This holiday season, spread joy.

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For more than 15 years, Franciscan Charities has tended to the critical needs of the poor in Newark’s Central Ward, providing meals, clothing, advice and healing.

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Our volunteer corps has grown from a handful to hundreds each year. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

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We’re committed to feeding our neighbors throughout these difficult times. Every dollar counts.

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The holidays are coming! Read our news for ways to spread joy this year, especially among our children. For many of them even one gift is a treasure. Help us put smiles on their faces by supporting our Toy Drive!

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At Franciscan Charities, we believe in the dignity of a hot meal, the comfort of a safe space, and the power of a kind word.

Our Results

Since 2004, Franciscan Charities has tended to the critical needs of the poor -- providing hot meals, clothing the cold, supplying food pantry items, rendering advice and supporting families. Our numbers tell the story.

Served over
1 million meals
Worked with thousands of volunteers
Supplied more than 1000 school backpacks
Distributed more than 20,000 winter coats, gear and toys
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Meet Brother Paul

Paul Miller, OFS, started Franciscan Charities in 2004 with the belief that each person should have a warm, welcoming place to eat and be treated with dignity and kindness. From day one Brother Paul set the tone. If you come through our doors, hungry in anyway, we will feed you. We will help you. We will hug you. No questions asked.

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Thank You to our Partners and Sponsors

CFBNJ
County Concrete
Bridges
Moms Helping Moms
Holiday Express
Gargiulio Produce
Wells Fargo
Order of Malta
Habitat for Humanity
Jerry Rose
Knights of Columbus
Maplecrest Ford Lincoln