Program for adults with special needs nears start-up

Central Jersey Newspaper Media Group

Central Jersey Newspaper Media Group

OLD BRIDGE — As an adult day program for adults who have special needs prepares to start in the next few weeks, Mayor Owen Henry took the time to recognize those who have helped make the program a reality.

“One of our goals was to raise money,” Henry said at a Township Council meeting on July 9, adding that the community and local businesses have gone above and beyond all expectations with their help. “It says a lot about our community and our businesses in town.”

Municipal employees donated $15,000 toward a purchase of a van for the facility, which will be run by Community Options Inc., a national nonprofit organization with headquarters in Princeton.

The organization, which serves thousands of individuals with disabilities throughout 11 states, offers adult day training, behavioral therapy and supported employment programs.

Amboy Bank donated $10,000; DCH Honda donated $1,000; the Brunetti organization donated $1,000; and the mayor, who said he is committed to the special needs population in the community, donated $1,000.

“It’s been a complicated process,” Henry said. “We are so fortunate to have offered this to our residents in our community.”

In Old Bridge, Community Options staff will meet with individuals and their families to ensure that each plan incorporates the person’s preferences.

The organization’s housing services are designed to assist people who are living with family members and are on waiting lists for community placement.

The employment services focus on support and follow-up required to assist with pursuing employment, taking into consideration the specific needs of each individual.

For more information about the adult day program, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 732-721-5600, ext. 4999.

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