(Courtesy of JCC MetroWest) While Northfield Avenue, countless side streets and all major highways were paralyzed by the storm last week, the J was open; warm; and filled with over 100 children, two dozen senior adults and 30+ staff members until nearly 3:00 a.m..
Caring for the community is in the DNA of everyone who works at the JCC, but that night was extraordinary. The JCC sends a huge thank you to the staff and community members who got everyone through the night safe and sound.
Here are a few of the highlights: notable moments and descriptions of the heroic staff from that night:
- • The Seiden Early Childhood Center and Kids Club staff stayed until 2:58 a.m. Friday morning until the last infant was picked up.
- • Staff from the Littman Memory Center, Margulies Senior Center and two different JCHC housing communities fed, engaged and cared for dozens of senior adults past 2 a.m..
- • Camp Deeny Riback and Kids Club staff spent countless hours navigating West Orange, Livingston and the surrounding communities on buses filled with Kids Club children, keeping them fed, entertained and, most importantly, safe. The last bus received a West Orange Police Department escort past all the stalled traffic to the J.
- • Members of the JCC administration, Camp Deeny Riback and maintenance teams directed traffic, shoveled and salted the walkways in the snow and sleet for nearly six hours.
- • Everyone pitched in regardless of their role—administration took turns with the youngest preschoolers while the teen theater director, Samara Grossman, answered hundreds of calls at reception into the wee hours of the morning.
There were many more notable moments and memories that the staff will share for years to come.
The last thank you is to the community that the JCC staff serves—thank you for entrusting your children and loved ones to the JCC every day and giving them the opportunity to serve the community in such a meaningful way.