During the past years, NNJR-PCA has raised over $140,000 for various charities at its annual auctions. In response to the Covid-19 epidemic, we asked members to donate to four charities helping those affected by the pandemic: Community Food Banks of New Jersey/Feeding America, NORWESCAP Food Bank/Second Harvest, Cheshire Home and Rutherford First-Aid Ambulance Corps. Matching funds from the club and an anonymous donor allowed us to raise $15,000 in a little over two weeks.
The support for charity within NNJR goes back to the early days of our club. For decades the Club has reached out to the northern New Jersey community to support those in need. We continue do the same in 2021 and the years to come. Our current charity is Cheshire Home and they are celebrating 40 years of success! NNJR is excited to help them make their 40th year the best year yet.
Cheshire’s 35-bed facility is home to adults living with spinal cord injuries and other neurological impairments as they continue their journey back to an independent lifestyle. They are a true hidden gem located in Florham Park in Morris County. The facility provides all of the services that a resident needs to regain their independence after a tragic accident, offering on-site nursing care, mental and emotional support, physical and occupational therapies, vocational and educational programs, transportation and recreation and so much more.
The staff at Cheshire understands the traumatic experience a resident has faced, and therefore provide the best care possible to help a resident regain their independent lifestyle. Once a patient enters through the doors of Cheshire Home, they are family. Cheshire residents teach each other by example—dedicated to showing each other they are able, not idle, a mantra that has been part of the Cheshire community for decades.
In the past 40 years, Cheshire has served 237 residents and expertly led each one through a rehabilitation process tailored to their needs and aspirations. The average residency is about 2-3 years, long enough to become family and develop lasting bonds. The dedicated staff, some of whom have been with Cheshire for over 25 years, work diligently to help every resident succeed to meet their personal physical and mental goals. Whether Cheshire is helping residents learn to cook, acquire new job skills, or learn to feed themselves again, their mission is to provide every resident with the means to reach their maximum level of independence.