FANWOOD, NJ -- Greg Roser, creator of Fanwood's Famous Christmas House, presented a ceremonial check to Robert J. Ferrara, executive director of the New Jersey NJ Institute for Disabilities, on Thursday, Jan. 14. Despite the financial challenges for many local families because the pandemic, donations for NJID made via the Christmas House set a new record in 2020, as Roser raised nearly $17,000 for NJID's children center.

"Thank you from Fanwood's Famous Christmas House and Greg Roser and family for all the generous donations this season," said Roser in a Facebook post. "The amount donated was close to double last year's total, which was a record amount."

Roser has taken down the decorations from his home and says his garage is now in "an organized state of confusion, as many items need to be disassembled and put away." 

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He says he has already taken four loads of decorations to a rented garage, and the rest he stores in his shed, his basement, and the loft in his two-car garage.

Established by NJID in 1969 as one of the nation's first early intervention programs, The Children's Center has helped thousands of children with developmental disabilities and delays lead more productive and successful lives. The value of early intervention services administered to infants and young children has long been recognized as vital in enabling maximum potential to be achieved. Intensive clinical and educational services provided early to young children with special needs have been shown to improve developmental outcomes and reduce the dependency on future services as children mature.

The Early Intervention Team includes: special education teachers, nurses, therapists, and social workers. NJID also offers family training and social work support, parent support groups, sibling play groups, inclusive play opportunities in community-based settings, and other services. 

For 67 years, the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities has been serving the needs of persons with developmental and related disabilities and their families.  By combining the latest in innovative programs with the time honored traditions of caring and excellent services, NJID has earned a reputation of distinction and respect throughout the State of New Jersey.  NJID has become one of the largest agencies of its kind in the State and serves as a model by providing an unmatched continuum of care.