At-risk Youth Hear Story of Challenges and Success at Annual Conference

August 16, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Williams, Jr. stood before a room filled with youth living within New Jersey's child services system and struggled to begin his story. Williams, a community organizer, behaviorist and licensed social worker at the nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU), is proud of what he has accomplished in life, but less so of the decisions he made as a youth.

Presenting as ...

Union County Awards 63 “HEART” Grants

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced 63 artists, historians, and local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the 2018 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. 

“The recipients of HEART Grants are a wonderful mix of creative individuals – composers and writers, historians, visual ...

Union County Announces 2018 Library Grant Awards

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the 2018 Union County Library Grant awards for 20 public, municipal libraries in Union County. The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming.

“Our community is stronger when we all work together to provide every child with ...

People with Disabilities are Celebrated for their Achievements

ELIZABETH, NJ – The achievements of ten people with disabilities were celebrated last week at Community Access Unlimited (CAU) in Elizabeth during the agency's annual Performance Recognition Night. Each of the individuals, all CAU members, were recognized by their fellow members, staff and family for their accomplishments in a variety of areas, from independent living to employment and ...

People with Disabilities Dance the Night Away at Very Special Prom

ELIZABETH, NJ - The lights were low and the music loud, colored balloons floated in the air and people dressed to the nines filled the dance floor Friday evening at a very special prom. Rather than high school teenagers these prom goers were people with disabilities of all ages.

In place of high school students, those well-dressed people were adult members of Community Access Unlimited (CAU), ...

Local Youth Learn Challenges and Rewards of independence at Nonprofit Training Event

ELIZABETH, NJ - More than seventy local youth learned about the challenges and rewards of independence at the annual Independent City training event held at Community Access Unlimited (CAU) in Elizabeth on July 21.

Independent City is a mock-community set up in CAU's auditorium consisting of simulated banks, apartment buildings, grocery stores, utilities and institutions and amenities that ...

Sparky Lyle Pitches In to Help Operation Shoebox New Jersey

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Collectors can own a unique piece of New York Yankees history if they attend Joe Bodnar’s Sports Memorabilia Auction this weekend and are willing to dig deep in to their pockets.

A pair of cleats worn by former New York Yankees relief pitcher Sparky Lyle in the early 1970s will be sold during Bodnar’s auction at TD Bank Ballpark Sunday, July 29 following the ...

“Teens for Teens” Donate Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

ELIZABETH, NJ - Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas' 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a ...

Unique Troupe of Actors Thrills Audience with Production of "Annie, Jr."

RAHWAY, NJ - Nearly one thousand attendees were thrilled with a very special production of "Annie, Jr." staged by the CAU Community Players, a troupe of actors both with and without developmental disabilities performed at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts June 29-July 1.

Formed in 2012, the CAU Community Players empowers members with disabilities to perform alongside ...

Independent City Life Experience Training Event for Youth Coming to Elizabeth July 21

ELIZABETH, N J - Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will host its annual Independent City life experience training event for youth Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Elizabeth headquarters at 80 West Grand Street. The event is open to youth aged 13 and older at no cost.

Independent City is a replicated community set up in CAU's auditorium consisting of simulated banks, apartment ...

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