Tuesday, November 22, 2016
PATERSON, NJ – As part of the Christie Administration's sixth annual Season of Service, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Director Chris Rodriguez and staff visited Oasis in Paterson where they served Thanksgiving meals and distributed turkeys to impoverished women and children from the Greater-Paterson area.
"I am honored to participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity to help serve the women and children of Paterson this holiday season," said Director Rodriguez. “I commend Oasis for their leadership and I look forward to working with them throughout the year."
Director Rodriguez was joined by members of his Senior Staff, including Deputy Director Steven Gutkin, Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana, Director of Administration Jared Maples, Director of Communications Stephanie Raphael, Chief Financial Officer Randy Richardson, and Director of the NJ Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) Mike Geraghty.
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.
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.