STIRLING, NJ – Friends and supporters of Our House Inc., a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that helps individuals with developmental disabilities improve their quality of their lives, turned out Thursday night at The Primavera Regency in Stirling for a key organization fundraiser.
 
“This is a very specific event to support one of our houses,” said Our House executive director Michelle Wernsing.
 
Proceeds from this year’s Little Black Dress Party fundraiser will go to support the organization’s residence in New Providence that needs to be made more accessible, Wernsing said. This first fundraiser was held in 2010 and raised around $20,000. This year’s fundraiser is expected to be an equal, if not greater, success.
 
Our House owns 25 residences throughout Union, Essex, Somerset and Morris counties in towns such as New Providence, Summit, Berkeley Heights, Chatham and Basking Ridge.
 
Thursday night’s fundraiser was made possible through the collective efforts of seven New Providence residents who felt passionate enough about the organization’s work to organize the fundraiser party.
 
“We are all friends and we all want to give something back to the community,” said Ali Solomon, who is one of the party chairs. “You can’t go into the homes and see the residents without feeling that you want to help.”
 
Money raised from the party will help Our House's plans to expand the New Providence house by adding a few additional rooms and new amenities. Many of the house’s residents have been in the home for more than 25 years and, as they have grown older, they need easier access to living quarters. “Our goal is to keep people in the community, not have to move them out of town,” Wernsing said. Our House has owned the property since 1982.
 
Our House, Inc.'s services are designed to be flexible, to meet each individual's unique needs. A strong emphasis is placed on enhancing community involvement and participation, as well as helping individuals develop meaningful connections to community life. Individuals are encouraged to make independent choices about their lives, with support from trained and caring staff.

Our House Inc.'s mission is to provide healthy and stimulating environments for people with developmental and other disabilities, as well as those in the community-at-large who may be in need of support services. Our House residences, employment services, and social programs help them achieve their full potential for living meaningful and productive lives.

Individuals who would like to get involved in Our House or offer donations should contact Stephanie Hern at 908-464-8008 x141.