A Community Development Corporation

Rev. Dr. Craig R. Jackson, Pastor of the Agape Baptist Church in Newark, NJ along with his Board of Trustees desired to see families empowered and obtain a better economic status so that they could live a healthier lifestyle. In this fashion, CJ Community Development Corporation, Inc. (CJCDC) was birthed.  CJCDC was incorporated in October 2013 and recognized as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in June 2014.

To serve a growing community by providing economical opportunities and connecting people and neighborhoods for a better world.


To empower families to develop healthy lifestyles financially, socially, and mentally and to get the community involved in helping our neighbors who need help the most. 




G.E.N.T.S. (Gentlemen, Enhancing their, Neighborhood, Through a, Structured lifestyle) - G.E.N.T.S. is a male-mentoring program designed for young men ages 10-18.


Food Pantry - CJCDC participates in providing food to families that are in need.

Entrepreneurial Workshops - These workshops are FREE and are designed for anyone who is curious or has a desire to own their own business.


Community Support Referrals - CJCDC provides Community Support Referral Forms and Binders for the residents of Essex, Passaic, and Union County for services in housing, food pantries, medical/health, employment, and various other community support agencies.


Back to School Supply Drive - CJCDC gives out school supplies to the children of Newark, NJ.


Thanksgiving Baskets - CJCDC participates in donating turkey baskets to low-income families of Newark, NJ.


Winter Coat Drive - CJCDC participates in donating coats to low-income families of Newark, NJ.



In addition to the programs above, we have a five year strategic plan, which includes the following plans:


Through our survey and outreach program we are targeting 10,000 residents to provide community support services for the residents of Newark, NJ by 2019.


The population includes:


-  Young adult families (ages 16-40) with school-age children (ages birth to 17)

-  Single mothers (ages 16-40) with school-age children (ages from birth to 17)

-  Senior citizens

-  Income ranges of $10,000 to $35,000

-  Demographics - African-American and Hispanics

-  Education - No High School Diploma, High School Diploma, and Bachelor's Degree


Dress to Impress - Assisting former inmates or low-income residents of Essex County, NJ with clothes for an interview.


Educational Program - CJCDC will develop educational programs for the families of the elementary and middle schools of Essex and Union counties.


Housing Program - CJCDC will seek funding and support programs to develop a housing program for single males/females and for single parents.


Fundraising Committee - This committee will organize financially sound fundraising events that are aligned with the Vision Statement of CJCDC.


Business Office - This office will focus on grant writing, accounting, and annually reporting to the state and federal agencies.


Re-Entry Program - Develop a Re-Entry program for former inmates.


Mixed-Use Building - Purchase a mixed-use building.


Commercial Transportation Van - Purchase a commercial van to transport those in need to medical appointments and grocery shopping.


The strategic plan will be closely monitored by the President/CEO, Board of Directors, and the Community Partners of CJCDC each quarter to ensure that the CJ Community Development Corporation, Inc. is progressing working to complete each goal.