Matthew D. Kuiken considers being appointed to the Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Board of Trustees a privilege and an opportunity to “pay it forward.”
“I was approached by Doug Struyk, CHCC’s President and CEO, who I’ve come to know over the past couple of years,” Mr. Kuiken says. “I have tremendous respect for Doug, so I was honored to have been considered to serve. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity and immediately felt part of the team.”
Mr. Kuiken is Vice President of Operations for his family’s business – Kuiken Brothers Company Inc. Kuiken Brothers and CHCC both have been pillars in the community for more than a century.
“I’ve been aware of the Center since I was a child,” Mr. Kuiken says. “I’ve had a number of family members and friends under care at CHCC over the years. The quality of care becomes most apparent when your own loved one is the beneficiary. Only then can you fully appreciate the quality and decency of care provided. CHCC is a welcoming environment to those in need, one founded on the very Christian principles that serve as the bedrock of the organization and evoke the most elemental tenants of humanity. These core values provide a sense of purpose and are truly the guiding light behind everything we do at CHCC. That’s brightly evident in the level of care provided here at the Center. Volunteering my service to the CHCC Board of Trustees is a small way to support those who have cared for so many in our community over the years and who will do so in the future.”
Mr. Kuiken’s commitment to caring for the community is also evident through his service on the Advisory Board of Directors for Paterson Habitat for Humanity (HFH). Kuiken Brothers has been an active supporter of Paterson HFH since it was founded more than 30 years ago. The company participates in HFH’s Corporate Challenge every year and has contributed to the construction of more than 300 houses.
“Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a place to live in dignity and safety, and be part of a strong and caring community,” Mr. Kuiken says. “This premise is its call to action, and it speaks to the heart of who we are as a family and as a company. One can draw many parallels with the mission of Christian Health Care Center.”
Mr. Kuiken has also helped communities around the globe. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in the West African country of Mali.
“I worked to strengthen community and commerce through technology by providing Internet access, training, and professional education in the areas of micro-finance and project development,” he says. “While I no longer serve as a volunteer, that experience continues to serve as a reminder to be thankful for the gifts we have and to pay them forward.”
Mr. Kuiken plans to follow his pay-it-forward philosophy through his service to CHCC.
“With The Vista well underway in the planning stages, Christian Health Care Center will be the premier option in New Jersey for seniors to age with dignity in a comfortable living environment with modern amenities and unmatched health, wellness, and spiritual care. Also, as we further expand our footprint to Siena Village in Wayne, we have a real opportunity to showcase the talent of our staff to more families in North Jersey,” Mr. Kuiken says. “These two growth opportunities will strengthen our mission, as well as our already close relationships to regional hospitals and health providers. All of this puts us in a better position to serve the community.”
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