Our purpose is to help the poor improve their quality of life and to become self-sufficient by addressing the causes as well as the effects of poverty.
WHO WE ARE
Paterson Task Force is closely tied to the community it serves through its staff members and board of directors who assist the general population. Funded through federal, state, county, municipal and foundation grants, the agency has implemented numerous programs that have enabled those in need to alleviate or eliminate their problems.
For over 50 years, Paterson Task Force has emerged to be the face of anti-poverty programs in Paterson; growing from a grass-roots organization to a major community development program providing services for the citizens of Paterson and surrounding Passaic County. Paterson Task Force has delved into the very root of the causes of poverty. With factors such as a decline in adequate health care, neighborhood decay, the high incidents of school drop-out, untreated substance abuse, stagnant, and falling wages, the shutting down of factories and industries, high unemployment, and a steady rise in homelessness, we are providing the assistance to make the changes necessary to make those in need self-sufficient. The agency came from a world of disabling poverty to create a system for education, training and developing sustainable self-sufficiency for individuals and families in the twenty-first century.
As an integral part of the community, Paterson Task Force has mobilized around key opportunities that have the greatest impact on the lives of low-income people. Funded through federal, state, county, municipal and private grants, the agency has implemented numerous programs utilizing proven poverty-fighting strategies that engage and educate the public and enable those in need to alleviate or eliminate their problems. Our services include employment training, family services, a shelter for the homeless, nutrition program, housing counseling, and providing food and clothing when necessary to those in need.