PATERSON, NJ -  Oasis- A Haven for Women and Children, has been announced as one of two recipients of a $141,000 grant from Impact 100 Garden State.

Impact 100 Garden State is a Special Project Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, which supports charitable giving focused on making New Jersey communities stronger. Each member of Impact 100 donates $1000 annually for membership, and the entire amount of each woman’s donation funds grants such as the one received by Oasis. The announcement came at the organization’s fifth annual meeting earlier this month. 

Once selected as one of six finalists, Oasis had an opportunity to make  a presentation outlining the specific program for which the funding would be used. Jennifer Brady, Executive Director, spoke on behalf of Oasis telling the memberships of their efforts to serve women and children in Paterson by providing adult education classes, child care, youth development programs, access to social workers, and basic needs such as food, clothing and diapers. “We turn no woman away,” Brady said.

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“We are thrilled that Impact 100 Garden State chose to invest in our High School Equivalency Program,” Brady said following the announcement. “We have a successful model, and this investment will help us better serve women who have been left behind by other programs in Paterson.”

In addition to this grant award, Oasis has also announcement plans to host a special Thanksgiving meal in their soup kitchen. The meal, donated by The Market Basket in Franklin Lakes, will serve over 1,000 Paterson residents on Tuesday, November 21 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Following the meal, which will be served by volunteers from Benjamin Moore, Health and Wellness Partners, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and the Office of the Lt. Governor, all attendees will receive a free turkey donated by individual and organizations such as St. Francis Food Pantries in New York City and UPS.