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Spring Street CDC (SOAR, C.H.A.N.G.E. Fitness, Table of Hope)

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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development

Mission: Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for Morris County families by addressing economic, educational, social and physical fitness needs while preserving the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area. Our Goals The goals of the Spring Street Community Development Corporation include but are not limited to: -Improving the availability of safe and affordable housing -Supporting youth through educational programming -Promoting, coordinating, supporting and providing social and community services to families -Create Healthy Actions thru Nutrition & Group Exercise -Fostering and participating in regional planning and development so as to support the efforts of local governmental units -Protecting and preserving the natural resources while promoting their sustainable use -Expanding opportunities for individuals and groups to own and operate business enterprises -Reducing unemployment and underemployment

Results: -The SOAR program graduated two years of 5th grade students (Approximately 50 students). - The Family Success Center completed two sessions of five families who worked through to improve their relationships and communication as a unit. - C.H.A.N.G.E. Fitness has provided over 170 fitness class at a low or no cost. We have introduced Basic Yoga to 5th grade students in a 6 week program. C.H.A.N.G.E. Fitness hosted a health fair sharing information on Heart Disease, MyPlate.gov, Physical Fitness, Benefits of Juicing and Benefits of Massage Therapy. Maintains an environment of friendship, motivation and change for good. - Our Table of Hope feeds 50-70 people at no charge Monday through Friday 6-7:30pm "Hope Starts Here, Where the Community Gathers to Share". Table of Hope also hosts Friday night Game Night (chess, checkers, spades, uno etc.)

Target demographics: improve the quality of life for our community

Geographic areas served: Morristown, New Jersey

Programs: The Table of Hope providing dinner at no charge Monday through Friday, SOAR a tutor program for 5th graders, C.H.A.N.G.E. Fitness Creating Healthy Actions thru Nutrition & Group Exercise free fitness classes to anyone on an assistance program, Family Success Center strengthing familys communication and interaction in the community.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spring Street CDC is an awesome program. Educates, brings hope to the community and gives them a way to stay and/or get healthy.
-Sala Foster (volunteer photographer)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

C.H.A.N.G.E. Fitness is a wonderful nonprofit program :)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

C.H.A.N.G.E. is fun! The classes are a great way for people to get out, get healthy, get together with friends, and all while having a good time.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

C.H.A.N.G.E. is a fantastic program. The enthusiasm of instructors is contagious. I am so glad that the classes are available to me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The CHANGE experience has done what it's name promises. My opinion of health and fitness has dramatically changed after joining this studio. Although I have been to many wonderful ZUMBA classes, this is fitness like I've never experienced it before. This was fun and challenging. I was accepted from the start as a part of the CHANGE community, not judged or bullied based on my body when I came to classes in the Fall of 2014. I was encouraged to keep pushing to improve my stamina and to commit myself to attend classes weekly, and eventually began attending several times a week. After a few months into my commitment, once I had started to attend 2-3 times a week regularly, I found I had lost a few pounds, but more importantly my once-upon-a-time tight clothes were now fitting better! Instructors encouraged me to make small nutritional changes to my lifestyle to increase the positive effects on my health. This only spurred me on to more change, and over the 1st quarter of 2015 I lost 16 lbs total! More importantly than my weight loss, I found I had more energy, and I looked forward to being active! CHANGE has truly helped me become a healthier happier woman!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's an awesome program and there should be more like it. A great place to lose weight and have fun!

1 Jorge V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

the program is awesome and its a judge free zone. Gives you a good workout.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer and I had some serious health problems, since coming here I have began to get better!

1 Dakota2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They really now how to keep people on there toes and give them hope

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friends and I found a Groupon for CHANGE and decided to give it a try. Well it was love at first site! I have tried countless gyms and exercise programs and quit all them until CHANGE. All of the instructors are great and so encouraging!CHANGE is such a comfortable environment. Zumba has become a part of my life -I'm addicted! !!! Over the course of the past 7 months with zumba as my primary exercise along with eating healthy I have lost 35 pounds and countless inches. I have changed so much because of CHANGE!!!
- Staci Pizzichiello

1 Sabrina_walker20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I been volunteering for the SOAR Program and it is a great experience. The kids are improving in their homework and school work. They are nice and fun to be around. When they finish their homework early, they are eager to play math games with each other. The SOAR Program is great....

1 Destiny H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the SOAR program for almost two months now and it has been great. Overall the children are nice and I have seen a tremendous improvement in their school work and their behavior overall. SOAR is doing great work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for SSCDC's SOAR program assisting just over 30 fifth graders with their homework assignments, helping them learn to use Microsoft Word, and showing them research tricks using the Google search engine. Some of the children do not have computers of their own and SOAR provides them their only opportunity to use computers outside of school. I hope to find sources of computers that can be refurbished and given to those in need so they can learn the vital basic use of computers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to the c.h.a.n.g.e. fitness program and i have had such a great time. I had a problem with my leg before i went to this class but now its doing so much better. I look forward to every class. Its a positive place with great instructor. Its great to have this program and we are lucky to have it.

2 Carmalee F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer/donor, the founder of C.H.A.N.G.E. Fitness. I have had the pleasure of being apart of this great, heart felt organization looking to improve the lives of our neighbors. I've worked/run the CHANGE program and love the impact on the participants improved self confidence, stress level and fitness. My favorite experience was a joint program CHANGE offered to the SOAR students; the 5th graders participated in a 6 six week yoga class. None of the students new anything about yoga, at the end of the program it was a proud moment to watch when the yoga instructor named a yoga pose the students with easy new just what to do. Through this program not only did they have access to fitness but also another type of fitness, something they would be less likely to experience. That is what I love about Spring Street CDC we are educating, motivating and bringing opportunity to our community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been very blessed by this organization. I participated in the Family Success program, we met once a week and discussed how to family relationships. It was a good reminder communicate with your family and understand each others views. It helps families to rebuild a good family structure.

As the maintenance volunteer, I get to see all of the programs and the SOAR tutor program is great. Its like kids get a private teacher, to learn their studies.

The newest program they have is Table of Hope and I find it is good for our community because it gives a place of hope and makes sure people leave with a full belly.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After retiring in 2012 after a successful career I wanted to give back. Fortunately I have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Spring Street CDC serving a diverse group of people from various backgrounds. Working with Carmalee Foster (founder of CHANGE"), the best Zumba instructor, teaching fitness, nutrition and overall self confidence regardless of an individuals ability to pay. The SOAR program tutors children after school on Mondays and Thursdays. The most recent addition "Table of Hope" serving the community free dinner Monday through Friday has been a blessing to so many. It has been my fortune to be a part of an organization that helps so many in so many ways.

1 rhonddw

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Table of Hope has been a blessing to many. It has been a helping hand / steo up for those that are homeless and struggling to survive. It reminds all that there is a place that care regardless of your social status. All are welcomed and leave with smiles on their faces knowning someone cares.

1 Cindi3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to change fitness for about 6 months. I love the extra motivation Carmellee always gives to us . Emails and daily motivational thoughts . Hours are great . The teachers are great! Worth checking out!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the the Anniversary event and had a great time. I signed up for the Zumba classes, and they have been really good. The instructors do a nice job making everyone feel comfortable and a part of the group.

Such a fantastic show of community at C.H.A,N.G.E. !!!