Early in 1999, 25 people met for many hours exploring program areas that could benefit the community. January of 2000-Challenge Committee met with consultants that provided information and assistance in developing strategy for identifying specific and detailed needs for the Heights community under the umbrella of what will be known as the "Care Center".

July of 2000-Kids on the Corner offers its first session under the direction of Lisa Staszak and Diana Mammone.  Children learn visual and performing arts around the theme of the book Noah's Ark.  Activities culminated in a performance on July 9th

June 2001- English as a Second Language begins under the direction of Barbara Smith and Nancy Pirilli.  The program is staffed by volunteer members of St. John's Church and the Hasbrouck Heights community.  Four levels of education are offered from basic vocabulary to advanced conversation.  Over 25 countries are represented with a student enrollment of 86.

September 2002-Sophie and Friends, an informal weekly toddler learning and play group under the direction of Liza Arnao offers this program on Wednesday mornings.  Inspired by her experiences as a new mother looking for friendship and support, she developed this program that offered children a chance to meet new friends, learn basic reading skills and art skills as well as having an opportunity for parents to have time to share their journeys in parenting.  The program would eventually expand to satellite locations in Maywood and Secaucus.

Under the direction of the first Board of Directors including Chairman, Carol Haefele, Vice-Chair, The Rev. Joseph Pickard, Ethel Ball, Edwinna Carroll, William Dorn, Assemblywoman Rose Heck, Ann MacVicar, Joe Manginelli, Maria Rehrig, Laura Russell, Barbara Smith and Lisa Staszak, these programs along with United States Citizenship Preparation, and courses in Financial Literacy, Resume Writing, Interview Skills, and Immigration Policies were offered.

Saturday, October 11, 2003-The official celebration and recognition of Care on the Corner and its new offices located on 333 Franklin Avenue was held.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was officiated by Chairman Carol Haefele, Vice Chairman Cathie Studwell, Executive Director, Rev. Joseph Pickard and NJ Assemblywoman Rose Heck.  Our mission as a not for profit 501 C3 Social Services Organization was stated as providing for the needs of the under-served and under-represented community in Northern New Jersey.  Our purpose, to develop and provide resources that link people of varying backgrounds to services needed to improve their lives.

Since that day Care on the corner has offered:

Care on the Corner Programs  are sponsored in part by grants from:

We continue to move into the future with programs that will positively impact children and adults in areas of education, health and fitness and the arts.




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