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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!