JERSEY CITY - A reunion was held Saturday for women who once stayed at the St. Joseph’s Home in Jersey City.
The facility, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, has been housing women who have children and are homeless since 1989. Through their help, many women have earned degrees and have joined the job market.
Africa Giddens, of Brooklyn, was 18 with her first child when she was taken in by the home.
"Everyone was nice, helpful,” she told News 12. “If you needed anything, they were always there."
Susanne Byrne, the executive director of St. Joseph’s Home, says mothers will usually stay with them for 18 to 24 months while they work to get their lives back on track.
St. Joseph’s Home cares for about 30 families each year. Because of their success rate and due to demand, there is a waiting list that generally runs three months to a year.