Contact Information

153 Washington Place
Passaic, NJ 07055
(973) 470-0844

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Renovations begin at St. Anthony's

Our good friends at St. Anthony's Parish, Passaic, will begin to renovate the church building this week.  You might recall that the church's ceiling collapsed on Holy Thursday, 2017. After many months of assessing, planning and fundraising, a prayer service was held on October 30 to mark the beginning of the renovations.  CBS 2 was present for the prayer service and blessing.  Here is a link to the news report.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


We are so very grateful for the assistance of all our donors during the past five years.  As we approach the holidays, we wanted to make you aware of some of the needs of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women.  If you are able to assist with any of these needs, please contact Sister Ann Marie at or (973) 470-0844.

Diapers:  Any size, but especially sizes 4 and 5.  
Baby wipes
Copy paper: white
Paper towels: Select-a-size would be best
Toilet tissue
Facial tissue

Shop-Rite gift cards: To share with those who need food during the holidays
Target gift cards: To share with the women and/or to purchase needed items for the Center
Staples gift cards:  To purchase office supplies for the Center

We are grateful for any assistance you can give. 

Thank you and God bless you!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New Video is Up!!

As we continue to celebrate our fifth anniversary, the Center's new video has been posted on the website.  Please visit our homepage,, and scroll down to view the video.  As always, we are grateful for your support of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

All Kinds of Celebrations . . .

While we celebrate the Center's fifth anniversary, we also want to commemorate the recent special days of our co-sponsoring religious communities.  We remembered the Sisters of Charity on September 27, the Feast of St. Vincent DePaul and on September 29, Foundation Day of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ.  Thank you, Sisters of Charity, for your years of dedication to the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women.  

Today on the Feast of St. Francis, we remember the Franciscan communities who have served us faithfully -- not only the Franciscan Sisters of Peace, the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (SMIC) and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother who currently staff the Center, but also those communities of Franciscan women and men who have supported us in so many ways through the years.  

Here are some photos of the Sisters we celebrate:

Sister Frances, SSM

Sister Elaine, FSP (left) and Sister Pat, SC

Sister Margaret, SMIC

Sister Eleanor, SMIC (right)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fifth Anniversary Luncheon

As promised, here are some photos from our fifth anniversary luncheon yesterday.  We are grateful to our women who provided the food and to our board and volunteers who attended the luncheon and provided gifts for our raffle.  A good time was had by all!

The food is prepared.
The gifts are prepared.
The food is served!

Sister Margaret, volunteer
Our women enjoy their lunch.
Sr. Eleanor, Sr. Margaret, Lucy and Marie -- faithful volunteers
Nancy, Beth and Mary -- wonderful supporters
The raffle begins!
Lovely prizes were provided by
our board and volunteers.

More prizes

Everyone received a parting gift.

The youngest in attendance -- one month old!

Sister Elaine and Sister Pat
The luncheon gave our women and volunteers time
to catch up with each other outside the classroom.

Happy with their prizes!
It's not over until the last floor is swept!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Today We Are FIVE!

Thank you to everyone who has brought us to our fifth anniversary.  In case you missed it, here is the article about our fifth anniversary that appeared in The Beacon, the newspaper of the Diocese of Paterson.

Today our women will celebrate by preparing and sharing food that is native to their culture.  We always have a good time when our women prepare a celebration!  

Since opening our doors on September 24, 2013, the Center has seen over 10,600 visits from the women of Passaic, who represent 13 different countries of origin.  We have had 47 volunteers, including 26 Sisters from seven different religious communities, eight women from local parishes and neighborhoods, and 13 college students.  We believe that the Center "works" because of the collaborative nature of this ministry.

At the Center, our women find a peaceful, safe and welcoming place to express their needs, to become connected to community resources to fulfill their needs, and to strengthen themselves and their families through educational growth.  Here, our women have learned English, both through face-to-face classes and Rosetta Stone software.  They have learned art, quilting, crocheting and knitting. They have fed their families with vegetables grown organically right here at the Center.  They have prayed, attended workshops and received other assistance.

We have received financial support from donations to the Partners in Faith Capital Campaign of the Diocese of Paterson, donations and grants from religious communities and parishes, grants from the County of Passaic, donations from individuals, schools, and parish and community groups, and so much help from the staff of the Paterson Diocesan Center!

We have distributed over 25,000 diapers30,000 baby wipes, and thousands of dollars of grocery gift cardsall received from donations.

As we begin the next five years, we say THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!  We could not have done it without you!  

And, of course, because we know that God will not be outdone in generosity, we ask you to continue to support our mission in any way that you can.  Call us at (973) 470-0844 or email Sister Ann Marie at to arrange for a donation.  We also take online donations on our website,

Stay tuned for pictures from today's celebration, a brand new video, and more!!

Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women
~Founded 2013~

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Five Years: The Celebration Begins

We are grateful to everyone at The Beacon, the newspaper of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ, for this week's article on the fifth anniversary of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women.  Please take a moment to read the article (available here) and share it with others.  This ministry thrives because of the collaboration of many people. We are so very grateful for the support!