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Summit Area Public Foundation Supports SAGE’s Meals On Wheels

Julie Pedersen, Communications Specialist, SAGE Eldercare

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • 11:20pm

Older adults in Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties are receiving proper nutrition and friendly volunteer check-ins from SAGE Eldercare’s Meals On Wheels (MOW) program thanks to a generous grant of $55K from the Summit Area Public Foundation.

“We are very grateful to the Summit Area Public Foundation for their generous support of our Meals On Wheels service.  The grant will allow us to continue to provide a daily hot meal to older adults in the area, as well as provide additional support to our Portable Pantry, Small Home Repair Service, Bill Paying Service, and Grocery Shopping & Errand Service,” stated Julie Reich, Acting Executive Director of SAGE Eldercare.

Through Meals On Wheels, Grocery Shopping & Errand Service, Bill Paying Service, Small Home Repair Service, and the Portable Pantry, SAGE Eldercare works to support the overall well-being of vulnerable older adults who choose to remain living independently in their own homes. 

During 2012, SAGE’s 600 volunteers delivered approximately 36,000 meals to 250 clients in 11 towns located in Essex, Morris and Union Counties.  The MOW program at SAGE was established in 1966 and was one of the first meal delivery programs in New Jersey.  People who are over the age of 60 are eligible for the service.  Meals are delivered Monday through Friday and can be scheduled for a short term or indefinitely. 

The Shopping & Errand Service has grown from three clients in 1998 to about 60 annually.  Each year, volunteers shop and deliver more than 1,000 orders and buy more than $70,000 worth of groceries.  They also pick up and deliver laundry to and from a local Laundromat and run errands to the post office, dry cleaners and other places upon request.

The Bill Paying Service assists older adults who are able to make responsible decision about their financial affairs, but who may be physically impaired, have a debilitating illness or have recently lost their spouse who was the sole manager of the household finances.  SAGE’s Home Repair Service helps older adults with repairs so that they can continue to live safely in their own homes.  The Portable Pantry supplies and distributes 1,250 non-perishable meal boxes/bags to the most impoverished home-bound seniors living in Union, Essex, and Morris Counties, who are at risk of hunger and poor nutrition.

For more information on any of these services at SAGE, call 908.273.5554 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF) is a non-profit community foundation that fosters philanthropy in the Summit, NJ area by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.  SAPF administers three main types of funds: general unrestricted, restricted-purpose, and donor-advised, all of which support not-for-profit agencies in Summit and nearby communities.  They also award scholarships to students attending Summit, NJ schools.

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services.  Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes. 

Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance Planning Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for more than 50 years.  Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for seniors in the community. 

SAGE Eldercare serves over 6,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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