LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Wed., The Arc of Essex County hosted its 25th Annual Home Assistance Program (HAP) Holiday Party at the Knights of Columbus in Livingston. Families enjoyed a full holiday experience complete with lunch, raffles, holiday music, a balloon artist, and a visit with Santa.
Thanks to toy donations from Rutgers University Big Chill 5K Race participants and SaxBST, and new winter apparel donated by The Arc of Essex County employees, HAP families will receive holiday gifts just in time to take their places under the tree. Additionally, Shop Rite has provided frozen turkeys for each family and the Gill St. Bernard School has collected holiday food items via their annual food drive for the families.
“The Arc of Essex County has celebrated the holiday season with our HAP families for more than 20 years,” said Linda. C. Lucas, chief executive officer, The Arc of Essex County. “There is no better time of year to honor the HAP families and the mission of the HAP program than by celebrating the holidays together. We’d like to thank the organizations and donors that make the holiday party possible.”
The Arc of Essex County is a private, non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping low- income children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD) participate in every level of society and enjoy fuller, more independent lives. Founded in 1948, The Arc of Essex County provides 47 unique programs and services that support nearly 1,500 people throughout Essex County from birth to their senior years.
HAP provides services to low income families with a child and/or parent with an intellectual or developmental disability. This program provides supports in the areas of transportation, community resources, housing, navigating school systems, recreation, and at times skill trainings. The goal is to assist parents and families in becoming more self-sufficient, economically and personally, to maintain the family unit, and to attain independence. Right now, nineteen Essex County families are a part of HAP.