Residential opportunities are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a variety of community options. Each option provides a supportive home-like environment in an integrated community setting. Without exception, each residence offers a fulfilling independent lifestyle in a nurturing atmosphere. The Arc of Essex County’s highly trained staff provide, ongoing activities, behavioral and medical support, and training in independent living skills. As part of their community residents are encouraged to establish friendships, pursue personal interests and achieve.
Community Residences are group homes that provide residents with 24-hour staff supervision. This continuous staff support is designed to meet the needs of each resident. The Arc's homes are beautiful, well-maintained single family dwellings in residential neighborhoods. Community Residence living affords each resident the opportunity for independent community living in a family-like atmosphere. Skills and experiences gained in Community Residences include:
- Daily living tasks
- Health and wellness needs
- Household maintenance
- Money management
The Arc of Essex County’s Supervised Apartments are well-maintained individual apartment units located in community settings. These units are designed for individuals who have mastered a number of skills and are looking for the independence and privacy associated with apartment living. Staff supervision is designed to maximize independence and developmental potential with the least amount of interference possible. Staff support is available for training, guidance and assistance. Supervised Apartment living encourages personal growth, socialization, and community integration.
The Supportive Living Apartment Program is designed for individuals with minimal community living support needs. This program has a central office located in Millburn with apartments and condominiums throughout Essex County. Consumers in this program typically are employed, pay a portion of their rent and receive limited staff assistance in areas such as health management, budgeting and relationship skills. Staff assistance is available based on individual needs and to organize optional group activities. Consumers have access to an emergency on-call system for added safety 24 hours a day. Many of the individuals in this program hold jobs in the community. All of the program residents are able to access the community alone, whether on foot, using public transportation, or driving their own vehicle. As a result, they generally manage their own social and recreational activities, enjoying their families and community friends. Occasionally, they go out together in small groups to enjoy additional activities such as trips to the shore. Their interests and skills are unique to each individual, and include swimming, eating out, shopping, going on vacation, etc. This is a very natural and normalized environment that encourages personal growth and independence.