Residents Get Say in Revitalizing Their Bridgeton Neighborhood

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BRIDGETON, N.J. -

A local group is working to help revitalize a Bridgeton community, and with the help of new funding, is ready to turn its dreams into reality.

The Gateway Community Action Partnership kicked off its comprehensive revitalization planning process on Monday, July 10th, for the Southeast Gateway neighborhood in Bridgeton.

With the help of an $85,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, the group is thrilled to be able to get residents involved in reshaping the community to fit their visions and allow them to show how much they care about their own neighborhood.

"I think the most exciting part is: here's that opportunity, you know? You sit back a lot of times and say that people don't care, nobody really cares — well, let's find out. Let's find out who really cares."

"It's about the future. It's about what neighborhood do you want to raise your family in? Your children to strive in? To thrive in and to be excited about?" said Edward Betha, executive vice president of Gateway Community Action Partnership. 

"I think the most exciting part is: here's that opportunity, you know? You sit back a lot of times and say that people don't care, nobody really cares — well, let's find out. Let's find out who really cares."

Officials with the Gateway Community Action Partnership celebrated the project and the new funding with an outdoor community celebration at the Greater Bridgeton Family Success Center, which included food, activities for the whole family to enjoy, and music. 


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