May 4 | 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Unnamed Venue
Montclair, NJ United States

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Oasis — A Haven for Women and Children, supported by groups including the Montclair Foundation, will celebrate the expansion of its 57 Mill Street, Paterson building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 4.

The Oasis building has changed dramatically, according to an announcement from the group. The nonprofit organization celebrates the completion of a fourth floor and a two-story ground floor addition. Oasis will serve 2,500 more women and children each year with the expanded space, raising the total number of Paterson and area residents served annually to 7,500.

Oasis completed construction as of December 2021, adding 9,250 square feet to the existing Oasis community center at 59 Mill Street. A $5.4 million capital campaign funded the project.

The enlarged space includes a completed fourth-floor housing four new, large classrooms, two tutoring rooms, a conference room, and offices for social workers. The expansion also includes a two-story ground floor addition that houses an expanded lobby, a new thrift shop, an expanded childcare room, a wellness room, and a rooftop garden.

With more space available, Oasis has already begun to expand programs to meet the needs of hundreds more women and children, the group said.. Some new programs include a thrift store internship program to help unemployed women find work in the retail sector; a maternal health program to give expectant mothers access to the health care they need; and plans to increase enrollment in the highly successful After-School Academy by 50 percent in the upcoming school year.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 11:00 am. Paterson’s Mayor, Andre Sayegh, will attend and will speak. Numerous local officials have been invited.