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!