July 14, 2020
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        Every morning the sun shines down upon the brow of thousands of immigrants who since arriving to the United States can now call themselves New Americans. Many of these individuals carry dreams of opportunity, success, happiness, and a chance to make New Jersey their home.

        The New Americans Program is dedicated to helping immigrants and their families gain access to necessary resources and social services. Focus is on moving New Americans forward—across cultural barriers—giving them a chance to experience their dreams come true.

        Over the past ten years the New Americans population of New Jersey has grown tremendously and continues to grow in size and diversity. New Americans come to this country from parts of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Central and South America. New Americans come from all walks of life and educational backgrounds.

        The 2000 Census Report stated that at least 19% of the state’s population was comprised of New Americans, which was a 58% increase since 1990. If the trend of the last decade continues, by 2010 one in every four people in the state will be a New American!

        The New Americans Program caters to the needs of New Jersey’s immigrants and their families. The program strives to provide education and assistance to:

  • New Americans, to gain access to services, resources and support from social service agencies.
  • Social Service Agencies, to enable them to provide effective, cultural-sensitive assistance to New Americans.
  • Caregivers, to quickly and easily find solutions for New Americans needs and concerns.
  • Community Leaders, to better understand all the obstacles New Americans encounter in gaining access to social service agency resources.

        The need to help this growing demographic becomes more obvious year after year. The New Americans Program provides access to the essential services available for immigrants to improve their lives and that of those around them. As more individuals and organizations become involved, the opportunity to make New Jersey a better place for New Americans becomes all the more possible. Together as a community we can ensure a brighter future for us all.

Thank-you to the Trustees and Management of the United Way of Central Jersey for their support in launching the New Americans Program.

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