts – Leading the Way for Neighborhood Transformation in Orange NJ

HANDS celebrated a neighborhood revitalization milestone with the completion of Hat City Lofts – the adaptive reuse of blighted factories transformed into vibrant affordable loft living and creative economy commercial space. HANDS Executive Director, Luther Flurry was joined by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., the Hon. Dwayne Warren, Mayor of Orange Township, New Jersey Community Capital’s President, Wayne Meyer and HANDS Founder, Patrick Morrissy along with government officials, funders and partner organizations, residents and business owners on May 31st, 2018 at 10am in the courtyard of Hat City Lofts (formerly the F. Berg Hat Factory) at 475 South Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ.

“Throughout the United States, we are seeing a resurgence of local communities,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. “The Hat City Lofts project is the cornerstone for Orange’s arts community. This development, which my father worked hard to boost, will help revitalize the neighborhood and make the Valley Arts District a creative hub for entrepreneurship

From left- HANDS Board Member, Dr. Mindy Fullilove, HANDS Board Treasurer, Tom Slater; HUD NJ Field Office Director, Maria Maio-Messano; Prudential, Marica Smith; HANDS Board Vice-Chair, Rebecca Doggett; Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation Exe Dir., Steven Gomez; M&T Bank, Robert Carrozza; HANDS Exe Dir., Luther Flurry; Dir. Of Div. of Housing & Comm. Resources, Janel Winter; Orange Township Mayor, Dwayne Warren, Esq; HANDS Founder, Patrick Morrissy; Dir. Of Real Estate, CAPC, Jeffery Crum; Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.; HANDS Board Chair, Elliott Lee; Valley National Bank, Bernadette Mueller; NeighborWorks America Relationship Manager, Keith Getter and Senior Dir. Of Northeast Region for NeighborWorks America, Eileen Anderson

and artistic expression.”

Click Here to learn more!

Photo by Jared Kofsky of Jersey Diggs

 

HANDS Part of Team to Receive 2018 New Jersey Smart Growth Award

HANDS Part of Team to Receive 2018 New Jersey Smart Growth Award

HANDS is thrilled to be part of the team awarded a 2018 New Jersey Smart Growth Awards for the #HarvardPrintingCompany project! The celebration takes place Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-8:00 PM, The Great Hall, Rutgers University, Newark. Click here for more information and to get tickets to the event!

Current Exterior
Harvard Printing Company Site BEFORE
Hat City Lofts Completion Celebration!

Hat City Lofts Completion Celebration!

Please join us to celebrate the completion of Hat City Lofts!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10am
475 S. Jefferson Street, Orange NJ

Click Here to R.S.V.P.

HANDS celebrates a neighborhood revitalization milestone with the completion of Hat City Lofts – the adaptive reuse of blighted factories transformed into vibrant affordable loft living and creative economy commercial space. Join HANDS, New Jersey Lt. Governor, Sheila Oliver, the Hon. Dwayne Warren, Mayor of Orange Township, HANDS Executive Director, Luther Flurry, government officials, funders and partner organizations, residents and business owners on May 31st, 2018 at 10am in the courtyard of Hat City Lofts (formerly the F. Berg Hat Factory) at 475 South Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ.

A Kitchen Incubator Comes to Orange NJ!

A Kitchen Incubator Comes to Orange NJ!

We’re so excited to share this news! The wheels are in motion and soon there’ll be a kitchen incubator in Orange, New Jersey! Here’s Kris Ohleth, Founder of Garden State Kitchen signing the lease for one of our properties in the Valley Arts District! It was a special moment for everyone including HANDS team members Andrew Davlouros and Executive Director Luther Flurry and the great team of Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation including Kevin Chu and GNEC’s Executive Director (and HANDS Board member), Steven Gomez with ValleyArts Executive Director, Jeremy Moss! We can almost smell the incredible aromas that will soon be in the air! Check out Kris’s story at Garden State Kitchen’s website, Click Here.

Happy Birthday to Us!

Happy Birthday to Us!

Thirty-two years ago today a group of clergy and community leaders founded HANDS (Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc.)  Today, we are going strong and taking on new challenges.  Let’s take a moment to celebrate!

For 32 years, HANDS has worked to make neighborhoods in the Oranges places where people can and do choose to raise their family and run their business.  What does this mean to us?  Thriving neighborhoods have attractive and safe streets, healthy buildings, green spaces, public art, good schools, plus a strong and supportive community.  There is affordable housing, diverse employment opportunities, and good transportation.  HANDS has achieved a lot, but we have much more to do!

The scope of our vision is why we work in a wide range of neighbor-driven activities, with affordable housing, creative placemaking, and social justice as our anchors.  Over the years, HANDS has developed about 190 deteriorated, pivotal properties into homes for more than 200 families and locally run businesses. In 2017, HANDS projects contributed almost $2million in property taxes just in the city of Orange.

None of HANDS’ achievements would be possible without our founders, staff, board, and friends.  Thank you for your support!  Please pat yourself on the back and do something celebratory.  Happy Birthday to all of us!!

Cheers,

Luther Flurry, Executive Director

HANDS

She’s With Us! EC Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake to MC our Community Leadership Awards Event

She’s With Us! EC Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake to MC our Community Leadership Awards Event

HANDS is grateful that Essex County Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake agreed to serve as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies for our 18th Annual Community Leadership Awards.  This year, we will honor the dedicated resident groups receiving 2017 Neighborhood Project Grants (NPG).  The evening will include great food, entertainment, time for mingling, and a short program.  For tickets call 973-678-3110 x 8 or click/go to https://tinyurl.com/HANDS-CLA-2017

We couldn’t ask for a better reprensentative for this community event then Freeholder President, Ms. Timberlake. She has made affordable homeownership assistance more attainable for citizens in need; created a Citizen Immigration Services committee to welcome those joining Essex County from other countries; innovated new methods to level the financial playing field for SBE, WBE, and MBEs; was successful advocating for the Sheriff’s department to obtain body cameras for officers; is holding banks accountable for giving back to the community by proving they are working with people to avoid foreclosure, supporting nonprofits, granting access to credit in communities of color, and maintaining abandoned homes owned by the banks, etc.

Ms. Timberlake is currently, the founding Executive Director of a nonprofit affordable housing organization called the Essex Community Land Trust (ECLT). The ECLT supports the creation of permanent high quality affordable housing throughout the diverse municipalities of Essex County, NJ. In this position, Britnee has been successful in leveraging over 1 million dollars to be used to build affordable housing in suburban communities for low- to moderate- income people.