Loving Our Neighbors
The mission of The Neighborhood Center is to generously love our neighbors as ourselves with abundant service and hope today and every day.
We focus on a two generation approach to lifting families out of poverty. We are committed to providing a safe space for Academic achievement, Athletic accomplishment, and a flourishing Arts program.
With 102 years of service to the community, our hope and vision for the next century of The Neighborhood Center is to create a “community living room.”
We envision a “community living room” as a welcoming place where:
- Children and teens rush after school with their friends to study.
- Theater, music, and dancing become vital aspects of a child and teenager’s experience.
- Diversity is valued, and a community kitchen, store, and pantry become cultural bridges where individuals and families gather.
- Preschoolers begin to learn about themselves and others through games, play, art and songs, while teachers lead them on a journey toward literacy and school success.
- Families and individuals have the opportunity to develop and explore their faith in a community center known for a pluralistic approach to faith formation that is engaging and tolerant.
- The center serves as a hub for uplifting the local community, enhancing the neighborhood, and promoting the health, safety and economic stability of the local community.
- Athletics and healthy life styles are valued and practiced.
- Community members visit the center to take part in a well-developed social infrastructure that includes neighborhood watches, civic associations, cooking and gardening groups, walking groups, sports teams, and the like, that contribute to a sense of connectivity, identity and ownership.
New Basketball Court and Foursquare installed in 2014
Ice Cream Days at The Neighborhood Center
Our Beginnings and Foundation
Begun in 1913, The Neighborhood Center, Inc., located in Camden, NJ, founders includes Eldridge Johnson of the Victor Talking Machine Company, George Fox Sr., Mary Baird, and numerous families from across New Jersey that were concerned about poverty and its cruel impact on young lives.
Check out this video from Christmas 2014
The Neighborhood Center at Christmas 2014