September 9, 2013
MUSIC PROGRAM LIGHTS UP MBV RESIDENTS AND DAY PROGRAM
(Warren, NJ)--The music is the message and the message is about having fun with the help of Mt. Bethel Village’s very own performers, The Mt. Bethel Village People.
The singers are all residential and day program adults of Mt. Bethel Village. Their leader, Direct Support staffer John Fitzpatrick, does a righteous job on guitar and lead vocals. With his experience as a music teacher with his own band, it’s no wonder the group is so dynamic.
They showed their stuff at a performance over the summer at the nearby Chelsea Senior Living residence in Warren.
“The skills and capabilities shown by the adults from MBV in preparation for this performance at the Chelsea were unexpected and not seen before,” observed Carolann Garafola, Executive Director of Mt. Bethel Village. “The opportunity to put our adults in the spotlight gave each of them an incredible boost in confidence and self-esteem.”
Kudos also go to Mt. Bethel Village’s Program Director, Gert Gassler, and team members Ellen Weirich and Kristina Schumacher who all contribute to the group’s success.
Chelsea resident Ilene Weiner, whose grown son has Asperger’s syndrome, watched the show with tears in her eyes.
“The performers displayed such a happy positive energy, it really lit up the room,” she said. “It warmed all our hearts. Here’s to the power of music!”
Mt. Bethel Village opened earlier this year (2013). It currently has a number of full time residents and a vibrant Day Program with 15 to 20 daily participants and still growing. The Day Program is approved for self-directed DDD funds.
“Our program at MBV provides so many opportunities for personal growth,” said Mrs. Garafola. “It’s really gratifying to see our adults blossom in this environment.”
January 15, 2013
MT. BETHEL VILLAGE LAUNCHES DAY PROGRAM, READIES FOR FIRST RESIDENTS
(Warren, NJ)-- A first-of-its-kind residence for adults with autism and other special needs is open for business with a robust Day Program and the first permanent residents preparing to move in.
Mt. Bethel Village, located at 130 Mt. Bethel Road, opened its Day Program Monday, January 14th, 2013, with its first day program clients. The first residential clients will move in later this month.
Warren Mayor Carolann Garafola, Executive Director of Mt. Bethel Village, welcomed all clients and their families with a promise of good things to come.
"This beautiful new community is designed to offer a safe, fun and very functional environment for special needs adults," she said. "We are proud of every aspect of this building, from the robust security to the beautiful furnishings and architectural features. It was designed specifically for special needs adults to thrive."
Mt. Bethel Village was designed to help alleviate the housing crisis that exists in New Jersey for adults with autism, developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. There is currently a waiting list of thousands of people desiring placement in community homes. Some of those individuals will wait years. In the meantime, many of their aging parents are becoming less able to care for them, a source of constant stress and worry for this population of senior caregivers.
"We believe our community is exactly what lawmakers are talking about in the Innovative Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act," said Mrs. Garafola, " a bill currently in the New Jersey Assembly which would encourage public-private partnerships to provide new, community housing for this population." Mrs. Garafola recently testified in favor of A-2893.
Mt. Bethel Village offers one and two-bedroom apartments for permanent residents and those interested in "respite", or short stays of at least two weeks. Rent includes three meals, snacks, housekeeping and full access to Mt. Bethel Village Day Program activities. Other activities continue into the evening and on weekends. There is staff available 24/7 to guide and prompt residents through their day.
More information on the Mt. Bethel Village Residential and Day Programs and respite/short stays are available at www.mtbethelvillage.com. Interested parties may call 908-757-7000 or email email@example.com for an interview or tour.
December 10, 2012
NJ ASSEMBLY BILL 2893 HEARD BY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE; FAMILIES URGED TO CALL LEGISLATORS TO EXPRESS SUPPORT
Families of adults with special needs are urged you to call, write or email their legislators to express support for the "Innovative Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act", Assembly Bill 2893, which was heard by the NJ Assembly Appropriations Committee Thursday, December 13th, in Trenton.
Bill A-2893 seeks to encourage new and innovative approaches by private providers, as well as through public-private partnerships, to address the shortage of community residential housing and other services for persons with developmental disabilities. It does so in a manner that assures that persons with developmental disabilities are integrated into the community, can interact with peers who are not disabled, can engage in social interactions with persons of their own choosing and live as independently as possible. More reasons why we need A-2893.
We believe Mt. Bethel Village, opening in early 2013 in Warren, NJ, is exactly the type of innovative approach that A-2893 is talking about. Our Executive Director, Carolann Garafola, testified in favor of the bill earlier this year (scroll down to read more).
Please show your support by contacting your local lawmaker. Below are the names and contact info for the relevant NJ legislators:
Learn more about Special Needs Community Warren, NJ.