Former MEND Resident Pays it Forward With Back to School Sneaker Gift Card Donation to Children of MEND
Cybil Jackson, a former MEND resident, remembers how good it felt when the Moorestown community stepped in to lend a helping hand during her time of need. And now, she’s paying it forward by donating $50 sneaker gift cards to 25 school-aged children of MEND in Moorestown. Read more here.
MEND and The First Baptist Church of Moorestown Food Panty Partner to Help MEND’s Senior Residents
It all started 20 years ago around Thanksgiving. A small table in the lounge of the First Baptist Church of Moorestown was the location for its first food drive, collecting food for families in need. Over the last 20 years, that small table flourished into a pantry that helps over 200 individuals a week, including MEND residents. Read more here.
MEND Celebrated 53 Years of Service With Annual “Fun” Raiser
What a night! Nearly 200 people turned out for MEND’s Annual “Fun” Raiser held at The Venue at Lenola in Moorestown. Event proceeds will help MEND continue to keep rents at below-market levels, thus easing the costs for current and future residents who can then better afford other necessities like food, clothing and health care. Read more here.
The Mews at Laurel Creek Holds 3rd Annual Toy Drive to Benefit Children of MEND Holiday Fund
In the spirit of the holiday season, Joanie Perry and Lynn Morsell, residents and social committee members of The Mews at Laurel Creek, have once again spearheaded a toy drive to make the holiday season a little brighter for children in the community. Read more here.
14th Annual Moorestown Charity Bowl Coming November 26
The 14th Annual Moorestown Charity Bowl flag football tournament will be held on Friday, November 26 at Wesley Bishop Turf Football Fields in Moorestown. Read more here.
MEND Receives $8,500 Grant from OceanFirst Bank
Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND) announced it has been awarded a $8,500 grant from OceanFirst Bank N.A. to support MEND’s mission of providing affordable rental housing in South Jersey. Read more here.
MEND Receives $15,000 Donation from M&T Bank
Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND) has received a $15,000 donation from M&T Bank to support MEND’s general operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
South Jersey developer’s new CEO looks for next project in ‘recession proof’ real estate segment
An affordable housing development nonprofit with a long history in South Jersey has brought on a new CEO, who is now tasked with leading the organization through a pandemic that’s only compounded that state’s ongoing affordable housing shortage. Read more: Philadelphia Business Journal — New CEO Article.
Moorestown affordable housing nonprofit MEND gets new director
A township nonprofit that provides affordable housing has tapped an industry veteran to replace its outgoing director. The Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND) board of trustees announced Tuesday Eileen Wirth has been named the nonprofit’s new president and CEO. Read more in the Burlington County Times.
MEND Announces Eileen Wirth as President and Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Trustees of MEND announced that Eileen Wirth, a veteran in affordable housing management and finance, is the new President and Chief Executive Officer. Wirth is the first woman to serve in this position in MEND’s 50+ year history. She succeeds Matthew Reilly, who announced his planned retirement earlier this year after serving as MEND’s President and CEO since 2001.
As MEND’s new leader, Wirth, of Plainsboro, N.J., will be responsible for continuing the nonprofit organization’s mission of providing safe and affordable rental housing to senior citizens, persons with disabilities and families of low and moderate income. Read more here.
MEND Launches COVID-19 Crisis Fund to Benefit Organization and Households in Need
MEND has launched a fund-raising effort to help support MEND residents – families, senior citizens and people with disabilities – who have been financially impacted by the pandemic, as well as help MEND continue its important affordable rental housing mission while ensuring the safety of residents and staff. Read more here.
MEND Announces COVID-19 Safety Measures
As we all deal with COVID-19 as a community and a nation, MEND remains committed to focusing on our mission. While these unprecedented times are certainly challenging, we would like to make you aware of the steps we’ve taken to help ensure a healthy environment for our residents and employees. Read more here.
MEND Appoints Mary Flick to Friends of MEND, Inc. Board of Trustees
Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND) has appointed Mary Flick, RN to the Friends of MEND, Inc. Board of Trustees. Flick serves as a registered nurse on the Intermediate Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Jefferson Hospital of Neuroscience in Philadelphia, Pa. Read more here.
MEND’s Long-Time Executive Announces Retirement
MEND announced today that Matthew Reilly, who joined MEND in 2001, will retire from his position as President and CEO effective April 17, 2020. Reilly will remain with the organization after retirement on a part-time basis to assist with the leadership transition process and to oversee new housing development opportunities.
MEND’s Board of Directors has formed a committee, led by Chairperson Terrance Huettl, to identify and retain Reilly’s successor. Read more here.
MEND President and CEO appointed to Burlington County Homeless Trust Fund Task Force
The Burlington County Board of Freeholders appointed Matthew Reilly to the county’s Homeless Trust Fund Task Force, which will advise local governments concerning the creation of local homeless housing programs and plans, and set priorities for how to use and distribute funds raised for the county’s homeless trust fund. Read more here.
Matthew Reilly on Comcast Newsmakers
Matthew Reilly, President and CEO of MEND, spoke with Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers about the importance of continuing to provide affordable housing in an expensive state like New Jersey, especially as MEND celebrates its 50th anniversary. Click here to watch the news segment.
