Circle Of Champions and Esteemed Benefactors
The F.M. Kirby Foundation, the Kessler Foundation and the Walmart Foundation have for years championed the cause of enhanced quality of life for Cheshire Home's residents. It is our pleasure to recognize their contributions on this page.
The F.M. Kirby Foundation is a True Champion of Cheshire Home, having enabled us to consistently upgrade our health care facility for over two decades. In August 2017, the Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant supporting the renovation of the main entrance of our facility. Our main entrance is used by all of our visitors, and many residents can be found in this area on a beautiful day enjoying the sun and warm weather.
In 2015, the Foundation awarded a $27,500 grant to support the renovation of Cheshire Home's reception area. In addition to being the welcoming area for friends, family, volunteers and community partners, our lobby is also the main location for our onsite employment program. Many of our residents choose to work as front desk receptionists, and this refurbishing will greatly improve their work environment!
Along with the main entrance and reception area, the funds generously given by the F.M. Kirby Foundation have supported many projects at Cheshire Home. The enhancements include the renovation of the residents dining room, terrace, shower suites, nursing station and a host of other projects!
F. M. Kirby is a family foundation with deep roots in our local community. Its philosophy of financial support reflects its belief that "when people are united in a charitable cause, which is right and good, the impossible becomes possible." Dedicated to encouraging independence and self-determination for all people, the foundation supports education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, and religious, welfare and youth organizations.
The Hyde & Watson Foundation located in Warren, New Jersey, has for many years awarded a $10,000 grant to Cheshire annually. We dedicate these funds to upgrades to our health care facility, most recently the upgrade our facility’s security camera system. In the past, the Foundation also supported the construction of a new nursing office, and the renovation of our lobby, dining room, living room, and corridors, and the exterior painting of our health care facility.
The Foundation (which was consolidated from the Lillian Babbitt Hyde Foundation and the John Jay and Eliza Jane Watson Foundation)dedicates itself to capital projects such as renovations, upgrades, and equipment purchase. It also offers limited support for scientific research, education, social services, the arts, health, religion, and humanities, to Essex, Morris and Union Counties.
The Catholic Human Services Foundation located in Pittstown, New Jersey, promotes and enhances the quality of life for a broad and diverse population of people in need, inclusive of organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.
The Foundation has been a supporter of Cheshire Home for many years. Recently, the Foundation awarded an $8,500 grant to Cheshire supporting the purchase of a Polaris Ranger Snow Remover which will ensure safety during winter months for residents, staff, visitors and emergency personnel. We also recently received a $7,800 grant for the purchase of two stackable dryers for our health care facility’s laundry room.
The Catholic Human Services Foundation's contributions have also supported the purchase of a Roho Mapping System for our Physical Therapy Center, heating upgrades, a new dietery serving table, and a security system to safeguard our residents and staff.
The Walmart Foundation, Cheshire Home Champion, has awarded Cheshire two grants amounting to $58,000, to support our specialized training programs. These grants, awarded to Cheshire in conjunction with the New Jersey State Giving Advisory Council, provide critical support to our Community Resource Center, and to our transportation service that ensures our residents can pursue their academic and employment goals.
In the Foundation's own words, "It's our mission to create opportunities so people can live better, and we consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve."
"One community at a time," is Walmart's motto, and they are very true to their word. Their monetary support certainly reflects both their mission and their motto, providing a lasting impact on the lives of our residents, but it doesn't stop there. Walmart is known to be a corporate leader in providing job opportunities for people with disabilities, and Cheshire is dedicated to transforming lives through career development and employment. This like philosophy resulted in job opportunities for two of our residents, Julissa and Quinn, who are employed as Walmart associates at the Cedar Knolls, NJ store.
Annually the Walmart Foundation gives in excess of $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. We are deeply appreciative that Cheshire Home is included as a recipient of their generosity.
The Kessler Foundation awarded a $38,000 grant to support the specialized training programs provided onsite at the Cheshire Home Resource Center. Empowering students to overcome the challenges of paralysis, and gain access to higher education and employment, our training programs utilize adaptive technology that addresses each student's disability. Curriculum topics are inclusive of computer proficiencies, college prep, G.E.D. prep, personal enrichment, financial management, basic math and reading, internet navigation, and employment training. The Foundation also generously awarded Cheshire Home an $8,040 grant in order to help us better prepare for an emergency. This grant provided for the purchase of emergency kits for each resident, as well as new energy-efficient curtains, and privacy curtains for each room.
The Kessler Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, injuries to the brain and spinal cord, and other chronic conditions. The Foundation is a leading proponent of programs which assist people with disabilities to enter the workforce, and dedicates itself to empowering people with disabilities to lead productive, independent, and fulfilling lives.
The TD Charitable Foundation provides financial support to organizations in their banking communities, that provide services to disadvantaged individuals. A priority of their mission is training that improves the quality of life and provides opportunities for advancement.
The Foundation has generously supported the academic and employment training programs of the Cheshire Home Resource Center for five years, awarding grant funding that has been essential to our ability to help residents advance to employment and higher education. In addition to their grant program, TD has supported Cheshire through their Affinity program as well as through sponsorships and donations throughout the year.