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A Family Affair: The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps Daycare Program

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Jersey City, NJ –The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps Daycare Program is unique. Its family atmosphere and extraordinary programming has garnered awards, captured attention and inspired generations. Spend a few minutes with the staff, and it’s easy to see why.
 
Daycare Director Maria Trench has worked at Jersey City Corps for over 25 years. She started as a part-time after-school program instructor before becoming a Kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director, and now Director.
 
“Some of my old students are now parents bringing their children here,” she said. “A lot of our young employees here were students, so it’s great to see them on both sides, first as a student and now as a caregiver.”
 
Sharing Ms. Trench’s love for the Corps, Janice Gaskins has worked as the Pre-School Teacher for 29 years. Kathy Nieves, Assistant Daycare Director, has dedicated 22 years to The Salvation Army. Madeline Albizu, Toddler Room Teacher, has been working with the children for 21 years, since her sister and brother-in-law referred her to the Corps.
 
Business Manager Guy DeAngelis holds the title for longevity at 36 years, after starting as a work-study student in 1978 and serving as the Daycare Director for over 20 years. During a recent visit to the Poconos, Mr. DeAngelis had a chance meeting with a former student who greeted him with a hug.
 
“It shows you the impact The Salvation Army can have on children,” he said. “This child hadn’t been here since he was five years old, and he had so many stories and memories.”
 
Adding to the Daycare experience is The Salvation Army’s Foster Grandparents Program, offering seniors an opportunity to spend time with the children. Volunteer Pierre Ligonde is 91 years old and has spent the past 26 years with The Salvation Army of Jersey City.
 
The Salvation Army of Jersey City welcomes families seeking daycare and ensures that children will receive outstanding education and unconditional love from staff members who have literally dedicated their lives to serving the local community. Just be careful – enrolled children might decide to stay for a few years!
 
For more information on The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps, call (201) 435-7355 or visit www.salvationarmynj.org/jerseycity
 
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support these services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visitwww.salvationarmyusa.org.
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