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Vaseful in Princeton Celebrates One Year Anniversary

June 19, 2020
centraljersey.com

June 19, 2020 | Press Release.pdf | centraljersey.com PRINCETON, NJ – Vaseful Flower & Gifts in Princeton recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Vaseful is a nonprofit flower store operated by Community Options Enterprises that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Vaseful employees with and without disabilities work side by side to learn valuable retail,…

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New Jersey’s done better than NY

May 26, 2020
nydailynews.com

May 26, 2020 | nydailynews.com Manhattan: Why is the governor of New Jersey testing all 8,000 people and staff who work in all the group homes and state-licensed facilities providing care to persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities and we are not doing this in New York? During the daily briefings from both Gov. Murphy…

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To the editor:

May 18, 2020
njbiz.com

May 18, 2020 | njbiz.com Crisis does not build character, it reveals it. Managing one of the largest state-funded nonprofits supporting persons with disabilities in New Jersey is more than a challenge. Our essential and brave staff go to work every day supporting our most vulnerable citizens. Out of the 4,500 persons with disabilities we…

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People with disabilities work as frontline heroes in Chattanooga

May 13, 2020
newschannel9.com

May 13, 2020 | newschannel9.com CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Grocery stores during COVID-19 mimic the Black Friday rush. Cash registers dinging and baggers moving. “I’m not that fast, I’m still kind of slow at it,” said Christopher Walker, a Food City employee. But the hustle never steals Walker’s or Mark Johnson’s smiles. “I am special needs…

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Caring for others deserves applause

May 5, 2020
post-gazette.com

May 5, 2020 | post-gazette.com I stand behind the direct-support professionals who tirelessly help. If you’re following Mister Rogers’ advice and looking for the helpers, you don’t have to look far. There are people out there who dedicate their lives to caring for our society’s forgotten people. Heroes are everywhere; right now we tend to…

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Sharing information will reduce infections

May 3, 2020
post-gazette.com

May 03, 2020 | post-gazette.com Dr. Jonas Salk tested his polio vaccine as a pilot study with almost 8,000 children in our local schools. Millions of children were vaccinated. Parents embraced vaccinations with open arms. In those days, John Fine, our first governor to televise his inauguration, grew up knowing that Franklin D. Roosevelt was…

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A Texas-Sized Thank You from Jamie Reynolds to Special Needs Caregivers

April 30, 2020
dallasdoinggood.com

April 30, 2020 | dallasdoinggood.com | INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY JAN OSBORN. Jamie Reynolds is the State Director for Community Options, Inc. of Dallas. Community Options was established in 1997 to provide residential and employment support services to individuals with disabilities living in (16) counties in the Northern Texas Region to include Dallas, Collin, Denton…

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Raise pay for direct care workers to fill gaps caused by coronavirus

April 30, 2020
syracuse.com

April 30, 2020 | syracuse.com Imagine being paid $11 to $16 per hour to work an eight-hour shift in a group home with three or four people who are autistic and/or with significant intellectual disabilities in Syracuse or Dallas or Nashville. If one person in the home is infected, that individual needs to self-isolate in…

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Bucco Commends Pay Increase for Direct Support Professionals Who Assist Individuals With Disabilities During COVID-19

April 30, 2020
senatenj.com

April 30, 2020 | senatenj.com Senator Anthony M. Bucco applauded the three-month temporary salary raise for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) working with the more than 30,000 New Jersey residents with disabilities amid the pandemic. “DSPs provide invaluable, hands-on support to those in our communities with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping to enrich their lives on…

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Interruption insurance for the employed disabled

April 23, 2020
centraljersey.com

April 23, 2020 | centraljersey.com Our nonprofit has operated for over three decades to support people with disabilities in housing and placed them into employment opportunities. We are a national multi-million-dollar organization employing over 5,000 staff. We have been paying business interruption insurance for decades. Our lodestar business is The Daily Plan It. We were…

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