We had the esteemed honor of having County Executive Jim Tedesco at our Training Kitchen and Serving area ribbon cutting on Thursday, December 7th. The following his an except from his speech as well as his kind words about the event as posted on facebook:
"For more than 50 years, NJ Friendship House has been a community leader in supporting and guiding people in need. Its members, men and women living with disabilities or mental health issues or substance abuse, are people who want a hand up, not a hand out. The programs here teach Friendship House members valuable skills, for work and for life."
Today, it was my honor to present a ceremonial check of $169,250 to Friendship House, representing the Community Development Block Grant that was awarded to the organization, and cut the ribbon of their new Training Kitchen. The funds were used to help make necessary repairs and improvements: the most significant being the refurbishment of the Friendship House Training Kitchen. This new kitchen will train hundreds of people in food safety and preparation, baking, quality control, inventory maintenance, cash register and retail operations, cafeteria service, and cleaning."
Also in attendance were Freeholder Joan Voss and Robert Esposito, Director, Division of Community Development who was "delighted that the Division of Community Development played a significant role in funding recent upgrades at Friendship House."
After the ribbon cutting, they took a tour of the kitchen and spent time with some of our members. The trustees, staff and members of Friendship House are very grateful to the Bergen County Leaders for taking time to help us celebrate the renovation of the kitchen and the new rest room facilities in our workshop.