Bridgewater, NJ — On June 28, Our House, Inc., whose mission is to provide “healthy, stimulating, and inclusive environments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” held a ribbon cutting for its fifth Hope Autism Solutions program site at the PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits in Bridgewater, NJ.
Michele DelCorsano, President and CEO of Our House, Inc. said that the latest site of Hope Autism Solutions will allow the agency to help even more adults with autism who need day services. Moreover, the location will also be home to a fourth Volunteer Action Program site.
“Imagine the joy of a parent to know that their child, who was faced with such obstacles, is now participating in meaningful day activities – whether it be working or volunteering – and interacting with their communities in a positive way. This is powerful and why we do what we do,” she said.
Volunteer Action Program (VAP) operates out of Union and Somerset counties, supporting 48 individuals with developmental disabilities. VAP participants volunteer their time at organizations such as SAGE (Meals on Wheels), Eva’s Village, Wagner Farms, Catholic Charities, Furniture Assist, and other nonprofit entities. Besides giving back to the community, participants attend group outings and other recreational and social activities such as apple picking, bowling, seeing movies, etc.
Hope Autism Solutions (HAS) currently has 140 participants throughout five sites, with growth expected to continue; another site is planned to open in Woodbridge in 2019. A daily life enhancement program, HAS is dedicated to providing adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder an environment that supports personal growth, learning, empowerment and self-esteem. The program provides participants the tools to live productive, meaningful lives and integration into the community. HAS is a program without walls which means that the goal is to keep participants active in the community as much as possible throughout the day.
Our House offers programs and housing to individuals across New Jersey in towns including: Livingston, Maplewood, West Orange, Verona, Summit Union, Westfield, New Providence, Millington, Basking Ridge, Berkeley Heights, Bound Brook and Bridgewater.
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 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.