Author: Jessica Murphy

The Arc Remembers David Owen

It is with great sadness that The Arc of Essex County announces the passing of David Owen.  He was exceptionally well known and loved throughout our Arc community. The Belleville group home is truly a family and would refer to one another as brothers. David and his housemates enjoyed many different group activities and were especially talented at the yearly pumpkin carving contest. David also loved his family and would spend as much time with them as he could. The West Caldwell Day Program we know will not be the same without David’s infectious personality and smile. Anyone who met David could attest to [...]

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February 2023 Residential Corner

For individuals seeking a community living placement, The Arc of Essex County has the following February 2023 openings: NEW Belleville Group Home (1 Male or Female vacancy) Two-family supervised apartment on quiet dead-end street 24/7 supervision Located near Branch Brook Park and other outdoor spaces Residents enjoy activities together, including trips to area destinations as well as picnics on their spacious deck NEW Washington Avenue Residence (1 Male vacancy) Single-family style group home in a quiet Montclair neighborhood 24/7 supervision Within walking distance of parks and shopping Residents enjoy going on local trips together Orange Community Residence (1 Male or Female Vacancy) 24/7 supervision Single-family style group home located in a turn-of-the-century mansion [...]

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Tributes – Fall 2022

Tributes are a beautiful way to acknowledge those you care for, and at the same time, help further The Arc’s mission. To purchase a tribute, please call Ann Burleigh at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1245 or visit our tribute page here. Special Occasions (October to December 2022): In Honor of JoAnn RainesCara L. Schnaper In Honor of Sean Patraic McGlynnElizabeth O’Sullivan In Honor of Sergeant CollinsMichael Brown In Honor of Kristin BezansonTom Frantz In Honor of Paul RooneyEllen Rooney In Memory of Barbara CalderoneSusan and Stephen Hagedorn In Memory of Gregory J. De LorenziSchwab Charitable In Memory of Jack StrausAnn G. Murphy In Memory of Lorraine LowyPatti and Bob Calabrese, and [...]

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Virtual Resources Roundup

February Virtual Resources Roundup

The Arc has a variety of resources for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Here, we provide a monthly roundup of the virtual options available to The Arc community throughout the month: § The Arc of Essex County Mystery Movies (Mondays: February 6, 13, and 27 at 3 p.m.)The Arc of Essex County Game Day (Tuesdays: February 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 3 p.m.)The Arc of Essex County Book Buddies (Wednesdays: February 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 3 p.m.) § The Arc of NJ Self-Advocacy Project: Stay Healthy at Home: 2/7/23: Getting and Giving Consent: For People with [...]

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January 2023 Residential Corner

For individuals seeking a community living placement, The Arc of Essex County has the following January 2023 openings: Orange Community Residence (1 Male or Female Vacancy) 24/7 supervision Single-family style group home located in a turn-of-the-century mansion with spacious living areas Co-ed living arrangement with active group of residents Near shopping, dining, and activities Care based on individual needs Maplewood Supervised Apartment Program (2 Male Vacancies) 24/7 Staff Supervision Condo-style living in a unit with elevator Off-street parking Located near public transportation and within walking distance of Maplewood's downtown shopping & restaurants South Orange Supportive Living Apartment (1 Female Vacancy) 1 bedroom available in a 2-bedroom apartment Minimal community living support needs Access to an [...]

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The Arc Remembers Mark Conniff

It is with great sadness that The Arc of Essex County announces the passing of Mark Conniff.  He was with The Arc for many years and was a treasure to all who knew him. Mark was very polite and loved being surrounded by people he loved. He enjoyed sitting in the front yard at the Marmon Apartment Program when he came home from  his day program. He would write in his notebook and his pen always had to be blue. Sometimes he would go across the street to the bank just to collect ink pens because he knew staff would need [...]

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SYA Sings Along at Caroling Event

Singers from the United Presbyterian Church of Lyndhurst visited The Arc of Essex County’s SYA Day Program in December, where program participants led their peers in a cheerful singalong session of holiday carols. From Jingle Bells to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree to Silent Night, three singers and a melodica player from United Presbyterian led a series of favorite holiday tunes, which the day program attendees thoroughly enjoyed. Many day program participants led their peers in singing at the front of the room, while others sang and toe-tapped along from their seats. In addition to their singing voices, many added to [...]

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Studio Arc Artisans Create Winter Wellness Kits

A group of talented Studio Arc artisans spent the autumn months creating Winter Wellness Kits, using their craftmaking and Cricut skills to assemble beautiful boxes packed with homemade self-care items. Six women from the Opportunity Zone day program in Maplewood made weekly visits to Studio Arc to craft handmade soaps, lip balms, linen/room sprays, bath salts, and sugar scrubs infused with essential oils. The decorated boxes also included cards of encouraging affirmations as stated by the artisans themselves. When the kits were completed, the group visited The Arc of Essex County’s main office to sell them for $25 each, proceeds will be [...]

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A Festive Season of Holiday Celebrations for Stepping Stones Students

With activities and celebrations for Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's, the students at Stepping Stones School had a busy December packed with festive fun. On December 9, students from The Deron School of New Jersey visited Stepping Stones for their annual gathering. In addition to playing fun games and activities, the Deron and Stepping Stones students completed a craft together -- a cute wooden snowmen for each of the children to take home. On December 15, the annual Stepping Stones Holiday Party welcomed families and a visit from Santa Claus. The children got to meet with Santa, sing holiday [...]

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Parents Night Out Features Holiday Fun

On December 9, Stepping Stones School hosted The Arc of Essex County’s Parents’ Night Out event, which provided Arc parents with the opportunity to enjoy an evening out while knowing their children were safely enjoying activities with their peers. The children and teens in attendance ranged in age from 7 to 19, and all had a fun night of making winter wonderland-themed crafts, playing games, and enjoying conversation with their friends over a pizza dinner. The Parents Night Out program costs were offset by generous donations to The Arc of Essex County’s Community Recreation Fund through the 2021 Annual Appeal. The 2.5-hour [...]

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