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Activity & Volunteer Programs

Veteran Home Residents are encouraged to be active in an environment which stimulates involvement, self-esteem, productivity and freedom for independent choices. This is accomplished by providing diverse recreational activities of interest to each resident. Activities provided are physical, social, intellectual, sensory, spiritual, creative, and community oriented. Recreational activities are available to the veteran home residents on an individual basis, small or large group, or independent participation. Activities are available 7 days of the week, including evenings. Our volunteers and donations are incorporated into our Activity Programs to provide a full array of Activities for each resident according to his or her capacity and preference thereby ensuring an enhanced quality of life.

Activities Offered

  • Coffee Socials
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Picnics/Seasonal Parties
  • Exercise
  • Cooking & Gardening Clubs
  • Computer Classes
  • Bingo
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outings to local Veteran Organizations, casinos, race tracks and shopping
  • Structured physical, cognitive and social programming specifically designed for dementia residents


Chaplain Services

  • Eucharistic Minister visits twice a week
  • Reading of the Rosary weekly
  • Jewish, Catholic, Christian, and Lutheran Services offered weekly
  • Clergy Visits as requested
  • Weekly Bible Study programs

Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Program is overseen by the Director of Recreation and the Assistant Director of Recreation. Volunteer services are provided by local Veteran and community organizations, individual adult volunteers and our youth volunteer program. In addition to providing social activities for our residents, these volunteers provide the residents with monetary and material donations. All monetary and material donations are distributed directly to the residents through activity programming and special events. The Director and Assistant Director of Recreation are continuously recruiting, orienting, training, supervising and providing recognition to our dedicated volunteers. The volunteer program enriches the lives of our residents as well as our volunteers and enhances the quality of life for our residents.

The following is a list of some of the activities in which volunteers can provide support.  We are available to provide you with any necessary direction or instruction in whatever assignment you choose.  Volunteer opportunities are available for anyone who is interested, regardless of any physical restraints an individual may have.

Wheelchair Transport
Offer assistance in transporting wheelchair bound residents within the facility.  This assists our residents in getting to and from activity programming that is offered in our Multi-Purpose Room.

Shoppers
On a weekly basis, take shopping orders from the residents, shop locally for their requests and return items along with receipts.

Trip Escorts
Escorts and offers assistance to residents when the facility has an arranged outing

Dayroom Assistants
Provide assistance to Activity Staff during daily scheduled programs offered to the residents in the dayroom setting

Student Volunteers
Please call to discuss available service projects, either on group or individual basis. 

Office Assistant
Provide administrative support in the areas of filing, shredding, data entry, etc.

These are just a few examples of some of the opportunities available.  If you are interested in finding out how you can make a difference in the lives of our veterans, please call the Recreation Department at 201-634-8500/8501 or email Giulia Kirsch, Supervisor of Recreation at Giulia.kirsch@njdmava.state.nj.us.

 

Donations

Through the donations of the very generous Veteran and Community Organizations, Individual citizens and family members, we are able to provide more activities and comfort items to our residents. Please see the Resident Wish List for items that are needed.  Donations are accepted Monday—Friday between the hours of 7:30am—3:00pm.  Please call the Recreation Department at 201-634-8500/8501 to make arrangements prior to dropping off your donations.

 

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