June 20, 2014

By Janis Borroto

York Street Project breaks the cycle of poverty by simultaneously providing housingeducation, and childhood development with counseling and life-skills training to more than 300 economically-disadvantaged women and children each year.

The mission of York Street Project is to weave innovative programs that shelter, feed, educate and promote the healing and independence of persons in need, especially women and their children.  This mission is acted out in four programs:

The Nurturing Place – Where Learning & Nurturing Go Hand in Hand 
Childhood development for homeless and low-income children aged four months to six years whose mothers reside in St. Joseph’s Home or attend Kenmare High School. Here they can overcome damage to their minds, bodies, and spirits from the effects of poverty, poor nutrition and dysfunctional family situations.

St. Joseph’s Home – An Oasis from a Life of Poverty and Despair 
Provides a homeless woman and her child(ren) with 18 months of supportive, communal living as she works to improve her life and attain permanent, affordable housing. More than just a shelter,

St. Joseph’s provides its families with ongoing social services from a team of professionals that include counseling, crisis intervention, family therapy, health education, parenting, and family budgeting.

Kenmare High School – An Education for a Lifetime 
A fully accredited alternative high school providing women aged 17-35 who dropped out of the public or private school system with a second chance to earn a diploma. Additionally, we furnish the counseling, social services, and childcare support at our onsite center, The Nurturing Place.

St. Mary’s Residence – A Place to Call Home 
Safe, affordable housing for single working women with limited incomes. The Residence provides affordable housing, meals, and communal living services for each woman, allowing her to concentrate on improving her language and job skills for a better future.

The above are excerpts taken from the York Street Project website- click the links for more information.

This organization is doing amazing things for our community, and is one that JGFT support wholeheartedly.  Education, housing, guidance and support, are all vital in the process of parenting and shaping the future of our community.  As female entrepreneurs, we believe women can achieve whatever they set their minds and hearts to, and each woman should have an equal chance at success.

Last night we attended the York Street Project’s Evening Under the Stars event to show our support, and hopefully get involved on a more intimate level with the efforts of the group.  A rainy day turned sunny and bright for this lovely night of gourmet food, wine tasting, and live music.  Marleen O’Connor, director of the Kenmare High School, actually informed us that the lucky change in weather has become sort of a tradition for this yearly event.  Good karma I suppose?

Upon arrival, we were so graciously welcomed by Deborah Hurley, director of development for York Street Project, who instructed us to eat, drink, network, and most importantly have a great time!  The event was sponsored by BoulevardFive72 & Emerald Seafood, who provided all of the delicious food and wine, with Dutch’s Spirits and The Iron Monkey supplying moonshine lemonades and craft beer selections.

Passed hors d’ouvres were distributed, fresh and hot out of the oven, and included shrimp corn dogs, crab cakes, polenta topped with mushrooms, green bean tempura, and tasty french fries.  Also served were fall off the bone ribs and coleslaw, fish tacos, cheeseburger sliders, chicken kebab tacos, and lobster rolls.  The highlight for us was the generous raw bar display of oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna tartare, gazpacho and scallop ceviche.  Everything was delicious!  The band was also fantastic and kept the crowd dancing all night.

See below for pictures of the event and how to get involved with the organization:


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For more information on how to support this wonderful cause, click the links for details on donationsvolunteering and ways to get involved.


Organizations We Believe In

May 8, 2014

As female entrepreneurs, we take pride in being women of power and independence.  Whenever we have a chance, we like to give back, as well as exercise that power and improve our skill sets whenever possible.  Below are the organizations we have hand picked to focus on affiliating our company with, whether it be volunteering or donating sales:


The mission of Women’s Initiative is to build the entrepreneurial capacity of low-income women to overcome social and economic barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.

Women’s Initiative envisions a future where women become the drivers of economic development and new job creation, and are leaders in their communities. They believe female entrepreneurs will help bring our country back to prosperity.


Dining for Women is a global dinner circle dedicated to helping women and girls in the developing world achieve their potential, gain equality in their countries and cultures, and overcome economic limitations and social bias. Through collective giving, they inspire, educate and engage people to invest in programs that make a meaningful difference for women and girls living in extreme poverty.

Dining for Women envisions a world where millions of people’s lives have been transformed and extreme poverty has been reduced because they have connected people in creative, powerful ways that assure gender equality.


The mission of York Street Project is to weave innovative programs that shelter, feed, educate and promote the healing and independence of persons in need, especially women and their children.  Kenmare High School, located right here in downtown Jersey City, is one of the York Street Project locations of which we will be focusing on.  It is a fully accredited alternative high school providing women aged 17-35 who dropped out of the public or private school system with a second chance to earn a diploma.


The mission of Women On Call is to tap into the power of women and their professional skills to effect positive change in our communities.  Women On Call creates opportunities for professional women to volunteer in a more meaningful way by effectively and efficiently aligning their skills, expertise, and interests with short term, high impact volunteer opportunities.