12.15.17 - Abilities, United Way renew Community Partnership
Washington, Warren County – Abilities of Northwest Jersey is proud to announce that the agency has been renewed as a Community Partner by United Way of Northern New Jersey for 2018, continuing a decades-long relationship that benefits young adults with disabilities seeking employment opportunities in the Warren/Morris/Sussex/Hunterdon area.
Continued funding for Abilities’ United Way Employment Exploration and Placement Services program will assist in educating young adults with disabilities and their families about the resources available to secure employment, providing opportunities to explore career options and supporting individuals in securing community employment. Abilities Employment Pathways Supported Employment division has placed more than 667 people with disabilities into community employment since 1986, and continually seeks community partners to create opportunities for everyone seeking employment supports.
10.26.17 - Abilities receives $45K from Kessler Foundation for Star program
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. has received $45,000 from the Kessler Foundation for the agency’s Star program, a collaboration with Warren County Community College that provides soft-skill training, career supports and employment opportunities to people with disabilities. The first cohort of Star students began classes on the WCCC campus in September, initiating a program where individuals with disabilities are provided the opportunity to develop job readiness skills through soft-skill instruction, receive community-based career exploration services and pursue the career of their choice.
“We are truly grateful for the Kessler Foundation and their support of this exceptional program,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “Abilities mission is to ensure opportunities for growth and success are available for everyone seeking our assistance, and funding from wonderful organizations like Kessler allows us to expand on our innovative services.”
The New Jersey-based Kessler Foundation, which is affiliated with the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, strives to improve the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injury, and other chronic neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions.
10.12.17 - Abilities Host Reception to Celebrate Affiliation
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. officially affiliated with Allies, Inc., effective July 1, 2017. Our agency is now part of a family of affiliates which will further our mission, assist in the expansion of our services, provide opportunities for employees and most importantly, strengthen advocacy efforts for those we serve.Community leaders, stakeholders, families, caregivers and service receipents attended our October reception to learn about the opportunties of the affiliation. Listen in on Erik Peterson, Assemblyman.
10.1.17 - Abilities receives $50,000 from DVRS for Star program
Washington – Abilities has received a $50,000 grant from the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitative Services (NJ DVRS) for the agency’s Star program, which began classes in September at Warren County Community College. The Star initiative provides soft-skill training, career supports and employment opportunities to people with disabilities, offering both classroom instructions and community-based career exploration services. Star continues Abilities’ 33-year commitment to providing employment supports to every individual who seeks them.
NJ DVRS provides vocational evaluation, counseling and guidance that assists individuals with disabilities in getting or keeping a job, career exploration, training, job placement, supported employment services, post-employment services, high school transitional services, college counseling/support, assistive technology services, computer training, Business Enterprise Programs, marketing of home-crafted products, and training. Abilities has also received Star funding this year from Cathay Bank Foundation and the Kessler Foundation.
9.26.17 - Abilities Staffers Recognized at ACCSES NJ STAR Conference
Atlantic City, NJ – Two longtime employees from Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Sue Zukoski and Ginger Harrington, were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the inaugural two-day ACCSES NJ STAR Conference in Atlantic City, September 26-27, which also marked the 50th anniversary of ACCSES New Jersey’s founding.
The awards, presented to individuals “who have shown outstanding leadership, commitment and dedication throughout their career in the support of people with disabilities,” recognized Sue Zukoski’s “leadership and dedication to the vocational rehabilitation community.” Zukoski, the Chief Development Officer for Abilities, has worked in human services for 36 years, the last 31 at Abilities, focusing on developing employment opportunities in the community for those with different abilities.
Ginger Harrington, Abilities’ CRP (Community Rehabilitation Program) Supervisor, has worked at Abilities for 35 years, providing support for service recipients and maintaining strong relationships with companies that require fulfillment services. “Ginger is a dedicated employee, and a wonderful person to work with, creating a supportive and welcoming environment for everyone around her,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “And Sue exemplifies Abilities’ concept of teamwork and passion for our mission. Her program development, leadership style and the empowerment of her staff has provided countless opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and resulted in the placement of 667 people into competitive employment to date. We are fortunate to have two such amazing people on our team for so many years.”
