Two of Bergen County’s Leading Social Service Agencies Join Forces

(Englewood, NJ – September 1, 2019) - Bergen Family Center (BFC) and the Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living (SESCIL) announced today that they are joining resources and talents to provide a combined agency that will serve seniors, young adults, toddlers and families in Bergen County.

“With SESCIL becoming a part of BFC, we can help even more people in Bergen County,” said Mitch Schonfeld, president and CEO of Bergen Family Center. “We’re excited for this great opportunity.”

As one of the oldest not-for-profit agencies in the state of New Jersey, Bergen Family Center provides services for 5,000 toddlers, young children, teens and older adults every year. SESCIL serves some 400 clients (55 and older) by offering innovative programs that enrich the mind, body and spirit of older adults.

“For the past 41 years SESCIL has been encouraging seniors to lead active healthy lives,” said Barbara Ryder, Chair of the SESCIL Committee. “By joining our friends at Bergen Family Center we will continue that legacy.”

“We think this is a perfect fit both for Bergen Family Center and for SESCIL,” adds Board Chair, C. Peter Croonquist. “The joining of the two agencies creates a synergy and allows us to expand our services. This is right on track with our long-range plan.”

Officials at BFC plan on continuing virtually all of the existing programs at SESCIL and combining others that exist at BFC. Plans also include keeping, and possibly expanding, facilities at the SESCIL offices, at the historic Lydecker Homestead at 228 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ.

We're encouraged that all of the SESCIL board members are joining the BFC Board of Trustees and serving on committees in our organization," said Schonfeld. "SESCIL will become a significant program within the BFC family, and we welcome the expertise and passion of both board members and staffers alike."

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