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Adult Day Center celebrates the opening of its new home in Bridgewater
Adult Day Center of Somerset County marked the opening of their new facility with a housewarming reception on Thursday, March 22. County and local officials congratulated staff and board for their unwavering commitment to building a permanent home.
During his remarks, Executive Director Jeff Macaulay acknowledged all of the stakeholders who helped to make the dream a reality. Specifically he thanked Dale Florio, Chair of the Creating a Culture of and Acceptance Capital Campaign Committee for his generosity and leadership. The Capital Campaign raised more than $2.6 million toward the $3 million goal from a combination of individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources.
Ken Scherer, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Adult Day Center added, "Our work is not done. We pledge to you, our family and friends, to take care of this treasure and to work to provide for the future financial stability of the organization. We invite you to get to know us and to consider getting involved as a donor or volunteer."
Founded in 1977 and celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the ADC had several homes before its final relocation to 872 East Main Street next to the Somerset Patriots stadium. In 1977, the Adult Day Center of Somerset County, Inc. was founded in the basement of a church in Bound Brook as one of the first adult day centers of its kind in New Jersey. In November of 1984, the Center moved to the People Care Center in Bridgewater, where it served 60 members each day for the past 27 years.
The Center’s new home has allowed the center to greatly reduce the five-month waiting list that existed for new clients for the past four years. Since July, the waiting time to enroll a new client has been reduced from five months to six to eight weeks. In addition to reducing the wait list for new clients, the Center is able to increase days of participation for enrolled members. Members who would have benefitted from attending 3, 4 or 5 days a week were limited by the number of days they could attend because there wasn’t enough physical space to accommodate them.
The Center is launching a series of 3rd Thursday morning tours with Executive Director Jeff Macaulay starting on Thursday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in visiting the new home of the ADC, please contact Hilary Kruchowy to register or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-725-0068.
The Adult Day Center of Somerset County is a non-profit agency committed to providing high quality, affordable social day care services for disabled and elderly residents of Somerset County. Each year, many frail and disabled elderly are institutionalized prematurely or unnecessarily due to the lack of affordable quality care in our community.
Pictured left to right: Campaign Chair Dale Florio, Freeholder Peter Palmer, Freeholder Bob Zaborowski, ADC Board Chair Ken Scherer, ADC Executive Director Jeff Macaulay and 2011 Gala Honoree Dick Williams.