New Jersey Antipoverty Program Partners with Wayne, NJ Small Business Creates “The Growing Dome® Project for Eva’s Village”

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Eva’s Village, the most comprehensive anti-poverty nonprofit in New Jersey, seeks donations to purchase a Growing Dome® to be erected in Wayne Auto Spa’s community garden.

A 26 foot Growing Dome® will be installed in the community garden at Wayne Auto Spa. The manufacturer, Growing Spaces, Pagosa Springs, CO, has contributed to the project.

It’s amazing really, that one small business can provide so much organic produce and so many eggs to help us provide healthy food to the poor and homeless.

Darryl Dela Cruz, Executive Chef Director at Eva’s Village, received a surprise call from Robert a local business owner offering to donate large amounts of fresh organic produce and eggs. “What’s the catch,” Chef Darryl wondered. It turned out there was no catch. Ever since that phone call, Rob Burke, the owner of Wayne Auto Spa, an environmentally friendly car wash and lube business in Wayne, NJ, has been donating bushels of fresh produce and eggs from his onsite community garden helping create thousands of meals served at Eva’s Village. Chef Darryl says; “It’s amazing really, that one small business can provide so much organic produce and so many eggs to help us provide healthy food to the poor and homeless.”

Mr. Burke says: “Every small business has the ability to make a difference to the environment and to the community; all it takes is some creativity and effort.” His innovative Auto Spa practices a “Green is Good for Small Business” philosophy by treating and recycling water, utilizing solar and wind turbine power, using only biodegradable soaps and replacing unneeded paved areas with organic gardens, chickens and bee hives. The resulting “Victory Garden and Learning Center” has been visited by many schools and community organizations and produces an ever increasing harvest that is donated to Eva’s Village.

Eva’s Village will now partner with Wayne Auto Spa to purchase a 26 ft solar Growing Dome® geodesic greenhouse from Growing Spaces, Pagosa Springs, CO, to create a year round growing season to expand the amount of fresh organic produce available to Eva’s Village. Chef Darryl hopes to use the year round bounty to create meals for Hope Residence, the Eva’s Village shelter and recovery program serving mothers and children.

The Growing Dome® consists of UV resistant, shatter-proof polycarbonate panels over structural framing. Features that make this a year round greenhouse are automatic opening vents, a solar powered cooling fan, a solar powered under soil heating and cooling system and reflective insulation.

To make a donation to The Growing Dome® Project for Eva’s Village,” or for more information, contact: Donna Marie Fico, Director of Marketing & Education – Phone: (973) 523-6220 Ext. 230 or email Donna.Fico(at)evasvillage(dot)org. To support The Culinary School at Eva’s Village or one of our other programs visit

About Eva’s Village:
Eva's Village (, originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness in his Paterson, NJ parish. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that a soup kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors and private and government grants, Eva's has grown to be the most respected anti-poverty organization in New Jersey. Their mission is 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. Eva’s Village maintains a consistent “Four Star” (most preferred) rating by Charity Navigator, the “Online Guide to Intelligent Giving.” Hundreds of generous volunteers serve at Eva’s Village in a number of ways, including serving in our community kitchen and medical and dental clinics, donating food and other supplies, providing in-kind services, and conducting a wide variety of vital fund raising programs.

About Wayne Auto Spa
Owner Robert Burke has established Wayne Auto Spa as a community friendly and environmentally friendly car wash with well-established green credentials. By treating and recycling water, utilizing solar and wind turbine power and using only biodegradable soaps, Wayne Auto Spa’s green practices prevent pollution, conserve resources and create clean energy. The facility is heated with used motor oil and replaced a number of paved areas with grass and plants to minimize storm water run-off. Wayne Auto Spa’s on-site organic “Victory Garden and Learning Center” is visited by schools and community organizations and produces organic produce, eggs and honey for free distribution to nonprofits, including Eva’s Village in Paterson, NJ. By using a comprehensive “Green is Good for Small Business” philosophy, Wayne Auto Spa has set a precedent for the car wash/quick lube industry in New Jersey.

About the Growing Dome® by Growing Spaces
Growing Spaces, based in Pagosa Springs, CO, is the creator of Greenhouses, geodesic Growing Domes® and Four Season Growing Kits. Our desire, as the founders of Growing Spaces, is to support others who want to live sustainable, healthy lives. The innovation of our Growing Spaces greenhouses came directly out of our desire to live in health and balance. Our geodesic dome greenhouse kits demonstrate a solar self-sufficiency that keeps fresh food on the table, even within the challenge of environmental and economic changes. Those that are committed to living naturally are encouraged to add a Growing Dome greenhouse to their lifestyle. Our solar greenhouses are sold as green house kits with detailed instructions and videos to install them. We can also provide an installation crew or supervisor to deliver and help set up the Growing Domes®.

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