Religions and Spirituality

Speed dating event for houses of worship coming April 26

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Community Access Unlimited's new headquarters. Credits: Fran Sullivan
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UNION, NJ - The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council will hold a networking event April 26 at which residents from throughout Union County looking for a faith community to join may "speed date" with various faith-based organizations. The event, called Faith in Action, will be held at Suburban Golf Club at 1730 Morris Avenue in Union from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This is the second annual Faith in Action networking event. While initially designed to allow members of nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) to meet with representatives from various faith-based organizations to help them determine which they might want to join, the event has been opened to all county residents this year.

Last year 92 CAU members met with 43 representatives of 19 houses of worship. Of those 92, 50 made connections with one of the organizations. Myrta Rosa was one of those.

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"It was a great experience," she said. "It gave people with different abilities the opportunity to see what's out there to help them succeed and make a better future."

Rosa has been attending Saturday mass at The Parish Community of St. Helen in Westfield since last year's event.

"I feel very welcomed and comfortable," she said. "I feel like I'm home. I don't feel different at all."

To register for the event, call 908.354.3040, ext. 4324, or email UCInterfaith@caunj.org.

The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council, is an organization comprising more than 40 interfaith congregations and community-based nonprofits, including CAU. The council promotes inclusion of all people within the community, without regard to race, religion or disability, and creates a clearing house of faith-based, nonprofit and government community services available to the public, according to Sid Blanchard, CAU executive director.

CAU is a statewide nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

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