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

Monday, June 15, 2020

How are we doing?

We are so very grateful to everyone who has kept us going during the past three months.   Some of you donated funds, gift cards, diapers, garden materials, time and service.  Others just kept checking in, asking how we were doing and/or offering prayers.  So, we’re writing this post in answer to the question, “How are you doing?”

The short answer is, “As always, we are moving forward patiently.”

The longer answer:  “It’s going to be a long road back to 100% capacity, but we are still here to serve the families of Passaic.”

In the midst of the pandemic, we received a “Dig In!” Grant from the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which has allowed our women to plant their raised garden beds for the seventh consecutive season.  We are grateful to the Freeholders and to everyone at City Green for their efforts to keep the Dig In! program functioning, especially this year.

We are grateful to our special friends who helped to mow the garden area in preparation for the arrival of the women.

We are grateful to Sister Elaine for coordinating the schedule so that we can continue to honor social distancing protocols.

We are grateful to José German of Northeast Earth Coalition for his faithful support.  Although the pandemic caused us to postpone the planting for a month, José responded with immediate assistance as soon as we were ready to go.

Because of these collaborative efforts, we are able to continue our response to the food insecurity of the families of Passaic by providing a way for our women to grow their own food.

Thank you and God bless you!

Enjoy the first photos of the season from our garden:

Thursday, February 20, 2020

We're Still Here!

Although you haven't heard from us for a number of months, we are still here!  We continue to provide a peaceful, safe, welcoming place for the women of Passaic to express their needs, to become connected to community resources to fulfill their needs and to strengthen families through educational growth.  We are still guided by the belief that when women are empowered, the family is strengthened. 

The Center had its busiest year during 2019, welcoming close to 3,100 visits from the women of Passaic, bringing total visits since 2013 close to 15,000.  Women continue to come to the Center for English, quilting, crocheting, Rosetta Stone for English, gardening, legal assistance, craft workshops and other educational workshops.  Beginning in February 2019, we welcomed a volunteer, bilingual licensed social worker.  Our garden and our diaper bank continue to thrive, thanks to the grants and donations we continue to receive from our faithful benefactors. 

The Center is in the midst of participating in a collaborative effort to educate our families about the importance of the 2020 Census.  Passaic has been considered a "hard to count" community in previous census campaigns.  Because of the correlation between an accurate census and the benefits that the community receives, organizations that serve the poor are collaborating to educate the residents of Passaic about their role in the 2020 Census. 

Faithful blog readers know that we held our first-ever author luncheon on September 24, 2019.  Over 100 women attended to support the Center, to enjoy each other's company and to meet New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline.  Stay tuned to this blog and our website for an important announcement next week regarding this year's author at our luncheon, to be held at Rockaway River Country Club on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  Save the date! 

We are so very grateful to our generous supporters!  Thank you and God bless you!

Monday, September 30, 2019

An Afternoon with Christina Baker Kline: Success!

We are so very grateful to everyone who supported our first fundraising luncheon, "An Afternoon with Christina Baker Kline."  We are grateful to all who attended, donated, sponsored, planned, carried out and prayed for our luncheon at the Rockaway River Country Club in Denville, NJ on September 24, 2019.  New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline, gave a stimulating presentation to all 100+ women who attended.  Here is a slideshow containing some photos of the event by our photographer, Jean Orlandi.  (Email subscribers:  If you do not see a video embedded in your email, please click here to access it.) 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Luncheon RSVP Deadline Approaching

Amidst this summer's vacations and other commitments, we hope that you remembered our September 1 RSVP deadline for our luncheon featuring New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline. See this post for more information, or visit our website.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Have you registered for our luncheon?

As we reported in this post, the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women is hosting a luncheon featuring New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline.  If you have not yet received your invitation for the September 24 event, please let us know.  Or, visit our website for more information and to register. 

Speaking of our September 24 luncheon:  We are grateful to Rich Sokerka, Cecile Pagliarulo and everyone at The Beacon, the award-winning newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, NJ, for including this article in the August 15 edition.

We look forward to seeing you there.  If you cannot come, would you be interested in donating toward the luncheon or soliciting a company to sponsor the luncheon?  Please visit our website,, or call Sister Ann Marie at  (973) 470-0844 for more information.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thank you, Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders!

During a ceremony at the Passaic County Administration Building in Paterson on April 9, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women a Dig In! Grant for the sixth consecutive year!  We are grateful to the County Freeholders and to everyone at City Green for their assistance in making our garden grow.  Here are some photos from the grant presentation:

County Freeholder Terry Duffy awards the grant to Sister Ann Marie,
while City Green Executive Director Jennifer Papa (left), and Community
Garden Coordinator Erin Maguire assist.

The grantees display their new Dig In! signs.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Thank you, Volunteers!

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women honored its volunteers at a luncheon prepared and served by our women.  As we enjoy some of the photos from today, we thank God for the presence of our volunteers and ask God to bless them abundantly.