(Paramus, NJ) August 3, 2016 – As any homeowner knows, renovating a kitchen is a huge and costly undertaking. That was the predicament faced by Children’s Aid and Family Services. Its Path I group home for boys in therapeutic foster care in Paramus was in desperate need of an updated kitchen. The kitchen gets a lot of use, with three meals and two snacks prepared every day for each of the eight boys, ages 5 – 12, living in the house.
The kitchen had not been renovated in many years, and was showing its age. Cabinet doors were falling off and the area lacked storage space and lighting. Carla Fels, a member of the Woodlea/Path Advisory Council – a group of volunteers whose mission is to enhance the lives of children living in the agency’s group homes – approached Ulrich, Inc. in Ridgewood and asked for guidance. David Ulrich, CEO, is a member emeritus of the Woodlea/Path I Advisory Council, and he had overseen a complete renovation of the agency’s Woodlea group home in Ridgewood in 2008. Mr. Ulrich, along with Ulrich President Robert Elfers, donated their services as project managers and obtained substantial discounts and donations from subcontractors and suppliers, including Blackman Plumbing Supply, EGC Drywall, Nelson Electrical Contracting, Oberg & Lindquist Appliances, Stone Surfaces, TDM Development, Tim Vanderberg Plumbing & Heating, V&S Flooring, Wagoner & Son Painting and Wall Covering and Wood-Mode cabinetry. The project included new cabinets, countertops, island, flooring and lighting.
“The children in our care have endured abuse, neglect and trauma, and many of them haven’t eaten regularly before coming to us,” says Jerry Binney, President & CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services. “For them, the kitchen is vitally important. It is truly the hub of the house. The children are thrilled with their new kitchen, and we are deeply grateful to Ulrich, Inc., for this amazing work.”
Added David Ulrich, “Seeing the newly remodeled kitchen and how it improves and brightens the house for the children and staff who reside there conveys a great deal of satisfaction for everyone involved in this very worthwhile endeavor.”
About Ulrich, Inc.
A custom kitchen and bath design, custom cabinetry, home renovations and remodeling company based in Ridgewood, NJ. Serving Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Rockland County including Allendale, Haworth, Ho-Ho-Kus, Franklin Lakes, Mahwah, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Upper Saddle River, Wyckoff, and surrounding areas. Our award winning staff is involved in all aspects of design, build, and project management of residential home construction projects.
About Children’s Aid and Family Services
Children’s Aid and Family Services is one of northern New Jersey’s leading nonprofit providers of services that protect and support vulnerable children, and strengthen families. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 110 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect and, when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion for vulnerable children, young adults, frail elderly and their families, it provides high-quality and innovative services that meet their social, educational and emotional needs. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201.261.2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.