Stephanie Lutz-Koch Named Consultant for JFS Village by the Shore

Posted on August 22, 2012

It is with great pride that Jewish Family Service (JFS) Executive Director, Andrea Steinberg announces the addition of Stephanie Lutz-Koch as Consultant for the coordination and direction of a local Village concept.

Villages are based on the needs of the community. People are uniting in groups whose purpose is to reach out to the elderly in the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. The villages are grassroots organizations that, through volunteers and staff, coordinate access to affordable services including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities and other day to day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process. Currently more than 50 communities throughout the United States implemented a local Village to meet the needs of the aging population’s needs.

Lutz-Koch’s responsibilities include managing the local efforts to customize a “Village by the Shore.” At the initial phase, the community is asked to join the conversation to identify the needs, scope and services of a potential Village.  From teens to Baby Boomers to Older Adults, JFS is asking the community for their input for a multi-faceted feasibility study to determine if the Village Model is a proper fit for JFS and the service population.

Stephanie Lutz-Koch has been active with JFS for more than five years serving as a committee member, volunteer and on the Board of Directors. Previously, she worked as a Special Initiatives Contractor for Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare, under Governor Ed Rendell, specializing in the development of workforce development programs and TANF policy.

Her formal education consists of a Certificate of Executive Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Social Work & Social Planning from Temple University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  Lutz-Koch is also third generation interior designer and owner of her family business, Bon-Ton Blinds & Interiors located in Egg Harbor Township.  A resident of Margate, NJ, she spends her spare time renovating her home with her husband, Dan and playing on the beach with her daughter, Julia.

For more information about JFS services or to join the Village movement conversation, contact email.