NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Our House Foundation announced that they received a grant from The Grotta Fund for Senior Care, which is administered through the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.  “We are so grateful to The Grotta Fund for their financial support of the older adults with disabilities that we serve,” states Dawn Knill, Director of Development for Our House Foundation.

Our House was forced to suspend their day service programs in March when the pandemic hit.  Over 100 adults with disabilities participate in the Our House day programs, of which 15% of them are considered older adults.  Immediately virtual programming was put into place to help keep participates connected, engaged and active.  When the Division of Development Disabilities (DDD) gave the green light for congregate day programs to reopen, with restrictions of course, the Our House staff immediately executed a re-entry plan they had been working on in anticipation for this day.  On October 5th Day Services opened for in-person services.  One of the many re-entry plan restrictions included the use of personal protective furniture.  This furniture includes height adjustable tables, one per client, as well as protective partitions.  Dawn Knill shares, “The funding from The Grotta Fund supported the purchase of this protective furniture, special sanitizing equipment and supplies as well as the cost to offer virtual music, Yoga and dance.  Like many agencies, these expenses are not yet in our normal operating budget, therefore these funds were key in helping us provide this important programming.”

About Our House Inc.

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Founded in 1980, Our House, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides residential, employment, day program, 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 31 locations throughout Union, Essex, Somerset, Middlesex 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 private financial support to Our House, Inc., a non-profit public agency that provides housing, employment, and other social services to individuals with developmental disabilities.