Morristown Neighborhood House re-schedules gala to Nov. 29, to benefit after-school programs

The Morristown Neighborhood House. Photo:
The Morristown Neighborhood House. Photo:

The Morristown Neighborhood House has rescheduled its annual gala–postponed by Hurricane Sandy– to Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Hyatt Morristown.

The Morristown Neighborhood House. Photo:
The Morristown Neighborhood House. Photo:

It’s a fundraiser for the Nabe’s after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, which took a huge hit after its primary sponsor was a victim of state budget cuts.

The STARS program — that’s short for Smart Talented Athletic Responsible Students–once kept 250 pupils out of trouble after school. Now it can only accept 50 kids.

The gala starts with cocktails at 6 pm and will feature entertainment by pianist Nick Sainato and the Midnight Street Shakers, a Chicago- and Texas blues band. A silent auction also is planned. Honorees will include the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies,  The Links, Inc., NK Architects and Drew University Center for Civic Engagement.

“Working with parents, schools and the community, our after-school programs help children acquire the tools necessary to become successful adults and help make our community more livable,” Neighborhood House Executive Director David Walker said in a statement.

“Our evidence based programs are educational, fun and cost effective.  Research shows that high-quality after-school programs deliver $3 dollars in public benefit for every $1 dollar invested; and for every at-risk child steered clear of the juvenile justice system, taxpayers save between $1 million and $2 million,” he said.

To attend or sponsor “A Cultural Celebration,” please contact Mable Stapleton at 973-538-1229 x 20 or e-mail

The Neighborhood House has been assisting immigrants and disadvantaged families since the late 19th century. We could say more about its programs, but its clients tell the story better. Here are four essay contest winners, who were asked to explain “What the Neighborhood House Means to Me”:

The Nabe is very special to me. It is a place I go to for many things. When I first started coming here, I was three. I’m still attending the Nabe. Can you believe it?! Anyway, the Nabe has many special qualities that make it amazing. It has a big gym so we can play in it, a playground, and a homework center if we need help with our homework and a computer lab. In the lab, we can do homework or play games. The Nabe has teachers who take care of us, volunteers and much more. The Nabe helps people of all ages, even adults. All the people at the Nabe are nice, kind hearted people. Also at the Nabe, I play violin and guitar. Other people play soccer and basketball. Many programs are at the Nabe. This is where I met my best friends. The Morristown Neighborhood House is amazing. I love it! –Luna Aguilar 5th grade

The Neighborhood House is the best thing that ever happened to me. When I’m here, I get all the help I need from teachers and staff. Without the Nabe, my mom would always be late to work after dropping me off at school. The Neighborhood House is an awesome place because they feed me and let me participate in fun activities. They also make sure I have everything I need. The Nabe is like my second home because the staff takes care of me. At the Nabe, I get help with my homework. The Neighborhood House will never turn its back on anyone. The Nabe loves us all, no matter what we do. If you come to the Neighborhood House, you will want to come back every single day. You will be so happy that you came to the Nabe. That’s what the Neighborhood House means to me.-Tahjanique Harris 4th grade

The thing that the Morristown Neighborhood House means to me is that it’s an exciting place to be . Ever since I was little I heard about the Neighborhood House. When I was younger I went to the Neighborhood House for pre-school and my teachers were very joyful. When I was four, I was in Ms. Lashone’s class with some other kids that I know. Being in my pre- school class was magnificent because, we had free time to play with friends and the best part was show and tell. The things that I usually brought were color pencils and a notebook. Those two things were the only things I used to draw with and the only things I did during free time. Then I started to look up to the ceiling during the day and before I knew it, it was time to go home. There was always relaxing music that played in the classroom and little beds. As soon as we would awake from our nap Ms. Lashone always had a great activity for us to participate in. Now, as I have gotten older and am now in the sixth grade I only have fond memories in class. When my mother sees many of the teachers that I had she always tells me and I wonder if my teachers wonder about the impact they had on me. I have really enjoyed all the time that I have been in the Morristown Neighborhood House. I always have fun and have had fun since I began my time in pre-school. –Nick Sinchi 6th Grade

The Neighborhood House helps me and my father in such a vast way with homework and a place for me to go after school with the Morristown Neighborhood House. Had it not been for the STARS program I would have had to stay home by myself and do nothing all day. This program helps my family and it makes it possible for my dad to go to work and for me to hang out with my friends.  –Michael Bennett , 7th grade


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