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Q & A with Ana Hazard, Director of the Healing Ministry of Divine Mercy

This month's blog feature is a very special woman -- Ana Hazard, the Director of the Healing Ministry of Divine Mercy. Ana joined us for a heartfelt Q & A regarding her introduction to Brother Paul Miller, her current role, and the ministry's mission. Read on to learn about her remarkable and inspiring story. 1) Hi [...]

September 8th, 2016|

Summer Program Success for Newark’s Kids

This year our Children's Summer Program was staffed a little differently and, with the program officially ending for the season tomorrow, we'd like to highlight the success of our talented staff of interns. David Asamoah-Duodu, who will be pursuing his doctorate degree in psychology at Rutgers in the Fall, joined us as the Director of [...]

August 11th, 2016|

Teen Volunteer Brings Innovative Solution for Girls to Soup Kitchen

This July, our Soup Kitchen welcomed back long-time volunteer Olivia, a rising senior at Verona High School. Olivia has been coming to the kitchen for many years, volunteering for a variety of our programs. Now a teenager, she wanted to take on a more independent role and focused her attention on our Literacy Program. By doing so, she formed a [...]

July 29th, 2016|

Save the Date! FC’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing

The Franciscan Charities 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing is coming soon! When: Monday, September 19, 2016 Where: Essex County Country Club, West Orange, NJ Event Times: Registration and Continental Breakfast - 10:00 AM Shotgun Start -- 12:00 PM Lunch on the Course Cocktails and Fabulous Food -- 5:00 - 7:00 PM Awards -- 6:00 PM [...]

July 11th, 2016|

A Special Guy, A Special Birthday, and A Very Special Gift

Michael Ricciardi, a long-time supporter of Franciscan Charities, recently celebrated his 60th birthday and, because he requested no gifts, his friends and family surprised him with donations to the soup kitchen. In the photo above, Michael's brother Carmine presents him with a check symbolizing the initial donations, totaling $25,000. By the end of the evening, the [...]

June 23rd, 2016|

Business Supporter Spotlight — Brownie Points

Brownie Points in Summit has been supporting St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen with delicious donations of bakery items for the past seven years. These treats are a favorite among our soup kitchen clients and volunteers—and help to bring smiles to our guests every week. In addition to the donations, the bakery’s owner, Bob Conway, was an [...]

June 21st, 2016|

Soup Kitchen receives grant from The Hyde & Watson Foundation

Franciscan Charities is happy to announce the receipt of a $9,000 grant from The Hyde and Watson Foundation of Warren, NJ. The funds will be used to improve the soup kitchen's security system and provide lockers for the volunteers to store their personal belongings. Over the years, The Hyde and Watson Foundation has been a [...]

June 3rd, 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|

Business Supporter Spotlight: The Beautylounge

Illyne Ganley, owner of the Beautylounge in Summit, has been a dedicated supporter of Franciscan Charities since 2008. Illyne became acquainted with the charity after meeting Gina Ricciardi, whom Illyne describes as “beautiful in every way and exceptionally inspiring.” At the time, Gina was the charity’s Board President (and currently continues to fundraise and volunteer) [...]

May 1st, 2016|

Business Supporter Spotlight: Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design

Franciscan Charities has been blessed over the years with the support of many local businesses. This week, we’d like to focus on Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design, a business that has continued to support our efforts to help the poor since the very beginning. Jerry Rose, the owner of Jerry Rose Floral and Event [...]

April 20th, 2016|