Who We help



In Paterson, one of the most densely populated cities in NJ and the United States, the poverty rate is significantly above the national average. It is a city facing harsh adversity with 28% of its people living below the poverty line, nearly double the 15% national average.  Approximately 89% of children in Paterson qualify for free or reduced school lunch programs and only 11% of adult residents hold a Bachelors or higher degree.  In fact, only 59% of Paterson teens graduate from high school and only 1% of all NJ college bound seniors are from Paterson.


With a current population of approximately 150,000, Oasis services local women and children living below the poverty line.  All enrolled families are eligible for NJ SNAP. Our clients are economically and financially distressed with various health issues, living in overcrowded multi- enerational family dwellingsMost are mothers, with school aged children, exhibiting low levels of self-esteem.  The ethnicity groupings of our clients are 61% Hispanic, 25% Middle Eastern, 10% Black, 2% White and 2% Asian.


Witness statements from this year's clients:

"Words cannot express my gratitude to the staff at Oasis; before I found Oasis I was existing, now I am living.  Thank you Oasis!"

"The TEEN Program has been such a rewarding experience for me. I have never met such a warm group of people in my whole life and I know I am heading off to college with a great group of lifetime friends."

"I am grateful for the people at Oasis for opening their doors for me so that I can make a better life for myself."

"Thank you Oasis for helping me with my reading and math.  Anyone can change their life if they want."

"I know it is not easy to get my GED, but I will never give up.  Thank you Oasis for giving me this opportunity."