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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.

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

Paterson Host Team

Paterson Falls

Kim Birdsall, Health Coalition of Passaic County
Jen Brady, OASIS
Mikayla Carter*, Paterson Youth Council
Giancarlo Di Lonardo, NJ Community Capital
Barbara Dunn, Paterson Habitat for Humanity
Veronica Fernandez Rogers, AmeriCorps
Pierre Francis, Kintock Group Community Resources Centers
Rosie Grant, Paterson Education Fund
Bob Guarasci, NJCDC
S. Nadia Hussain, Bangladeshi-American Women’s Development Initiative
Steve Lenox, TAPInto Paterson
Pastor Carolyn McCombs, New Destiny Family Success Center
Ann Marie Miller, ArtPride NJ
Kate Muldoon
, William Paterson University Small Business Development Center
Mike Powell, Passaic County Community College
Nicholas Rodriguez, Inner City Ensemble
Rana Sabagh, Islamic Center of Passaic County
Inge Spungen*, Paterson Alliance
Luis Vega, Paterson Fire Department
Jim Walsh, OASIS
Veronica Fernandez-Rogers, AmeriCorps

*Creative Paterson Host Team Co-Chairs


“What an energizing and enlightening event! It was so wonderful to convene with recovery partners across the state to reflect on lessons learned. When we join forces and find a common voice, we are so much stronger and more effective. I look forward to being part of this movement to make meaningful changes which will positively impact the future of response and recovery in NJ.”

– Kelly Higgs – Former Executive Director of NJVOAD (statewide)