Each year, thousands of individuals come to Eva’s Village in need of recovery and supportive services, healthcare, food and shelter. Learn how Eva’s many programs helped these individuals find hope and a new beginning.
When I look at where I am now, it’s hard even for me to understand where I came from. Nearly two years ago, when I gave birth handcuffed to a hospital bed, I knew I had reached the very bottom—I felt completely alone, and I was scared. Read more of Marie's story here
Just two years ago, Rose was homeless. She had lost custody of her two children and was deep in the throes of a heroin addiction . . . but the strength of her unbreakable bond with her kids led her to Eva’s Village, where she received the support she needed to start her recovery. Listen to her story
Meet 32-year-old Dylan who shares his recovery story in his own words:
"Hi, my name is Dylan.
Eleven years ago, when I was 21, I had a solid job at a design firm, my own apartment and I was looking forward to creating a good life for myself. Then I started to experience numbness and tingling in my limbs. Eventually I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and my doctor prescribed me oxycodone for my chronic pain. The pills relieved my pain, but they also took away my depression and made me feel like I could do anything." Read more of Dylan's story here
Moving into an Eva’s Village apartment a few months ago felt like a homecoming to 75-year-old Joseph V. A team of Eva's staff and county social service providers also celebrated this happy ending to months of hard work to secure permanent, affordable housing for him. A Paterson native, Joseph grew up on Slater Street and attended P.S. 3, just blocks away from his new home. Read more of Joseph's story here
Eva's is my safe haven.
I came from a good family. I was an only child, and I never knew my father. My mother had experienced trauma and was very strict. She took care of me but couldn’t give me her love when I was growing up.
Read more of Wendy's story here
Christine & Eli
Children bring us great joy, but parenthood can sometimes feel overwhelming--especially for a single mother. Single moms who struggle with substance use and mental health disorders face even greater challenges.
Christine was trying to manage all of these issues, and was looking for a stable place for herself and her four-year-old son Eli, when she found her way to the Hope Residence at Eva’s Village. Read more of Christine's story here