In 1967, a group of local church members felt that many of the community’s senior citizens were forced to leave Bernards Township due to rising housing costs and/or their ability to maintain a large home. With the cooperation of local governing bodies, an ecumenical, non-profit corporation was formed, which would build, own, and operate a senior citizen housing complex.
In 1971, six community churches united to form Ridge Oak Senior Housing. Through a Board of Trustees the following churches now own and operate Ridge Oak Senior Housing:
Basking Ridge Presbyterian
Bishop Janes United Methodist
Liberty Corner Presbyterian
St. James Roman Catholic
St. Mark’s Episcopal
Each church is an equal sponsor of Ridge Oak Senior Housing and provides ongoing leadership and service to our tenants through the Ridge Oak Senior Housing Board of Trustees. Our community is open to all faiths and beliefs.
In late 1977 our first Ridge Oak Senior Housing tenants moved in to their new homes. Ridge Oak Senior Housing was born out of a community’s concern for its senior citizens. The vision of those first church members is still alive at Ridge Oak Senior Housing. Today, Ridge Oak Senior Housing provides federally subsidized housing and support services to approximately 310 income eligible people that are the “Ridge Oak Family.”
We, at Ridge Oak Senior Housing, seek to provide a comfortable and safe living environment for all residents. We are committed to meeting the needs of the elderly by providing quality affordable housing supplemented by support services and programs that promote safety and self-sufficiency.
Our goal is to maintain and foster positive self-esteem and self-sufficiency for all our residents. In order to accomplish this goal we treat each resident with dignity, respect and compassion.
We are committed to:
The advancement of senior housing as an integral part of the long-term care continuum.
The development of an integrated network of community services for the elderly in order to foster self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Embracing the future with vision and creativity in order to fulfill our responsibility to our residents and the community.
The Care Fund
In 1980 the Ridge Oak Care Fund was established to subsidize meal, housekeeping, personal care and emergency response services for tenants. Our tenants are asked to contribute toward the cost of supportive, in-home services they may require.
Since our philosophy has been to support self-sufficiency, safety and dignity, Ridge Oak Senior Housing needs the Care Fund to help pay for in-home services for tenants to “age in place.”
The Care Fund is truly a gift that keeps giving. Many tenants, family members and community members give donations to the Care Fund in response to our annual holiday solicitation, in celebration of a new grandchild or in memory of a loved one.