New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Continues Statewide "Season of Service" with Visit to Oasis in Paterson


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PATERSON, NJ – As part of the Christie Administration's fifth annual Season of Service, Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Director of Cybersecurity Dave Weinstein of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness visited Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, where they served hot meals during the organization’s lunch service.

This event marked the first of many collaborations between the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Oasis family, as they will return in 2016 to participate in the Oasis TEEN Program. The Program invites guest speakers to serve as mentors to an older teen as they plan for their future careers. Rosemary Martorana and Dave Weinstein will volunteer to share educational and leadership resources surrounding careers in Intelligence and Cybersecurity.

"I am honored to participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity to help serve the women and children of Paterson this holiday season," said Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana. "I commend Oasis for their leadership and service to communities in need and look forward to continuing this partnership in 2016 by returning to the TEEN program."

“We are very thankful to be hosting a team at Oasis from the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness as part of Governor Christie’s ‘Season of Service,’” noted Oasis Executive Director Jennifer Brady.  “This volunteering demonstrates a commitment to learning more about the needs and services around the state. The Homeland Security volunteers will make a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of women and children in Paterson at the Oasis soup kitchen, and we’re grateful for the holiday cheer they will bring with them!”

Founded in 1997, Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children is a non-profit organization serving women, teens, and children living in need in the Greater Paterson area. Oasis works to break the cycle of poverty through programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower. Oasis serves over 600 women and children daily in adult education classes, workforce readiness training, youth development programs, and basic social services. Oasis provides the tools necessary for women and children to successfully move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Martorana and Weinstein were joined by Analysts Allison Toll and Angie Gad from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Photos and updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/NJOHSP and on Twitter by following @NJOHSP. More information on Oasis and its programs can be found on its website at: http://www.oasisnj.org/.

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The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), a Cabinet-level agency, was created in 2006. The Director serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, and is responsible for leading and coordinating the state’s counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and emergency preparedness efforts while building resiliency throughout the state across all levels of government and the private sector. NJOHSP oversees and distributes discretionary state and federal homeland security and emergency preparedness funds on behalf of New Jersey.  More information about NJOHSP can be found at www.njhomelandsecurity.gov.