Family and Children Services:

Catholic Family & Community Services offers many programs that support families with children including the Family Friendly Centerlocated at the Friendship Corner I preschool in Paterson. The Family Friendly Center provides access to community resources and provides parents with educational programs that support their child’s school success. The Family Friendly Center provides child care and recreational activities during out of school time, before and after school, school vacations and summer programs. In addition, through the U.S.D.A School Nutrition program, the children served receive breakfast, lunch and snacks daily. In all, the Family Friendly Center strives to strengthen low-income families in Paterson. Catholic Family & Community Services also provides a high quality pre-school education to 3 and 4 year old children in its four preschools in Paterson all accredited by the National Association of Education Young Children. Older school age children attend the After School Program at the Fr. English Community Center or the Hispanic Information Center in Passaic city which provides structured activities during out-of-school time 12 months a year. All income eligible children receive meals provided through the U.S.D.A. Child Nutrition Program at the FECC and preschools of Friendship Corner, I and II, El Mundo del Ninos and El Mundo de Colores. With private donations, CFCS distributes almost 600 food back packs each month with the equivalent of 3 family meals to each of the children served in our preschools. As resources permit, CFCS provides food backpacks to the low-income children in the Dover Child Care Center in Morris County. Families are encouraged to use the food pantry services at the Paterson Fr. English Community Center and the Dover Hope House. Teens receive services in Paterson and Passaic through the After-School Programs at the Hispanic Information Center and Fr. English Center. The youth have access to a social work counselor, mentors and enrichment activities.

Families challenged with caring for a child with special needs receive case management, early intervention and supportive home therapies like occupational and speech therapy through the Special Child Health Services program that serves all of Passaic County. CFCS assists families with adult children with developmental disabilities through its Adult Training, Respite and Transportation Services, enabling families to fully integrate their special needs adult children into the community.

Community Support Services:

Catholic Family & Community Services assists any individual with information/referral and resources residing in Passaic, Morris and Sussex Counties in need of case management, emergency assistance, basic needs such as housing, utilities or transportation. Through various funding streams CFCS is able to assist individuals with rental costs, emergency shelter or rehousing. CFCS assists with intensive case management and supportive services to ensure long term sustainability and prevent homelessness. CFCS provides legal services to families with immigration needs including youth eligible through the Dream Act. Recent immigrants are served both at the Passaic city Hispanic Information Center and the Paterson Fr. English Community Center where English as a Second Language classes are offered weekly. Veterans are assisted through the Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families in both the Paterson Diocese and through a partnership with Catholic Community Services, the Archdiocese of Newark. A significant resource offered at a CFCS site in each of the 3 counties is the food pantry program.

Behavioral Health Services:

Catholic Family & Community Services provides licensed Behavioral Health treatment services including Addictions treatment for both children and adults. Hope House located in Dover, Morris County is recognized as a Co-occurring disorder treatment provider, which means individuals with both a mental health diagnosis and a need for addiction treatment receive the highest quality of care in an outpatient settings. In addition, Hope House is funded by NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide mental health counseling to the Latino population. A Latinas women’s drop-in center at Hope House, called La Cocina de Mami and a veteran’s drop in center in Sussex are two self help prevention models of care offered by CFCS. The CFCS Sussex satellite, the Partnership for Social Services provides individual counseling and family support for residents of Sussex County.

Boys with emotional disturbances in need of short term residential treatment are referred to the Mt. St. Joseph Children’s Center located in Totowa, a licensed provider of residential treatment and a school for students with disabilities. Under the supervision of a psychiatrist, the boys receive counseling, nursing and educational services while their MSJ team works closely with community stakeholders to facilitate a transition back to the community.

Youth and Teens-at-risk residing in Paterson and Passaic city are referred to CFCS for the teen counseling program or the Outreach to Youth at Risk Programs. These prevention programs provide counseling support and mentoring to the youth to prevent harmful behaviors like substance use or gang participation.

Senior Services

Supportive Senior Services are provided in the three counties served by CFCS including the Paterson Adult Day Care Program, the Paterson Senior Activities Program, Passaic County Senior Case Management and Project Linc transportation, Morris County Chore Services, Fix-It home repairs, Hope Connection Emergency Call System, Sussex County Meals on Wheels, Senior Case Management and Transportation. The Supportive Services to Veteran’s Families serves veterans of all ages in all three counties.