9.13.17 - Lowe’s Heroes Volunteer at Abilities Hackettstown
Hackettstown – A group of volunteers from Hackettstown Lowe’s, known as Lowe’s Heroes, lent their expertise and energy to Abilities of Northwest Jersey, painting and installing carpet and flooring at the agency’s newly renovated Hackettstown Center, which is being expanded to accommodate additional service recipients. The renovation includes the construction of a sensory room, funded in part by the John & Margaret Post Foundation, designed to provide a stimulating setting for therapeutic and behavioral interventions.
“We are very grateful to the Lowe’s Heroes their willingness to volunteer at Abilities and all the hard work they did,” said Abilities CDO, Sue Zukoski. “This is a wonderful program that gives back so much to the community. The Hackettstown Lowe’s team are truly heroes in our eyes.”
Lowe’s Heroes is a volunteer program begun 10 years ago which encourages store employees to team together and adopt a volunteer project for a local nonprofit or public school.
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency incorporated in 1974 and dedicated to improving the quality of life and employability of persons with different abilities through vocational training and individualized services. For more information about Abilities call (908) 689-1118 or visit www.abilitiesnw.com.
8.30.17 - 20th Annual Tricky Tray Planned
WASHINGTON – Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. will host its 20th Annual Tricky Tray at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, featuring an array of products from Longaberger, Vera Bradley and Thirty-One. Announcement of winners will begin at 7:30 pm. Because seating is limited, presale admission and ticket bundles will be available online at http://abilitiesnw.com/tricky-tray.php.
All Tricky Tray attendees who bring a bag of canned/dry goods for Abilities Branching Out Food Pantry in Phillipsburg will receive an extra sheet of first level tickets. No one under 18 will be admitted. For more information about Abilities 19th Annual Tricky Tray, call Abilities at (908) 689-1118.
8.24.17 - Abilities Receives $5,000 Grant
WASHINGTON -- Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. has received a $5,000 grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation for the agency’s newest initiative, Health & Wellness, designed to address the chronic deficiencies in healthcare and self-care for the individuals with disabilities served by Abilities.
According to the NJ Dept. of Human Services, 29% of people with disabilities have unmet healthcare needs compared to 12% of people without disabilities, and the obesity rate for adults with disabilities is 57% higher than for non-disabled adults. Abilities goal with Health & Wellness is to promote healthier lifestyles, improve healthcare outcomes and reduce absenteeism for the 350 individuals the agency serves every day.
“Abilities is grateful to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, for their support of an endeavor designed to improve the quality of life for the people we serve,” said Cynthia B. Wildermuth, Abilities CEO. “Abilities appreciates the support of New Jersey companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb, corporations that support people in their own communities.”
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency incorporated in 1974 and dedicated to improving the quality of life and employability of persons with different abilities through vocational training and individualized services. For additional information, contact Abilities at (908) 689-1118, or visit Abilities website at www.abilitiesnw.com.
7/1/17 Abilities of Northwest Jersey and Allies, Perfect Together
(Pictured is Elise Tretola, President/CEO of Allies Inc., Cynthia Wildermuth, CEO Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. and Paul Sterbenz, Abilities Board President.)
WASHINGTON – Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative supports and services to individuals with different abilities, has affiliated with Allies, Inc. Allies is located in Hamilton, and provides housing, healthcare, educational, vocational training and recreational opportunities services for individuals with disabilities statewide. The affiliation was effective July 1, 2017.
“Abilities is now part of a family of affiliates, which will further our mission, allow for the expansion of our services, and most importantly, provide a stronger voice as we continue to advocate for those we serve,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “This is a historic moment in the evolution of Abilities, and we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”
The partnership is beneficial for both Allies and Abilities, providing opportunities for growth, advancement on opportunities for employees, and additional resources useful for expanding both agencies’ services in the future. Allies is affiliated with Woods, and Tabor Services, Brian’s House, Opportunity Knocks, and Archway Programs are also affiliates of Woods, creating a network of potential resources for every agency and the individuals they serve. The Allies/Abilities affiliation allows both organizations to retain their corporate identity, and maintain the current levels of service for the individuals they serve, people with disabilities.
