Township of Washington, N.J. (November 13, 2017) – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation recently granted $15,000 to Visiting Homemaker Home Health Aide Service of Bergen County, Inc., a non-profit home care service located in Hackensack, NJ. Its mission is to provide quality in-home assistance for individuals who are unable to care for themselves or need assistance in order to prevent disruption of family life.
The grant proceeds will specifically benefit the CHEER program, which provides home health care services to elderly individuals with no nearby family. There is no cost to the individual to receive care. CHEER employees and volunteers visit the individuals weekly and perform basic housekeeping services, grocery shopping, errands, laundry, and will also provide much needed socialization. This year, the Program’s partnership with Phillips Lifeline provides 25-30 clients with the purchase/lease of lifeline alert units. With this grant, these units will be provided at a reduced cost.
“We are proud to support Visiting Homemaker and all of the efforts it makes to ensure that our elderly community can live normal and active lives,” said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. “The CHEER program enables our senior community to live in the comfort of their own homes while receiving the highest quality of care.”
“This major grant by the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation will help us expand the program and provide more basic services to many isolated seniors in Bergen County,” said Ed Remsen, Executive Director of Visiting Homemaker Health Aide of Bergen County. The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation’s support helps us achieve our mission of providing independence for seniors who want to remain in their own homes,” he continued.
There are currently 130 elderly Bergen County residents in the CHEER program with an additional 100 on a waiting list. Recently CHEER has partnered with North Jersey Friendship House and Alpine Learning Center so that young adults with autism can help in visiting the elderly in this program.
About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:
Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $8 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.
About Oritani Bank:
Oritani Bank is a 106-year-old community bank with more than $4.0 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. The Bank has 26 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Essex Counties. Oritani Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oritani Financial Corp., a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit its website, www.oritani.com.