Oasis - A Haven for Women and Children

Oasis - A Haven for Women and Children

Oasis is a non-profit organization in Paterson, NJ, whose mission is to change the lives of women an Oasis opened its doors in 1997 to service an unmet need.

At that time, women and children living in poverty in Paterson, New Jersey did not have access to a soup kitchen for a daily hot meal. As a result, the founders rented space in a local church on main Street and began providing meals to hungry women and children in the community. Over the years, our programs and services grew to include literacy, language and workforce development skills. GED, ESL


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This Thanksgiving, please donate to Oasis. You can make a difference in the lives of women and children.

All donations can be dropped off at 59 Mill Street, Paterson NJ 07501.
We are open to accept donations from 8-11:00 and 1-2:30 Monday-Friday.

Thank you!

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Oasis was honored last week at the Don Bosco Prep Gala with the Humanitarian Award. We feel grateful for our wonderful partnership with Don Bosco and look forward to continuing to grow together.


Here is our feature on Pix 11 News! Thank you again to DoorDash for this generous grant.


Oasis is honored to be one of the organizations in Paterson to receive a generous grant from DoorDash. This grant will allow our clients to have access to food when our doors aren't open. Food insecurity is one of the greatest challenges Paterson residents face. Thank you to DoorDash for this generous grant helping to fight food insecurity.

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Happy Halloween from Oasis!!!! πŸ–€πŸ§‘


November starts the holiday season, and for many of us, this means time with family, delicious food, and gift exchanges. The holiday season can be a joyous time, but for some, it can be stressful and heartbreaking. Please consider families that are struggling financially, have lost their homes, or have faced a tragedy that has left them feeling hopeless. By donating non-perishable goods, you can give a family the gift of Thanksgiving dinner.
Please drop your donations off at:
59 Mill Street
Paterson, NJ 07501

Our drop off hours are from 8-11:30 and 1-2:30.


What better way to celebrate your birthday or honor a loved one than to give back? For $177, you can give lunch to the women and children we serve at Oasis! For any occasion, please consider donating a Lunches with Love and making a difference! ❀


Please join us in congratulating our Oasis students on this huge accomplishment! β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™


Come to Oasis and volunteer! We need help in multiple areas, and volunteers like you make a huge difference! For more information about volunteering, please contact Andrea Johnston at [email protected].


Please consider donating Halloween candy to Oasis! All donations must be dropped off by October 30th. Thank you! 🍭🍬🍫❀

Photos from New Jersey Office of the Food Security Advocate's post 10/24/2023

Please support Oasis and join us at the upcoming Fall Bergen Women’s Health Experience on November 2 at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale. Tickets are now just $35 each….or $30 for groups of six or more! Click here to order yours today:


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Please consider donating non-perishable food items this holiday season! Your donation can make a real difference and change the holiday season for a family in need. ❀

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Women and children who have survived domestic violence joined us yesterday to decorate t-shirts with words of encouragement. Children expressed support for their mothers, and women were able to express themselves freely through art. The girls in our teen girl program decorated our garden with beautiful chalk art. The art and messages they conveyed were uplifting and inspiring. πŸ’œ

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On November 2nd, please join us for our New Immigrant Resource Fair! This event will have a variety of health, legal, and other family resources present. The majority of the organizations participating are able to service most people regardless of their status. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact Gina Martinez at [email protected].


The rainy weather won't stop us! Please come to Oasis to find community, support and a hot meal. ❀


Please sign up for our Wellness Retreat for an afternoon of physical, mental, and emotional wellness! Oasis is happy to partner with lululemon for this wonderful event. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈβ€

To sign up, email Evelyn at [email protected].


Oasis is closed today. We'll see you tomorrow!


Purple is used as a traditional symbol of domestic violence awareness and remembrance. Embrace your strength, spread awareness, and stand united against domestic violence. Together, we can break the silence. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ


Time is running out! Please join us for our 19th annual Oktoberfest! Enjoy German food, beer, games, an oompah band, and live music performed by The Jersey Rollers! To purchase a ticket, please visit the link below. We can't wait to see you under the big tent! πŸ₯¨πŸ»πŸ“―❀️



The wait is finally over! We are so happy to share Claudia's story with you all. Claudia is a smart young woman who is destined for greatness. Please join us in celebrating her and her accomplishments! Because of people like you, Oasis students like Claudia get new opportunities every day and the chance to succeed. β€πŸ‘πŸ“š


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Our Saturday classes are up and running! We have women and children joining us for GED courses, math enrichment, and more! We are so happy to see so many families joining us for breakfast and lunch as well! ❀

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Paterson School 2 hosted their 4th annual Dads Take Your Child to School event. This year was the best attended year since the event started! The purpose of Dads Take Your Child to School is to encourage and celebrate the engagement of father figures in the education of their children! We are so happy to see the dads and their children that got to participate!


