We strive to keep older adults engaged in the community with social, recreational, and cultural programming infused with Jewish heritage and values. Our support services enable older adults who need assistance to age in place with dignity and respect.
Stories from the Heart
“My homemaker leaves no task undone, even if I’m the last client on her schedule. Her love and caring go beyond her duties and demonstrate the depth of her devotion. I am grateful every day that JFCS is in my corner, ready to help with any issues that might come up. They really care about me as a person – and I feel like JFCS is a part of my family – I always feel safe and special. I think that is the way it should feel in your golden years.” – Sallie, a JFCS client
“I am writing to let you know my 86-year-old mother passed away peacefully in her home. I’m not sure she had the opportunity to express how special the JCC and the time she spent with you meant to her. She would tell me week after week what she learned – you made her feel so welcome and valued. The hospitality and friendship you provided to her these past years is so important to me and my siblings.” – Adult child of a JCC participant
“My mother is not Jewish. In fact, she taught Catholic grammar school for 47 years. She would tell me each week what a profound impact and new understanding for Judaism, as well as the world at large, she received by going to the JCC. Many of you inspired her to do more and feel as good as she could, giving her an interest in a culture that she would otherwise not have experienced. You made her feel welcome and valued. My sincere appreciation to each of you is the least I can provide to you today for all you did for her.” – Daughter of a Katz JCC participant
“On my first day with Aleph Home Care, I was told I would be starting my first companion care case that evening. I had no idea how to prepare a kosher meal at that point, but with my new client’s guidance, it didn’t take long to figure it all out! At one point, he became ill and had to be hospitalized. I was with him when he was admitted and one of the nurses asked him if he was okay with his friend being in the room while she examined him. He looked at me, then at her, and said, ‘My friend. He is my BEST friend.’ I realized then that I was doing something I hadn’t been able to do for my own dad 32 years ago. As it turns out and continues to be, I need my new friend just as much as he needs me.” – Gary Connell, Companion & Home Care Coordinator for Aleph Home Care
Older Adults programming is available through The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and these select agencies
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