Our History

Oasis founders, Ann Wagner and Christine DeVita Breit, opened our doors at 320 Main Street in 1997, to provide meal services to poor women and children.  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.

By 2007, we had outgrown the church basement we occupied and initiated a capital campaign to fund a new building capable of housing our vastly expanded programs, while providing the opportunity for furture growth.  Soon after, we moved into the beautiful building we now occupy at 59 Mill Street, allowing us the capacity to grow and meet the needs of women and children in our community.


Our Center

Our center has a uniquely integrated approach to the problems of chronic hunger and poverty among the women and children of Paterson.

Under one roof at Oasis, a woman’s basic needs are met—food, clothing, education and childcare, as well as referral services, all free of charge. Women come to Oasis because we offer inclusive resources for them to become self-sufficient and attain economic independence.

Our new building has afforded us increased capacity, but the demand for Oasis programs and services outweighs our space and financial resources. Our dining room seats 140 women, yet each day we serve as many as 350 meals to women and children. Last year, we served over 65,000 meals.