Any history of the Center would be incomplete without a look at the art class. Click here to view a post from 2015, when art teacher Sr. Mary Culhane, SC, had been teaching the women for only three months.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
As we continue our celebration of the seventh anniversary of Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, we would like to share these photos from our very first quilting class on October 22, 2013. The women’s skills and confidence have grown so much from the time Sr. Patricia Reynolds, SC taught them to use a sewing machine until today. Their quilting projects have been admired (and purchased) by people all over the country! We are grateful to Sister Pat and to those who have made donations to our quilting program.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Today we celebrate the seventh anniversary of the day the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women opened its doors. In contemplating what might be shared with you regarding our anniversary, we have decided to stroll down memory lane, started at the beginning. So, please join us by viewing these photos from September 24, 2013.
The very last photo of the montage shows our dear friends Sister Ursula Carr, SC (on the left). We want to share with you that Sister Ursula passed away on Sunday, September 20. We are saddened by this news, but we also know that the Center has another strong intercession in heaven. Our condolences to the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and to Sister Ursula’s family and friends. Rest In Peace, dear friend! Click here for the obituary of Sister Ursula.
As always, we are grateful to all of you for what you have done for us during the past seven years and what you continue to do for us each day!
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
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
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!