Author: The Arc of Essex County

Complete Your Summer 2020 Camp Application Today!

Limited Spots RemainThe Arc of Essex County continues to acceptapplications for the 2020 Camp Hope seasonwhich will run from June 29 - August 14, 2020.Popular weeks are filling up fast, so don’t delay insubmitting your application and reserving yourspot! To apply, please visit the Camp Hopewebsite and download the application. Applications will be processed as they are received – limitedavailability remains for some weeks. For questions and to find out availability for desired weeks ofattendance, contact Erica Zupkus at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1275 or by emailing Assistance:The New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ deadline to receive applications for [...]

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Looking forward to Summer Fun

Check Out the Spring/Summer 2020Adult Recreation & Respite CatalogWhile we may be practicing social distancing now, we arebusy planning for life after quarantine. Do you have a lovedone interested in educational programming, communityexperiences, seasonally-themed events, and weekend grouprespite programs? The Arc of Essex County’sSpring/Summer 2020 Adult Community Inclusion,Recreation, & Respite Catalog is now available! Highlightsinclude:Sea Turtle Celebration at Turtle Back ZooStrawberry & Peach FestivalsA Day at American Dream’s Sealife Aquarium andPoint Pleasant BoardwalkCupcake Decorating, an Ice Cream Social, and Community FestivalsCheck out the Spring/Summer 2020 Recreation Catalog, available here, then reach out to The Arc ofEssex County's Manager of Community [...]

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Stepping Stones Transitions to Remote Learning

Beginning on Monday, March 16 The Arc of EssexCounty’s Stepping Stones School transitioned toremote learning as schools throughout the stateclosed due to Coronavirus. Students (and a fewsiblings) are making the most of their remotelearning experience while completing work sheets,participating in interactive learning activities, andeven taking virtual yoga classes! The Arc would liketo thank the parents who are helping our teachersand therapists with this tremendous undertaking!The Arc of Essex County's Stepping Stones Schoolis a Department of Education Approved PrivateSchool for Students with Disabilities serving childrenages 3-10. Located in Roseland, NJ, the school isdesigned to meet the developmental andeducational needs of children [...]

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Residents Stay Active

While Having Fun at HomeBeginning on Friday, March 13, The Arc of EssexCounty’s residential programs began practicingsocial distancing as a way to remain healthy amidstthe COVID-19 outbreak. While this meant thecancellation of Adult Recreation & Respite and DayProgramming outside of the home, The Arc remainscommitted to maintaining a regular daily schedule fullof engaging activities.Residential and Day Program staff teamed up toexecute this new approach. For the Millburn GroupHome, this meant developing a weekly calendar ofactivities that incorporates every residents’ interests.Activities include in-home spa days, karaoke andmusic classes, arts & crafts, and staying activethrough chair yoga, dancing, and neighborhoodwalks.The Nutley Group [...]

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Virtual Run and Walk a Success

Thanks to the participation and support of more than 300 runners, walkers, sponsors, and donors, the 22nd Annual (and first-ever virtual) Building Tomorrows Run and Walk raised nearly $43,000 which will directly benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families served by The Arc of Essex County.

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