Interfaith Hosts Community Partners at Kula Farm

November 14, 2018 4:38 pm

Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Decker Addressing Group

Kula Urban Farm’s greenhouse seemed a rather healthful and picturesque setting for a fall meeting of the Greater Asbury Park Community Outreach Initiative that for seven years has coordinated plans to expand youth employment, mentoring opportunities and trusted relationships with law enforcement.

Interfaith Neighbors’ Community Outreach Specialist Diane Shelton hosted the October meeting of the action-oriented coalition of partners in law enforcement, faith-based, non-profit, and educational entities.

Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Decker and Asbury Park Mayor John Moor co-chair the group.

The initiative was formed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Community Outreach Program in 2011 and is one of seven such municipal planning boards started by the state Attorney’ General’s Office as a way to implement a crime preventing strategy.

The coalition has seen the creation of a Police Chaplaincy program, a Go for the Gold job training program, a Super Safe Summer Celebration and a Safe Streets program.

The meeting at Kula Farm gave Interfaith Neighbors Executive Director Paul McEvily the opportunity to relate the agency’s workforce programs for young adults at Kula Café and community residents at Kula Farm. McEvily noted that while Interfaith Neighbors carries out programs that are countywide, “we have a particular interest in Asbury Park.”

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