Senior Living Communities in Whippany, West Orange, South Orange
Thank Metro Transport Which Provides Resident Transportation
for Cultural Outings, Area Shopping
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 www.jchcorp.org 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 www.jchcorp.org.