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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

1 Tasha3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Anniversary as a vendor and I enjoyed every second of it. Having never attended a class I was worried that I would not have a chance to socialize with the attendees of the event. However, I was welcomed personally by Carmalee Foster and made to feel welcome. While watching the group fitness in action I immediately realized why this program is such a success. The enthusiasm and excitement from the Zumba participants was contagious. Also, the confidence that the program instilled in everyone that danced along was obvious. This program and others like it are so significant in bringing people together and creating a true community.

1 Deanna10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spring Street Community Development Corporation has an array of serves for the community. I have participated several times in the CH..A.N.G.E Fittness Gym. Zumba is always great and every has toning and one on one instruction! When ever I get the chance I go to enjoy the music and dancing, but the exercise helps the most!

They have most recently opened their Table of Hope program, which I had the opportunity to be give a Friday night mean for my children and I! No cooking that night. They we nice, respectful and wanted your belly full before you left! Wonderful experience! Oh FYI they serve dinner Monday through Friday from 6pm until 7pm! Just in time for dinner :-) I'll be going again :-)



Rating: 5

Carmalee brings together Community and Fitness in a way that is fun, healthy and energizing.
The end result: life changing!

1 Alison22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i bought a Groupon to C.H.A.N.G.E. Fitness largely to check out Zumba classes. What I found was Zumba classes that not only were fun and energized but an organization run by the enthusiastic and fun Carmalee Foster whose mission is to offer fitness and nutrition classes to those who want to make a positive change in their life - no matter what their income status. Great music, a great cause, very nice people and a mission that I can wholeheartedly support.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carmalee works hard to help others and it really shows that she cares! She gives 100% of herself and Morristown and surrounding areas learn so much from what she shares!