People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is a program without walls. That is, we go to where the participants are and we provide a program coordinator, all program materials and evaluation procedures while our partner organizations provide the meeting space and bring the participants together. Currently, we conduct programs in prisons, homeless shelters, adult basic education classes, halfway houses, libraries, senior centers, residential treatment facilities, among other social service agencies.
What makes a good partner organization?
- Consistent group available for eight sessions that meet once a week or four sessions that meet twice a week
- Group size: approximately 15-20 participants
- Commitment to the program schedule (limited scheduling conflicts for participants)
- Reliable transportation for participants traveling to site
Current Regional PartnersSites with an (*) indicate Spanish speaking programs.
Adult Learning Center, New Brunswick. *
Adults studying English as a second language (ESL).
Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, Bordentown.
Male inmates under age 21.
Architect’s Housing, Trenton.
Residents in senior-living facility.
Bo Robinson Education and Training Center, Trenton.
Male and female inmates in minimum-security facility.
Camden Senior Day Center, Blackwood.
Senior citizen community center.
Camden County Correctional Facility, Camden.
Pre-trial detention facility for youth ages 12-21.
Camden Youth Library at Rutgers, Camden.
Urban youth library.
Christina Seix Academy, Trenton.
Programs with English and Spanish-speaking parents at the Academy’s Irma Rivera Center.
Classics Books, Trenton.
Men and women who live or work in the Trenton community.
Children’s Home Society, Trenton. *
Community resource center for Latino/a families.
Clinton House, Trenton.
Half-way house for formerly incarcerated men.
Elkis House, Deptford.
Seniors in low-income housing.
Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, Yardville.
Male inmates who are enrolled in the facility’s high school equivalency program.
Hispanic Development Corporation, Newark. *
Rescource center for Latino/a community members.
ISLES YouthBuild Institute, Trenton.
Alternative educational program that helps students earn a high school diploma, gain skills in construction, technology, and office administration, and learn life skills and leadership.
Lawrence Plaza, Lawrenceville.
Lawrence Township Senior Center, Lawrenceville.
Living Hope Empowerment Center
Gente y Cuentos program.
Middlesex County Community College Empower Program, New Brunswick. *
College-bound Latino/a high school students.
New Jersey Youth Corps of Trenton, Ewing.
At-risk youth participating in GED and vocational-training programs.
Operation Fatherhood, Trenton.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) students.
Princeton Public Library, Princeton. *
Latino/a community members.
Project Freedom, Lawrenceville.
Independent housing for adults with disabilities.
Puerto Rican Action Board, New Brunswick. *
Latino/a human services agency.
Rescue Mission, TEACH (Trenton Educational Advancement Center for the Homeless) Program, Trenton.
Men recovering from substance abuse in an early release-from-prison program.
Trenton Teen Leadership, Trenton.
College-bound teens working as camp counselors at the GET SET program at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Interim House, Philadelphia.
Women residents in drug rehabilitation program.
Kairos House, Philadelphia.
Progressive-demand residence for adults with a primary diagnosis of mental illness.
Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center, Lancaster.
Lancaster County Library, Lancaster.
Various community groups.
Manos House, Lancaster.
Teenage males in residential drug rehabilitation facility.
Norris Square, Philadelphia. *
Bi-lingual senior citizen community resource center.
Project HOME, Philadelphia.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) students in program for the formerly homeless.
New Life Child Development Center (Head Start Program), Brooklyn. *
The Family Welcome Center, Bronx. *
Spanish literacy students.