Category: July 2022

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Tributes and Facebook Fundraisers – Spring 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 (April to June 2022): In Honor of Bob GebroeKevin Reilly In Honor of JoAnn RainesCara L. SchnaperSchwab Charitable In Honor of Joseph BergmanScott BergmanBetsy Bergman In Honor of Lee BergmanMadeline Dreifus In Honor of Richard WrightMary Tranchetti In Honor of Robert DunphyCaitlin DiRuggiero In Memory of Kevin CarrMichael and Suzanne BloomAmelia BoudjoukAnonymousRonald Carr Jr.George KuhnCaitlin Cascino In Memory of Brian Caufield                                                       Brendan OFlahertyPatti McHughMelissa BeneKevin Campbell Esq.Robert & [...]

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West Caldwell Hub Day Programs Enjoy Bank Tour

The Arc of Essex County’s West Caldwell Hub day program participants were treated to a tour of Santander Bank, where they toured the office and learned about how a bank operates and what happens when you open a bank account. The group had such a wonderful time that Alex made a return trip to thank the staff with a card and flowers. Do you have a loved one interested in attending The Arc of Essex County's Adult Day Services?  Click here to learn more about our programs, and reach out to The Arc of Essex County's Director of Adult Day Services, [...]

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Studio Arc Opens

After years of planning and a year of construction and building preparation, Studio Arc opened in limited capacity to Arc of Essex County consumers in June, offering a variety of creative activities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 5,500-square-foot leased space, on the ground floor of an office building in Fairfield, includes expansive space for activities such as yoga and Zumba, as well as art studios for learning new skills, cultivating passions and talents, and exploring new opportunities for creative expression. The furnishings and special equipment were installed after extensive research on the best options for those with IDD. In [...]

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Stepping Stones Celebrates a Successful Year for Students

On Wednesday, June 15, Stepping Stones School gathered for outdoor moving-up ceremonies for all three classes of students. Families gathered on the decorated front lawn of the school during designated one-hour ceremonies for Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Primary classes. Each student received a certificate to mark the successful completion of a school year full of educational milestones, exploration, and fun, as proud loved ones, teachers, and staff looked on. It was a beautiful day with many smiling faces. Principal Sue Brand thanked families for entrusting the school with their children, whom she said bring joy to the staff every day. The [...]

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Arc Recreation Enjoys the Farm, the Lake, and the Wild West in June

With trips to Alstede Farms, Wild West City, and Lake Hopatcong, The Arc of Essex County’s recreation participants enjoyed a variety of community inclusion trips that took them on adventures throughout New Jersey. Nine Community Inclusion participants enjoyed a day at the Strawberry Festival at Alstede Farms in Chester on Sunday, June 5. They had fun petting the animals, listening to live music, and shopping in the gift shop. Everyone took home a quart of strawberries from the farm, and at the end of the day enjoyed dinner at Wendy’s, where they discussed the good times they had enjoyed. The following weekend, [...]

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Create a Personal Fundraiser for The Arc of Essex County

Help make a difference! You can spread awareness about The Arc of Essex County and raise money for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by creating a personal fundraiser to share with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. The Arc can help you set up a crowdfunding campaign, which can be used to spread the word via social media channels and/or through a special event, such as a birthday, anniversary, or retirement. And whether it’s celebrating a milestone or reaching a goal, a personal fundraiser allows your entire network to be part of that celebration while uniting toward a common [...]

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Marnie McNany Completes Tenure as Board President

The Arc of Essex County thanks Marnie McNany, who has served as the organization’s Board President since 2018, for her years of steadfast leadership and unwavering commitment to The Arc’s mission. Marnie is concluding her time as President going into the 2022-2023 fiscal year after serving two consecutive two-year terms in the role. “Marnie is not only a champion for The Arc of Essex County, she also guided the organization through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with calm determination,” said CEO Linda C. Lucas. “Throughout her time on the board, she has been a true partner, exemplifying quiet but strong [...]

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Bloomfield Group Home Renovation Completed

The six residents of The Arc of Essex County’s Bloomfield group home returned to their beautifully renovated community residence in June, after months of extensive construction work that increased accessibility throughout the home. Nestled on a quiet street full of 100-year-old homes, the Bloomfield residence underwent comprehensive updates, with the entire first floor gutted and renovated to feature wider hallways and doorways, a new accessible kitchen, accessible bathrooms, and an expanded deck and access ramp, reconfigurations that have made the home more maneuverable and comfortable for The Arc’s residents and staff. New office and laundry areas also improved the overall utility [...]

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July 2022 Residential Corner

For individuals seeking a community living placement, The Arc of Essex County has the following July 2022 openings: Park Place Apartments New Development! Available 9/1/2022 (2 Male OR Female Vacancies) Beautiful newly constructed, apartment-style living community located in Irvington.One-bedroom apartments available.Individual can be on Supports Program or CCP, with staffing available based on each  individual’s needs (ex. budgeting, scheduling, daily living skills, etc..) Washington Avenue Residence (1 Male Vacancy) 1 bedroom in 5-bedroom male group home in a quiet Montclair neighborhood24/7 staff supervisionMale residents enjoy demonstrating their growing independence in areas such as preparing small meals, doing their own laundry, and cleaningWithin walking distance [...]

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July 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 (July 11, 18, and 25 at 3 p.m.)The Arc of Essex County Game Day (July 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 3 p.m.)The Arc of Essex County Book Buddies (July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 3 p.m.) The Arc of NJ Self-Advocacy Project: Stay Healthy at Home:July 5, 2 p.m.: Preventing DiabetesJuly, 12, 2 p.m.: You and [...]

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