GARFIELD, NJ - From its humble beginnings in a church basement in 1997,  Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children knew that caring for Paterson’s women and children living in poverty was a moral imperative.

On Friday Oasis celebrated 23 years of providing education, job readiness/placement, youth development, and basic needs programs and services to more than 700 residents on a daily basis.

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Honored at the event was Michael Lukacs, a financial management expert whose efforts have allowed Oasis to hire six teachers and nine tutors, increasing the organization’s total to 18 tutors, and providing wage increases to those that support their youth education program.   

“The recognition bestowed upon me goes to the people who work day to day at Oasis,” Lukacs said, singling out Oasis staff members Jim Walsh, Director of Social Services and Gladys Lindo, Nurturing Center Aide, for recognition.

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Over 600 guests attended the jam packed event that included  both silent and live auctions, jewelry raffles, and performances by the Michael Wagner After-School Academy and Carl’s Kids Summer Camp.

The successful event raised over $1 million, money, according to the organization, that will be used to support the Oasis soup kitchen the serves breakfast and lunch to over  600 women and children five days a week, a new community garden providing fresh produce and environmental programming for students, and to continue their work providing Adult Education, Child Care and Tutoring.

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With 96% of Oasis’ operating budget coming from private donations the importance of the event’s success translates directly into what Susan Buchanan, President of the Oasis’ Board of Directors said is the core mission of the non-profit: “bringing happiness to others.”  


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