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48th Governor of New Jersey, Thomas Kean, to be Honored at 25th Year Anniversary for Community Options,Inc.
(Princeton, New Jersey- January 28, 2014)- On February 9, 2014, Community Options, Inc. (COI) a national nonprofit organization based in Princeton, NJ will be celebrating its 25th year of supporting people with developmental disabilities.
To assist in celebrating this enormous milestone, Community Options will be honoring Governor Thomas Kean. Governor Kean was New Jersey’s 48th Governor from 1982-1990. On May 24,1984, Governor Kean established the Governor’s Council on the Preservation of Mental Retardation, a body composed of Commissioners of various State departments and concerned citizens who have distinguished records in the area of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. On a more global level, Kean is recognized for his work as Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, more commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.
Acting as business partners to meet the need of families with children with disabilities in tandem with both private and government agencies, Community Options screens, hires and trains indigenous staff on proven methodologies of care and therapy services to create the best possible environment for persons with disabilities. This includes, 24-hour residential services, supported employment to match people with disabilities for competitive jobs, entrepreneurial businesses such as flower stores, gift shop and office boutiques as well as programs supporting persons with very significant medical needs.
“Community Options has reopened doors and given hope to so many people with developmental disabilities across the country,” said Governor Kean. “It is a great honor to be recognized by such a wonderful and credible organization,” he added.
Community Options will be honoring Governor Kean on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Morven in Princeton at 6:30pm.
About Community Options
Currently the 7th largest nonprofit in New Jersey, Community Options operates with a budget over $96 Million and serves thousands of people with disabilities through 38 offices across 8 states. Providing advocacy assistance to empower people with disabilities, Community Options believes that all people – regardless of disability level – should live and work in the community with dignity, choice, and self-determination. A registered PVO with USAID, Community Options is also the pioneer of innovative programs for people with disabilities in the Middle East, Russia, and South America. Please visit our website at www.comop.org.