Eva’s Village Annual 2011 Report


Annual Report Again Earns Eva’s Village the Highest Charity Rating on Charity Navigator

Only 13.5% of Eva’s Village Total Income Goes to Administrative Costs.

As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary this April, we have never been more aware of the faith charity donors have placed in us, our mission, and in our need to be fiscally responsible.

Our ability to keep administrative costs low and channel resources to needed programs have earned Eva’s Village the highest charity rating (4 stars) available from Charity Navigator, “America’s premier independent charity evaluator.” This is our fifth consecutive four-star charity rating from Charity Navigator, demonstrating that we consistently execute our mission in a fiscally responsible way that outperforms most other charities in America.

New Jersey's Eva's Village Soup Kitchen
New Jersey's Eva's Village Soup Kitchen

New Jersey's Eva's Village Shelters for Men & Women Day
New Jersey's Eva's Village Shelters for Men & Women Day

New Jersey's Eva's Village FREE Medical & Dental Care Clinics Day
New Jersey's Eva's Village FREE Medical & Dental Care Clinics Day

Your charitable donations mean everything to those who find hope at Eva’s Village. This past summer, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 1 in 6 Americans now live in poverty!  That’s 3.8 million more than the Bureau reported in 2009.

We see this increase at Eva’s Village every day. Our programs hardest hit are Eva’s Kitchen, our shelters and medical care for the poor. Some of the most dependable funding sources for the basic living necessities of our clients have been declining, with some funders experiencing cutbacks and others eliminating funding altogether. That’s where your help makes all the difference. To accommodate the more than 350 people coming for a meal at Eva’s Kitchen, 160 more seats were added. Our medical and dental clinics were also expanded to meet the ever-increasing numbers of the uninsured. A campaign to fund these expansions was launched in 2005, and although it took longer than hoped to raise the funds needed, our donors (as always) met the need.

New Jersey's Eva's Village Hope Residence for Mothers & Children Day
New Jersey's Eva's Village Hope Residence for Mothers & Children Day

New Jersey's Eva's Village Residential & Outpatient Recovery Day
New Jersey's Eva's Village Residential & Outpatient Recovery Day

New Jersey's Eva's Village Affordable Housing
New Jersey's Eva's Village Affordable Housing

As our founder, Msgr. Vincent E. Puma first said, “Our mission is simple; we help the poor.” Your generosity helps us to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual. We are able to do this through a combination of government funded programs, grants from foundations, corporations, and the generous support of donors and volunteers like you. Thank you. With your continued faith we will meet the challenges of the future.


Eva’s Village, founded on the dual principles of helping others while employing sound fiscal practices, was awarded its fifth consecutive four-star rating for exceptional fiscal responsibility by the Charity Navigator in 2011. Says Ken Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charity Navigator:  “This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Eva’s Village from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

How You Can Get Involved With Eva’s Village

Eva’s Village has been involved in changing the lives of the homeless for 30 years.  Through 30 years of service, Eva’s Village has achieved a unique record in facing community challenges and changing the lives of the hungry, homeless and addicted. Eva’s Village has grown from a simple soup kitchen to become one of the most comprehensive and respected anti-poverty programs in New Jersey and now includes fourteen integrated programs.

There’s many ways you can help the homeless.  If you live near the Paterson NJ area, you can take advantage of the many volunteer opportunities provided by Eva’s Village, both personal and corporate.

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