What We do

How We Help


Oasis is a non-profit organization in Paterson, New Jersey, providing poor women and children with a hand up as well as a hand out so lives can be changed.  Our programs include meals support, human services, education and job training.  We empower families to move beyond poverty by offering Adult Education classes for women and educational enrichment programs for at-risk youth in the community. All programs are designed to help these families succeed in the workplace and in the public education system, while meeting their immediate needs of food, clothing and social services. 

Our founders, Ann Wagner and Christine DeVita Briet, opened our doors 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.   In 2007, we relocated to a new facility on Mill Street and expanded our services to include literacy, language and workforce development skills.  Adult Literacy, GED, Workplace Readiness, ESL and Computer Training classes were added, as well as support services including clothing distribution, food pantry, domestic violence screening and referral, women’s health screening, social services counseling and referral, child care, an after-school mentoring program, summer camp program for at risk youth, and our newly implemented teen program for girls.  Today we are the ONLY nonprofit organization in the area providing all of these programs and services in one location.  

  • Over 65,000 hot meals served annually to women and children attending our educational programs and to women in the community during Breakfast and Lunch,
  • Over 17,000 volunteer hours contributed annually towards the delivery of Oasis programs and services,
  • On average 600 women and children receive services daily,
  • Adult Education Classes continue to be at 100% capacity,
  • After School Program continues to be at 100% capacity,
  • Summer Camp Program expanded for the third year in a row to now serve 170 children,
  • New programming includes: culinary arts program, youth photography program, home health aide training, and TEEN girls program