The response has been marvelous
Paterson, NJ (PRWEB) June 17, 2008
When summer rolls in on June 21, so will landscaping trucks, excavating equipment, shrubs, flowers, colorful bedding, pillows, lamps, wall art, and over 50 [homeless shelter volunteers] from KPMG LLP's Montvale campus and service groups and families from Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties. Their efforts will include the transformation of Eva's Village New Jersey Homeless Shelter Hope Residence for mothers and children, a new initiative of Eva's Village. The exterior grounds will turn into a beautiful and functional yard and the interior rooms into a welcoming and comfortable living area and shelter for homeless mothers and their children.
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (http://www.us.kpmg.com ) and U.S. member firm of KPMG International, has adopted the yard beautification and playground project of the Hope Residence of Eva's Village. Located on Jackson Street in Paterson, the residence will open in late summer expanding Eva's services for mothers and children. KPMG has designed the space to include safe play areas for the children who will live in Hope Residence. "Being committed to our communities is one of KPMG's core values," said Michael Grottola, Involve committee leader at KPMG LLP. "And, in line with Eva's philosophy of "Respect for the Individual", we wanted to tell the moms and their kids that they are special and KPMG cares about them by adding to the beauty that only nature provides."
Employees at the firm have donated funds to complete the work and will arrive in force on June 21 to don gardening gloves, pull weeds, plant flowers and bushes, and spread over 300 bags of mulch throughout the area.
Inside the home, the same intensity will prevail with New Jersey volunteer groups from a wide spectrum who have taken on the task of decorating each bedroom for the families who will live in Hope Residence. Coordinated by Greenbaum Interiors of Paterson, the project garnered support from groups wanting to do something special for the New Jersey homeless families helped by Eva's Village. "We thought it would be comforting for homeless families to have the basic niceties that most people enjoy in their own homes," commented Laura Rogers, interior designer for Greenbaums. Along these lines Susan Greenbaum donated items and window dressings for Rogers to decorate two rooms in the residence, which were used as prototypes to show interested groups. All who viewed Rogers' rooms signed on to decorate a bedroom and the basement playroom. "The response has been marvelous," commented Donna Marie Fico, Eva's chief marketing officer. "We are now seeking groups to decorate the living room areas." Decorating teams coordinate cheerful bedding ensembles with wall art, accent tables, window treatments, baskets of toys, books and games for children, sets of towels for each family member and other homey accents. Among the teams in the process of completing rooms are students from Wayne Hills National Honor Society, Wayne; BD, Franklin Lakes; St. Mary's School, Pompton Plains; Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken; St. Ann's Samaritan Group, Parsippany; St. Leon's Armenian Church, Fair Lawn; Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Midland Park; Families from Chatham, Montclair and high school students from Upper Saddle River, and Bank of America, Glen Rock.
Originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, Eva's Village was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the New Jersey homeless problem in his Paterson, NJ parish. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that a soup kitchen was not enough. By 1996, when -- with the generous support of donors and private and government grants -- Eva's moved to its new facility on Main Street, it had grown into a full-scale "village" meeting the needs of the homeless, addicted and poor.
Today, Eva's Village is one of the most respected anti-poverty programs in NJ, with many programs that respect the human dignity of individuals:
Eva's Village Kitchen serves an average of 240 meals daily to the homeless.
Eva's Village Central Intake offers extensive case management for the poor and addicted.
Eva's Village Emergency Overnight Shelters for men and for women provide beds for chronically homeless men and women 18 years of age and older. Shelter clients receive food, shelter and clothing, plus assistance with progress toward independent living.
Eva's Village Shelter for Mothers and Children provides a safe and comfortable home for mothers over the age of 18 and up to 50 children who stay an average of four months in residence.
Eva's Village Transitional Apartments for Mothers and Children offers 6 two-bedroom apartments for families who need additional time and resources to move into their own apartment.
Eva's Village Men's Supportive Housing provides permanent affordable housing for formerly homeless men who have graduated from Eva's recovery.
Eva's Village Primary Care Clinic handles over 4,000 patient visits a year for medical, dental, and podiatric services to the homeless and working poor, largely provided through the generosity of volunteer physicians and dentists.
Eva's Village Residential Recovery Centers for Men and Women provide a three-phase treatment program usually lasting 9-12 months for those addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Eva's Village Intensive Outpatient Program offers counseling, group therapy, education, and aftercare based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria, plus a full range of psychosocial services.
Eva's Village Director, Sister Gloria Perez, P.B.V.M. says, "At the end of the day I know we are doing good things but there is always so much more to do." Eva's Village is actively seeking donors and volunteers to help them serve the increasing numbers of the homeless, addicted and poor in New Jersey. To donate to Eva's Village, to find our about volunteer opportunities in New Jersey, or for more information, go to http://www.EvasVillage.org , call 973.523.6220 x230, or write to: Donna Fico, Chief Marketing Officer, Eva's Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.
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