PATERSON, NJ—CBRE New Jersey and CBRECares, the company's corporate giving and volunteerismorganization, have partnered with the New Destiny FamilySuccess Center, a provider of community services inPaterson, NJ, to assist with NDFSC's annual “Backto School Supply Drive.”

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The Back to School Supply Drive benefits Paterson NJ School #6,the public school in the district with the strongest need forresources and support. With the help of CBRE,NDFSC hopes to donate more than 150 supply-filled backpacks to theschool in advance of the 2014-2015 school year. Donations are beingaccepted by the organization through August 22, 2014 in the form ofsupply-filled backpacks or through sponsorship at $25 perdonor.

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New Destiny is pleased to partner withCBRE Cares and CBRE New Jersey onbehalf of some our neediest children and families here inPaterson's 4th Ward,” says Carolyn McCombs,executive director, NDFSC.

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For years, NDFSC has spearheaded variousinitiatives with significant benefit to the Paterson community.Most recently, the organization executed its fatherhood initiative,“24/7 Dads”, graduating 25 fathers from the parenting supportprogram, and its “Abriendo Puertas “ initiative, through whichNDFSC trained Latino parents to successfully become theirchildren's first educators.

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CBRE employees are committed to bettering thecommunities where they live and work,” says KathleenThompson, director, CBRE Foundation.“CBRE Cares not only supports their efforts, butalso empowers local offices to make their own charitable-givingdecisions based on the causes their employees feel strongly about.We applaud the actions of our New Jersey offices and theiremployees who made the decision to help provide backpacks andschool supplies to over a hundred of Paterson, New Jersey, studentsin need of assistance this school year.”

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CBRE New Jersey understands the immense needthat exists at Paterson N.J. School #6 and is dedicated toassisting NDFSC and CBRE Cares to provide students and faculty withthese critical resources,” says Jeff Hipschman,senior managing director, CBRE New Jersey.

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Located in the city's 4th Ward, Paterson N.J. School#6 is recorded as the lowest performing school in the Patersonpublic school district. Among the school's population of more than400 students, 127 families have had or are currently Division ofYouth and Family Services involved. Additionally, 33% of theschool's students are reported to be chronically absent.

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