through shelter, we empower
for our interns, summer is the learning season
For the last seven summers, Paterson Habitat for Humanity has hosted a summer internship program designed to provide a meaningful work experience to Paterson high school students. The program works in partnership with area companies to provide a young student the opportunity to work four days a week in a professional environment. On the fifth day, the interns meet as a group, where they participate in a career and life skills-building workshop, listen to guest speakers, and receive instruction in personal finance. Popular among students, this program is a tribute to the generosity of The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation and the many employers that provide internships year after year.
feel good tax payments?
New Jersey's Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program allows companies to take dollar for dollar tax credits for donations of $25,000 up to $1 million to support non-profit neighborhood revitalization projects. Paterson Habitat is encouraging companies to take advantage of the NRTC option for 2017 by donating to our state approved plan for Paterson's Northside: "Building Pride in The Northside". It calls for construction of new or rehabbed homes, demolition of abandoned buildings, a feasibility study by the Paterson Habitat Homeowners Association to develop a Northside community center, and a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club to increase street safety by building a mobile camera system for the Paterson Police Department. Companies must select their preferred project by mid-December.
our neighbors around the world
When it comes to people's need for a decent place to live, the world is one big neighborhood. So from the beginning of our organization over 30 years ago, Paterson Habitat has been reaching out to our neighbors in places like Kenya, Nepal, Mexico, India and Argentina. We've done this primarily by tithing 10 percent of our general contributions for Habitat organizations in developing countries with desperate housing needs. This year Habitat for Humanity International honored us as a "top tither" in recognition of the $140,000 Paterson Habitat contributed in 2016 to support international efforts. Over three decades, our international tithing has exceeded $1 million. In addition to sending financial help, some of our volunteers have traveled the world at their own expense to help build homes through our "Travel With A Purpose" program.