The Coronavirus pandemic (and its government-mandated shutdowns) caused a majority of businesses to suffer financial setbacks, and many even closed their doors.

Luckily, the Federal Government provided relief through the CARES Act funding and the American Rescue Plan.

The Center for Health, Education, Medicine and Dentistry (CHEMED) and the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center (LRRC) were founded and are owned by Beth Medrash Govoha.

Throughout March, April, and May 2020, CHEMED / the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center, received a total of $2,191,100 in CARES Act funding to support their battle of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state, and expand capacity for COVID Testing, Rep. Chris Smith announced.

On August 26, 2020, the Lakewood Resource & Referral Center received $197,000 in annual federal funding for its Federally Qualified Health Center.


On September 16, 2020, the Murphy Administration announced that the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center will receive $351,662 to be a "State Navigator" to provide free outreach, education, and enrollment assistance to residents shopping for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period. 

On April 1, 2021, the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center received $7,733,375, as a Federal Qualified Health Center, under the American Rescue Plan.

On April 8, 2021, the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center received $1,918,226, as a Community Health Center, under the American Rescue Plan.

On July 27, 2021 CHEMED, OHI, and STEPS received $1,000,000 in HRSA funding to help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates.

The funding will be used to share factual information regarding vaccines, build vaccine confidence, and address barriers to vaccination. As part of the grant funding, CHEMED and OHI will provide one-on-one case management, coordinate outreach events, and create pop-up vaccination clinics to raise the rates of COVID-19 vaccinations in vulnerable communities throughout Ocean and Monmouth County.

According to Lakewood Township officials, CHEMED / LRRC also received $400,000 in CDBG grants for each of the 2020 and 2021 funding years.

Additionally, in April 2020, Beth Medrash Govoha was awarded $5,899,593 in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Half of their award which was released immediately, needed to go directly to students by providing emergency financial aid grants to help cover costs associated with the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, including course materials, food, health care, technology, housing, and other eligible costs.

In May 2020, the Lakewood Resource And Referral Center received a Coronavirus-related PPP loan from the SBA of $2,890,501.

In April 2020, Beth Medrash Govoha, a non-profit organization located at 601 Private Way received a Coronavirus-related PPP loan from the SBA of $2,844,707.

In April 2020, Beth Medrash Govoha, a partnership located at 617 Sixth Street received a Coronavirus-related PPP loan from the SBA of $380,737. All of these loans have been marked repaid in full or forgiven.

That is a total of $23,316,400.

In August 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation cited CHEMED and a temporary staffing agency they contracted with for failing to ensure the safety and health of nurses giving flu shots and testing potentially infectious patients for the coronavirus.

OSHA's investigation – initiated earlier that year in response to a complaint – found that CHEMED did not provide medical evaluations to determine each employee's ability to use a respirator before they required workers to use them, and failed to fit test employees required to wear respirators. The agency proposed $273,064 after citing the facility for two willful violations. 

In 2020, OSHA cited the facility for similar hazards after the company failed to protect staff providing medical and dental care from coronavirus.

In May 2022, CHEMED agreed to pay the full proposed penalties of $273,064 for the two repeated violations, abate the cited hazards, develop and implement a safety and health management system, and continue to comply with OSHA’s healthcare emergency temporary standard.


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Anonymous said...

And this is why Chemed kept pushing residents to get vaccinated - because they got tons of money for every vaccine. And this is why R' Malkiel could not sign support for the anti-vaxers or for yeshivos to reopen - because Chemed and BMG we're receiving money for "staying closed".

Anonymous said...

not sure why LRRC got so much money, they did zero for us during covid. Agudah got us the tuition grant and it was paid out months ago and LRRC mortgage program never paid out. where did all this money go ? not one of thousands that applied for help paying down their home loans got a check . They got the money so how come it wasn't distributed