As a Franklin Lakes resident, W. Peter McBride was familiar with Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), but it wasn’t until his aunt resided at Heritage Manor Nursing Home that he became aware of the breadth and depth of the organization.
“My aunt had a nice room with a nice view and was always very comfortable,” he says. “I visited her often, so I became familiar with the Center and got to know the residents, employees, and volunteers.”
After his aunt passed away, Mr. McBride continued to visit friends, relatives, and fellow parishioners of Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes who had become residents or patients at the Center. His continued dedication to and support of the Center was acknowledged when he was asked to join the CHCC Foundation Board of Trustees in the late 1990s. He accepted the invitation with honor and commitment, and served two terms.
“From the start I was impressed with the Center’s Christian mission, which is very evident,” he says. “It’s a very worthwhile mission and ministry, and the Center has a lot of very dedicated people.”
Like Christian Health Care Center, Mr. McBride and his family are integral parts of our community’s fabric. Family patriarch John McBride emigrated from Ireland to Paterson in 1863. W. Peter’s grandfather Frank founded a plumbing company in 1898, which grew to become Frank A. McBride Mechanical Contractors. After W. Peter completed a tour of duty as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971, he entered the family business and eventually joined forces with his father J. Nevins, and brother David to lead McBride Enterprises, one of New Jersey’s premier real-estate development companies. Currently, W. Peter is President and broker of record for McBride Agency Realtors of Franklin Lakes.
Mr. McBride believes in giving back to the community. He has served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, Passaic Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Ramapo College Board of Trustees, Archdiocese of Newark Finance Council, and Most Blessed Sacrament Pastoral Council, in addition to his service to the CHCC Foundation.
“Christian Health Care Center has a great staff, great leadership, and a tremendous amount of volunteer support,” he says. “I’m proud to support an organization that has served our community for more than 100 years.”