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Englewood Forms Coalition For Independent Aging

A coalition of organizations in Englewood is working with Mayor Frank Huttle and offices of City government to help make it as easy as possible for people to age successfully in their own homes
A coalition of organizations in Englewood is working with Mayor Frank Huttle and offices of City government to help make it as easy as possible for people to age successfully in their own homes Photo Credit: Andrea Graziano

ENGLWOOD, N.J. -- A coalition of organizations in Englewood is working with Mayor Frank Huttle and offices of City government to help make it as easy as possible for people to age successfully in their own homes, with a broad array of services and amenities available to them.

This project is building off of the City’s Master Plan, which was adopted in 2014.

The coalition includes such Englewood agencies as Bergen Family Center, Center for Food Action, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, plus several other Englewood-based nonprofit organizations, churches and temples.

The Office of the Mayor, City Manager, Police Department and Department of Health, Housing Authority and other agencies of City government are also involved.

A local foundation has awarded a six-month planning grant in the amount of $25,000 to the Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living to spearhead the project.

Janet Sharma, who stepped down last Spring as CEO of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, is the project’s coordinator.

Key to the planning process is input from Englewood residents who are age 60 or older. They will be offered the opportunity to complete a survey through coalition partner organizations as well as through events that will be held throughout Englewood in the weeks ahead.

“Englewood is vibrant and thriving,” says Mayor Frank Huttle, “And we want to be sure it continues to be so for people of all ages across our entire community. I’m pleased to be working on this ‘Age-Friendly Englewood’ project with the coalition partners.”

For information about the coalition or to become a partner organization, send an email to agefriendlyenglewood@gmail.com or call 201-410-6645.

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