The Father George Mader Award was created in 1989 to honor organizations and individuals that encourage lay men and women to serve others in the United States and abroad. The award is named after Father George Mader, of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, who, together with his sister, Patricia Mader Stalker, founded what is today known as Catholic Volunteer Network.
2017 Mader Award Recipient: St. Patrick Center
- Through Housing First, provided rental assistance and case management services to 2,177 clients last year, including 599 new housing placements.
- Placed nearly 400 veterans and their families into permanent housing.
- Prevented homelessness for 103 clients.
- Assisted 295 clients to find employment.
- Provided more than 178,000 hot meals.
- Provided 36,000 emergency shelter nights.
- Last year, 4,634 volunteers donated 44,630 hours, which is a financial value of $1,077,368. Volunteers served through sorting donations, serving lunch, working fundraising events, sharing professional talents and more.