Our Sister Program- The St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation:
The mission of St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation is to serve as an agent of hope, partnering with others to provide needs driven services that improve the quality of life and encourage greater self-sufficiency.
St. Paul’s CDC collaborates with others to provide these programs and services, which are driven by community needs. Partnership is an essential part of the agency’s strategy in accomplishing its mission, evidenced by strong alliances with other community, religious and public/private sector organizations. Developing a broad base of funding support and program revenue is foundational to the CDC’s structure, as it seeks to provide a continuum of care that focuses on guiding individuals toward greater self-sufficiency. St. Paul’s human services programs also include outreach services for persons infected or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, our AmeriCorps Program, and the 5th Ward Neighborhood Redevelopment Project.
St. Paul’s CDC programs respond to the needs of the community by providing comprehensive, supportive, social services that can break the cycle of homelessness and move an individual from shelter to transitional housing, to employment and a permanent home. These human services are staff-driven and are administered on and off-site. Case managers, mentors, teachers, health care providers, social workers, and substance abuse counselors work with participants to improve the quality of life for families and individuals through stability and education. Participants are assisted in identifying and prioritizing their needs, in strengthening their ability to constructively resolve their problems and develop a plan to prevent the recurrence of the problems.
The agency is supported by a dedicated full-time staff of 24 persons, including a leadership team comprised of the Interim Executive Director, Director of Finance, and the Director of Communications and Programs. In addition, there is 1 part-time employee and over 300 volunteers. The ethnic and socioeconomic mix of the CDC board, staff, and volunteers, reflects the diversity of the community it serves. St. Paul’s has had a longterm commitment to the Greater Paterson community, providing our varied human services programs to more than 7,000 families and individuals annually.