Childhood is filled with its own set of challenges, but for Claudia and her family, the unpredictable occurred. After the pandemic, when her family fell on tough times, Claudia was left to pick up the pieces. Her strength and perseverance paired with Oasis’ continued support has helped her continue to grow and succeed.
We are so excited to share Claudia’s story with you in less than a week!


We are blooming with pride! Oasis won an award for best community garden! Great work to everyone who has helped make this possible. 🌿🌹🌻🌞❀

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On September 1st, Katie Gundeck celebrated her birthday at Oasis. Katie has been celebrating her birthday here since 2018, donating a meal to promote Lunches With Love. Her family and friends join us as well and bring birthday decorations, cupcakes, and goody bags for the women and children! The goody bags have bracelets, snacks, and toiletries, all items that our women and children love and need. In the words of Katie "The women at Oasis are so thankful for us, but we are really so thankful for them, and their kindness is heartwarming. There is no better day to give back than my birthday." Thank you to Katie and her family and friends for their consistent support.

Please consider promoting Lunches With Love here at Oasis. You can honor your birthday, a milestone or a loved one. We thank you for your support! ❀


Come to Oasis and get your ServSafe Food Handler Certification! For more information please contact [email protected].


We have something exciting to share with you.... but for now, we will show you a short clip of a video we will be releasing in two weeks!

Meet Claudia, who was a student here at Oasis for many years before graduating high school. Claudia grew up in Paterson and faced many challenges that could have prevented her from finding success. Claudia, however, has a wonderful success story to share with everyone.

Here at Oasis, our goal is to help women and children rise out of poverty through education. We take a holistic approach, providing our clients with hot meals, food bags, clothing, and hygiene products. When basic needs are met, women have more time to focus on their education.


Nurturing hope, one child at a time. ❀ Please join us at Oasis for breakfast and lunch, to start your day off right.


We are less than a month away from our 19th Annual Oktoberfest! This year, we are honoring Columbia Bank for their amazing efforts here at Oasis.

We would love for you to join us for games, live music, authentic German food, dancing, costumes and more! πŸ₯¨πŸŒ­πŸ»πŸŽ·β€οΈ

For more information about purchasing tickets or sponsoring the event, please visit: www.oasisnj.org/oktoberfest

We look forward to seeing you under the big tent!


Summer has ended, but the memories you gave these children will last a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who helped our Oasis kids have a great summer, you made a real difference! πŸ˜„πŸŒžβ€


Happy Rosh Hashanah from Oasis!

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This week, our after-school program started! The after-school program here at Oasis gives Paterson students the opportunity to work with tutors in multiple subjects, and also have a safe and fun environment to socialize in! The students are fed dinner as well, so they are nourished for the rest of the day. πŸŽπŸ˜„


We would like to take this time to congratulate Aracelli on becoming a US citizen this week! Aracelli along with three other women have earned their citizenship! This is a huge accomplishment, and we are very proud of all of these women for their hard work and dedication! ❀

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Yesterday was the first day of classes for the women here at Oasis! While they were getting acquainted with their new classroom and fellow students, our babies and toddlers got acclimated as well! Here's to a new school year! πŸ“šβ€πŸ˜„


Today, we remember the lives lost and the resilience shown on this solemn day. We will never forget. β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™

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Oasis would like to send a special thank you to James, Matthew and Anthony, who went door to door to collect food for our food pantry. It is kind acts like these that make a real difference in the world. ❀

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Look at how happy the kids in our Kindergarten Bridge program are!! Kindergarten Bridge is a 3-day program that helps kids become comfortable and familiar with a big school before the first day.

Twenty kindergarten students and three rising first graders joined us to get familiar with their surroundings! The students toured the school, read, played, had circle time, and learned community guidelines. At the end of the program, all students received a backpack full of supplies and a toy.

Programs like these are important because they provide an emotional safety net for children. Getting familiar with new surroundings and rules will help lessen stress levels on the first day of school. The Kindergarten Bridge Program helps both children and parents start the school year off right.


Pictured here is Allesandra, who is completing her Girl School Gold Award at Oasis. She collected book donations and held book fairs for the children this summer at Carl's Kids Camp. Each child got to pick several books as part of the Oasis Literacy Monday program. Thank you to Allesandra for sharing the gift of reading with our children! πŸ“šβ€πŸ˜„

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59 Mill Street
Paterson, NJ

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 3:30pm
Thursday 8am - 3:30pm
Friday 8am - 3:30pm

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