Eva’s Village

Eva's Village Paterson New Jersey

Founded in 1981, Eva’s Village was the first peer-driven recovery center in New Jersey. The facility believes that active drug and alcohol addiction can be overcome through spiritual awareness and community integration, and offers a safe and welcoming environment for recovery, as well as fellowship and peer-to-peer support. Both residential and outpatient services are offered, as well as onsite child-care for mothers with dependent children.

ABOUT EVA’S VILLAGE

Eva’s Village was founded in 1982 as a small soup kitchen, and is now a faith-based, nondenominational, anti-poverty 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in the center of the city of Paterson, northeastern New Jersey. The organization pledges to provide food and housing for the hungry and homeless, as well as residential and outpatient substance use treatment for men, women, and mothers with children.

Eva’s Village also operates a medical and dental clinic that provides free services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Paterson.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Residential treatment is offered in gender-separate programs, each of which is based on the 12-Steps and split into three phases. The programs include comprehensive assessment, group and individual counseling, intensive education about addiction, family support, and on-site 12-step meetings. The mothers with children program also includes parenting classes, childcare, and afterschool programs to keep children occupied while their mothers are in treatment. And on all programs, clients participate in workforce development training, which includes guidance on resume writing, job searching, and job applications, plus mock job fairs twice a month.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The team includes master’s and PhD level counselors and social workers. Eva’s Village also relies on volunteers, in particular to run the workforce development program. The five individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The various residential programs accommodate a maximum of 103 men, 36 women, and 24 mothers with up to 55 children. The organization also provides shelter, transitional housing, and a community kitchen for individuals in need. The five individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise/leisure offerings gave them average ratings of 4.6 stars and three stars, respectively.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the nine reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, seven were positive, one was mixed, and one was negative. “The meals provided for the children fails to be healthy choices. There is no real parenting program and most of the time they are cleaning,” negative reviewer Diana wrote of the mommy and me program, adding concerns about a lack of child safety provisions such as safety guards. And in otherwise positive reviews, one reviewer wrote that there were “not enough counselors for the amount of clients,” and another added: “Most of the staff has dealt with their own addictions and won’t do in their recovery what they ask us to do.”

The positive reviewers, which were predominant, tended to give general praise, noting that they had learned a lot and often achieved sobriety at the facility, and praising staff. “It was an amazing experience where I learned a lot about myself and how to cope with lifes difficulties in a positive manner,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Both of the loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback, each giving the center four stars for its family participation and four or five stars for its treatment for co-occurring disorders. The reviewers disagreed about the quality of the center’s holistic offerings, giving them a two-star and a four-star rating. “I know of many people who have done very well in this program,” one anonymous reviewer wrote, and the other praised the “effective, caring professional staff.”

FINANCING

According to a 2016 financial statement, Eva’s Village is funded in large part by government grants, contributions, donations, and fundraising. The organization also receives some income via rent and food stamps, however, it’s not clear whether there’s any charge for the organization’s substance abuse services. The five individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars.

Reviews about Eva’s Village

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  • They do give you an opportunity to better yourself but if you make one mistake or even blink the wrong way your out on restriction and can’t work which defeats the whole purpose of the program! Most the counseled are empathetic to addiction but one in particular is the worse counseler I have ever encountered in my life. Her unprofessional Approach to everything is in itself down fall.
    This place is the worst. Noone is listening to the needs of the client, they group everyone as a whole and needs are individualizes, a person can't be treated as a group. The staff is on a power trip and their lives must suck so bad that they take it out at their place of employment. I recommend you stay as far away from this place as possible
    This place is horrible, after the director mike quit the clinical staff and housing staff are the worst to clients , i lived there i know
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  • Eva's Village saved my life. I just celebrated 2 years clean yesterday because they never gave up on me and because of all I learned there. I highly recommend people to go here for treatment.
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  • One of Eva's Village strengths is that most of the counselor's are addicts which helps. Some counselor's don't fully understand the feelings and experiences we've gone through which makes it hard. One of Evas Village weakness is that most of the staff has dealt with their own addictions and won't do in their recovery what they ask us to do.
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  • Clean. the programs are good. with structure not eveyone can be the boss I know of many people who have done very well in this program
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    Strong rules and regulations. Strong work ethic (counselors). Not enough counselors for the amount of clients. Evas Recovery Center helps clients form s strong foundation for solid recovery.
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  • effective, caring professional staff price effective, provides tips, guidelines, counseling
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  • The mommy and me program is set up for inner city clients. The program is not in compliance with child safety features. There are no child safety guards on door knobs in case a child wakes up at night when everyone is sleeping and sneaks out the door . That is a dangerous scenario. The meals provided for the children fails to be healthy choices. There is no real parenting program and most of the time they are cleaning. I would not recommend this program to anyone other than those who are from the urban areas. Bureau of Licensing needs to take a good look at the program and the lack of safety features.
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  • Great
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  • Strengths: Caring, understanding, my personal counselor was a perfect fit for me. Weaknesses: Need to explain the procedures for recovery more in depth. It was an amazing experience where I learned a lot about myself and how to cope with lifes difficulties in a positive manner.
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  • Great counseling options.
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  • Gave me the tools I needed to stay clean.
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  • Great Program.