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.

Gathering Ground benefits from the active participation and wisdom of dozens of individuals who serve as members of our local community-based Host Teams.

Asbury Park Host Team

Asbury Park Wonder Bar Sign

Roger Boyce, Interfaith Neighbors
Amanda Caruso, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey
Patrick Durkin, Interfaith Neighbors
Doug Eagles, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County
Genise Hughes, Asbury Park High School
Jon Leidersdorf, Lakehouse Music
Kerri Martin, Second Life Bikes
Mychal Mills, Konscious Youth Development & Service (KYDS)
Derek Minno-Bloom, Trinity Church – Anti-Hunger Initiative
Connie Isbell, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel All Stars Program
Beatriz Oesterheld, Community Affairs and Resource Center
Heather Schulze, Kula Cafe – Interfaith Neighbors
Frank Syphax, City of Asbury Park Housing Authority
Trudy Syphax, City of Asbury Park Planning Board
Henose Valcin, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey
Pastor Semaj Vanzant, Second Baptist Church
Sonia Velasquez, Asbury Park School District
John McEwen, New Jersey Theatre Alliance

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“It was a delight to work with all of you on this initiative that is so critical to the future of our community. I have lived and worked in Atlantic City for 26 years. During those years, I have heard and read about so many “plans” that never were brought to completion. Thanks to Gathering Ground, we now have a blueprint for success. What you have done for us will impact the lives of so many people for years to come.”

– Diane Ramftl – Former Regional Charter Marketing Specialist, Harrahs (Atlantic City)

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