MEND honored with joint NJ Senate/Assembly Resolution for 50th Anniversary
Senator Troy Singleton, Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr. and Assemblywoman Carol A.Murphy presented MEND with a joint legislative resolution, signed by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, honoring our 50th anniversary! See it here.
MEND to host 50th Anniversary Celebration
The elegant evening will feature an open bar, dancing, silent auction, door prizes and live entertainment provided by the Jump City Jazz Orchestra. Attire is black-tie optional.
Read more here.
MEND celebrates providing affordable housing for 50 years
The modest effort started by nine Moorestown churches on Beech Street in 1969 has led to the development of affordable housing for over 1,300 of South Jersey’s low-to moderate-income residents. BCT 50th Anniversary Article
MEND featured in national publication Affordable Housing News
Four-page feature explores MEND’s affordable housing mission and takes a look at the new 54-unit apartment building in Cinnaminson for low- and moderate-income senior citizens. Read the story on page 66.
MEND, Conifer Realty, LLC and Cinnaminson Township Break Ground for New Senior Citizen Affordable Rental Housing Community
Officials from Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND) and its joint-venture development partner, Conifer Realty, LLC and Cinnaminson Township recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 54-unit affordable rental senior housing community on Riverton Road in Cinnaminson. Read more here.
The MEND Story
MEND has been the recipient of nine major awards since 2006 recognizing workforce housing done with commitment and excellence across the regions. Read the full Story
Ribbon Cutting for Duffy School Apartments, Florence Township
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Representatives from Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND) and its joint-venture development partner, Conifer Realty, LLC along with local, county, state and federal officials celebrated the Duffy Senior Apartments with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Please click on photo, left, for brief video coverage of event. BCT Duffy Ribbon Cutting Article
Groundbreaking for Duffy School Apartments, Florence Township
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Representatives from Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND) and its joint-venture development partner, Conifer Realty, LLC along with Township officials and other project partners held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of Duffy School Apartments located at the historic Marcella L. Duffy Elementary School.
BCT Duffy Groundbreaking Article
Ribbon Cutting for Springside Apartments, Burlington Township
Saturday, March 8, 2014, MEND and Conifer staff along with local residents, Burlington Township, County and State officials celebrated the opening of Springside Apartments with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
BCT Springside Ribbon Cutting Article
MEND Scholarship with Rowan at Burlington County
Please click here for the application process for a scholarship for Rowan at Burlington County. MEND is excited to be able to give residents an opportunity to further their education and ultimately enhance the quality of their lives. (Moorestown Patch article 101714)
JAHMA & NAHMA Scholarship Grants
The New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association and the National Affordable Housing Management Association provide scholarship grants to residents of member properties every year. MEND residents are eligible to apply. For additional information please visit the JAHMA Foundation website at https://www.jahma.org and the NAHMA website at http://www.nahma.org/about/educational-foundation/
MEND’s Annual Gala
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Friends of MEND Golf Outing
Friends of MEND Golf Outing Page 2021 – Click here
Friends of MEND Golf Outing Page 2019 – Click here
Friends of MEND Golf Outing Page 2018 – Click here
Friends of MEND Golf Outing Page 2017 – Click here
Friends of MEND Golf Outing Page 2016 – Click here
Friends of MEND Golf Outing Page 2015 – Click here
Awards and Recognition
MEND has been chosen to receive SNJ Business People’s “Top- Non Profit” award! The list will be published in their end of the year special “Year in Review” edition -2016
Supportive Housing Association of NJ Best Large-Scale Housing Development for Springside Apartments – 2014
NJFuture Smart Growth Award for Springside Apartments – 2014
PlanSmart New Jersey’s Regional Equity Achievement Award
BC2 Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Development from Businesses Committed to Burlington County
NJ Governor’s “Excellence in Affordable Housing Development” Award for Sharp Road Family Housing, Evesham
Burlington County Chamber of Commerce Voice of Business
“Community Enrichment Award”
NJ Builders Association “Affordable Housing Award”
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency “Excellence in Housing Management Award”
US HUD/Fannie Mae “Excellence in Affordable Housing Design”
In the News …
Senior Housing Complex Coming To Riverton Road In Cinnaminson Cinnaminson Patch, October 2018
More Senior Housing Coming to Cinnaminson Courier Post Courier Post, October 2018
2 Affordable Housing Projects in County Get Tax Credits Burlington County Times, September 2017
Affordable Housing Leaders Share Economic Upsides of Housing Burlington County Times, April 2016
Florence Honored For Redevelopment of Historic School Burlington County Times, November 2015
Nonprofit developers’ unsung economic contributions Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2015
Historic School Turns into an Affordable Senior Housing Development HUD.Gov, October 2015
MEND Establishes Academic Scholarship Program in Collaboration with Burlington County College Foundation Moorestown Patch, October 2014
Financing Trifecta Graduates Building from Grade School to Senior Housing Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits, January 2014
Moorestown group has been a pioneer for creating affordable housing – Burlington County Times: 2013 Do-Gooder Awards The Burlington County Times
Kevin Riordan: MEND’s Matthew A. Reilly makes a success offering affordable housing The Philadelphia Inquirer
CBS 3 Philly News
Report: 61 Percent of New Jersey Renters Unable to Afford Housing