Local Non-Profit Celebrates 50 Years

The Visiting Homemaker Service staff celebrates 50 years of helping county residents.

Visiting Homemaker Service of Warren County is celebrating its golden anniversary this year.

More than 50,000 residents have been served by the non-profit over the 50-year span.

“It’s been an amazing run,” said Peggy Suydam, the Executive Director of the non-profit agency. “We have helped a lot of people over the years. And we have had great and super-dedicated staff members and volunteers providing direct care service for us.  We are very, very proud of our track record here.”

In 2016, the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Commission on Accreditation for Home Care re-accredited with “Distinction” Visiting Homemaker Service of Warren County for its excellence in Home Care, which they have been awarded for the past 15 years.

The agency has been given this important distinction for a variety of reasons, but it comes down to its outstanding staff and programs.

Certified Home Health Aides supervised by Registered Nurses assist clients with their activities of daily living, enabling them to maintain their independence and live safely at home for as long as possible.

The agency provides free Caregiver Education & Support Visits by registered nurses. It also coordinates the New Jersey Statewide Respite Care Program, which provides primary caregivers with a necessary break from the 24-hour responsibility of caring for a loved one. The agency also has seven volunteer programs: Warren County Meals At Home Program and Volunteer Connection Program, which includes the Chore Corps, Essential Medical Transportation, Bill Payer Assistance, Volunteer Shopping, Friendly Visitor, and Telephone Reassurance.

“If given a choice, most people would choose to remain in their own homes during times of illness, injury, or rehabilitation,” said Dorothy Harth, president of the agency’s Board of Directors. “Visiting Homemaker Service’s scope and quality of services provides the support for people to do just that.  The Warren County community is lucky to have such a fine organization.”

Each year, Visiting Homemaker Service provides services to more than 500 clients, generally ranging in age from 60 to 100. Over the years Visiting Homemaker Service has literally provided millions of hours of service to the community.

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