Since RSJ was given the apartment by the site management, churches have enjoyed the ongoing time they have been able to spend with the kids. We are looking forward to seeing how we can continue the relationships built this summer through the Sunday programs that will start up again in August. The summer program this year is running from July 7 through August 1 and will be supported by eight different churches. An addition to our spring/summer events at the Villas this year is a community garden that is being run by individuals from New Hope, Bethany Grace and Carll’s Corner Community Fellowship churches. The kids have had a blast coming out to help and it has been great for relationships. We are looking forward to offering some additional programs this fall if we can get enough volunteers to staff the apartment. We hope to offer some tutoring and classes to meet other basic needs. Please let us know if you are interested!
Revive South Jersey has been working together with the City of Bridgeton to renovate the Johnson Reeves playground (located on East Avenue and Wood Streets). In early June, the Lowes Home Improvement Store of Millville and R and S Construction tore off and rebuilt the roof of a community building located at the playground. The hope is that this building will be completed and a new playground installed. Once this is ready, we will be able to bring in churches and non-profit organizations to run programs for the families and children in the community and have a base of operations through the community building there.
On June 6, 2014 a group of volunteers helped replace the roof of the club house at the Johnson Reeves Playground.
Watch this new video by Matthew West “Do Something “ on our Video page.
Revive SJ and several local churches have joined together to have a weekly time of lessons and activities such as crafts and games at the Bridgeton Villas.
Each Sunday afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, the program will be run by the churches, with each church taking one of the weeks. The management of the Villas has graciously given us the use of an apartment. Volunteers from the churches have cleaned and painted the apartment. Local businesses and individuals have donated paint and supplies. Read the response from one of the volunteers to the recent open house that was held in the freshly painted apartment.
Great open house!!!
We got to meet a bunch of kids, and reconnect with some kids we knew from the summer program. Thank you everyone for all your participation!
Additionally, people got to see the progression of the apartment toward which they have been donating. We now have 30 chairs and 3 tables, and they are great! Thank you for all the generous giving!!! Also, thank you to the many individuals who have been contributing prayer, time, cash and items here and there and all along the way.
See some photos from the open house below. Click on a photo to enlarge.
Photos by Domenic R.
This was in the BEN column of Feb. 16, 2014 by Jack Hummel
Why there is a Revive South Jersey.
• 9.7 percent of children in Cumberland County are reported to be victims of abuse or neglect, highest percentage in all of New Jersey.
• 15.5 percent of girls ages 10-19 in Cumberland County reported being pregnant, highest percentage in all of New Jersey.
• 68 percent of students in Cumberland County passed their 11th grade State Achievement Tests and only 60 percent passed their 4th grade State Achievement Tests, lowest percentages in all of New Jersey.
Data gathered from kidscount.org.
Call Director Jonathan Cummings at 856-391-9110 to go to www.revivesj.org.
You can have a hand in bringing back Johnson Reeves Playground on East Avenue.
Grab a paint brush and help paint the new ReviveSJ office at Bridgeton Villas, where the organization will connect with kids for afterschool programs.
And more summer camps like last year, only longer.
Here is a post from the summer of 2013 about volunteering for the ESL classes at Revive SJ. It was originally posted on the New Hope website. Click the link below for the post.