Paterson, New Jersey Charity Benefits as a Recipient of Oprah and Crocs Philanthropic Initiative Choosing 100 Women to Join Them in ‘Ministering To Human Hearts.’

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The Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village (, the most comprehensive anti-poverty organization in New Jersey, was chosen to be the recipient of 100 pairs of Crocs.

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Oprah and Crocs created a Fashionably Philanthropic Challenge and chose 100 women to join them in ‘ministering to human hearts,’ giving away thousands of Crocs. Individuals were asked to imagine if they were given 100 pairs of Crocs™ shoes, how they could use them to give back to a charity in their community. That was the simple idea behind the 100 Women, 100 Shoes Challenge.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of women sent in their essays about why they should be the winner of 100 pairs of Crocs for the charity of their choice. Esther Litchfield-Fink, a volunteer at the Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village entered the contest and chose the Recovery Center as the charity of her choice. “I had volunteered there and was very impressed with how caring the staff was,” stated Ms. Fink. “There were so many services offered and people came and worked so hard on their recovery.” She was chosen as one of the 100 women to receive 100 pairs of Crocs.

The winners had to create an event to distribute the Crocs to the charity. The “Roc the Crocs Brunch” at the Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village was planned and executed on February 13, 2013. It was a day of happiness and joy with food, music and client speakers from the Recovery Center. When the first woman spoke over 100 women went quiet to listen. Carlita began her speech and it felt like she was a spiritual leader standing tall and proud at the podium. “I want to be a woman in recovery, that: stands like a woman in recovery, walks like a woman in recovery, and talks like a woman in recovery,” she said. It was an inspirational day and could not have been possible if not for Oprah and Crocs.

The Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village is the first Recovery Center in New Jersey located at 16 Spring Street, Paterson. The center is a recovery resource for the community and it maintains a structured schedule of recovery related workshops, trainings, support groups, social events, recreational activities, wellness classes, telephone support, housing and employment assistance, and childcare services all of which are delivered on an on-going basis. The center is managed by individuals recovering from addictions who will use their direct experience to identify the problems and needs of those in recovery and find ways to address them.

Eva’s Village ( 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.

For more information about the Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village, call (973) 754-6784. For more information about Eva’s Village, call (973)-523-6220, go to or write to: Donna Fico, Director of Marketing & Education, Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.

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