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Roselle Resident with Disability Works to Serves Others

Credits: The Center for Family Support
Credits: The Center for Family Support

ROSELLE, NJ - Richard Nolte, a participant in the community-based day and residential programs offered at The Center for Family Support’s (CFS) Day Program, in Hillsborough, braves the cold weather to deliver hot meals to those in need despite bone chilling temperatures.

Nolte, a Resident from Roselle has participated in the program since 2007. Despite his own disability he eagerly works to help those in need with a friendly smile and quick step while visiting four to five homes, three times each week, serving up nutritious meals and companionship. 

CFS Program Instructor, Patricia Addison, has helped Nolte for over ten years and affirms he is a ready and willing volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program, administered by SAGE Eldercare in Summit who along with Nolte and 600 other volunteers annually deliver more than 44,000 meals to 234 people in Union County.  SAGE, like CFS, promotes independence and quality of life for older adults and has been doing so since 1954. Nolte and Addison were both honored by SAGE in 2010 as December “Volunteers of the Month” for their dedication to serving those in the community who are homebound and have limited socialization.

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“Our partnership with SAGE gives Richard a meaningful volunteer experience and helps them help those in need in the community,” explained Executive Director, Steven Vernikoff. “Diagnosed at a young age with mild cognitive impairments, Richard, now a senior citizen, has spent his life serving others.  At CFS, we are constantly looking for ways to bring our Day Program participants out into the community so they can show others what they are capable of,” he continued. 

The Center for Family Support is a non-profit human services agency that provides support and assistance to individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in New Jersey and New York.  Founded in 1954, CFS operates three Day Programs in NJ and 19 residential sites as well as 26 residential sites throughout the five Boroughs of New York City, and Long Island.

The center supports over 1500 individuals in both the NYC Metropolitan area and New Jersey, to help them live the lives they want, respecting diversity, and individual choice.

They also provide families with the support to help them stay together and strive to enable individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to become productive members of their community. 

For more information about The Center for Family Support services, visit their website at

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