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December 13, 2018
Basking Ridge, NJ — At a gathering filled with neighbors, local representatives including Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter, Bernards Committeewoman Carol Bianchi, parents, community members and staff members, Our House, Inc. celebrated the opening of new community-supported housing with a ribbon-cutting in Basking Ridge on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Our House, Inc., the New Providence-based nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide “healthy, stimulating, and inclusive environments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” has officially opened a new group home in Basking Ridge.
The Lumby Group Home is named after a local family who built the beautiful house from the ground up for their son, and to share with three other adults with autism.
Jeff and Danielle Lumby said they are thrilled that four young men will turn the house they built into a home.
“We hope to see more families working on projects like this so we can continue to support the special needs adult community,” she said. “All the best to the residents of The Lumby Group Home!”
Located on a residential street, the new house will be home to four adults with developmental disabilities. The house has an ADA compliant main level with bedrooms, ADA bathrooms, and living space. With 24-hour on site supervision, the residents will have a new and unique opportunity to live independently.
Michele DelCorsano, President and CEO of Our House, Inc. said that The Lumby House will allow the agency to help even more individuals who need services.
“One of the greatest moments is knowing that a person, who was faced so many obstacles in life, is now living on their own (with the necessary support), taking care of their household, participating in meaningful day activities – whether it be working or volunteering – and interacting with their communities in a positive way. This is a powerful moment and why we do what we do,” she said.
Our House offers programs to individuals across New Jersey in towns including: Livingston, Maplewood, West Orange, Verona, Summit, Westfield, New Providence, Millington, Basking Ridge, Berkeley Heights, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, and Woodbridge.
Join Our House Foundation on March 1, 2019 at The Morris Museum from 7-10 p.m. and enjoy Beer, Bourbon & Blackjack, an interactive tasting and casino fundraiser. All funds raised will support the Our House programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
About Our House Inc.
Our House, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides day programs, and residential, employment, and recreational services to more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities. Our first home opened in 1980 in Summit, NJ, and we have steadily grown to 40 residences throughout Union, Essex, Somerset and Morris Counties.
The mission of Our House, Inc. is to provide healthy, stimulating, and inclusive environments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through community residences, employment services, innovative day programs, social opportunities and related support services designed to help them achieve their full potential for living meaningful and productive lives. To learn more about Our House, visit www.ourhousenj.org.
About Our House Foundation
The mission of Our House Foundation is to provide financial support to Our House, Inc., a non-profit public agency that provides housing, employment, day programs, and other social services to individuals with developmental disabilities.