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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

COVID-19 Briefing #9 (6.3.20) – Building Urban Resiliency (Local Response)

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #9 – June 3, 2020

Topic: Building Urban Resiliency During the Pandemic (Local Response)

Guest speaker #1: Chris T. Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM , Chief Strategic Integration & Health Equity Officer, University Hospital

Guest speaker #2: Tanya Veltz, Founder & Director – Tree House Cares

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • University Hospital COVID-19 Resources
  • Tree House Cares food distribution sites in Newark, Wayne and New Brunswick
  • Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Reopening guide for nonprofits
  • Resources for those with hearing loss
  • Other health resources
Download the full summary and resources links here.

“During the process, a wonderful synergy has developed. The weekly Host Team meetings have united our Host Team, and forged new relationships between us all, as well as the businesses and community organizations that we represent. I applaud Gathering Ground for helping communities look at themselves through a process that embraces inclusivity, accountability and openness.”

– Rachael Faillace – Chair, Rahway Call to Collaboration Host Team | Former Executive Director, Rahway Arts District (Rahway)