Our History

Oasis founders, Ann Wagner and Christine DeVita Breit, opened our doors at 320 Main Street in 1997, to provide meal services to poor women and children. At that time, women and children living in poverty in Paterson, New Jersey did not have access to a soup kitchen for a daily hot meal.

By 2007, we had outgrown the church basement we occupied and initiated a capital campaign to fund a new building capable of housing our vastly expanded programs, while providing the opportunity for future growth.


Soon after, we moved into the beautiful building we now occupy at 59 Mill Street, allowing us the capacity to grow and meet the needs of women and children in our community.




our future

In 2015, Oasis purchased and demolished the building next door at 55 Mill Street. Some of the land has been used for a community garden which supports the Oasis Soup Kitchen.


The remaining land will temporarily provide parking and space for our Summer Camp and After-School students to play.


In the near future, Oasis looks to grow its programs for the community and will likely build an additional building to house new and expanded programs and activities. 


Stay tuned for all the details and ways you can help!