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Town Topics – Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From L to R: Community Support Coordinator Awee Taylor; Mercey County, NJ Executive Director Teresa Snyder, Vanessa, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Lillian; Regional VP of NJ Svetlana Repic-Qira.

From L to R: Community Support Coordinator Awee Taylor; Mercey County, NJ Executive Director Teresa Snyder, Vanessa, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Lillian; Regional VP of NJ Svetlana Repic-Qira.

When Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert toured the Community Options Inc. group home on North Harrison Street recently, she learned a great deal about the Hunger Games books, resident Vanessa’s favorite reading. She also saw firsthand the non-profit organization’s accomplishments in providing employment and housing support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Originally a one-story house with two bedrooms, the building was donated by the town in 2010. After a thorough renovation, it opened as a group home in 2012. “Community Options is helping individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives,” said Ms. Lempert, who commended the staff and the residents for their volunteer work on behalf of the community. “The Princeton community will continue to work to make housing affordable for people with disabilities.” From left: Community Support Coordinator Awee Taylor, Mercer County Executive Director Teresa Snyder, resident Vanessa, Ms. Lempert, resident Lillian, and Regional Vice President for New Jersey J. Svetlana Repic-Qira. Community Options has developed housing and employment programs for people with disabilities for over 25 years. For more information, visit: www.comop.org.