A Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Paterson

24 De Grasse St
Paterson, NJ 07505
973 279 7100 extension 2038
Diane Silbernagel, RN MSN
Ex-ecutive Director

Catholic Family & Community Services

Providing help, creating hope . . .

Each year, Catholic Family & Community Services serves over 70,000 indi-viduals. Our programs extend across the lifespan and align with our mission of a preferential option for the poor.

Early Childhood Education – Almost 600 children received high quality preschool education each year through one of our four preschools located in Paterson, Friendship Corner I, Friendship Corner II, El Mundo del Ninos, El Mundo de Colores. All four preschools are accredited by the NAEYC and consistently demonstrate outstanding education outcomes as measured by the Gold Assessment Report.

Youth at Risk programs provide supportive and professional services in the Special Child Health Services Program, After-school and Summer Pro-grams as well as Teen Counseling, Child Nutrition Program, the Teen After-School Program and Outreach Program to high risk youth serve hundreds of at-risk youth each year.

Vulnerable Populations such as the elderly, immigrants, the develop-mentally disabled, veterans or the chronic poor receive assistance through Community Support Services that may include meals-on-wheels, legal ser-vices, housing assistance, utilities, transportation, food, emergency assis-tance , ESL or disaster aid. Our food pantries located in Passaic, Morris and Sussex County serve over 72,000 individuals. We are able to distribute more than one million pounds of food a year through the generous support of community food donations and with the food provided by the Community Food Bank in Hillside NJ, government surplus food distribution.

Psychological Services help those struggling with mental health needs; they are often the most stigmatized including children like the Teen Coun-seling Program or the boys in residence at Mt. St. Joseph’s Children’s Center or adolescents and adults struggling with addictions through Hope House in Dover or Partnership for Social Services in Franklin.

Volunteers are a tremendous help to CFCS and many programs rely on volunteers like the Meals-on-Wheels program. On average, CFCS benefits from 1600 volunteers providing almost 50,000 service hours, an equivalent value of $1,275,000.

Visualizing Action: What can your money do?

$25.00 Buys 3 food backpacks
$50.00 Provides 5 days of meals for a Senior
$75.00 Allows a preschool child to attend before and after school care activities for a month
$100.00 Gives 2 families groceries from our pantry for a week
$200.00 Sponsors a child in our Summer Camp at FECC
$500.00 Provides a month of services to sponsors for a teen in our HH SA program
$1000.00 Provides transportation to our adult training program
$2000.00 Sponsors an adult in the HH Intensive Outpatient SA program for 6 weeks
$5000.00 Provides a Veteran with full tuition to obtain a CDL Cer-tification and obtain employment