Amina Bey is the Executive Director of Newark Emergency Services for Families (NESF). She is also responsible for the Weequahic Family Success Center, as NESF is the parent organization. Amina has spent her entire career in the public sector and has vast experience as a social service professional. Prior to coming to NESF, Amina spent five years as the Executive Director of the Newark Workforce Development Board (NWDB) under Mayor Ras J. Baraka. The NWDB is both a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a government agency that is responsible for operational oversight of the Newark One-Stop Center and is charged with developing public and private partnerships that support the strategic plan of the workforce development system in Newark, NJ. Prior to her tenure with the City of Newark, Amina worked for the County of Essex for 15 years under Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. developing and managing multimillion dollar budget programs in workforce development, welfare-to-work, and social service support systems. Many of these programs are a part of NESF current menu of services that empower low income residents throughout the County of Essex. Amina Bey holds a Bachelor's Degree from Stockton State College in Pomona, NJ where she majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Social Work. She also has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University - Newark.
The NESF SAIF Program Director, Markisha Deville, is no stranger to the field of Human Services having spent 20 plus years doing community inclusion, integrating families, bridging the gap between families and their community resources.
Ms. Deville exceeded expectations with the SAIF program in the following areas: Completion of the Annual SAIF Audit (deemed as state model); Development of the first NESF SAIF Administrative Binder and State Model for Continuous Quality Plan (CQI); and Expansion of Community Outreach (agency-wide and programmatic). In all, Ms. Deville developed 6 new community partnerships regarding workshop presentations, provided 65 workshops for 2017 and achieved a goal of over 50 people hired for jobs in 2017.
As Director of Social Services, she oversees the provision of a wide range of homeless services to individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness. NESF Social Service Programs have served a total of 10,364 families and individuals during 2016/2017 Fiscal Year. The data, captured in our Homeless Management Information System for the Drop-In Center, reveals that: 2,450 Showers were taken; 4,000 meals were served; 350 individuals were provided on-site laundry services; 500 families and individuals received emergency food vouchers; 100 families and individuals were referred to Emergency Shelter; 275 individuals received rental assistance; 300 families received utility assistance; 250 families received security deposits; and 1,639 families and individuals received case management support services.
Director of Weequahic Family Success Center worked in the field of human services for over 10 years. Ms. George brings leadership and creativity to the Center’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our community. Ms. George's years of experience in community organizing, program development and planning plays a key role in WFSC community by supporting the quality of life for families and individuals in Essex County.