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, Health & Wellness, and Housing. Within our Housing service area, the YMCA offers transitional and permanent housing to homeless individuals between the ages of 20 to 65. Youth services offers early childhood and after school care. The Health & Wellness division includes fitness programs for people of all ages.
For the last 10 years, we have provided meals to children within 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. We have the opportunity to provide meals to more food insecure children in the community by partnering with the Paterson Library. This partnership will allow us to expand our meal program, and increase access to food within a high needs community.