Welcome to the Neighborhood

September 1st, 2014

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In August 2014, four men moved into The Arc of Essex County’s newest group home on Beacon Avenue in Livingston, New Jersey. In order to transform this three-bedroom ranch into a home, a gift registry was established at Bed Bath & Beyond in the hopes that advocates of The Arc would purchase items to furnish the house and welcome the gentlemen to the neighborhood. 

That same month, the Star Ledger and nj.com published an article about the opening of the Beacon group home, which included a link to the gift registry. Hopes for support soon became a reality when individuals with no known connection to The Arc, kindly purchased housewarming gifts for the residents of the Beacon Avenue group home. 

A total of 33 items were gifted to the new residents including kitchen necessities, bedroom items, and household goods.

The community support from Livingston Township and generous New Jersey residents helped transform this house on Beacon Avenue into a home that will be enjoyed by its residents for years to come.