EAST ORANGE, NJ —Formerly homeless teen Shianne Dodson will share her story on becoming homeless and how the 16-year-old and her mother found refuge and support at Harmony House at New Community’s 20th Annual Golf Classic on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Montclair Golf Club in West Orange, New Jersey.

Proceeds will benefit more than 3,000 disadvantaged children served by New Community’s youth and education programs and Harmony House, a 102-unit transitional living facility in Newark for homeless families.

When Dodson and her mother, Laraine Sebro, became homeless, Dodson thought they would end up in a crowded homeless shelter with little privacy.

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Instead, the mother and daughter from East Orange found a home at Harmony House, where staff assists homeless families with relocation services and case management.

“This place is sort of like an apartment complex,” said Dodson, a rising senior at East Orange STEM Academy High School who also recently had an opportunity to participate in a statewide conference for teen girls sponsored by New Community’s Family Service Bureau. “It’s really comfortable and helps to get people on their feet,” she added.

Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m. at the Montclair Golf Club, which is hosting the 20th Annual Golf Classic. Players will have an opportunity to meet with youth participants of New Community’s education programs, in addition to hearing testimonials from Harmony House residents. The evening reception, beginning around 5:30 p.m., will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, testimonials and remarks from leaders of New Community.

About New Community Corporation (NCC)    

New Community Corporation (www.newcommunity.org) was founded in 1968 in Newark, New Jersey, by Monsignor William J. Linder and a small group of community residents during a time of civil unrest that was spreading throughout urban communities across the United States. It has grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the country, providing services ranging from housing and healthcare to education and banking services. New Community Corporation’s mission is to “help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.”  Included in the network is more than 2,000 units of housing for families and seniors, a Workforce Development Center,  a 180-bed nursing home called the Extended Care Center;  a One-Stop Family Resources Success Center; a transitional housing facility for the homeless called Harmony House, Adult Learning Center, a federally-insured Federal Credit Union, two early learning centers, and after school, recreational and summer camp programs for youth.  FB:  facebook.com/jaffecomm