We are honored to present our 2018 Annual Report because it illustrates what CJE has accomplished as an organization by putting people first above all.
We do this even when we encounter challenges, such as the still painful reductions in State funding. However, with a truly dedicated Board of Directors, amazing staff and volunteers, we keep moving forward to ensure we can stay true to our enduring Mission of enhancing the lives of older adults and their families.
Here are just a few highlights of the past year:
- Through a grant from JUF’s Fund for Innovation in Health and support from another private foundation, CJE can now help isolated older adults of limited financial means receive Care Management in order to live independently and with dignity in the community. Plus, volunteers are making more Friendly Calls and Visits than ever before to create important social connections which can have a significant impact on a person’s well-being.
- Our growing Holocaust Community Services program released Never Heard—Never Forget, a powerful book of Holocaust survivor stories that contains photos, historical documents and original artwork from survivors.
- In March 2017, President and CEO Mark D. Weiner retired after 14 years of dedicated service to the agency. The Board and staff expressed their deepest appreciation for his leadership by installing a commemorative plaque at the Bernard Horwich Building in his honor.
- Celebrate CJE, our annual gala held in October 2017, recognized all of the agency’s distinguished Board Chairs who have led the agency since it was founded by Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in 1971. The event was an astounding success, and the funds that were raised helped to support many of the programs that are integral to our continuum of care.
This Annual Report will provide even more facts and figures about the number of people who have participated in our programs and how we utilize our resources in a judicious manner, always carefully balancing our service and economic objectives. But ultimately, what we do is all about the people we touch, and we’ve profiled some of them in the following pages. Their stories and testimonials about how CJE makes their lives healthier, more independent, more dignified and more meaningful show us why CJE continues to survive and thrive, even in challenging times. Staying true to our Jewish values, including honoring our elders, remains our guiding light and our reason for being.
Our successes are due, in large part, to the support we receive from many partners, the most important of which is the Jewish United Fund. We are also indebted to hundreds of organizations, foundations, families and individuals who support our Mission. Finally, our deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks go out to our entire Board, our staff and our volunteers—from our bus drivers to our cooks… from our social workers to our nurses… and all the hardworking individuals who are on the front lines providing CJE services to 20,000-plus individuals and their family members each year.