PATERSON, NJ- When local activists Klarissa Conyers, Valerie Freeman, and Demetrius Muhammad decided to reward 30 Paterson high school honor roll students for their academic success with a trip to the Poconos the funding they were promised had dried up.
Not to be deterred, the trio thought about others sources in the community and decided to turn to local developer, and emerging philanthropist, Charlie Florio. Florio has become ubiquitous in efforts to turn local abandoned homes into rentable properties, rehabilitating over 600 in the city’s 4th Ward, and recently announced that he had purchased the 48-unit condominium and retail Silk City Lofts at 175 Broadway.
With significant donations to JumpStart Paterson; Tishell Jackson, a local domestic violence victim; and many other local causes, Florio is almost as known for his generosity as for his real estate transactions.
Asked about his contributions Florio responds modestly, “I am lucky to be able to provide a donation.”
Speaking of the efforts of those like Conyers, Freeman, Muhammad, and others working directly in the community to bring about change Florio says “What I do is the easy part.”
For the recipients of the latest donation, amounting to $6000, the check is much more significant than their newest benefactor lets on. “I didn’t know (Florio) well” Freeman told TAPinto Paterson, “but I know about his generosity and willingness to give.” Thanks to his support, Freeman continued, the 30 students will be rewarded for their efforts in the classroom.
“These kids put in the hard work and made the honor roll, they deserve the recognition,” Florio offered. “I am glad that I am in the position to give back.”