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Eva's Village | History

Spearheaded by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma and other concerned priests, sisters, and lay people, Eva's Village began as a direct response to the growing crisis of hunger and homelessness on the streets of Paterson.

When it was first opened in 1982, what was then known as Eva's Kitchen was located in the basement of the old St. John's convent on Hamilton Street. Eva's Kitchen served its first meal to about 30 homeless people in April 1982. Residential recovery programs for both men and women followed, as did shelters for homeless men and women and the Eva's Village Primary Care Clinic . By 1996, when it moved to its new 50,000 square-foot facility on Main Street, Eva's Village had grown into an extensive supportive community to meet the needs of the poor.

Currently, Eva's Village comprises 15 programs housing more than 300 people on the premises and serving approximately 1,200 meals a day, 365 days a year among all programs. The primary care clinic handles about 3,000 patient visits a year for medical, dental, and podiatric services supplied by a dedicated volunteer medical staff.

CHRONOLOGY

  • April 1982 - Eva's Kitchen opens on Hamilton Street
  • 1984 - Shelter for Men
  • 1985 - Shelter for Mothers and Children
  • 1986 - Shelter for Women
  • 1986 - Addiction Treatment for Men
  • 1990 - Addiction Treatment for Women
  • 1994 - Primary Care Clinic
  • 1996 - Eva's Village opens at 393 Main Street housing the Addiction Treatment for Men, Kitchen, Clinic and Administration
  • 2000 - The Msgr. Vincent E. Puma Center for Mothers and Children opens at 16 Spring Street
  • 2001 - Transitional Apartments for Mothers and Children opens at 17 Jackson Street
  • 2001 - Relocation and Expansion of Women's Shelter at 31 Jackson Street
  • 2001 - Relocation and Expansion of Men's Shelter in the Sister Cathy Center at 389 Main Street
  • 2002 - Dental Care added to Primary Care Clinic
  • 2004 - Intensive Outpatient Program begins at 393 Main Street
  • 2006 - Men's Permanent Supportive Housing at 22 Jackson Street
  • 2008 - Relocation and expansion of Hope Residence of St. Frances for Mothers and Children at 25 Jackson Street
  • 2009 – Expansion of Intensive Outpatient Services at 16 Spring Street
  • 2009 - Recovery Center opens at 16 Spring Street
  • 2010 - Addiction Treatment for Mothers with Children opens at Hope Residence
  • 2009 – Expansion of Intensive Outpatient Services and Recovery Center at 16 Spring Street
  • 2010 – Eva’s Village Apartments Permanent Affordable Housing opens at 75 Spring Street
  • 2011 – Expansion of Eva’s Kitchen, seating up to 400 clients daily
  • 2011 – Relocation and expansion of Healthcare Clinic at Eva’s Village to 20 Jackson Street
  • 2013 – Men’s Transitional Housing opens at 419 Main Street
  • 2013 – Expansion of Addiction Treatment for Mothers with Children
  • 2013 – Opening of Access Center at 383 Main Street
  • 2013 – Expansion of Addiction Treatment for Men and Outpatient Program
  • 2014 – Opening of The Culinary School at Eva’s Village

 

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