Eva’s Village 35th Anniversary Celebration Includes Volunteer Appreciation & Tribute to Msgr. Vincent E. Puma

Gov. Christie concluded Eva’s Village 35th anniversary program, speaking out against the stigma of substance use disorders, and praising peer-led recovery programs at Eva’s Village.

‘When you take someone’s hand you should never let go of it until they can stand on their own two feet.’ inscription on the statue of Msgr. Vincent E. Puma, founder of Eva’s Village, unveiled at the ceremony.

On Sunday April 23, hundreds of guests gathered in the courtyard of Eva’s Village to celebrate 35 years of service to the community. Anniversary guests included volunteers and supporters, Eva’s alumni and staff, and clergy and elected officials. The program celebrated the mission of Eva’s Village and the legacy of our founder, Msgr. Vincent E. Puma, whose vision guided the growth of the social service organization from its beginnings as a simple soup kitchen in April 1982, to the 20 anti-poverty programs offered today.

Held on the first day of Volunteer Appreciation Week, the celebration honored individuals who worked to establish the original soup kitchen and recognized staff, volunteers and trustees, past and present, for their outstanding dedication and service. After awards and speeches were presented and bronze statue of Msgr. Puma was unveiled in the courtyard, guests adjourned to the Community Kitchen for a delicious spread prepared by chef instructors and students from The Culinary School at Eva’s Village.

History of Eva’s Village

Feeding the most neglected and vulnerable members of our community may not sound revolutionary, but in 1982 at the height of the recession, Eva’s Kitchen was the first in Northern NJ to respond to this growing need, and was the first soup kitchen to offer supportive…

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