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Eva’s Village Continues to Build Paterships to Support Paterson Residents

Christine Carter Love, Director of Workshop Programs at The Ammon Foundation, engages Eva’s culinary students in a series of five Empowerment workshops. Credits: Eva’s Village
Employees of Spencer Savings Bank visited Eva’s Village on February 8, assisting clients with job interview and workforce readiness skills. Credits: Spencer Savings Bank

Paterson, NJ- Eva’s Village continues to expand its offerings to Paterson residents through partnerships with The Ammon Foundation and Spencer Savings Bank. Established in 1982 to help feed hungry residents in the city the organization has grown to one that now combats poverty through a diverse set of programs that include the food kitchen, addiction treatment, housing shelters, and educational training courses.

On Tuesday, Eva’s Village officials announced that they have partnered with The Ammon Foundation through their Core Value Partnership Initiative to bring educational support to men and women involved in their programs. 

Aimed to support Eva’s guests who face life challenges and obstacles to education, the new partnership will support education through scholarships and life skills workshops, and will launch with students enrolled in Eva’s culinary school, and eventually be expanded across other programs in the coming year.

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“The workshops not only give students immediate takeaways, vital skills they may have been missing, they help students to develop a mutual support network,” noted Daniels Zangara, the school’s vocational coordinator, and are already having an impact. “We can see them gaining confidence and taking pride in their work.”

In addition to this new partnership, several employees of Spencer Savings Bank supported Eva’s Village’s Workforce Development Program, which offers clients the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully find a job, earlier this month.

According to a press release issued by Spencer Bank, the volunteers worked one-on-one with participants offering tips on resume and cover letter writing and offered opportunities for participants to practice their interview skills and receive constructive feedback from real employers.

“Our bank and employees are stewards of change. We were honored to, once again, participate in this exceptional program that helps our community members get back on their feet after experiencing a hardship in their life,” said José B. Guerrero, Chairman, President and CEO of Spencer. “Everybody deserves a second chance. Spencer is always proud to partner with Eva’s Village and help create opportunities in our community, especially for those who find themselves undergoing a difficult phase in life and are trying to better themselves.”

“We are so grateful for many ways that Spencer Savings provides sustaining support for our programs and mission through eight years of donations and volunteer service.  Spencer Savings teams regularly volunteer to serve guests in our Community Kitchen and help prepare clients for job search success,” noted Angela Vance, Eva’s Volunteer Coordinator.

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