“Open ROAD” Free Transport for Seniors and Disabled – Now Operating

essex-county-special-transporation-2-e1424078267863Open ROAD is a program providing free transport to and from your home to area houses of worship. The service is operated by Essex County Special Transportation and the Open ROAD program. To be eligible you must be either a senior adult over the age of 60 or an individual over 18 who has a physical, mental or temporary disability. Individuals wishing to register for Essex County Special Transportation will have to complete a one-time registration process by phone before becoming eligible for transportation. Call 973.618.1280 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday to register.

Shomrei Emunah is proud to be the first congregation in the Montclair area to offer a special service to its senior and disabled population by starting an “Open ROAD” program for its members and friends. “Open ROAD” was started by Rabbi Evan Jafee of Flemington, NJ in an effort to help disabled and senior citizens attend the house of worship of their choice. It works in cooperation with the local county senior transportation services agency. The vans, used by the agency during the week, are made available on the weekends to allow worshippers to attend synagogues or churches on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ann Lippell, Chair of the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee of Montclair, and a devoted Shomrei member, has worked hard to shepherd this initiative forward.

We hope to offer this transporation service to seniors who are registered with the county on a once-a-month basis. The next date scheduled is Saturday, April 11, the last day of Passover and the day that Yizkor is recited.

The service is offered free to the participants. The cost is covered by “Open ROAD” and Shomrei. If you would like to help support this program please send your donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, earmarked for “Open ROAD.”

If you would like to find out more about this program please contact Ann Lippel via Shomrei Executive Director Marge Wise:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

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