New Community 50th Anniversary Website

NCC Launches Website For 50th Anniversary Events

RayZo recently launched a new website commemorating the 50th Anniversary year for New Community Corporation. The new site will also feature “Out of the Ashes Came Hope,” a new book authored by Monsignor William J. Linder.


New Community recently launched to provide the latest information on the exciting events and happenings surrounding NCC’s yearlong celebration of its golden 50th anniversary.

Check us out and get the latest news about:

  • Calendar of events
  • International culture day
  • Multicultural musical appreciation event
  • Walk-a-thon
  • Photo galleries
  • Giving campaigns
  • Fun facts about NCC’s history
  • “Out of the Ashes Came Hope” author talks and book signings
  • Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Countdown to the 50th anniversary gala in 2018

In April, New Community residents, employees, volunteers and supporters rallied together to officially kick off the 50th Anniversary of New Community Corporation with a celebration at St. Joseph Plaza

We invite you to be part of the historical celebration of NCC’s golden milestone during 2017 to 2018. You can also stay connected with NCC by following us on social media!

Gilda Rogers named 2017 Humanitarian of the Year


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Gilda Rogers named 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, by

the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission

RED BANK, NJ- Gilda Rogers, community activist, educator, author, historian and playwright, was recently named the 2017 “Humanitarian of the Year,” by the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission. She will receive this award on June 12 in Freehold.

As co-chair of the T. Thomas Fortune Project Committee, Rogers took on the herculean task, along with a group of dedicated community members to save and restore the National Historic Landmark, known as the T. Thomas Fortune House, located in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 2013. It was the former home of the social justice crusader and journalist, T. Thomas Fortune (1856-1928), who has been credited with being the bridge to the modern day Civil Rights Movement. Fortune resided in the home from 1901-1910.

Rogers, who is an award-winning journalist, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the important contribution Fortune made to the social landscape of America, while using his newspaper “The New York Age.” as a platform to illuminate the social injustices that African Americans faced.

“This is such an honor to be recognized for bringing T. Thomas Fortune’s story to prominence,” said Rogers, who teaches writing at Brookdale Community College.  “But, more importantly, for being able to carry on his legacy at the soon to be T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.”

The rebirth of the home, as the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center is due in large part to Roger Mumford of Mumford Homes, who is the developer of the project.  Mumford, took on this $3 million project, after reading about the work Rogers and the committee were doing in a valiant effort to save the home.  The collaboration between the Fortune committee and Mumford is a model for development between the private and public sectors. The restoration is due to be complete in the spring of 2018.  

On Thursday, May 25, the committee will host a fundraiser – “A Happy Fortune Hour,” at Patrizia’s Restaurant, located at 28 Broad St. in Red Bank, from 5:30-7:30.  For more information about the event please visit the website  

Rogers is also the co-chair of Citizens for a Diverse and Open Society, which is a community group that meets monthly at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank, to work on improving race relations and to promote tolerance and respect for all cultures.  It was Rogers, who proposed and kicked-off the popular “Let’s Talk About Race,” series in 2015 at the Red Bank Public Library.  She credits what she does with her love for all people. “What good is a life if not to be of service to others,” Rogers said, quoting baseball’s late great, Jackie Robinson.  Rogers is also the Community Relations liaison for Two River Theater, Red Bank.  

To donate to the restoration of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center make checks payable to: The Red Bank Men’s Club Foundation. P.O. Box 2007 Westside Station, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701.  Please visit the committee’s blog at 


Organizes Job Fair

RayZo assists the Elizabeth Development Company in hosting a free job fair for residents of the City.  RayZo provides media, social media, community outreach, and marketing support for the event.  Our role is to ensure residents hear about the job fair and to engage employers to attend and recruit job seekers. 


Job Fair May 3 2017




Espanol - Job Fair May 2017

IFS In the News

Newark-based Independence: A Family of Services is taking on some of the toughest issues our city faces. Here’s how.


Independence: A Family of Services launched as Independence High School in 1971. Now the nonprofit works to create the pathways to success for at-risk and troubled youth and families through innovative programs and services in urban New Jersey. CEO Margaret Woods walks us through the organizations overall mission, plus its specific objectives over the next few years. Independence is one of five Newark nonprofits participating in the GAIN collective.

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As A Small Business Owner, Customize Your Customer Service


William O’dea

Commentary by Bill O’dea, Executive Director, Elizabeth Development Company

June 2015, Volume 1 Issue 2

The good news for 2015 is that many of us feel the rise in consumer confidence, and as small business owners, you may be feeling better about the economy. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle website, the “Selig Center for Economics at the University of Georgia Terry School of Business and their 2014 Multicultural Report, U.S. minorities buying power has reached the highest levels and is outpacing inflation. They estimate that by 2019 Hispanics will account for 10.6 % of total U.S. buying power and Black buying power has seen an 86% increase since 2000 and accounts for 8.7% of the nation’s total.”

North Jersey companies continue thread of business contributing to charity

In an article on, Lourdes Cortez is quoted. “Seventy-five to 80 percent of our employees volunteer,” said Cortez. “It’s people helping people.”

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