Grotta Celebrates Anniversary and Presents Impact Award

On November 14, The Grotta Fund for Senior Care (Grotta) celebrated 15 years as an advisory fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Since 2003, Grotta has awarded approximately $5 million in grants to agencies serving seniors living in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex, and eastern Somerset County, NJ.

Grotta was created, thanks to community leaders such as Marty Barber and Jeff Braemer, with the proceeds from the sale of the Theresa Grotta Center for Rehabilitative Services. Its mission is to fund programs that benefit older adults and their families and help them to age in place independently, safely, and with dignity. Grotta is a recognized funder and catalyst of new and innovative programs, ranging from caregiving and home safety to case management and enrichment. In addition to grantmaking, Grotta has spearheaded major initiatives to improve care for seniors as they transition from one care setting (e.g. hospital or home) to another, thereby reducing unnecessary rehospitalizations.

Highlights of the event included the passing of the gavel from current outgoing president of Grotta’s advisory council, Cathy Kuttner, to the newly installed president, Roberta Schoenberg, along with installation of new council members Jordan Glatt and Barbara Raynor.

In addition, Grotta announced that the Adler Aphasia Center was the recipient of its first Impact and Sustainability Award. In 2012, the Adler Center used grant funds from Grotta, along with Healthcare Foundation funding, to launch a therapeutic communications program hub at the JCC in West Orange. With continued Grotta support over two subsequent years, the Center raised awareness for aphasia, built client pipelines, and established a new, replicable model of rehabilitation and service delivery.

The Adler Communication Groups have now been expanded to operate in ten centers in nine counties in New Jersey and have provided 50,000 service hours to people with aphasia per year, coordinated by the JCC’s hub. This program has attained state level recognition with the establishment of a NJ Task Force to monitor the needs of people with aphasia. View short videos about the Adler Center here and here.