Better Business Bureau Report for
CJE SeniorLife

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2018

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Charity Contact Information

Name: CJE SeniorLife
Address: 3003 West Touhy Avenue
  Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 773-508-1000
Web Address:
Also known as:Council for Jewish Elderly
Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation
Weinberg Community for Senior Living
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1972, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of CJE SeniorLife is to facilitate independence of older adults and to enhance quality of life by advocating on their behalf and by offering programs and services throughout the continuum of care for individuals, families and the community. CJE SeniorLife (CJE) is a diversified and innovative eldercare organization that responds to the needs of individuals and their families through 1) healthcare, supportive resources, life enrichment, and applied research and education. Grounded in Jewish values, CJE is committed to serving older adults and families of all faiths, persuasions and ethnicities. The majority of our clients live close to or below the poverty level; two-thirds receive free or subsidized services. Individuals with the ability to pay are charged a market-rate fee. Each year, CJE programs benefit 24,000 clients and caregivers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Most participants reside in Chicago’s north side neighborhoods and its north and northwest suburbs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


CJE SeniorLife meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Skilled Nursing Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation is a skilled nursing care residence (accepting Medicaid, Medicare and Private Pay) offering long-term care, Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit, short-term rehabilitation, and hospice/end of life care. In the past year, Lieberman provided person-focused skilled nursing care to more than 300 elderly residents (average age: 89) while also providing life enrichment opportunities. Most notable are its award-winning creative art therapies that focus on building personal connections and improving communication skills. Lieberman has extremely high staff to client ratios compared to other (nationally-ranked) nursing home facilities. Lieberman’s Haag Pavilion for short-term rehabilitation annually serves 370 individuals recovering from an acute illness, injury or exacerbation of a disease. At an average stay of 3 weeks, Haag Pavilion exceeds the standard for returning patients (with increasing medical complexity due to their more advanced age) to their prior level of functioning before the illness or injury. Lieberman closely monitors its outcomes through a variety of measures to ensure that it meets or exceeds the regional and national averages of re-hospitalization rates, improved functional abilities, falls data, and house acquired pressure ulcers. Community Programs CJE SeniorLife offers community-based services to alleviate the difficulties that may arise when someone chooses to “age in place.” Primary services include Personal Care, Senior Transportation, Home Delivered Meals, Adult Day Services, and Consumer Assistance with obtaining supportive resources and affordable housing, and solving problems including those related to health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. CJE also provides workshops for community older adults on chronic conditions, maintaining mobility and aging well. Assisted Living The Weinberg Community for Senior Living is home to 220 older adults at either Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living or The Friend Center for Alzheimer's Care, one of the first and largest assisted living residences in the state. The Weinberg Community is a safe, yet stimulating environment for older adults who need additional assistance with everyday tasks like medication reminders, bathing or housekeeping. Residents also have many opportunities to participate in socialization and life enrichment activities. Though primarily for a private pay population, approximately 30% of residents receive some type of financial assistance through a CJE-sponsored scholarship program, donor funds or state government subsidy. Supportive Housing CJE Independent Housing is for seniors who can live independently. Six apartment buildings (Farwell House, Jarvis House, Krasnow Residence, Swartzberg House, Village Center, and Robineau Residence) are HUD funded. A seventh apartment building offers below market rate rents.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, CJE SeniorLife's program expenses were:

Skilled Nursing 22,154,812
Community Services 11,738,107
Assisted Living 9,361,495
Independent Housing 5,505,714
Total Program Expenses: $48,760,128
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Chief Executive : Mark Weiner, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Judy Smith
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: attorney

Board Size: 55

Paid Staff Size: 690

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,567,096, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on CJE SeniorLife's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
program service fees, net 36,885,977
contributions by associated organizations 7,184,934
grants from governmental agencies 6,945,127
contriubutions, grants legacies and bequests 2,880,604
special events, net of costs of $227,708 in 2015 and $216,200 in 2014 382,162
miscellaneous revenue 297,404
Net Non Operating Revenue 84,950
Total Income $54,661,158


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $54,661,158
Program expenses $48,760,128
Fund raising expenses 423,155
Administrative expenses 9,026,900
Total expenses $58,210,183
Expenses in Excess of Income (3,549,025)
Beginning net assets (8,523,528)
Ending net assets (12,072,553)
Total liabilities 78,634,986
Total assets $66,562,433

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