Category: March 2023

The Lillian Schenck Foundation Awards Grant to Camp Hope

The Arc of Essex County is pleased to announce that The Lillian Schenck Foundation has generously granted $4,000 to the Camp Hope Fee Assistance Project. The funds will allow low-income children from across northern New Jersey to attend the 2023 Camp Hope season. Located in East Hanover, N.J., Camp Hope welcomes individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the summer season with a property that features a beach-entry swimming pool, accessible-friendly playground, splash pad, basketball court, outdoor pavilion, and expansive recreation field. Learn more at The Arc of Essex County extends its sincere appreciation to The Lillian Schenck Foundation for its [...]

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The Arc of Essex County and Stepping Stones School Remember Nicole Fiorilla

It is with great sadness that The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School shares the news of the passing of speech therapist Nicole Fiorilla. She died peacefully on February 11 surrounded by her family. A Bloomfield resident, Nicole grew up in New Jersey and studied at Kean University, where she received a B.A. in Speech Correction and an M.A. in Speech Language Pathology. She began working at Stepping Stones School in Roseland in 2007, and in the 16 years that followed she has helped countless students and families by teaching speech and feeding skills to infants, toddlers, and children with [...]

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The Arc of Essex County and Stepping Stones School Remember James Paden

The Arc of Essex County and Stepping Stones School lost a dear friend and long-time colleague with the passing of James Paden after a short illness. James started working for The Arc of Essex in 1984 in Day Services and Respite Programs. In 2004, he transferred to the Stepping Stones School and continued in The Arc’s Hotel Respite Program. “James was an amazing person: calm, compassionate, positive, caring, hardworking, and endearing to all,” says Stepping Stones Principal Sue Brand. “To say that James had a positive and unforgetable impact on the many students and staff at the school, as well as the [...]

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The Arc of Essex County remembers David Morrison. Picture of candle and photo of David.

The Arc Remembers David Morrison

It is with great sadness that The Arc of Essex County announces the passing of David Morrison. David lived in the Belmont Group Home and had been part of The Arc Day Programs since 1988. David was loved by his mother, his sister, and extended family. He enjoyed spending time with his Arc family at the Belmont Group Home and adored The Arc staff. He also cherished attending church with his mother and listening to the sound of her voice on the phone, eating anything chocolate related, and going outside and spending time in the park. Although he may have [...]

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March 2023 Residential Corner

For individuals seeking a community living placement, The Arc of Essex County has the following March 2023 openings: NEW Belmont Group Home (1 Male vacancy) Single-family style home Located in a great Livingston neighborhood. 24/7 supervision Can accommodate residents with additional medical supports and aging needs NEW Meadowbrook Condo (2 Male or Female Vacancies) Unlicensed two-bedroom condo in Maplewood Candidates would be on the Supports Program Close to public transportation Care based on individual needs 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 [...]

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March 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: March 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 3 p.m.)The Arc of Essex County Game Day (Tuesdays: March 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 3 p.m.)The Arc of Essex County Book Buddies (Wednesdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 3 p.m.) § The Arc of NJ Self-Advocacy Project: Stay Healthy at Home: ** NEW 3/7/23: Making Mental Healthcare [...]

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