Although summertime bids us to slow down a bit, the programs at the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women continue throughout the summer months. On Tuesday, a few more quilters completed their summer project, "Fun in the Sun."
As the quilters wind down their summer projects, they will be gearing up to begin their outreach projects in the fall, which will consist of devoting one class per month to making pillow cases for children in pediatric oncology wards, small pillows for postoperative care of breast cancer survivors and small quilts for newborns in neonatal intensive care units. (Please contact us if you'd like to donate toward this cause.) Of course, they'll also begin their holiday quilting projects!
On Wednesday, our gardeners harvested together, with the help of Claudia from City Green and Sister Mary Irene, who has assisted the women to coordinate the project. We also welcomed Cecile San Agustin, a reporter for The Beacon, the newspaper of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ, who took photos of the garden and gardeners and will write an article for an upcoming issue of the newspaper. In this photo, you see a collection of the herbs and vegetables before the women divided them among themselves.
We look forward to reaping the benefits of the tomato plants and to planting a few more crops in August. We also hope that the success of this year's garden will spark more interest for next year. Click here to go to City Green's new blog, which will provide more information about the great work done by that organization (and where you'll also see a photo of the garden at the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women).
On Thursday, we continued preparations for our first anniversary celebration. Here you see some of the women who cut out the letters that will decorate our front fence to announce "Happy Anniversary."
We look forward to so much: Beginning a new English class on August 4, welcoming the 1,000th visit by our women (which will occur sometime in August) and beginning our art class in October. These are just a few of many "happenings" that will occur between now and the end of the year. Stay tuned for more. Thank you for being a part of this collaborative journey!