WHO WE ARE
An Agency Rich in History; A Company Built for the Future
An Agency Rich in History;
A Company Built for the Future
GBCA PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS TO ASSIST
those in recovery from addictions
the unemployed and underemployed
the foreign born and other disenfranchised groups
other organizations that serve those in need
SERVICES ARE PROVIDED THROUGH THE FOLLOWING UNITS
Financial Assistance, Residential and Energy Services (credit counseling, landlord-tenant disputes, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to reduce heating bills, homelessness prevention/assistance, transitional housing for youth ages 16-21 (PHASES), transitional sober living program (LADDER), weatherization to seal windows/doors and replace boilers)
Real Estate Development and Management Services (transitional/permanent housing units and case management, home repair/construction, SANDY related repairs, community/economic development, master developer of Garfield)
Education and Training (the State licensed vocational training center offers national credentials in green technology, customer and food service, citizenship prep, and English as a Second Language classes)
Early Childhood Development Programs (Early Head Start/Head Start)
The Finance and Grants Administration Division provides organizational oversight of agency financial resources, financial and budgeting services, accounts payable and receivables processing, as well as grant reporting, audit preparation and grant administration
Planning and Development provides grant writing, data tracking/reporting, evaluation, and planning for program/resource development
Support Services provides oversight of GBCA’s technology systems, transportation, security, purchasing, compliance, and maintenance
The Human Resources Department has primary responsibility for all personnel, compliance, employee relations, labor relations, staff development, affirmative action and equal employment opportunities functions; Oversees and implements all payroll activities
GBCA serves 50,000 low-income persons yearly in Bergen County, Paterson, and Jersey City. GBCA programs draw upon federal, state, and local government, as well as corporate and private sector support. GBCA conducts annual community needs assessments and client surveys. Client database and service outcomes are examined regularly to ensure goals are met. Community partners include: faith-based groups, social services, businesses, medical clinics, schools, government (municipal, county, state, federal), etc.
WHO WE ARE
Greater Bergen Community Action Inc. (GBCA) is a progressive not-for-profit company working throughout New Jersey to build more sustainable families, community institutions, and neighborhoods. It does this through strategic investments in community and household finance, education, healthcare, housing, workforce development, energy, and neighborhood revitalization.
GBCA partners with a multitude of federal, state, and local government agencies along with private capital investors and lenders.
GBCA’s subsidiaries include a Federal Credit Union, a HUD-certified Community Housing Development Organization, a solar power company, a construction company, and a number of redevelopment entities. GBCA deploys the human capital of almost 600 dedicated staff in a wide range of professional disciplines, engaging the community at every level.
FROM THE GBCA PRESIDENT AND CEO ROBERT F. HALSCH, JR.
I have been privileged to serve as CEO since the mid-eighties. Unlike most not-for-profit community based-organizations, Greater Bergen Community Action does not focus on only one particular problem. We are over 600 staff members strong and growing, creatively operating in 35 facilities in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson Counties, addressing the changing face of poverty in North Jersey. By creative, I don’t just mean in the intellectual sense. We are actually building things: new schools, affordable housing, and new offices. We completed our new credit union branch. We built a new health center, began construction on a new apartment building in Hackensack, and continue to create more solar installation.
We are actively aware there exists a huge gap between who the government says is poor (a family of four earning less than $24,000 per year) and the huge cohort of people who are effectively living in poverty at even double that income. In North Jersey, a family of four earning $60,000 is still not earning a living wage. Thus, opportunity solutions require expanded thinking, expanded resources, and expanded relationships.
Across the spectrum at GBCA, our clients speak 56 different languages and dialects. We may very well live in the most multi-cultural part of the world. As an organization, we will be striving in new ways to be culturally competent- to be the bridge between immigration and integration. We view it as a tremendous privilege to be able to engage with such a diverse community.
While GBCA is very heavily engaged in education, we are every bit as much a learning organization as we are a teaching organization. We know that we will not be relevant if we don’t first understand what economic and cultural distress looks like in 21st century New Jersey, and second, if we don’t learn from those who are innovating new approaches to dealing with these realities.
We do not pretend to know all that needs to be done to address the persistent condition of poverty, but we are sincerely committed to evolve and to innovate, to learn from those who can help us better understand, and to be as relevant and impactful as our talents and resources will permit.
We invite all who are interested in our work to step up and join with us, as together, we endeavor to change lives for the better.
GBCA - An Agency Rich in History and a Company Built For The Future.
GREATER BERGEN COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM
The following staff members are a part of the GBCA agency Executive Team and participate in the Strategic Planning and overall administrative management of the agency.
Dr. Allan DeGiulio
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
Dr. DeGiulio provides leadership and guidance to the functional areas of external affairs, policy development and planning and provides agency-wide direction to Division heads. He is also responsible for the general management and supervision of all agency components.
Vice President, Finance
Mr. Moore is responsible for the overall management of the agency’s fiscal affairs; he also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the 1st Bergen Federal Credit Union.
Joseph Brown, MBA
Deputy Chief Financial Officer & Controller
The Deputy CFO & Controller is responsible for the day to day management of agency fiscal affairs including all personnel. He is involved in the strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development initiatives. As Compliance Officer, he functions as an independent and objective administrator designed to bring a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of planning, executive and reporting on operational, regulatory and compliance matters.
Chief Innovation Officer GBCA and Chief Operating Officer CAP Solar
The CIO is the visionary for the Agency’s technology function and works in conjunction with others to create solutions which enhance business and operations.
Steven is also the Chief Operating Officer of CapSolar which provides solar energy to other non-profit organizations. As the COO, Steven is responsible for strategic initiatives as well as all day to day operations of CapSolar.
Vice President of Planning, Development and Communications
The Vice President of Planning, Development & Communications supervises and manages all operations of this division, including but not limited to: research and program development; grant writing and applications; data coordination; marketing; outreach to collaborative agencies, funders, and the larger community; and providing leadership to all planning activities.
Director of Human Resources and Administration
The Human Resources Director is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resources function, she has primary responsibility for all personnel, compliance, employee retentions, labor relations, staff development, affirmative action and equal opportunity functions.
Director of Education and Training
The Director of Education and Training provides the administrative management, leadership and overall evaluation of all programs related to education, job training and development as well as immigration and citizenship services.
Director of Financial Assistance and Residential Services
The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administrative management functions within the Financial Assistance and Residential Services Division, and provides leadership to all Home Energy Programs.
Director of Nutrition and Food Services
The role of the Director is to oversee, direct and train staff in the planning and preparation of food and nutrition services provided by the department, including Head Start / Early Head Start programs in Paterson, Jersey City and Bergen County.
The Director is responsible for planning, organizing and supervising the execution of the technology department’s activities, including directing staff who support the administrative computing networking, user services, telecommunications, and other information technology functions.
Director of Technology Operations
Director of Head Start and Early Head Start
The Director of Head Start and Early Head Start (agency-wide) supervises and manages all operations of this program.