Adult Recreation Program Celebrates the Chinese New Year

January 14th, 2019

On Friday, January 11th, members of The Arc of Essex County’s Community Inclusion program celebrated the Chinese New Year during the monthly World of Food program at its Creative Visions location in Orange, NJ. The group enjoyed making crafts, learning about Chinese customs and traditions, and even received a Chinese fan and chop sticks.

The World of Food program, part of The Arc’s Community Inclusion, Recreation, and Respite Services, gathers participants to experience new adventures and cultures from around the world through food, games, and music along with reviewing healthy food choices and learning about how to read a menu, dining etiquette and other basic skills. Each month, a theme is chosen and an entrée of their choice is ordered while they prepare an appetizer or dessert from that culture.

The fun continued on Sunday, January 13th when the Community Inclusion program participants enjoyed a relaxing, cozy day in their pajamas while reading stories from the famous “Soup for the Soul” book.  Attendees made a pot of delicious chicken noodle soup. Afterwards, everyone warmed up with hot chocolate and cookies baked earlier that day.

Is your loved one interested in educational programming, community experiences, seasonally-themed events, and weekend group respite programs?  If so, The Arc of Essex County's Winter 2019 Adult Community Inclusion, Recreation, & Respite Catalog is right up their alley!

Check out the wide range of programs offered to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18 and up in our 2019 Winter Catalog.  Highlights include a Saint Patrick’s Day Party, a trip to Historic Smithville, B-The Underwater Bubble Show at the State Theater of New Jersey, Farm-to-Table Cooking Classes, and more.

The Winter 2019 Community Inclusion, Recreation, and Respite Catalog is available here. A sign up form is available at the end of the catalog.  For questions or to receive a hard copy of the recreational calendar, contact Dacia King-Sarkodie, Manager of Community Supports Services at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1272 or