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Prioritizing the Health and Safety of the Homeless

– Can you imagine how difficult it would be not only to have to adjust to all the changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, but to do so while homeless or housing insecure? That’s a reality our housing residents live with…


Encouraging Physical Activity & Fun through Virtual Playstreets

– Our YMCA, the Gateway Family YMCA, is familiar with running Playstreets. Since 2015 we’ve offered both traditional outdoor Playstreets and non-traditional, indoor playstreets to Elizabeth, New Jersey residents. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic gave us an opportunity to reinvent Playstreets once…


Helping Homeless Veterans Take a Leading Role in Their Lives

– As part of our NJHI grant, we’ve provided stipends to programs that not only support community leaders, but promote individuals’ leadership and ownership of their health. One of the programs receiving funding for this purpose is Dudley House Veterans Transitional Housing…


Easy and Effective Data Collection for Coalitions

– As part of our NJHI grant, we’ve worked on creating a data collection system that is an easy and effective way for Shaping Elizabeth partners to share their work with each other in real time. It needed to be simple…


Biking Catches on in Elizabeth

– As Supervisor of Physical Education, Health and Safety in the City of Elizabeth Public School District, I understand the 150-minutes-per-week physical education requirement in New Jersey is not enough to prevent modern lifestyle diseases like metabolic syndrome and build strong…


One Among Many

– Meet Ms. Crystal, a Bayway area Elizabeth resident. She is a regular volunteer at the twice monthly Mobile Market, a Shaping Elizabeth (SE) initiative involving the Community Food Bank of NJ and the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth…

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