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Sage Eldercare Inc

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Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: SAGE Eldercare is a unique community resource that offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for older adults and caregivers, promoting independence and quality of life. Our vision is that we will be the leading provider of innovative services and programs that meet the changing needs of older adults and families. In achieving our mission, SAGE operates with the following core values: Advocacy, Care, Compassion, Dedication, Integrity, Professionalism, Service, and Stewardship.

Target demographics: older adults and caregivers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,000 older adults and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States.

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: our Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center, HomeCare, Meals On Wheels, Grocery Shopping and Errand Service, GPS (Guidance, Planning and Support) Services, InfoCare, SHIP Medicare, Support Groups, Fall Prevention Initiatives, Exercise Classes, and Community Education Programs. We also provide ways to give back through our Resale Shop, Furniture Restoration Workshop and volunteer program.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Sage always go above and beyond to create a warm and welcoming environment. I am continuously impressed at the work and love that goes into this nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAGE Eldercare Summit, NJ, is an outstanding resource for the elderly in our area. Providing Meals On Wheels, help for our elders in their homes through programs including spend-a-day programs, shopping, gauging living situations, home health care aides, giving information re: Medicare, exercise programs, outstanding resource information, furniture repair and recycling estates, Sage is an invaluable gift to our five-county wide community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SAGE is a true community resource for Union County. It is the first place that the police and fire departments call for certain situations, and the staff is always willing to spend the the time to find solutions for all of their their clients. As JFK said, we will be judged by how we treat the young and old - as long as SAGE is around, we should be judged well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and donor, I am always impressed by how warm and personable the staff at SAGE is. Sage provides vital services in the community, including Meals of Wheels, grocery delivery, adult Spend-A-Day, and home health aides, but it is really the staff and the people that work there make it such a special place. I truly enjoy making my Meals on Wheels runs and seeing the clients - it really is a highlight of my week!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a meals on wheels volunteer. I see first hand the tremendous job Sage does in keeping older folks in their homes for as long as possible. The meals on wheels program is just one of the many programs that Sage provides to seniors. Sage has a very caring and professional staff. I am proud to be a volunteer for this terrific organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Meals on Wheels volunteer and see first hand the good things this organization does for the elder community. Sage is a terrific organization with a very dedicated staff. The work that Sage does is a vital part of this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many ways to get involved with this great organization! SAGE has volunteers delivering daily meals to older adults in the surrounding communities, furniture craftsmen who repair chairs and other furniture in a workshop, helpers in the adult day program, office workers, receptionists, and more! But that's not why you should help or donate to SAGE -- you should help this group because they are helping older adults who are often living alone and need special care or a place to go to while their family goes to work. They also have community programs and exercise classes for older adults who are more capable. And, they've been around for 60+ years, so they know what they're doing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer in the SAGE Spend-A-Day program I witness firsthand each week how the members benefit. The staff is extremely caring, professional, patient, and empathetic. Each member is truly treated as an individual and as such their individual needs are addressed accordingly. It gives seniors a chance to socialize and participate in fun activities - friendships are formed and I believe it helps counteract the loneliness many feel when their spouses have passed away or they don't have family in the area. I adore all the members of the program - my time at SAGE each week is priceless!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the Meals on Wheels Program for 2 months now and I am impressed with how efficiently the program runs, the friendliness of all Sage employees and volunteers, and the organization of the entire operation. At the end of my Meals on Wheels route I feel grateful that I can be a part of
an organization that reaches so many people in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mother lived to be 100 due to the great care of a live-in SAGE nurse. I volunteer with MOW and see how welcome the hot meal is and also the friendly chat we have with clients. Often we are the only people the client sees during the day. When things are amiss at their homes we have a social worker who then evaluates the situation and remedies it. SAGE is a wonderful organization and the main reason I stay in NJ where I have no family. SAGE is my family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff and the programs/services offered are exceptional. I have a 90 year mother living in Pennsylvania and there is no similar resource available for her there. After 10 years of volunteering, I have become "attached" to many of the MOW clients, interesting people with interesting life stories.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I did the Meals on Wheels program for a few weeks at Sage. Everyone that worked there was very pleasant and welcoming. We moved out of state or I would still be volunteering at Sage. Great group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the SAGE Meals on Wheels program delivering to those who cannot manage on their own has been a real eye-opener for me. Each client has their own story and they feel so much more connected to their community knowing they can easily reach out to SAGE and will hear a friendly and helpful voice on the phone. It is a privilege to get to know the seniors on my route, and to see how grateful they are when you enter their home with their meal. The seniors are also thrilled that they can receive home repairs at very low cost to them through SAGE's many programs. The seniors can trust the workers who come their homes.
On the occasion when I cannot deliver, my daughter takes over and they love to get to know the family and that we would not let them down; they are important to us.
I have seen how relieved a husband is when his wife with dementia can attend the Spend a Day program, and he can run errands and not have to be confined to the house looking after his wife.
And on a personal level, I have gained important knowledge about how to deal with my own aging parents through their many free classes, for example, keeping the home safe from accidents.
Thank you to SAGE for being there, and for being in the forefront of eldercare in our community.



Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sage is an exemplary institution helping our elderly navigate their later years and helping those who care for the elderly gain useful perspective. I have served Sage as a volunteer and my husband has been involved as a member of the Board of Trustees. We are proud that Sage is located in Summit and serves the broader community at large in such a worthwhile manner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with SAGE for over ten years. When I initially reached out to SAGE looking to serve as a volunteer, they were kind enough to give me a role that would allow me to volunteer with my children by my side. As a member of the Meals on Wheels team, my work with SAGE stands out as my most fulfilling volunteer experience. My four children have joined me over the years as we delivered food to those in need in our community. It provided them with invaluable multi-generational experiences and allowed them to serve the elderly in their community. We have made wonderful friendships not only with the people we deliver to but also with other elderly people who live in the housing complex we go to and members of the SAGE staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAGE plays a very critical and supportive role for older adults and caregivers in the communities near Summit, Chatham, etc. As a long time volunteer in their Meals On Wheels program I have seen the difference their daily interactions make to isolated adults for whom SAGE may be the only social touch for the day. Their professionalism, care and continuous and consistent support provide a bench mark for other NGOs in the area. Hopefully more financial support from the communities will allow growth in their numerous older adult support services programs

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAGE consistently fulfills it's mission of assisting seniors and caregivers. But what really amazes me is how SAGE reacts to local crisis. With Hurricane Sandy, NJ was devastated. Sage offered safe haven for clients and warming and charging stations for the community. Home health aides followed their clients to shelters and hotels. The non- perishable pantry was completly spent to provide meals for clients. Despite the danger and their own problems, Meal-on-Wheels volunteers continued to serve the needs of vulnerable seniors. I am so proud to be a SAGE volunteer.

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