Family CDC is dedicated to strengthening the fabric of our community by strengthening the family. We provide programs designed to improve the social, economic, health and educational status of the community in a culturally sensitive environment..
We provide housing counseling and financial literacy
training in Spanish and English. We offer workshops for first-time homebuyers to educate the community on all that is required to be a homeowner, and how to develop financial plans to help meet family goals. We have available pre-purchase, post-purchase and foreclosure counseling.
Family CDC provides intervention, in the form of tutoring and mentoring, in order to address poor or declining student performance, it reaches a point where recovery would be extremely difficult or poses a significant challenge. Our tutoring program services students in Linden and surrounding cities.
Since 2016 we hold an annual health fair where over 400 people receive what may be the only health check-up in the year, in addition to health education and other services. We have a great partnership with the Hispanic Health Professional Association of New York, who donate their time and services to the communities we serve.
Pastor Benjamin Valentin
Reverend Beckford has over twenty years of corporate management experience. He has extensive leadership skills in the areas of faith-based initiatives, business development and debt management, which position him as a leader and champion of causes that serve to positively impact the lives of people.
Michael has been dedicated to the development of human potential for many years. He is driven by an intense desire to see all people realize their full potential and attain success in their lives. He is committed to serving in ways that facilitate and encourage the holistic development of the individual, the family and the community.
Michael is happily married, he has three children and one grandson, and currently resides in Southern New Jersey.
Eduardo has over 20 years of Procurement, Project Management and contracts experience in the private and public sectors. For the last 11 years, as a HUD Certified Housing Counselor, he has been a community leader and a forefront fighter in foreclosure intervention, default counseling and housing preservation. He has lead workshops in Mortgage Loan Mitigation, New Jersey Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP), New Jersey Judicial Foreclosure Program (NJJFM), Freddie Mac Credit Smart, Pre-Purchase Homebuyer, Foreclosure Prevention, and provides one-on-one housing counseling. Since 2013 he has spearhead the development of Family Community Development Corp., serving Rahway and surrounding communities. Eduardo holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Business Intelligence.
Pastor Ben and his wife lead a bilingual congregation in the City of Rahway called The Family Center. He and his family have been living in the State of New Jersey since 1996, and are committed to serving the local community as well as doing mission work abroad. Formerly a teacher for 11 years, he has a passion for seeing people get properly educated to foster economic mobility. As a former educator, he understands the obstacles children face that hinder their ability to become better students. He has a deep concern over adequate health care, and the effects the lack of financial resources has on the individual, family, and community. These concerns served as the motivation to establish Family Community Development Corporation.