Harold Colton-Max, CEO

A Letter From Our CEO

Dear Friend,
On behalf of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC), its staff and Board of Trustees, I hope this message finds you well and having an enjoyable holiday season so far, one filled with good health and much happiness. As you know, the JCHC is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1983, with the mission of providing seniors with affordable homes in nurturing and enriching communities here in Greater MetroWest NJ. To accomplish this mission, we own and operate four apartment buildings, which provide over 450 units of affordable, marketrate and mixed income independent living, assisted living and memory care options in Essex and Morris Counties. The JCHC continues to develop a range of programs and activities that are intended to give residents a sense of purpose, a high quality of life and to provide both them, and their loved ones, with the peace of mind that they are in good hands. Founded by the local Jewish community over 40 years ago, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation is firmly rooted in Jewish values including:

• Chesed (kindness/love)
• Kavod (respect)
• Tikkun olam (repairing the world) 
• Tzedakah (charity) 

Residents of the JCHC communities enjoy the companionship of neighbors and staff, along with the security of knowing that help is available around the clock, if needed. General services include assistance with activities of daily living, the coordination of health care services, and the close monitoring of resident health, safety, and wellbeing. The JCHC Care Team is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect, with a focus on each resident’s well-being, comfort and happiness. Monthly activity calendars are filled with a variety of cultural, educational and social programs, with lots to do and discover: creative arts classes, lectures and concerts, discussion groups, JCHC University seminars and a Lifelong Learning program, games, movies, exercise classes, and outings, parties and socials. As one of only ten licensed Assisted Living Programs in the State of New Jersey, JCHC makes it much easier for our low-income senior residents to “age in place”, rather than being forced to pick up and move to a more institutionalized setting to get the care that they need in the comfort of their own home.

As you may be aware from our last e-newsletter, the JCHC embarked on a capital improvement project last summer, which is well on its way to transforming Lester Senior Living, significantly enhancing your quality of life, while simultaneously giving the building a “fresh” look and feel.

We are pleased to report that the first phase of the Lester renovation project, with the focus being on the first and second floors of the Heller Independent Living Apartments and the Weston Assisted Living Residence, has successfully been completed.

We are now moving on to the second phase of the Lester renovation project, which will focus on improvements to the grounds around the building; reinventing our backyard to incorporate outdoor events with dining, raised gardening beds and a new layout and furniture for more and better outdoor activities and social gatherings.

Even after the back courtyard upgrades have been completed (hopefully by the end of this coming summer), there will still be much more work to be done at Lester Senior Housing. There is additional outdoor work that we have planned for the front of the building, and, after that, we plan to upgrade both the independent living apartments and the assisted living units, introducing new safety and other accessibility features in our apartments.

While the JCHC has not relied on fundraising in the past to support a major capital campaign, we have made great strides in doing so for this particular renovation project. This has included not only 100% participation from JCHC Board Members, but also seven-figure gifts from the Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation and the Wilf Family Foundations, alongside a significant gift from Maxine B. Murnick. The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey also partnered with us to complete work on the medical suite (as well as being a major partner on our new Assisted Living Program). However, we still have a ways to go to reach our goal of $11.2 million.

Therefore, we are reaching out at this time in the hopes that you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the JCHC, to be used to support these final phases of our renovation project, as well as show support for the JCHC in general.

To make a difference in our community, please click on the green “DONATE HERE” buttons, located throughout the newsletter. If you are interested in making a more substantial gift, and would like details about tributes and naming opportunities, please feel free to contact JCHC Director of Development, Amy Epstein, either by phone at 973-530-3966 or by e-mail at AmyE@jchcorp.org.

If you find you or a loved one are in need of our services, presently, or in the future, and would like more information on the services that JCHC provides, please contact us so that we are able to keep you informed and up-to-date on all of the happenings in our community.

We thank you in advance for your consideration, and support, as we look forward to engaging with you soon for the benefit of the senior residents of Greater MetroWest, the community we all call home.

Sending our best wishes to you for a wonderful year ahead!


Harold Colton-Max
Chief Executive Officer