Paramus Sunrise Rotary Learns About Bergen County Human Services Center
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 02:57 PM EST
Julia Orlando, Director of the Housing, Health and Human Services Center presented a complete picture of the activities that take place at the Center located at 120 South River Street in Hackensack. A take charge person, she explained the various aspects of her responsibilities to the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club and how it has developed into the well organized haven for the needy. The need for public assistance in many forms is one of the reasons that this lovely young lady travels to various organizations and shows what assistance that they can offer.
Lunches and dinners can be sponsored by these organizations and, if possible, to donate needed articles of clothing and toiletries. Most needed are new clothing, especially shoes, travel or trial size tooth paste and sunscreen along with feminine hygiene items and Depends. Watches with alarms, new blankets and bath towels are also on the lengthy list.
www.ParamusPost.com found her talk so interesting that a trip to the facilities was mandated. The place was humming like a beehive, parking at a premium and people from The Record were there to take pictures and write a story about the many departments that were there to help the needy visitor. We were interested in the facilities at the Center and to get an idea of the layout.
Housing Authority of Bergen County Commissioner Steven Kopf came in and accompanied Orlando as she efficiently escorted the media around the area. The place offers a 90 bed temporary shelter, but can expand to offer a sit-up shelter for 15 people during the bitter cold months of December to March. While the Center is only a temporary stay over, Julia and staff attempt to place them in permanent rental housing. Here the need develops for items to make it a habitable living quarter.
Access www.co.bergen.nj.us for further information or call the Center at 201 336 6475 to learn how you can help.