Eva’s Village Announces Community Service Awards to Paterson New Jersey Business Owners

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Eva’s Village (http://www.EvasVillage.org), a comprehensive New Jersey anti-poverty charity, is proud to be a part of Paterson’s progress and invites you to celebrate with them at their Progress in Paterson Gala honoring local Paterson businesses

Evas Village Executive Director, Sister Gloria Perez congratulates Evas Village Founder, Monsignor Vincent E. Puma at the 2009 Visions of Hope Annual Benefit Gala

Eva's Village Executive Director, Sister Gloria Perez congratulates Eva's Village Founder, Monsignor Vincent E. Puma at the 2009 Visions of Hope Annual Benefit Gala

Eva’s Village exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in America

Sister Gloria Perez, Executive Director of Eva’s Village, a nonprofit providing comprehensive anti-poverty programs in New Jersey, describes the flow of clients coming for a warm meal at Eva’s Kitchen, the soup kitchen of Eva’s Village, as “heartbreaking”.

After almost thirty years of providing everything from free meals to intensive inpatient treatment for addiction, the need for the many programs at Eva’s Village continues to increase in this troubled urban city. On many days, Eva’s Kitchen feeds more than 400 people in a beautiful light filled dining hall built with a capacity for 240. The housing, addiction treatment and primary care clinic programs at Eva’s Village all have waiting lists and plans for expansion. Sister Gloria says she prays for the day when the need decreases, but that there is also cause for celebration. She notes that support from the local business community is creating true progress in Paterson.

Donna Marie Fico, Chief Marketing Officer at Eva’s Village, notes that the 2010 Benefit Gala for Eva’s Village is subtitled “Progress in Paterson” and will honor Machinery Services Corp., Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. and The Brownstone, local Paterson, NJ businesses owned and operated by families with local roots and a determination to create progress in the city.

Ms. Fico points out that the successful area businesses remaining in this one time industrial center are the engines that fuel the progressive social programs provided by Eva’s Village. She notes that local businesses like Machinery Services Corp., Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. and The Brownstone are very generous with donations and service, but want to know their support is making a real difference in the community. To demonstrate that Eva’s Village meets their expectations, she reports that it consistently receives high marks for efficiency, including a fourth consecutive Four-Star rating by Charity Navigator, indicating that Eva’s Village “Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in America” (Charity Navigator). Only 9% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

Ever optimistic, Sister Gloria says, “If progress is measured in the numbers of people fed, clothed, sheltered, treated for ailments and addiction and reintroduced to a useful, meaningful life, then what is being accomplishing in Paterson, New Jersey is tremendously progressive!”

Aleta and Rich Taylor, owners of Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp. will be the 2010 Eva’s Village Annual Benefit Gala Visions of Hope Honorees. The Taylor family has proudly operated their successful businesses from historic Paterson, NJ since 1978 and they are dedicated to the revitalization of Paterson. They have supported the vision of Eva’s Village founder, Monsignor Puma, since he started Eva’s Kitchen in 1982.

Brothers Albert and Tommy Manzo, owners of The Brownstone will be the 2010 Eva’s Village Annual Benefit Gala Community Service Honorees. The Brownstone is one of New Jersey’s premier catering facilities. In addition to working long and tireless hours to provide their guests with the finest dining and party experience, the Albert and Tommy Manzo make time to support the local community and provide overwhelming benevolence at The Brownstone.

Originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, Eva’s Village was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness in Paterson, NJ. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that another New Jersey soup kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors and private and government grants, Eva’s Village has grown into one of the most comprehensive and respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey.

Eva’s Village recently opened a Halfway House for Mothers with Children allowing the family to heal together rather than be torn apart by the mother’s addiction, and the first peer driven New Jersey Recovery Center providing a wide array of services to help those recently recovered sustain their personal progress. The newly constructed Eva’s Village Apartments, which will provide safe, beautiful and affordable housing to residents of Paterson are expected to open in the fall of 2010.

For more information on the “Visions of Hope: Progress in Paterson” Gala Dinner (October 26, 2010), honoring Aleta and Rich Taylor of Machinery Services Corp. and Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc., and Albert and Tommy Manzo of The Brownstone, contact: Joey Mazza, Special Events Coordinator – Phone: (973) 523-6220 Ext. 235 Fax (973) 825-7297, Email Joey.Mazza@evasvillage.org.

Eva’s Village is looking to further encourage the example of Machinery Services Corp., Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. and The Brownstone by hosting the second annual fun walk/run event this year. Titled the “Journey of Hope”, this 5k Walk/Run is scheduled for September 25, 2010, at Garret Mountain Reservation, in Woodland Park, NJ. The event is intended to extend awareness of Eva’s Village to the community at large, and attract local sponsors. For more information, go to: http://www.evasvillage,org/journeyofhope

To donate to this NJ Charity, or for more information about Eva’s Village, call (973)-523-6220, go to EvasVillage.org or write to: Donna Fico, Chief Marketing Officer, Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.

For more information about Machinery Services Corp., call 973.345.5600, go to http://www.Servicer.com or write to: Machinery Services Corp., 285 Straight Street, Paterson, NJ, 07509 USA

For more information about Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc., call 973.345.5600, go to http://www.RapidService.com or write Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc., 285 Straight Street, PO Box AY, Paterson, NJ, 07509 USA

For more information about The Brownstone call 973-973-595-8582, go to http://www.TheBrownstone.com or write The Brownstone, 351 W. Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522 USA

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