Paterson, New Jersey (PRWEB) February 18, 2013
With the struggling economy and increased number of homeless and working poor coming to Eva’s soup kitchen each day, Eva’s Village has implemented an Access Team Program as an approach to better care for the homeless and poor. Each weekday a paraprofessional with experience in behavioral health services will be providing case management in their kitchen program to clients who come in for the noon meal. “The Access Team will help us serve the community by assessing their needs and helping them access services quicker,” stated Marie Reger, executive director of Eva’s Village. “Many of those coming to our kitchen each day are not aware of the additional services we provide, yet alone other services in the Paterson area.”
Eva’s Village (http://www.evasvillage.org) is a non-profit comprehensive social service organization with a mission to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual. The kitchen serves a hot nutritious meal to more than 400 homeless and working poor men and women each day at noon; 365 days/year.
Moving beyond homelessness can be very complicated because there is usually more than one reason an individual is homeless. “The case managers will be a constant presence in the kitchen,” states Mike Santillo, administrative director of clinical services at Eva’ Village. “They will work with each client one-on-one to solve the problems that are keeping them homeless.”
In addition to the implementation of the Access Team Program, the PATH Program of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) will be working in collaboration with the case managers from Eva’s Village to also provide outreach and link clients to essential services such as housing, medical, substance abuse and mental health services. PATH is a homeless outreach program designed to identify homeless individuals in the community and link them to appropriate services. They will provide outreach services in Eva’s Kitchen three days a week.
For more information about Eva’s Village, call (973)-523-6220, go to http://www.evasvillage.org or write to: Donna Fico, Director of Marketing & Education, Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.