Foundation awards grants for health, wellness

Foundation awards grants for health, wellness

THE HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION of New Jersey recently awarded 18 grants totaling over $1.8 million for projects designed to further its mission to improve the health and wellness of underserved and vulnerable populations in greater Newark and the Greater MetroWest Jewish community.

Among them:

JESPY House in South Orange received a second year of funding ($212,500) to continue to train its staff to meet the needs of its developmentally disabled clients who are aging in place. As part of this effort, JESPY is preparing to open a group home geared toward aging clients.

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy was awarded a $140,000 grant to expand its nurses’ office to better accommodate its growing student body and staff. A bathroom facility will be added for the use of ill students and staff, along with private space for consultations.

Two grants totaling about $110,000 were given to Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ. One will continue for a fourth year the expansion of its services for adolescents, including individual and group counseling and educational programs. The second provides a second year of funding to increase the agency’s services for family caregivers of those aging in place in Morris County. A pilot Memory Café will be opened at the Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany for residents in the early stages of dementia.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center received two grants totaling just under $475,000 to support the third year of an initiative within the hospital’s pediatric and adult ambulatory care clinics to integrate behavioral health services into primary care, provide screenings and treatment, and refer patients with more serious needs to other behavioral health services.

The foundation was established in 1996 with the proceeds of the sale of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System. To date, more than $140 million in grants have been awarded by the foundation. More information can be found at

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