Impact Stories

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.

Helping Small Businesses Re-Open

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Realtime connection leverages the power of Newark People’s Assembly in assisting a small business owner to successfully re-open by facilitating access to appropriate municipal staff when the state mandated Covid-19 lockdown was lifted. 


“Attending Asbury Park’s Call to Collaboration was my launch for my girl-centered mentoring program. It was an informative and educational experience that I will forever value. I appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with community members from all walks of life.”

– Angela Ahbez-Anderson – Board Member & four-term President, Asbury Park School District (Asbury Park)