Paterson is a city that is weaved with historical significance in the silk industry, and was the first planned industrial city in the United States. Known as “Silk City,” Paterson once played a major role in the production of silk in the late 19th century. Present day Paterson is the third largest city in New Jersey, and home to one of the largest Hispanic and Muslim communities. Famous for its picturesque Great Falls National Historical Park, and the location of a movie with its namesake, Paterson is a city with opportunities to provide more services to its community.
The YMCA of Paterson is located in Passaic County, New Jersey. We serve a high needs community in Paterson, where approximately 29% of people live below the poverty level. With revenue of $3.7 million, the YMCA of Paterson is a non-profit organization organized by three service areas: Youth & Family Services, Membership, and Housing. Within our Housing service area, the YMCA offers transitional and permanent housing to homeless individuals ages 20 years old and up. Youth services offers early childhood and after school care. The Membership division includes fitness programs for people of all ages.
For the last 10 years, we have participated as a food program site providing meals to children in our afterschool and preschool programs. Through both programs, we have served an estimated 25,000 meals to children during the school year, and in the summer months. Now, we are in the process of expanding our reach beyond the YMCA of Paterson. We would like to provide meals to more children by partnering with other community groups such as the Paterson Library. By donating to this cause, we can expand our food sites, and increase access to food within a high needs community.