Approximately 80 health care professionals, representatives of the Somerset County Business Partnership, dignitaries, and board members and senior staff of The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living gathered on Friday, May 17th to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Campus’ Education and Resource Center. The 12,000-square-foot, two-story building was built on the Wilf Campus property on DeMott Lane in Somerset, NJ.
The Education and Resource Center is a great addition to the two existing buildings and the full spectrum of services already offered on the Wilf Campus. It enables the Wilf Campus to expand its services and programs across the Campus and the greater community.
During the event, Michael Kaufman, Wilf Campus’ Board of Trustees immediate past president who was instrumental in the planning of the building, said the Education and Resource Center is a “realization of a dream.” He added, “With this building, Franklin Township is allowing us to grow.”
According to Franklin Township Mayor Phillip Kramer, “Taking care of our seniors…is vitally important.” He added that the Wilf Campus is “a jewel in Franklin and it adds to the Franklin community, the Jewish community and the community at large.”
The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living has been a leader in elder care and senior services in Central New Jersey for nearly 50 years. The Campus consists of:
- Stein Assisted Living, which provides housing and high-quality care and daily support for seniors.
- Wilentz Senior Residence, which provides spacious, private apartments for income restricted seniors.
- Wilf Transport, which provides assisted non-medical, social and quality of life transportation for seniors and individuals with special needs who are over the age of 18.
- Stein Hospice, which provides end of life care to patients and support to their families.
- The Foundation at The Wilf Campus – the fundraising arm of the Campus, which enables the Campus to offer programs and services that benefit seniors at the Wilf Campus and the greater community.
Additionally, Regency Jewish Heritage operates a rehabilitation and nursing home on the Wilf Campus. This enables The Wilf Campus to provide a continuum of care for seniors.
Due to lack of space, Stein Hospice was located off-campus, in Somerset. The Wilf Campus Corporate offices were located at the Stein Assisted Living building. With the addition of The Education and Resource Center, Stein Hospice, Wilf Transport, The Foundation and the Campus’ Corporate and Marketing offices all relocated to the new building, centralizing all of the resources at The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living. This also frees up the rooms that the offices occupied at the Stein Assisted Living building, allowing Stein Assisted Living to expand its offerings to the residents who live there.
Most importantly, The Education and Resource Center includes meeting space as well as a multi-purpose room, which will allow the Campus to expand its health, wellness and educational programs for the community, as well as continuing education programs for professionals. Social and creative arts programs, such as holiday celebrations, movie and theatre programs, and other programs, are also planned. The Wilf Campus also plans to expand the support groups that are already offered and offer various resources for the senior community. A Resource Room for seniors to find information and resources available to them through a small library area, computer work station, and an information area, will be added in the coming months.
During the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration, Wilf Campus Board of Trustees President John Wolf urged attendees to “support organizations and institutions such as this.” He said, “The people who live here don’t have the most robust voices, but (we do), so talk in your community about this wonderful organization…. That’s the mitzvah, the good deed, you could do for us, and for them.”
To be notified about future programs on the Wilf Campus, or for more information about The Education and Resource Center or any of the services offered by The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living, please contact Donna Oshri at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-568-1155.