Legacy Campaign To Share Success Stories, Raise Funds For Lesniak Recovery High School

Untitled-1ELIZABETH—This fall, the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth (HACE) will celebrate 75 years of service in the community. From its inception in 1938, the organization has provided affordable and low income housing and services, to thousands of families and spearheaded over $200 million in redevelopment projects. HACE will celebrate the occasion with a 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign to share tenant success stories and highlight past and current projects.

As a major part of the campaign, HACE has partnered with Prevention Links, a 501(c)3 organization, to raise funds in support of opening the Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School with a special reception at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. The event, entitled “HACE presents The Big Game Experience,” will be attended by NY Giants Football Legend Harry Carson, feature a 75-year timeline display, and provide the chance for guests to learn more about the charter high school. Guests will also be treated to a behind the scenes look at MetLife Stadium as preparations are made for the 2014 NYC/NJ Super Bowl and live entertainment by Valarie Adams & the Dimension Band.

“One of the central themes of our 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign will be to change the perception about public housing programs and the people we serve. Many of our residents go on to purchase homes, open businesses, attend college, and give back to the community. These success stories represent our legacy in the community, one which we look to build upon in the future,” stated William Jones, Executive Director of HACE.

In addition to the fundraiser, HACE will dedicate all of its fall programming to the 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign, launch a new website, and hang commemorative banners at housing sites. The business and local community are encouraged to become involved in the campaign by attending an event, becoming a sponsor, or nominating a tenant (past or present) to be featured in the history exhibit and legacy campaign.

“HACE is an exemplary organization that has been central to the success of key redevelopment projects in Elizabeth that have transformed obsolete public housing into modern homes for families and individuals in need. Their impact can truly be seen and experienced in the downtown “Port” area, which has experienced tremendous growth in recent years” stated Senator Raymond Lesniak, Honorary Event Chairman “I look forward to working with Prevention Links and HACE to bring the Recovery High School to fruition.”

Proposed to open September 2014, the Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School will be located in the HACE community center located at 688 Maple Avenue in Elizabeth. Prevention Links is the primary applicant for the charter school. The school would serve up to 125 high school students with substance-abuse problems, offering an integrated academic and recovery support curriculum designed to help young people seeking a sober life. The project is being supported by New Jersey State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Yale University School of Medicine, and local leaders.

Parents, students, or administrators looking for admission and general information on the school can contact Pamela Capaci, Prevention Links Executive Director at732-381-4100 or Pcapaci@preventionlinks.org.

“The housing authority is a wonderful organization that provides affordable housing as well as health services, recreation, homeowner workshops, counseling and day-care services to the residents of our city. I am proud to participate in their celebration and wish them continued success.” said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage.

For more information about the HACE 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign or “HACE presents: The Big Game Experience” contact Barbara Johnson, HACE Director of Administration & Finance at 908-965-2400 x 113 or via email at bjohnson@hacenj.com.

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