Harold Colton-Max, chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation, was honored for 10 years of service at the organization’s recent annual meeting.
In a series of testimonials, speakers at the gala, held June 15 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, recognized Colton-Max for a series of milestones reached during his tenure.
They included achieving full occupancy at the Judy & Josh Weston Assisted Living Residence at the Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany; the refinancing of its other facilities: the South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation, and Jewish Federation Plaza; and securing funding from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to upgrade the emergency response system in all its apartment buildings.
Also under Colton-Max’s watch, the agency implemented JCHC University to provide regular, intellectually challenging resident programming and opened a dental office, physical therapy suite, and rabbi’s office at the Lester community.
JCHC is a partner agency of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
In addition to his work at JCHC, Colton-Max, who lives in South Orange, has served as the president of the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey since Jan. 1, 2013. He has also represented the JCHC in national, state, and local coalitions, including Leading-Age, the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, MetroWest CARES, and the South Orange Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.
He and his wife Nomi were recently presented with a Star of Essex Award, for their service to the community, at Essex County’s annual Jewish Heritage Celebration in Newark.
At the JCHC gala, it was announced that a new fund has been established in his honor, the Harold Colton-Max Endowment Fund, in recognition of his “hard work and forward-thinking leadership,” and for “making the JCHC a strong, solvent organization and his commitment to providing a high quality lifestyle for our senior residents.”