Church and Dwight Grant Award

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County receives grant from Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund

Amy Solomon from Church & Dwight Co., Inc. presents a $10,000 grant from the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Employee Giving Fund to JFCS Executive Director, Michelle Napell and JFCS Board President Audrey Wisotsky.

JFCS is happy to announce that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Employee Giving Fund.

With this critical funding, JFCS is able to ensure that the economically disadvantaged families who use our food pantry have access to healthy foods on a regular basis. In addition, JFCS is able to continue to offer hunger education and advocacy programs to community members regarding food insecurity and resources to address this issue. JFCS will also engage community and corporate volunteers to participate in “Shop & Stock” activities to stock the pantry with healthy foods.

“By offsetting some of our families’ out-of-pocket costs for food from their limited household budgets, we are able to help them extend their budgets further.” said Lara Wellerstein, JFCS Director of Community Programs and Services.

“We are extremely grateful to partner with the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund. Our pantry brings a level of stability into the lives of our low-income clients. This award helps JFCS meet our goal of providing a healthy food pantry for the community.” said Michelle Napell, Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.

JFCS Receives Major Grant from Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

JFCS is happy to announce that it has received a $180,000 grant from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation of Owings Mills, MD. This grant is the largest award JFCS has received for its Fund The Future Capital Campaign, which began in 2014, in order for JFCS to expand and renovate its physical office space and enhance service delivery to JFCS’ current and prospective clients. This Capital Campaign is also supported by a mix of individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors committed to JFCS’ mission and valuable work in Greater Mercer County, NJ and Lower Bucks County, PA.

Through the Fund The Future Campaign, JFCS reconfigured and renovated its existing office space at 707 Alexander Road, Suite 102, Princeton, NJ and also was able to purchase and renovate a second office suite at this address, Suite 204.

An important outcome of this Capital Campaign is JFCS’ ability to expand our core Service Areas/Departments which are Senior Services, Clinical/Mental Health Counseling, Case Management, Community Programs & Services, and Volunteer Services. Another benefit is that JFCS can host more support groups, meetings, professional development, and trainings on-site.

“We are extremely grateful to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their support of our Fund The Future Campaign and JFCS’ valuable work to sustain vulnerable members of the Greater Mercer County community. JFCS is also very pleased to establish this relationship with the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, a leading national foundation. With this significant funding award, JFCS is now able to bring our Fund the Future Campaign to a close,” said Linda Meisel, Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.

“Thanks to the generous and impactful Weinberg Foundation grant and donations from all of our valued Fund the Future Campaign donors, JFCS is able to increase the number of clients we can serve and expand our scope of services to clients and members of the community.  In addition, our new and renovated facilities will allow us to continue to be a premier social service agency in Central Jersey.” said Audrey D. Wisotsky, President of Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Board of Directors.

JFCS Awarded $25,000

JFCS is happy to announce that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation!

In the spring of 2015, JFCS undertook expansion of its offices including the physical space of the Kosher food pantry. The funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation will be used to purchase healthy and fresh food items (e.g. fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products) which cannot be collected through traditional community food drives.

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Secure@Home Hamilton

Princeton – In partnership with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County has developed Secure@Home Hamilton, a transitional care program that supports older adults in taking charge of their own health post-hospitalization.

Through a grant funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Secure@Home Hamilton’s goal is to prevent hospital readmissions of seniors in Mercer County. Countless senior citizens are discharged from hospitals, and are unfortunately readmitted within 30 days of discharge. During the first year of implementation, Secure@Home Hamilton connected with over 70 clients in the Mercer County area and dropped the readmission rate of these patients from 20% to 10%.

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JFCS Receives Grant From Novo Nordisk

Published on 3/31/2015

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County has received a grant from the Novo Nordisk Community Health Collaborative to benefit the expanded Ohel Avraham Kosher Food Pantry.

The grant will allow for a Nutrition Education and Wellness initiative with the consultation of a Registered Dietician.

Novo Nordisk has donated Eating Well cookbooks and portion control plates to the food pantry.

Secure@Home Wins 2014 Kovod Award

Secure@Home team members with the 2014 Kovod Award.
L to R: Beverly Rubman (Lawrenceville, NJ), Chaplain; Beth Hammer (Kendall Park, NJ), LCSW Geriatric Care Manager; Andrea Gaynor (Princeton, NJ), LCSW Geriatric Care Manager; Beth Englezos (Plainsboro, NJ), Program Manager; Melissa Sodowick (Washington Crossing, PA), MSW Geriatric Care Manager

Princeton, NJ  (July 2, 2014) – Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County is pleased to announce that its Secure@Home program, which helps older adults age safely, comfortably and independently in their own homes, has won the 2014 Kovod Award, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Family Agencies.  The award was won in the category of Sustained Success: Programs with Staying Power.

Founded in 2007, Secure@Home home is a non-profit, non-sectarian membership program that promotes “aging in place” by offering an umbrella of services including geriatric care management by licensed social workers, assessment, care planning, 24/7 emergency availability, monthly hellos, wellness programs, volunteer help, medication management, chaplaincy services and information and referral.  Specifically, Secure@Home’s care managers assess for health issues, home safety and various needs for assistance, including transportation, home modification, home care, coordinating continuing care from a hospital or rehabilitation facility to home, and/or advocacy.

Over the past seven years, Secure@Home has provided direct services to a total of 419 seniors (ages 54 – 101) in 283 households in greater Mercer County, NJ.  “Client satisfaction surveys consistently report that our program offers peace of mind for both older adults and their families and rates our 24/7 availability as our most important service,” says Executive Director Linda Meisel.

The Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies is a membership organization for Jewish human service agencies in the United States and Canada.  The award recognizes Secure@Home as a program which has withstood the test of time and one that has a proven track record.  AJFCA guidelines state that the agency “should demonstrate consistent effectiveness of the program, sustained community engagement with the program and/or the continued relevance of the program to the target population.“

For more information, contact Beth Englezos at or 609-987-8121.

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