ELIZABETH, N.J.--Jill Dispenza, Program Coordinator for Lifelong Elizabeth, a project under Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, today announced that “Your Guide to Public Transportation” -- for the City of Elizabeth, has been published and is available to all residents of Elizabeth free of charge.  According to Ms. Dispenza, The Guide to Public Transportation in Elizabeth, produced by Louis Hoffman of NJTIP at Rutgers, “is a bi-lingual English/Spanish guide, and is available at all Elizabeth libraries, City Hall Office on Aging, Housing Authority Buildings and Senior Centers”.  The Guide to Public Transportation in Elizabeth also be viewed online at www.jfscentralnj.org/lifelongelizabeth.

The Guide to Public Transportation in Elizabeth has been made possible through funding from Trinitas Regional Medical Center, City of Elizabeth CDBG Grant and Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, a non-sectarian health and social service Agency.  It is a project of the Lifelong Elizabeth Program funded through the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.  Lifelong Elizabeth, is a community-led, city endorsed initiative that aims to make our city an age-friendly community that is a great place to grow up and grow old.  The Lifelong Elizabeth Program will be concentrating on five goals for the coming year: Communication, Transportation, Home Safety, Safety and Outdoor Spaces, and Food Insecurity in conjunction with the Shaping Elizabeth Program.

The mission of the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP) is to increase the independence and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities, older adults, and others by empowering them to use the public transit system safely and independently.   In 2013, NJTIP merged with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation (VTC) a national leader in transportation research and education and the nucleus of transportation-related research, training and education at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Safety.

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The Grotta Fund for Senior Care, established with the Jewish Community Foundation in 2013, has a long history of awarding grants to promote and support elder caregiving, senior programs at synagogues, and a range of community programs serving the elderly.

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ is a non-sectarian health and social service agency with a history of over 100 years of providing a vast array of personalized services to 7,000 individuals a year in Union County, NJ.  Visit www.jfscentralnj.org, or call 908-352-8375 for more information.

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