Newsletter for the JESPY Community
September 2017 Edition 
An Educational Program on
Long-Term Strategies for JESPY Clients
JESPY has invited a panel of speakers to participate in this special program at which JESPY parents, siblings and families will:

  • Learn about financial strategies to help them plan ahead for their family member’s future.

  • Discuss the variety of ways individuals can help JESPY with philanthropic gifts to plan for its future as an organization.
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Time:  1:00-3:00 pm

Location: Judi House, 110 Irvington Ave., South Orange, NJ (between S. Orange Ave. & Prospect St.)


Jason Miller - Plan/NJ
Practical Solutions: Importance of Planning for the Care of Your Loved
One When You Are Gone

Denise Dimson Rekem, Esq. - JESPY Board Member, Parles Rekem LLP
Special Needs Trusts and Types of Guardianship

Daniel Staffenberg - Chief Development Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey
I mportance of Planned Gifts to a Nonprofit’s Future

James Sonneborn - CFP, CFA, MBA, CDFA, Partner, Wealth Advisor,
Overview of Planned Gifts for Charitable Purposes and Tax Benefits

Marty Myers - Parent
The JESPY Endowment - History, Purpose and Importance for
Securing our Future

Each speaker will provide a brief presentation on their area of expertise. Afterwards, there will be time for audience questions and comments, and speakers will be available for individual conversations as time allows.

Please RSVP to or to 973-762-6909 by Wednesday, September 27th.

Playin’ Around South Orange is a public art project, coordinated by SOPAC and other community partners, that highlights both the visual and the performing arts. Pianos transformed into works of art are located throughout South Orange. Local residents are encouraged to spontaneously sit down, tickle the keys, sing, clap or just take time out to listen.
JESPY House submitted an application and earned the approval to participate in the project, which included their visual concept of a Zentangle -covered piano. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn way to create beautiful, intricate images by drawing structured patterns. It is enjoyed by people of all skills, interests and ages around the world and has been a popular recreational activity among JESPY clients, led by cultural arts consultant Sandi Koterba.

On Saturday, August 26 th , JESPY’s piano was featured in the Playin’ Around South Orange kick-off event, located at the corner of Irvington Ave. and West Fairview Ave. Four additional pianos have also been providing a musical respite to local community residents, businesspeople and visitors.

After the event ends (around October 1 st ), the Zentangle piano will be donated by SOPAC to JESPY House to benefit our music program.
Click here to view a video of JESPY client Harris Engel performing on Kick-Off Day.
Pictured (l. to r.) Max, Steven, Halle and Ben Myers. Older brother Ben began the tradition of donating his Bar Mitzvah gifts to JESPY House years ago.
The above plaque npw hangs in the entrance foyer at 102 Prospect St.
Halle and Max Myers honored their uncle, JESPY client Steven Myers, by graciously asking their B’nai Mitzvah guests to change the lives of people with disabilities like Steven and his friends. Rather than accepting gifts for themselves, this request made a major impact on funding renovations to make JESPY’s public buildings more accessible for our clients.

At the August 20 th dedication ceremony, Halle and Max were honored for their personal contribution. A tour of the updated facilities included:
  • Automated entry doors to three public buildings
  • 102 Prospect Street changes to 1st floor
  • Newly refurbished waiting room
  • Creation of a 1st floor therapy room
  • Two adjacent bathrooms combined to create a large accessible bathroom
  • Fresh paint and flooring throughout
The renovation project, led by Facilities Manager Andy Cratz, provided the training and opportunity for JESPY clients to learn marketable construction skills such as demolition, carpentry and painting.

Expressing his thanks to Halle and Max, Uncle Steven said, “I am so proud of what you have done. I know that you will continue throughout your adulthood to be generous, thoughtful, caring and inspire others to change the world as you have.”

Halle, Max and Ben are the grandchildren of Helene and Marty Myers, one of the founding families of JESPY House.
Pictured (l. to r.) JESPY Executive Director Audrey Winkler, Board Member Dr. Michael Och, JESPY President Ron Brandt, Past-President Elaine Katz, and Board Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs Susan Weinstock and Judy Peskin.
On July 26th JESPY House held a Gala at The Wilshire Grand in West Orange to raise funds for JESPY’s Scholarship Program and other essential needs. Two long-time board members were honored at the event --Michael Och and Elaine Katz, each of whom has demonstrated a deep commitment to JESPY House for many years.

The event was amazing! The Gala highlighted three wonderful clients, Katy Klein, Dan Janiger and Ruth Coughlin. Each shared their personal stories of what their lives were like before JESPY and how rich their lives are now that they are part of the JESPY community, to a standing ovation. Click here to view JESPY's new video that was premiered at the Gala to great applause. .

To see photos from the event, click here .

Donations and ads are still being accepted. To support JESPY with an online ad please go to, click on the “Support Us” tab,”, then “2017 Gala and Ad Journal.”
JESPY'S Exercise/Fitness Program Expands
Athletics Coordinator Wayne Branch is now credentialed as a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer by the National Associa-tion of Sports Medicine. This allows for expanded utilization of JESPY’s Exercise/Fitness Program which will specifically address the needs of our aging population while challenging our younger, active clients. 

Group Training Fees
Twice each week: $100/month
Four times each week: $150/month

Personal Training Fee
$20 per personal training session

Contact Wayne Branch
for a trial session .
Call (973)762-6909, Ext. 426 or email
Our 1st Staff Over and Above Awards
JESPY’s Over and Above Award was created to give special recognition to staff members who represent the mission and vision of JESPY House. Nominations are made by their peers. As a token of appreciation, the honorees receive a basket full of goodies including gift certificates, chocolates and other surprises.

Congratulations to our most recent honorees who have taken on any assignments with good will, great attitude and smiles on their faces. They are always prepared to assist our clients in reaching their goals, with no challenge too big to overcome.

Sebastian Errazuriz

Nicole Rambone

Yadira Brunner

Carmen Morra
New Vendor at South Orange Farmer's Market
JESPY House was a new vendor at the South Orange Farmer's Market where for five August Wednesdays they demonstrated their green thumbs and creative talents with homegrown, homecrafted and original creations. Items for sale included floral bouquet wreaths for children, herbs, sachets and Healthy Bytes  cookbooks.

In addition to fostering entrepreneur-ship skills, clients and staff enjoyed working with their fellow vendors, meeting new Villagers and spreading the word about our programming and wonderful happenings at JESPY House.
Summer Fun
The Annual Ocean Grove Vacation House was again a success with 45 clients enjoying a week of rest and relaxation at the NJ shore over the summer months.
Thomas Vreeland celebrates his 68 th birthday at Laurie House, where he has lived with his JESPY family since its opening
20 years ago.
The JESPY Planters have brought in the harvest - their homegrown corn.
Fall Beginnings - Pep Rally
Clients geared up with excitement at the Pep Rally on Wednesday, Sept. 6th as they had dinner, won raffles and prizes, and got ready for the new sports season! 
JESPY client Debbie Davidson and Exec. Director Audrey Winkler enjoy a game of bean bag toss.
T-shirts with JESPY's new logo were distributed.
Monthly Flea Market
JESPY clients coordinate a monthly flea market to raise funds, with a different objective for the proceeds each month. Contributions of new or gently used clothing, jewelry, toys, household items and others saleable offerings are always welcome. Items may be brought to Judi House at 8:00am on flea market day.

The next flea market is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th, from 9:00am to 1:00am at 110 Irvington Ave., outside Judi House . In case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors. 
We look forward to sharing with you more, exciting happenings at JESPY House as we strive to enable our clients toward success in independent living within the community.

Audrey Winkler
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