SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A number of JESPY clients who recently returned to JESPY’s onsite residences were welcomed back with delicious treats courtesy of Maplewood State Farm Agent, Christine Coster, and The Able Baker. The surprise came to fruition after Coster received funding to support a local food business for the benefit of JESPY House.

“I thought that with all of the challenging news these days that it would be nice to bring a little sunshine to JESPY clients," she said. "I know that the change in routines, confusion, and anxiety that we are all experiencing must be especially difficult for them.”

The sunshine came in the form of colorful, tasty cookies, scones, and other treats from The Able Baker. The Maplewood-based bakery, owned by Julie and Thomas Pauly, was the local food establishment chosen by Coster to participate in the project. Coster decided to purchase goods from the bakery because of their generosity within the local community and the quality of their items.

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“Supporting local business is more important than ever right now,” she said. “They all need our help.”

Coster, who has been a State Farm Agent in the SOMA community for well over 20 years, is no stranger to JESPY.

“I have had the pleasure of helping JESPY House clients with insurance in the past and have been aware of the wonderful work that JESPY does to aid clients live full, meaningful, and productive lives,” she said.

State Farm, JESPY and The Able Baker are all active members of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and are continually looking for ways to support each other and other businesses in the SOMA community.

"It was really thoughtful that everyone got their own gift pack of cookies,” said JESPY client Richard S. “It was a nice welcome back surprise.”

JESPY House serves clients with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities in the areas of recreation, employment, athletics, community-based supports, behavioral health, activities of daily living and most importantly, advancing independence. Clients range in age from 18-73. To learn more or to make a donation, visit jespy.org.