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Eva’s Village Success Stories

About Eva's Village

The mission of Eva's Village is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide free medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual.


Eva's Village aims to be a model social service organization dedicated to preserve and enhance the dignity of the individual.


Every day, the staff, board of directors, and volunteers of Eva's Village are hard at work putting faith into action by helping troubled people find dignity and the path to a fulfilling, productive life. We work to end hunger, homelessness, addiction and despair one person and one family at a time. We help our clients to achieve good health, stability and employment, build a bank account and afford decent housing. In accomplishing this, we heal families, help to establish safe and stable homes for children and create better communities in the state of New Jersey.

  • Eva's Village is a uniquely comprehensive non-profit social service organization and one of the largest and most respected anti-poverty programs in New Jersey.

  • Eva's Village was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma as Eva's Kitchen, a New Jersey soup kitchen serving 30 hungry people in Paterson, NJ.

  • Today, Eva's Village operates 12 individual programs, within a three block radius in downtown Paterson.

  • Eva's Village provides a wide range of services for the poor in NJ, including food, shelter, substance abuse treatment, primary medical and dental care and a variety of transitional and permanent housing options.

  • Additional supportive services available through Eva's Village include, parenting classes, play therapy, personal finance workshops, job training  and placement.

  • Eva's Kitchen serves 350 hot lunches, 365 days per year to the homeless and the working poor.

  • Approximately 580 men, 470 women and 185 children are served annually in all of Eva's sheltering and substance abuse programs .

  • More than 50% of Eva's Village funding is provided through the donations of private individuals, churches, civic groups, foundations and businesses.

  • Additional funding is awarded by governmental sources.

  • Eva's Village maintains a consistent "Four Star" (most preferred) rating by Charity Navigator, the "Online Guide to Intelligent Giving".

  • Hundreds of generous volunteers serve the poor at Eva's Village in a number of ways, including serving in Eva's Kitchen, donating food and other supplies, providing in-kind services, and conducting a wide variety of vital fund raising programs.

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Eva's Village started as a small soup kitchen. As the vision of how to help the poor expanded, facilities were added and Eva's Village now occupies a well-maintained campus of twelve buildings covering three blocks in downtown Paterson. View our campus here.


At Eva's Village, our mission includes treating every person with dignity, so we take pride in the fact that our facilities are well maintained and provide clean, safe and pleasant surroundings for our residents and workers.


We take pride in being good neighbors and are proud to serve the most needy citizens of the greater Paterson area. We aim to be a model social service organization, which includes creating an attractive and safe environment in our city.

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Eva's Village is "Where Hope Begins" because we strive to provide all the services required, and for the length of time necessary, to create a positive change in an individual's life. To this end, and with the faith and gracious donations of our supporters, we will continue to evaluate how we can best help the poor in New Jersey achieve self-sustaining and permanent stability. For instance, in 2009, we began our long-envisioned affordable housing complex on the Eva's Village campus. Affordable housing is a critical component in the long-term success of our clients.

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