The National Council of Jewish Women selected Englewood-based Bergen Family Center to receive a $20,000 bequest from longtime member Renee Guller. It will provide the funding to create the National Council of Jewish Women/Renee Guller Infant Toddler Center at the agency’s Armory Street location, and increase its ability to help more young children.
“We are so appreciative of this opportunity because the need is so great,” Mitch Schonfeld, the CEO of the family center, said. “This will allow us to serve more children and enhance the program for the children we already help.”
The National Council of Jewish Women/Renee Guller Infant Toddler Center will fulfill part of the agency’s recent extensive and comprehensive strategic planning. Its goals include improving and expanding early childhood services so more children receive quality care.
“We have always worked closely with Bergen Family Center in fulfilling our mission to help women, children, and families,” said Marcia Levy, the presidium member responsible for community service for the National Council of Jewish Women. “This is a fitting way to recognize the generosity and memory of one of our members.”
The construction will start in late August, when the early childhood program is closed for annual staff training. Although the cost of the work will be greatly reduced because the contractor provided a discount and some materials have been donated, the grant does not cover all the costs of the expansion and added curriculum and staff training. Anyone interested in helping with this project should call Mary Connolly at (201) 568-0817, ext. 122, or Marcia Levy at (201) 894-8739.