A letter from President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Fagin

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Thank you for visiting the CJE Website.  Since coming to CJE in August to serve as CJE’s President and CEO, I have met so many great people; I am reminded daily that it is an honor to have been entrusted with the job to lead CJE, a crown jewel of Chicago’s Jewish and broader communities.  And now, I am, in effect, meeting you.  Somehow  you found us on the internet by searching key words such as “senior services,”  “home-delivered meals,” or “housing ”… to name just a few.  Or maybe a friend or neighbor just told you to contact CJE SeniorLife because we are an unparalleled and trusted resource for information on positive aging. However, you found us—whether it’s for yourself or a loved one—I hope we can provide you with the assistance you are looking for.   

Over the past few months, the opportunity to speak with team members, Board members, residents, clients, volunteers and other community members has helped me to begin developing a vision for the future of this organization, and I’d like to share some of these preliminary thoughts with you.

Overall, CJE’s future is very bright.  It will be filled with exciting new opportunities to expand our reach, grow our impact and live our mission. But it will also be a future in which we’ll need to respond to evolving challenges.  Like many other organizations, we will need to make difficult decisions and wrestle with some tough questions. Here are four areas of focus for CJE that, coupled with continuing to provide excellent care, I believe will help us to achieve our goals:

  1. Innovation and Collaboration. Our future must involve new partnerships, collaborations and relationships, many of which we can’t even envision today, in order to develop new tools and approaches for caring for an aging population.
  2. Extending Our Reach. CJE must build deeper and lasting relationships with the families in our community. If we can do that, CJE will be top-of-mind as the place to go for managing the transitions of aging, even before there is a crisis.
  3. Become an Employer of Choice. We need to have the best staff available, and to do that, we’re going to make CJE the most sought-after workplace.
  4. Excellence in Implementation. As we move forward with changes in our business, whether it’s developing innovative services, establishing new partnerships or introducing new ways to enhance CJE’s culture, we must do a bang-up job of putting them in place.

We’ve come a long way from starting as a “storefront” in West Rogers Park 47 years ago.  It hasn’t always been easy and there are challenges ahead, yet I’m confident that by working together our future will be filled with exciting opportunities.   CJE’s continuum of care, which you can explore on this website, enhances the lives of more than 20,000 older adults and their loved ones throughout metropolitan Chicago every year.

 

Best wishes for a healthy and peaceful holiday season,

 

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Dan Fagin
President & CEO, CJE SeniorLife