WARREN, NJ - The Arc of Somerset County has set to break ground after a five year capital campaign initiative launch for Camp Jotoni, a special needs summer camp located at 51 Old Stirling Rd. in Warren. Supporters, camp families and the surrounding special needs communty celebrated “Shovels and Champagne” on the evening of Thursday, September 12 to initiate the initial groundbreaking.

Camp Jotoni is a 15 acre day and residential camp for children and adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities operating since 1976.  The camp has experienced over 40 years of wear and tear of the four camper sleeping cabins. Over the years, numerous corporate and community volunteers have descended upon Camp Jotoni for remediate repairs and traditional seasonal upkeep after each winter season.

In early 2014, The Arc Foundation of Somerset County, board and staff launched the campaign initiative to raise 1 million dollars within a five year period to get the initial first phase of construction, design and approvals needed to renovate the first two of the four cabins. Over the last ten years, the camp has attracted campers with a growing need of accessibility with expansion on serving individuals with complex medical and behavioral  needs. In addition, families of campers have expressed interest in additional camp and respite programs that extend beyond the summer season.

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The modernization of each cabin will ensure complete accessibility including three  ADA accessible bathrooms,  flexible sleep areas to accommodate all specific needs of campers, air conditioning, heating personal cubical space and a front porch.

Lauren Frary, Executive Director of The Arc of Somerset County states "The full renovation of Camp Jotoni includes 3 additional construction phases of the capital campaign that include the upright of a lodge, a multi-purpose open community space with classrooms, a large dining hall/banquet room and a fully equipped kitchen and the relocation of the olympic size pool for increased accessibility and safety".

The campaign is in full swing to continue to raise significant funds reaching out to those with vested interest in seeing the campaign through its full fruition.

For more information, contact Lisa Marie Arieno, Director of The Arc Foundation of Somerset County at 908-658-3805 or e-mail foundation@thearcofsomerset.org or check out this 3D simulated video of Cabins 1 & 2  https://bit.ly/2uoeyyM