OceanFirst Foundation Awards JFS $20,000 for Village by the Shore

Posted on December 16, 2020

(L-R) Beth Joseph, JFS Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations; Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer; OceanFirst Bank SVP Director of Retail Banking Veronica Morey; and Marla Rosenthol, JFS RSVP Volunteer (Photo taken prior to COVID-19 health crisis)

OceanFirst Foundation presented JFS with a $20,000 grant to support Village by the Shore, a membership program which provides a multitude of concierge, professional and volunteer services and socialization for residents over the age of 50.

“We are grateful to continue our partnership with the OceanFirst Foundation and appreciate their generous support to assure JFS’ Village by the Shore is able to continue to meet the demands associated with this program. Since mid-March, the Village has experienced a tremendous influx of requests, especially for our Shop at Home and Kosher Meals on Wheels programs,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

With more than 50 Shop at Home members receiving door-to-door grocery delivery and a 67% increase in Kosher Meals on Wheels delivery each week, the Village staff and volunteers are assuring our community’s senior residents are well-tended to during this unprecedented time. In addition, the Village continues to offer a multitude of virtual programs and events including Memoir Writing, DIY Gardening, Coffee Klatch and Trivia Game Day as well as weekly phone check-ins and more.

“Now more than ever, we see the importance of staying in touch with our neighbors in need who may be experiencing isolation. Thanks to programs like Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore, we know that adults will continue to receive services and socialization to enhance their quality of life and maintain an independent lifestyle,” Katherine Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation.

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation.

For more information on JFS’ Village by the Shore program, contact Membership Director Tina Serota at 609.822.1109 or tserota@jfsatlantic.org or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.org.