Remembering Treasured Consumers
December 22nd, 2015
Michael Zablocki joined The Arc family in 1982, residing at the Nutley, Bloomfield, Belleville, and Seven Oaks Group Homes. While living at Belleville, Mike became best friends with another resident, John. They spent 20 years together, enjoying vacations across the United States and Canada.
Greg DiLorenzi attended The Arc of Essex County’s Special Young Adults (SYA) program for 15 years. He loved computers, typing, telling stories, and word search puzzles. He typed 60 words a minute and was the program’s official greeter, welcoming people to the program each and every day.
Patricia Cherba attended The Arc of Essex County’s Opportunity Zone day program for more than 10 years. Although a very quite person, she touched the hearts of many staff and consumers.
Nathaniel Rosebure joined The Arc family in 1988, residing at the Livingston Group Home. He especially enjoyed family time during the holidays, on birthdays, and special occasions. A foodie at heart, he always enjoyed his mom’s home-cooked meals and listening to gospel, R&B, and jazz music. He looked forward to attending church each Sunday and participating in worship and fellowship.
Frank Mattson moved into the very first group home in Newark more than 40 years ago and most recently resided with his best friend at the supervised apartment in Maplewood. Known in his early days as “Godfather”, Frank was the in-charge guy wherever he lived. Underneath his gruff exterior was a heart of gold. He worked as a TV repair man for many years and enjoyed cooking. He would often prepare large meals for anyone unable to cook.
Michael Zablocki (left) with long-time roommate John (right).