A Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Paterson
508 Straight St
PO Box 2738
Paterson, NJ 07501

Phone (973) 345-6000
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Straight & Narrow Inc, OUR HISTORY

Founded in 1954 as a treatment program for male alcoholics, Straight & Narrow has evolved into a premier, pace-setting, comprehensive social service, health care, and community development agency. Fifty-six years of service to the community makes us the oldest community-based residential treatment facility for those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol in the United States of America. Headquartered in Paterson, NJ, Straight & Narrow is also the largest state-funded facility of its kind.

Below is a look back at our history.

1954Msgr. William Wall establishes Mount Carmel Guild, providing detoxification and residential treatment for indigent male alcoholics. Mount Carmel Guild evolved into the Mount Carmel Hospital and Guild House for men.
1964Dismas House for men is opened to add residential drug treatment to meet emerging needs
1969Msgr. Wall dies in an accident. Rev. Charles Grieco appointed to succeed Msgr. Wall
1971Msgr. Wall Social Service Center is opened to provide Methadone treatment
1975Cedar Street, the cross street at the intersection of Straight and Cedar Streets where our main residential buildings are located, has its name changed to Narrow Street. At this time we began saying those who left here had to walk the Straight and Narrow and changed our corporate name from Mount Carmel Guild to Straight and Narrow, Inc.
1976Dr. David Canavan appointed acting Executive Director of S&N while a search commences for Rev. Charles Grieco’s successor
1976Alpha House, residential treatment for addicted women, is opened
1977Dr. Harry Elizarian appointed as Executive Director of S&N
1977Rev. James Termyna appointed Deputy Director for Administrative Services, a Position he held till 1980
1977McNulty Halfway House for men is opened
1978St. Nicholas Halfway House for women is opened
1978Rev. Ed Reading appointed Deputy Director for Treatment Services, a position he held till 1980
1979Rev. Norman O’Connor, CSP appointed Executive Director of S&n, succeeding Dr. Harry Elizarian
1982Straight & Narrow begins treating those with HIV/AIDS
1985The Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) in Passaic City is opened
1986The Adult Medical Day Care Center, a day program for those suffering with HIV/AIDS, is opened
1988The Juvenile Unit is established to provide residential treatment for adolescent males aged 12 to 17
1995Alpha II in Secaucus is opened to provide treatment for pregnant and post- partum women and their children under the age of three
1996La Vida Child Care Center for infants, toddlers and pre-school children is opened
1998Alpha III, residential treatment for DYFS/Work First clients and their children under the age of three, is opened
1999Straight & Narrow Apartments, 23 one-bedroom units for persons with AIDS, is opened
1999La Vida Child Care Center Too for Abbott 3 and 4 year-old children is opened
2001Straight & Narrow is awarded funding as the Lead Agency for the Family and Children Early Education Services (FACES) Program
2003Lorna Tangara appointed Executive Director of S&N upon retirement of Rev. Norman O’Connor
2003Straight & Narrow Apartments II, 50 studio apartments for persons with AIDS, is opened
2004Straight & Narrow receives Catholic Charities Caritas Advocacy Award in recognition of 50 distinguished years of progressive and responsive quality service to the community
2004Straight & Narrow receives accreditation for the Monsignor Wall Center from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
2005David Mactas appointed Executive Director of S&N commencing September 6 succeeding Lorna Tangara
2007Monsignor Wall Center is re-accredited by CARF for three more years
2008The FACES Program becomes the Family Success Center which begins operations in 396 Straight Street
2008Straight & Narrow is awarded the Bergen County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
2009The Family Success Center moves into a newly-renovated space at 101 Cedar Street
2010Monsignor Wall Center is re-accredited by CARF for three more years
2011LaVida Child care Center awarded accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
2012Renovations completed providing much needed office space at 410 Straight Street location.
2012Family Success center received additional funding from the State allowing it to expand service.
2013Monsignor Wall Center re-accredited by CARF for three more years.
2013David Mactas retires as Executive Director of S&N on June 28.
2013Joseph F. Duffy appointed Executive Director of S&N commencing July 1, 2013.
2013In December S&N opens its short term men’s residential Tx program
2016Joseph F. Duffy retired as Executive Director of S&N 6/30/2016.
2016Dr. Sam Pirozzi appointed Executive Director of S&N effective 7/1/2016.
2016Father O'Connor Hall Halfway House for Men is completed and opens.
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