New Home Provides Support For Adults With Disabilities In Parsippany
The ribbon-cutting for Community Options, a new residential home for the special needs community, was held earlier this month.
PARSIPPANY, NJ — Earlier this month, members of the Parsippany council attended the ribbon-cutting for Community Options, a new residential home meant to benefit the special needs community of Parsippany.
The four-bedroom home, located on Ferncliff Road, Morris Plains, has been completely renovated to accommodate wheelchair-dependent residents with its open floor plan, and residents have 24-hour support staff onsite.
“I am happy to welcome another specialized home into our community that will foster and support the needs of individuals with disabilities,” Mayor James Barberio said.
Community Options is a leading national non-profit organization that provides housing and job services to 6,000 people with disabilities in 12 states. The group maintains approximately 150 homes in New Jersey and 650 nationwide.
The new four-bedroom home is Community Options’ sixth home in Parsippany.
“It was a wonderful ribbon cutting for the newest community home for Community Options. A terrific organization. Welcome to Parsippany,” said Senator Joseph Pennacchio.
The new Parsippany group home was developed through an affordable housing partnership with the township, a spokesperson with Community Options told Patch.
The ribbon cutting was also attended by Council President Loretta Gragnani, Council Vice President Michael DePierro and Councilman Justin Musella.
“We are proud to partner with the Mayor and Council to develop this new home in Parsippany,” said Tracy Mendola, Community Options’ Regional State Director. “Our community homes help municipalities meet their affordable housing needs while providing a critical service to people with significant disabilities.”
As a nationwide organization, Community Options promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the community through person-centered and natural supports, as well as engagement with community partners to expand service accessibility.
Community Options contracts with various government entities and is supported by dedicated staff in programs throughout several states: Arizona, Iowa, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
“While this may not be what we think of as a traditional family, it is a family nonetheless and on that will bring an enrichment to this neighborhood. Welcome to Parsippany and welcome home,” Barberio said.