Federation grant enables continuation of elder care
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and Greenwood House in Ewing — which provides skilled nursing, assisted living, rehabilitation, and other services to seniors — are the beneficiaries of an emergency grant given in December by the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks.
JFCS and Greenwood House have been providing free social and health-care services to several homebound, financially at-risk Jewish seniors in the area through United Way funding, which unexpectedly ended. The one-time federation grant of $23,500 was awarded jointly to enable the two organizations to continue these services through June 2016.
“We are extremely grateful to the federation supporters who make actions like this possible,” said federation interim executive director Mark Merkovitz. “It is a wonderful example of how together we have an impact on the lives of our local Jewish community members in need. I commend and thank the federation board for their fast response in recognizing the value of the work provided by JFCS and GH.”
The grant supports the mission of the JFCS geriatric care management team, which, said JFCS executive director Linda Meisel, “works tirelessly to ensure that frail seniors who have limited financial resources receive the care they need.”
Richard Goldstein, executive director of GH, said the facility’s “homecare service business was designed to meet a rapidly growing need among aging seniors who choose to age in place as long as they can. Having the ability to deliver this care to those who may be financially and medically fragile — through the continuation of funding enabled by the federation — is a great feeling.”