In November, consumers from the West Caldwell Hub launched a new vending machine venture at the Durkin Building on Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell. The day program participants will maintain the stocking of the vending machine on a daily basis. They will also shop for new inventory, make weekly deposits to their account at TD bank, and ensure the patrons throughout the building are happy with the variety of options. This new program enhancement will assist with learning new skills such as money management, tracking inventory, sorting, stocking, customer service, problem solving, budgeting, and creating shopping lists.

The Arc of Essex County Day Services are provided in a variety of community-based settings with wide-ranging activities. Community Resource Center activities such as volunteering, community trips, and skill-building classes help consumers develop essential interpersonal skills. Vocational Centers encourage consumers to learn and enhance employment-related skills, while Specialized Centers assist those with extra physical, medical, or behavioral needs. All participants choose from an evolving menu of activities held either in the center or in the community. For more information, contact Director of Day Services Angela LoSapio at (973) 535-1181 x1231 or alosapio@arcessex.org