Tom Beck, executive director of Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey (JFSCNJ), announced the donation of $15,000 from Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery in Linden, to purchase a vehicle that will be used to transport seniors to medical appointments and other essential destinations.
The JFSCNJ Bill Berg Transportation Program, funded by the Union County Division on Aging and other sources, provides an average of 2,600 assisted door-to-door rides a year to individuals in Union County who are 60-plus years of age and unable to drive or use public transportation. The program utilizes a fleet of four vehicles including a handicapped accessible van. Drivers are trained to assist seniors in and out of vehicles, and COVID guidelines are strictly followed to prevent transmission.
On behalf of the board, staff and constituents served in Union County, Fred Kessler, JFSCNJ board president, expressed his thanks to the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery for donating the vehicle to provide this essential service. “A reliable vehicle will help provide necessary transportation to seniors who are no longer able to drive and/or use public transportation for many years to come,” he said.