PATERSON, NJ – Paterson’s New Destiny Family Success Centers (NDFSC) is among the growing list of local nonprofits continuing to serve the local community during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Recently, staff and volunteers from the organization that serves as a centralized resource hub serving more than 1500 families in Passaic County each year joined with Joseph Maciello Homes to deliver over 75 boxes of food, donated by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, to some of the community’s most vulnerable and beloved members.
While the endeavor was part of the NDFSC’s Mobile Senior Success Program, that regularly serves six senior resident sites assuring that many of the resident’s medical, recreational and others support needs are met, it has, organizers say, proven to be even more critical, now, during COVID-19 when family members that might otherwise meet some of the resident’s food needs are limited in their ability to travel and visit their loved ones.
The food boxes contained pantry necessities such as ready-to-eat, boxed cereals and milk, 100% fruit juices, bags of rice and reduced-fat cheese to canned tuna and vegetables and were delivered, volunteers said, to residents who greeted them with smiles at every door.
"I volunteered because I love giving back to the community. It brings me an unexplainable joy when I can help out,” volunteer Dominique Edwards, who took part in the effort while exercising social distancing guidelines said.
Following the effort Executive Director Carolyn McCombs stated simply that “it gives us a feeling of gratefulness to know that we can be a blessing to senior members of our community.”
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