Giving Back

Press Releases

Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey Celebrates National Bus Appreciation Week, Honors its Transportation Partner

The JCHC recently honored its transportation coordinator and representatives from Metro Transport, which provides transportation services to residents at the four senior living communities managed by JCHC. Residents enjoy outings to cultural and leisure attractions and places of interest throughout the New York metropolitan area via Metro Transport buses. Credits: Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey

Senior Living Communities in Whippany, West Orange, South Orange

Thank Metro Transport Which Provides Resident Transportation

for Cultural Outings, Area Shopping

Sign Up for E-News


WEST ORANGE, N.J., May 28, 2013 – The week of May 20, 2013 was National Bus Appreciation Week. In honor of the special week, The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) showed its appreciation to several people involved with bus trips and resident transportation for the JCHC residences in Whippany, West Orange, and South Orange. Metro Transport was commended for its excellent customer service on behalf of the residents, who enjoy over 25 trips a month throughout northern New Jersey and to New York City.


Honorees were Ann Marie Bass, JCHC Transportation Coordinator, Martin Newell (seated), Director of Transportation for Metro Transport (a division of Daughters of Israel), and driver Riccot Reneaudo (left). JCHC contracts with Metro Transport to provide bus service to residents at its four senior living communities: Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation and the South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House in South Orange, Jewish Federation Plaza in West Orange, and The Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany.


“The positive impact of providing transportation for our residents is huge” said Harold Colton- Max, Chief Executive Director of JCHC. “Equally as important is the strong relationship we have with Metro Transport to provide that ‘extra touch’ service everyone so appreciates.”


Newell of Metro Transport sees his company as an important cog in the wheel of senior services that help the elderly age comfortably in place. “Our drivers are trained in customer service during monthly in-service sessions,” he said. “They are also trained in Passenger Assistance Support Safety that focuses on going the extra mile to make each trip pleasant for the elderly or disabled passenger.”


Area Sights and Culture on the Itinerary

Trips may be sightseeing in nature, to leisure or cultural destinations, or to area shopping centers. Recent outings include Newark’s Branch Brook Park to view the cherry blossoms, New York City’s Highline Park, the Pocono Mountains, Belmar Marina, and the Morris Museum. Metro Transport also provides grant-subsidized transportation to medical appointments for residents.


Shelly Locher, a resident at Village Apartments, is a frequent passenger of the JCHC transportation; she believes the in-house provision of transportation is truly an asset to community life. “My friends and I enjoy the opportunity to visit different places and experience the wider community at large,” she said.   


JCHC’s Bass noted that off-premise trips are an important aspect to community life that add a positive quality of life for residents. “The Highline trip was excellent and everyone enjoyed the Museum of Jewish Heritage so much that we are planning another visit there.”


Bus driver Riccot Reneaudo stays attuned to the needs of his passengers and said that he modifies the trips to accommodate those with special needs while maintaining the fun and great sightseeing for the group.  “Part of my job is to enhance the trips,” said Reneaudo. “Helping the residents get whatever they need from the experience, this is the most important element to me.  We have truly become family,” he added.


To learn more about the senior housing options and programs offered by the Jewish Community Housing Corporation, visit or call (973) 731-2020.




About the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey

Founded in 1982, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) developed and manages more than 475 apartments in four buildings for older adults in Morris and Essex counties in northern New Jersey. The non-profit organization offers seniors a range of options in terms of services, amenities, location, and cost, all within a traditional Jewish environment. For more information, go to


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News


Victims Cut Out of Vehicle After Harrison Ave. Collision, Police Say

August 5, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A motor vehicle collision on Harrison Avenue in Montclair resulted in four occupants being entrapped inside of one of the vehicles on Friday afternoon.

Sometime around 1 p.m., a 36-year-old woman from West Orange was struck as she was driving northbound on Harrison Avenue by a 33-year-old Montclair man as he was driving west on Porter Place.

Due ...

Revelations and Reunions Cause Ripples on Game of Thrones

In comparison to last Sunday’s mid-season episode, this week’s “Game of Thrones” was somewhat anticlimactic—but even still, there was never a dull moment.

Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Although Sam ignored Gilly’s ramblings, she discovered a crucial fact among his growing pile of books: High Septon Maynard, under the Mad King’s reign, ...

10U Little League Troopers From Elizabeth Become Mid-Atlantic Baseball Champs

August 14, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elmora Youth Little League Troopers made team history Friday when they became Mid-Atlantic Regional champions, but fell short in gaining the top tournament title.

MORE: State Little League Champs in Elizabeth Need Help Getting to Regionals

The team’s wins come after an outpouring of financial and moral support which helped get them to the 9-10 Little League ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, August 22, 11:45 AM

Livingston Community Center, Livingston

Livingston Lunch & Learn

Business & Finance

Sat, September 23, 9:00 AM

Clipper Pavilion, West Orange

4th Annual Heroes for Children 5k and Family Fun ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

"All Jewish History in One Hour…Really!" at Livingston's Temple B'nai Abraham

August 15, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — On Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple B'nai Abraham Congregational Learning presents "All Jewish History in One Hour…Really!" with Professor David N. Myers, President, Center for Jewish History, Sadie and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History, UCLA.

Myers returns this fall to discuss his just-published Jewish History, part of the ...

Staring at the Sun

Sometime during the morning of August 21st, millions of Americans will crowd toe to toe on a narrow ribbon of land stretching across the continental United States for the opportunity to stand in the moon’s full shadow for two minutes.


I am not sure, but I think this is the celestial equivalent of traveling to Disneyland and waiting in line 90 minutes for a 30 second thrill ride ...