WEST ORANGE, NJ - Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey presented West Orange resident Patrick Abello with its prestigious Jerry Award at their annual employee recognition dinner on May 21st at The Atrium in West Orange.  Patrick works in the agency’s Horizon High School, delivering direct services to students with multiple disabilities.  The Jerry Award is the top honor than can be bestowed on a CPNJ employee.  The award is named for longtime CPNJ board member Jerry Waldor (who passed away several years ago), whose passion for the agency’s mission and irrepressibly positive attitude were an example for all to follow. 

Other West Orange residents also earned awards: Jennifer Winning won an Excellence in Program Service Award for her work with the agency’s Community Therapy Services Program; Linda Peroff was honored for 20 years of service to Horizon School in Livingston; Kathleen Noziere was honored for her 15 years of service at the agency’s Horizon School, Community Therapy Services and Early Intervention programs; Cynthia Davis was honored for her 15 years of service to the Orange Adult Training Center; Stephanie Alexandre Maxi was honored for 10 years of service in the Maplewood community residence; and Pam Greenwood and Kristina Olszewski for their five years of service to the agency.

CPNJ provides specialized programs to meet a wide range of educational, therapeutic and social needs of people with various disabilities.  The agency offers a variety of programs that include: Horizon School and Horizon High School, which serve more than 160 students with multiple disabilities; three adult day programs that serve more than 180 individuals with developmental disabilities; an early intervention program that serves more than 600 infants directly in their homes; seven community residences that provide around-the-clock care; a community therapy program that serves more  than 300 students in 33 public schools; and a specialized 24-unit apartment complex.

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For more information on CPNJ, please contact Chris Stratton, Development Aide, at cstratton@cpnj.org, or visit their website at http://www.cpnj.org.