Frequently Asked Questions

    1.    What's the cost to me for joining SESCIL?

    2.     How do I make a secure donation to the Center?

    3.    Where can I find out what's going on each month?

    4.    Why doesn't SESCIL's Website show more pictures of activities at the Center?

    5.    Who is the person responsible for scheduling programs and services?

    6.    What is the cost of members' participating in the Center's programs and services?

    7.    When is the next fundraising campaign being mounted and how is SESCIL funded?


1.    What's the cost to me for joining SESCIL?

As of July 1, 2011, we will be implementing a $10 annual administrative fee for each member. Since our inception we have prided ourselves about being able to provide you with a cost free membership. However, given today’s economic climate we have no other choice. Monies from Community Development and other grants have spiraled downward. We have been told that our main source of funding for the upcoming fiscal year is being cut by $20,000. Given the small budget we work with this is devastating news. The administrative fee of $10 is only a portion of the monies we need to make up in order to keep providing you with our wonderful services.
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2.    How do I make a secure donation to the Center?

You may do this in one of two ways, namely, by

1) Going directly to the Homepage at www.sescil.org and clicking on the Donate Now button atop the left-hand sidebar.  Follow the instructions that pop up on the new "Network for Good" Webpage and make a secure donation by credit card in the manner of your choice - a one-time or recurring donation.  Then take time to denote your "privacy preferences" and "optional" concerns before hitting the Continue button at the bottom of the Webpage to complete your credit card details.

OR, if you prefer making a pledge instead of a donation for the 2011 campaign payable by check or in cash,

2) Going directly to the Homepage at www.sescil.org, clicking on the Pledge Now button on the left-hand sidebar, carefully completing in full the online pop-up pledge form and hitting the Submit Pledge button at the bottom of the Webpage. 

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3.    Where can I find out what's going on each month?

This is an easy one for a regular, or even a first-time visitor, to SESCIL's Homepage at www.sescil.org.
Check out SCHEDULE on the left-hand sidebar, and it will take you directly to the calendar of the month showing all your favorite programs and services as to dates and timings.  You may also get to the same month's schedule by clicking on the What's New Webpage where you will find that the very first item listed will hotlink you to the month's schedule for your perusal.

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4.    Why doesn't SESCIL's Website show more pictures of activities at the Center?

The simple answer is that pictures on the Internet require to be created on digital cameras before being uploaded.  The ones that are already online have largely been created by a very small number of SESCIL insiders, but in order to 'populate' its Website with a larger variety of illustrations that will attract the attention of potential members in Bergen County and beyond we say sincerely that ALL - members and non-members alike - are welcome to submit their Center-appropriate "digital pictures", as and when the spirit moves them (within reason!), to the SESCIL Webmaster at mayadas@verizon.net.

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5.    Who is the person responsible for scheduling programs and services?

SESCIL's Executive Director, Ed Barsuk, is ultimately responsible for scheduling all programs and services, but his final considered decisions are based on the detailed input that he receives from his Assistant Director, Frieda Wells, and his Programs/Community Outreach Director, Cornelia E. Williams, MHS, on a daily basis.

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6.    What is the cost of members' participating in the Center's programs and services?

NIL, NADA, ZIP!  - as far as all of SESCIL's programs are concerned, everything is offered FREE!
When it comes to services, some - like podiatry and dentistry - are priced moderately; others, not at all.

Services include the following:

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7.    When is the next fundraising campaign being mounted and how is SESCIL funded?

To answer the "how" before the "when", so as to demonstrate the very real need for SESCIL to mount a  fundraising campaign in the early fall of 2011, a short history is pertinent:

Over 30 years ago in 1978, when Community Development (HUD) Funds became available, 11 municipalities from the Southeast region of Bergen County, New Jersey (Bogota, Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fairview, Fort Lee, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield and Ridgefield Park), decided to pool their allotments to fund the Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living.

We have recently been advised that our Community Development Block Grant Funding will be reduced by more than $20,000. Therefore, in order to continue to be able to offer the same level of programs and services, we will be holding a major fundraising drive beginning in the early fall of 2011.
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Revised: 07/04/11.