social Services

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that you cannot sincerely try to help another without helping yourself." Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Oasis Social Services Department provides support services to our adult education students, as well as the greater Paterson community.

A Safe Place to Talk

  • Each year, over 500 women meet with a social worker on our social services team to discuss personal challenges pertaining to domestic violence, substance abuse, women’s health, immigration, and more.
  • Our social workers serve as "case managers" for these clients, providing ongoing support as well as referrals to various community agencies depending on need.
  • Oasis also supports college level social services interns under the supervision of Jim Walsh, CSW.  Click here to download an application.

workshops for Life improvement

  • Oasis offers numerous opportunities and workshops for women to improve their lives and those of their family members, including stress management, study habits/note taking, financial literacy, and empowerment.
  • Oasis also offers parenting and parent/child music classes through a partnership with NJCDC and the Great Falls Promise Neighborhood.

Events for the Community

Oasis hosts numerous events throughout the year that are open to our adult education students and community members alike:
  • Health screenings, health fairs, and nutrition classes with partner hospitals and universities
  • Baby showers for pregnant moms in partnership with various community agencies


Oasis also attends numerous health resource and community fairs throughout Paterson and Passaic County to highlight social service programs.

A focus on youth

  • Oasis provides individual and group counseling services to all youth enrolled in our programs.
  • These sessions include "stress-buster" activities, anti-bullying coping skills, time management lessons, and self-esteem workshops.
  • Oasis social workers also serve as advocates for children and families when interacting with the public school system and social service agencies.