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Back to School Smiles

With the new school year quickly approaching, school supplies are on the minds of most parents. Purchasing supplies, however, can be a daunting task for families struggling to get by, but thanks to the National Council of Jewish Women of Essex, ten children in grades K - 5 from Franciscan Charities participated in their Back [...]

August 17th, 2018|

Spotlight: From Job Training to Job Success

Franciscan Enterprises, a ministry and sister-organization of Franciscan Charities, provides training and work opportunities for the chronically unemployed with the goal of workforce re-entry and long term job placement. We'd like to highlight the success story of Raamel Correa, who has made the transition from working with Franciscan Enterprises to employment at Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of [...]

February 19th, 2018|

Youth Group Works Hard to Make the Soup Kitchen Shine

The Youth Group from the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville, led by Pastor Jeff Hatch, spent two days volunteering at St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen last month. Franciscan Charities was the first stop for the 14 students who were participating in a nearly week-long Work Camp.   Pastor Jeff had been at the soup kitchen exactly 10 [...]

July 10th, 2017|

Temple Emanu-El Makes Generous Donation to FC Soup Kitchen

Rabbi Ethan Prosnit from Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ shared great news with Franciscan Charities today. In a note he said, "We brought our 8th – 9th Grade Mitzvah Corps group to the Soup Kitchen this past year and it was an extremely impactful experience. Part of the Mitzvah Corps program was also creating a mini-foundation and sending [...]

June 13th, 2017|

Community Spotlight: Race Farm of Blairstown, N.J.

Race Farm is a fourth generation family farm started in 1938 with a commitment to sustainable agriculture and community giving. Located in Blairstown, N.J., Race Farm has been an avid supporter of Franciscan Charities, as well as many other charitable organizations, through the Give it Fresh Today (G.I.F.T.) program at the Summit Farmer’s Market, various [...]

October 9th, 2016|

Community Spotlight: The G.I.F.T. Program at the Summit Farmer’s Market

Franciscan Charities has been involved with the G.I.F.T. Program since 2012. Bob Conway—owner of Brownie Points bakery in Summit and Board Member of Summit Downtown, Inc., the organization that operates the Farmer’s Market—recently told us about the history of the program. What is the G.I.F.T. Program? The G.I.F.T. Program stands for Give it Fresh Today. [...]

May 16th, 2016|