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Founded in 2006, The Franciscan Community Development Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization located in northeast New Jersey.  Our mission is to support the poor, the underprivileged, the immigrants,

women and children, senior and vulnerable populations of our community.

The Center is inclusive and respectful of all individuals and will not discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability and genetic information. The primary focus of this unique mission is to promote and improve the quality of life, social and economic well being of these at risk populations by eliminating factors that lead to poverty and disenfranchisement by providing a wide range of compassionate, pro bono educational, organizing, and advocacy programs along with health, social and legal services in collaboration and partnership to these at risk populations in a culturally sensitive environment.

While building a better community, we will strive for the empowerment of all people through equality, fair employment, education, literacy and job skills training, specific to the goal of achieving complete economic self-sufficiency. We are humbled to engage in an opportunity to enhance the quality of life and dignity of each human being as individuals but with specific needs and to embrace our commitment by creating a stronger, healthier and more sustainable community with a profound sense of equality in sharing and caring for the most chosen.


The Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The organization is led by an interfaith Board of Directors who share the mission and philosophy of the corporation. 

In July of 2006, The Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview reached out to the congregation of St. John the Baptist Church and entered into a partnership to renovate portions of the Church property to create a comprehensive service center. Without a penny but with a lot of heart a miracle began.

The F.C.D.C is located in the southeast section of Bergen County in the town of Fairview, bordering Cliffside Park. It is a non-denominational, interfaith, pro-life organization based on the principles of love, charity, and compassion.

The Center will serve vulnerable populations being the poor, the underprivileged, immigrants, women and children, and the senior citizen population of Bergen County.


Today the Center clearly reflects the compassionate and generous offerings of scores of organizations, people and children from all walks of life but united by one heart. The Center has become the biggest mission of charity in the State of New Jersey and has been recognized for putting the Community back into the significance of Community Development Centers.

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