Evolution of Hope Residence By Joanne Fagan | Eva’s Village, Paterson New Jersey – July 1, 2013 Rev. Msgr. Vincent E. Puma (1926 – 2012) started Eva’s Village in 1982 during the peak of the great recession of that decade, when national unemployment reached over 10%.  The national recession hit Paterson particularly hard, and in response to […]


The Healthcare Clinic at Eva’s Village received the grant as part of CVS Caremark’s commitment to expand health care access nationwide. Paterson, New Jersey – [April, 2014] – The Healthcare Clinic at Eva’s Village announced it has received a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation  in […]


By Joanne Fagan | Eva’s Village, Paterson New Jersey – April 1, 2014 Eva’s Village (http://www.EvasVillage.org), the Paterson, NJ anti-poverty organization depends on volunteers to assist with several of their programs. National Volunteer Week (April 6-13, 2014) is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses […]


How Modern Soup kitchens Help the Homeless and the Poor

May 15, 2013 Fight Hunger

By Joanne Fagan | Eva’s Village, Paterson New Jersey – May 14, 2013 The Modern Soup Kitchen Has Come a Long Way Soup kitchens rose to prominence in the U.S. during the Great Depression, before WWII, in the early 20th century, though their origins go back to the harsh boom and bust years of the industrial revolution […]

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How You Help Homeless Mothers With Children

May 4, 2013 Homeless Children

From 2009 – 2012, the percentage of the homeless with children continued to rise. A vast majority of homeless families have only a single mother. Of all homeless children, close to half are under the age of six. Local effective intervention programs exist everywhere and none are more effective and innovative than Eva’s Village’s Hope […]

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How You Help End Poverty & Lift The Human Spirit

February 28, 2013 About Eva's Villlage

By Joanne Fagan | Eva’s Village, Paterson New Jersey – February 25, 2013 While the Great Recession ended in 2009, Americans across the board are still suffering the effects1. In 2011, 5.7% Americans, or 18 million, up 1 million from 2010, struggled to find enough to eat2. In 2011, the official U.S. poverty rate was 15.1%; a […]

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Why do You Really Give to Charity? Why Donate?

January 3, 2013 Charitable Giving

Social psychologists have two theories for why we help others: “public benefit” (altruism) & “private benefit” (the giver gets something out of the giving). “Private benefit” better explains the high level of giving in the United States. The more people “think” about how to give, or why they should give, they’re less likely to give. […]

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How Does One Overcome Homelessness?

December 19, 2012 Overcoming Homelessness

By Joanne Fagan | Eva’s Village, Paterson New Jersey – December 18, 2012 When it comes to the problem of homelessness, we tend to focus on what we as individuals and organizations can do to help the homeless. A huge amount is known about how best to approach the problem of homelessness, such as providing the homeless […]

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The Number of Homeless Families with Children Hits an All Time High & How You Can Help

December 7, 2012 Homeless Children

As of 2010, the U.S. had over 1.5 million homeless children, most under the age of 7, and current trends suggest that number has probably gone higher in 2012. In 2012, 3 years after the end of the recession, New York City experienced record numbers of homeless and homeless children.  Other large cities have probably […]

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The Best Way To Stop Homelessness? Support Homeless & Eviction Prevention Programs

October 26, 2012 Stopping Homelessness

The best way to stop homelessness?  Prevent it from happening in the first place. State & city efforts to prevent long-term homelessness have reduced homelessness nationwide by 1% over 2009-2011, but federal funding for these programs ended in September of 2012. Public based eviction prevention programs have been seriously stretched by the prolonged weak economic […]

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