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Passaic, NJ 07055
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

This Week's Beacon

As you know, we are always grateful to everyone at The Beacon, the diocesan newspaper, for its coverage of events here at the Center.  Sometimes, though, there are articles in The Beacon that we want to point out because of their coverage of our friends and supporters.  This week's issue offers one of those opportunities.  Please see page one (available here) for an article by Michael Wojcik about the dedication of new trees and a bench in Paterson's Eastside Park to honor the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (SMIC), who served in Paterson for 92 years. 

As the article mentions, Sisters from the SMIC community serve as volunteers at the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women.  In fact, the SMIC community has supported the Center in many ways -- even before we opened our doors in September 2013!

We are grateful to the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God for their continued support here in Passaic and for their over 90 years of service to God's people in Paterson. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rest in Peace, Dear Friend!

Today we say goodbye to one of our beloved former volunteers, Sister Marcella McHale, FSP, who passed away yesterday.  We send our sympathy to Sister Marcella's community, the Franciscan Sisters of Peace, and to her family.

In 2014, Sister Marcella began to teach English here at the Center.  Her students loved her gentle and humorous ways and they responded well to her.  She was always willing to fill in whenever we needed a substitute, even if that meant traveling to Passaic two or three times a week.

The Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women enters its fifth year of existence because of the dedication of so many people, especially its volunteers.

Rest in peace, Sister Marcella.  Thank you for the love and compassion you gave us!

Sister Marcella McHale, FSP

Monday, April 16, 2018

Celebrating Our Volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week.  How grateful we are to the volunteers who keep the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women running.  Last year, our volunteers served over 700 hours!  "Thank you" seems so small compared to the work they do for us, but it is all we have, so THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Feeding the Hungry . . . and more

As our supporters know,  the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women is committed to addressing food insufficiency in the neighborhood.  We continue to provide the materials for women to grow their own vegetables to feed their families and we continue to provide supermarket gift cards when necessary.  Additionally, we provide diapers and baby wipes for some of our families, so that they might have more money to spend on food, especially at the end of the month.

We are happy to share that, in addition to providing direct support for our hungry families, we are also participating in focus groups as part of a research study entitled, "Understanding FMNP Redemption Barriers," by Dr. Renata Blumberg and her students at Montclair State University.  Dr. Blumberg, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Food Services at MSU, has visited the Center many times, has assisted in our garden and has previously interviewed our gardeners.  Her present research centers on the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (commonly known as "WIC.")  Redemption rates of FMNP vouchers are not as high as they should be.  Why is that?  Dr. Blumberg is dedicated to finding out.  By participating in her research, the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women hopes to begin to move beyond merely feeding the hungry toward addressing the reasons why they are hungry.  We are grateful to Dr. Blumberg and her students for including us in their research.

Dr. Renata Blumberg during a recent focus group session.
Dr. Blumberg provided a nutritious, delicious lunch for the participants.  

Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy to be a part of this

As you know from our February blog post, our crocheters participated in the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.  We are proud of our women and happy to share with you the letter of thanks they received. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Little Hats, Big Hearts

We are proud of our crocheters who are participating in the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" project to observe American Heart Month during February and to "empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same."  Each woman has crocheted several red hats to be shared with babies born during February in local hospitals.  This project is in conjunction with The Children's Heart Foundation.  Here is a photo of some of our crocheters with our Associate Director, Sister Elaine (who coordinated the project), as they prepare to send their hats to "Little Hats, Big Hearts."  We are so grateful to our women -- who have such big hearts -- for sharing their talents with the community!