More than a half century ago, the women of the Trenton Ladies Sick Benefit Society, a charitable and humanitarian organization, recognized the need in the community for a Home for elderly Jewish people who required medical, nursing and personal care in a secure environment. In 1939, they purchased and renovated a spacious home on Greenwood Avenue and named it the Home for the Aged Sons and Daughters of Israel.
In 1974, the community changed its name to Greenwood House Home for the Jewish Aged and was relocated to the current Ewing Township location. The goal was to provide skilled nursing care for 60 residents. As the community’s needs continued to grow, a new wing was added in 1980, expanding the Home’s capacity to 122 residents.
In 1992, the community was refurbished and a special care unit was added bringing capacity to 132 residents.
In 2002, Greenwood House’s skilled nursing home was renamed to honor the Marcus family and is now called the Robert and Natalie Marcus Home for the Jewish Aged.
In 2003, a 16-unit, 20-bed assisted living community was added offering one- and two-bedroom apartments – along with a host of convenient services and amenities – for those not yet ready for a skilled care center.
In 2006, we added 10 more beds to our skilled center and five apartments were added to The Abrams Residence assisted living community.
Homemaker services and hospice care were also added to our continuum of care.
21st Century Vision
As we move forward, Greenwood House will continue to grow and change as needs and trends evolve. Our vision for the future is to promote a resident-centered network of seamless, multidisciplinary, integrated services with a continued focus on preventive care, wellness and maximum independence. We want Greenwood House to be known as a health care organization offering a broad range of programs, lifestyles and services for seniors.
In designing our future, we will continue to identify areas and types of need, explore potential new business lines and develop and execute a progressive and aggressive technology strategy. We will continue to embrace change to ensure we create the right environment for tomorrow’s senior population.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care and services to seniors and those we serve in an atmosphere of compassion and dignity, based on Jewish traditions and values. We support clients’ quality of life by offering opportunities for social, emotional and spiritual engagement.
Since our founding as a home for Jewish seniors in Trenton in 1939, our tradition of care, comfort, and support is what defines us as an organization. Our vision is to offer a continuum of client-focused services delivered with skill and compassion, in a warm and welcoming Jewish environment.
Our Jewish Heritage
At Greenwood House, we welcome seniors of all faiths as we continue to embrace and celebrate a rich history rooted in cherished Jewish traditions. All food is prepared strictly according to Jewish dietary laws. Our beautiful synagogue holds services and we observe the Sabbath and religious holidays. Yiddish Circle activities and discussion groups based on Jewish and other contemporary concerns keep residents closely linked to their peer group.