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Have you ever had a cup of coffee with someone and paused as they tell you what they have been up to? That was the reaction I had when I heard my friend Claire Haider talk about her experiences with Elizabeth Yamada in Paterson bringing 650 coats to shelters and needy people.I observed her porch filled with jackets and sweaters waiting to be delivered and heard her stories about working in soup kitchens such as Eva's kitchen on Main Street in Paterson.Remembering her hard work, I set a date aside to honor Claire and Elizabeth at a WFWP luncheon. We met Sunday January 22 at the La Havana 59 Restaurant in Moonachie, New Jersey. The restaurant is known locally for its delicious food and the display of original Cuban artifacts…
From August 2016, the Paterson, New Jersey Chapter of WFWP was really busy working on our Annual School Supplies Drive. The school supplies that were collected went to the organizations listed to the right. An additional contribution of 15 bags of school supplies from one of Mrs. Elizabeth Yamada’s neighbors came in after the initial donation.Then in October, Mrs. Elizabeth Yamada was invited by Dr. Judy Foster to speak at The Christian Fellowship Church in Paterson. She was one of four panelists, and her selected topic was WFWP’s theme “Living by the Logic of Love.” She read WFWP Co-Founder, Rev. Moon’s poem, “The Crown of Glory,” and included Jesus’ words, “Love One Another”. She included a personal testimony, and ended with a passage from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Love…
Mrs. Denneze Nelson is the full-time mother of four children, 2 boys and 2 girls, ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old. She is also a full-time employee of the US Department of Veteran Affairs in New Jersey. She is the Medical Foster Home Program Manager that places veterans into homes to be cared for, instead of going into a nursing home. The slogan of the program is: Where Heroes Meet Angels.Before her present employment, she worked in the field of domestic violence for seven years as a counselor for victims of domestic abuse. Having worked for that long with victims, she has acquired unique insight and understanding of people in pain, both emotional and physical. Denneze said that it is in this job she could deeply understand…
On October 8th Ms. Aida Paruas was 102 years young! As the dear mother of Lourdes, one of WFWP Hackensack chapter’s participants and speakers on numerous occasions, the chapter decided to honor her. Originally from Cuba, she now lives in Little Ferry, New Jersey, a small town where the mayor and council take personal care of their citizens. There is a plaque in the Borough Hall for those who have reached 100 years old.We arranged for a meet and greet from Little Ferry Mayor's office in her home. Councilman Tom Sarlo presented Aida with a pin from the city and said her name would be on the plaque in City Hall for turning 100. She is the seventh name honored on the plaque. When asked what she attributes her longevity…
“North and South must unite and America must ensure that it happens peacefully.” These are the words of WFWP’s founders, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. From their point of view, peace in Korea is an essential requirement for world peace. America (in particular American women), is a powerful player in facilitating the peace process in the divided peninsula.Last year, WFWP New Jersey, in collaboration with the local Korean Evangelical Association, the Universal Peace Federation, and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, began supportive action for peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula; by hosting a Peace and Reconciliation Bridge of Peace Ceremony. This healing and internal ceremony symbolized a unity of heart and mind with the idea that Korea must unite peacefully. In…
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