As the Lakewood community continues its steady growth, Bikur Cholim keeps its eye on the community's future needs. This means enhancing existing programs and launching new initiatives to respond to growing demands. Here's what's on the horizon:
Expanded Manhattan Shuttle Service
One of the first services Bikur Cholim offered to the Lakewood community was transportation to medical appointments. At present, a twice-weekly shuttle brings 20 to 30 patients and their families to medical facilities and doctors' offices throughout Manhattan, eliminating the stress and expense of these necessary trips.
With expansion of the service, the shuttle will travel to Manhattan daily, transporting 50 to 60 passengers a week. A new vehicle has been donated and is being customized for maximum space and comfort. The existing, wheel-chair accessible van will also remain in service.
A New House
For families of patients, the Bikur Cholim house across from Kimball Hospital has
served as a welcome and comfortable respite for those who must remain near their
loved ones over Shabbos. Now a new, larger house is being built behind the original
in order to offer this valuable service to the many who need it. The new house will be
able to accommodate at least 20 guests. It will offer the same clean, comfortable, quiet environment and delicious Shabbos food as the original house, in all-new, updated surroundings.
The Bikur Cholim kitchen, which is currently in the basement of the original house, will be moved to the new house and equipped with efficient, commercial equipment. Space in the new house will also be dedicated to Bikur Cholim's medical equipment division, which is currently housed in trailers behind the original building.
The new house, which will be double the size of the existing one, will provide Bikur
Cholim with a central location from which its activities can be more efficiently
organized. But most importantly, it will enable twice as many guests to enjoy the comfort
and relief of knowing that even in the midst of a loved one's medical crisis, the spirit of
Shabbos is still close at hand.