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Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities

Mission: The mission of 55 Kip Center is to promote the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual well being of older adults and to facilitate their participation in all aspects of community life.

Results: In September of 2014, a 5 Year National Accreditation term was awarded to The Kip Center for the third time in 15 years. According to the Administration on Aging there are approximately 11,000 senior centers in the United States. 55 Kip Center is among 110 senior centers who meet the standards developed by NISC for National Accreditation.

Target demographics: Older Adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 750 adults

Geographic areas served: Bergen County, NJ

Programs: Health & Wellness, Nutrition and Technology

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

55 Kipling Center is one of the best places for seniors! They always have an activity or outing going on. Always clean and decorated beautifully.
The staff headed by Peggy Merli are warm and welcoming!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is no doubt that the Kip Center will be a place of happiness for all who enter through its doors.

It has something for everyone - and the joy is felt by all who work, volunteer, play, eat, learn, exercise and have fun here!

3 Annika C.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I briefly worked at Kip teaching computers years ago. Having been in the center many times I can assure you that Kip Senior Center has a great vibe - it is alive with people who are interested in learning and connecting and doing. What a social networking opportunity for someone who is retired or working but not meeting new people... The programs there are always evolving with the times and the smiles you see and the energy you feel when you go inside are proof positive that what they are doing there is making the seniors very happy... Highly recommend...

3 Theresa70

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom has always appreciated what you've done in the way of events. She especially has loved the Christmas trees you can bid on.

3 Karen402

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother attends the exercise program. Anna the instructor is fabulous. She exercises every part of your body! Thank you Anna for this great class for my mom .

1 Maria143

Donor

Rating: 5

55 Kip Center is such a wonderful place. From the seniors to the staff to the volunteers, you couldn't find a more pleasant place to visit! 55 Kip Center is a breath of fresh air and a loving, caring place for senior citizens and their caretakers. 55 Kip Center is that essential gateway that connects older adults to vital community services and programs that can help them stay healthy and independent. This is exactly the place you would want your mom or dad or grandparents to be a part of!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

55 Kip Center is a joy to be involved with. The members are happy to have such a great place to enjoy the company of others and participate in various programs. As a Board member I enjoy interacting with the members and helping our great staff with whatever is needed. This organization exceeds all standards of accomplishment through the hard work of Executive Director, Assistant Director and Program Coordinator. I am happy to be associated with this organization that not only helps our seniors thrive but improves the quality of life for all in our town.

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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our Kip Center is a haven for the seniors not only living in our town but surrounding ones as well. It is a vibrant and extremely active place for our seniors to congregate in, exercise, have informative discussions, paint, crochet and enjoy a hot meal. Our volunteers run the gamut from teenagers to elders who enjoy each others company as well. The staff and Executive Director who I have the pleasure of working with are totally focused on providing five star programs and activities for all our members. I am very proud to be, not only a Board member, but a member of the center itself. It is a place of comfort for those who need it, a place of activity for those who want to be involved and a place to meet new people. How lucky we are in Rutherford, New Jersey to be the only senior center in Northern New Jersey to be acknowledged for providing excellence in this field.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

My 93 year old Mother is very active with the 55 Kip Center exercise programs. When the center closes for 1 week twice a year she doesn't know what to do with herself. The Kip Center is very important to her.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed learning about how important fund raising is for non-profit organizations, watching the enthusiasm seniors exhibit during exercise classes, meetings and fund raising events. It is rewarding to watch the extremely committed and passionate staff perform their jobs with great attention to the needs of the senior community they serve.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a broadcast journalist, I receive a lot of speaking invitations. But the ones I always reply to come from the 55 Kip Center. I am always impressed by the warm relationship between the staff members and the people who frequent Center. It provides a wide range of essential services that have a tremendous impact on the quality of life of their clients. Equally important is the way they deliver those services, treating everyone with dignity and respect. Folks seem to smile a lot there. I can't think of a better metric to measure success.