E-Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 5
behind the beat . . .
Instruments for Healing
A group of 20 women in Eva's Halfway House performed songs from different cultural traditions for friends and family. The performance was the last in a series of 12 sessions led by facilitator, Tommy Hayes. He believes in, and scientific research confirms, the therapeutic benefits of drumming.

“It is a way to communicate without words; it is about unity; getting into the rhythm; it’s about the permission to express the self physically–you can see the joy,” Eva's Counselor Nicol Tilou observed. After a session, she finds her clients are more receptive and can more easily access and talk about their feelings. “ I like it and I’m good at it,” Arabella said. Closing her eyes, she plays with a smile on her face. “It takes all of us somewhere else. I can lose myself in the beat,” Cara explained. “I can’t wait for each session–It’s my escape–it’s a way to get bad thoughts out of my head,” Ali added. Free expression and improvisation are encouraged.

This workshop was made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council and from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts . The program culminated in a performance during the final session for friends, family, and clients at Eva’s Village.
parade demonstrates pride. . .
Nearly 1,000 March to Celebrate Recovery
A colorful crowd paraded through Paterson, chanting “We Do Recover! Never Lose Hope!” on a sunny Saturday in September. A crowd of nearly1,000 gathered in Paterson’s Courthouse Square for speeches and awards to kick off Passaic County’s 9th Annual Recovery Walk , one of thousands held across the country to commemorate National Recovery Month.

A team of peer leaders from Eva’s Village Recovery Community Center led the crowd to Eastside Park, where marchers celebrated with food, fun, and fellowship. This year’s theme, 'Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger," was echoed in speeches by local, state, and county elected officials and was reflected in participants' journeys–some with decades of sobriety; others just taking first steps towards recovery - and in the stories of friends and family who support them.

View a slideshow of the walk and celebration. View local press coverage
hands-on experience pays off!
Culinary Grads Reach 96% Employment Rate
This Fall, our culinary students, alumni, and chef instructors joined 14 of New Jersey's top chefs, preparing gourmet bites at The Tasting , a fundraiser for Eva's, held at Battello in Jersey City. Students hosted stations where they demonstrated hand-made pasta and mozzarella, served chilled seafood and summer salads, chicken tikka masala,peach gazpacho, with lemon trifle and mousse cake. View a slideshow of the event.

Hands-on experience in professional settings is a hallmark of Eva's six-month culinary certificate program. Preparing and serving top flight dishes at The Tasting , in addition to hosting in-house, pop-up restaurants for invited guests, and a month-long internship with a food service provider during training, pays off for Eva's culinary students. We are proud of our Culinary School 's remarkable 96% job placement rate!
Remembering Miss Jo with Love
Eva's Village mourns the passing of Miss Josephine DeWitt, whose warm welcome and cheerful smile touched everyone who walked through Eva's front door. She served as Eva's ambassador for more than 20 years, answering the phone with a cheerful "Good morning, this is Eva's Village where Hope begins." We presented her family with a memorial plaque honoring her warm heart, positive spirit and dedicated service. All of us of at Eva's and many in the Paterson community will remember her with love. We miss you, Miss Jo!
Upcoming Events
Annual Benefit Gala : Serving Hope; Building Community
Thursday, November 7, 2019, The Grove, Cedar Grove, NJ
Please join us for a cocktail reception, awards program and seated dinner to support Eva's Village. Our Gala raises awareness and vital funding for our mission and programs.

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Ad Journal deadline is Oct. 21!
Straight and Narrow still needs your help! Please take a look at their wish list for the 50 men in their Halfway House who still need to replace many of their possessions lost in the massive August 24th fire.
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