“Our two organizations have a strong and passionate vision to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, and this partnership will ensure that our missions will continue well into the future while enabling Allies and Abilities to retain their corporate identities,” said Allies cofounder and CEO, Elise Tretola. “This is the perfect ingredient for success in supporting the individuals we serve.”
7/10/17 Abilities hosts first BBQ Bash, Quoit Tourney in Lopat on Aug. 19
LOPATCONG TWP. -- Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. will host the agency’s inaugural BBQ Bash and Quoit Tournament from 5 – 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Lopatcong Township Pool Pavilion, 9 Wildew Avenue, Phillipsburg. The public is welcome to join the Abilities family for the BBQ Bash, which for $40 per person will include chicken, ribs, sides, salads, beer, wine, soda, a commemorative shirt and entertainment featuring the Brian Dean Moore Band.
BBQ Bash proceeds will be dedicated to the new Abilities Phillipsburg Center program expansion and PossAbilities Thrift Boutique expansion. Abilities is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to providing individualized employment and support services to people with different abilities in the northwest region of New Jersey.
For more information or to sponsor the event, contact Abilities at (908) 689-1118, or visit the Abilities website at www.abilitiesnw.com.
5/22/17 Abilities receives $15,000 from the Post Foundation
Washington, NJ – Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of $15,000 from the John & Margaret Post Foundation for the creation of a dedicated sensory room at the agency’s Hackettstown Center. This is the second grant received by Abilities from the Post Foundation in the past year; in 2016 the Post Foundation awarded Abilities $15,000 for the purchase of technology for the agency’s Medical Specialized Needs program.A sensory room is a special room designed to develop a person's senses, usually through special lighting, music, and objects. Sensory rooms provide individuals with a quiet, calm place when feeling overstimulated. It can be used as a therapy for individuals with limited communication skills and promotes a safe place that promotes positive change. Sensory rooms also provide a space for increased concentration and focused attention, and promote cognitive development.
“The Post Foundation continues to give generously to those Abilities serves, in this case the individuals at Abilities Hackettstown Center,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “The creation of a sensory room at each Abilities center is an agency priority and we greatly appreciate the support received from the Post Foundation.”Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency providing a full array of community integrated employment, day program and home-based support services to individuals with different abilities. Abilities has been in operation since 1974, managing six program locations throughout Warren County and providing services and supports to over 350 people daily residing in Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Sussex counties. For additional information, contact Abilities at (908) 689-1118, or visit www.abilitiesnw.com
4/24/17 Cathay Bank Foundation funds Abilities
Washington, NJ – For the second consecutive year, Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of $5,000 from the Cathay Bank Foundation for the agency’s Star program, which prepares adults with disabilities for a life of community-based employment and educational opportunities.
Star is a pilot pre-employment skill assessment, training and internship program offered to people with disabilities 18 and older. Services provided include classroom instruction, interest assessment and career exploration, job coaching and supported employment. Star is a classroom and community-based collaboration between Abilities and Warren County Community College (WCCC), with instruction provided on the WCCC campus in Washington.
“Cathay Bank Foundation has proven to be a valuable partner in assisting Abilities in its efforts to support individuals with disabilities in pursuit of their educational and employment goals,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “The ongoing support of Cathay Bank Foundation offers continued opportunities for success for each individual we serve, and for that, we are truly grateful.”
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1974 and dedicated to improving the quality of life and employability of persons with different abilities through vocational training and individualized services. Abilities provides a full array of employment and day habilitation services for individuals with disabilities and manages six program locations throughout Warren County, providing services and supports to more than 350 people daily in Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Sussex counties. Abilities offers pre-vocational and vocational rehabilitation, student transition services, and center and community-based employment supports.
Cathay Bank Foundation’s mission is to enhance the growth and success of communities in which the bank serves, including New Jersey.
4/18/17 Disability Resource Fair open to the community
WASHINGTON – Residents of Warren County and surrounding communities are invited to attend the second annual Warren County Disability Resource Fair, “Building Connections, Enhancing Access,” on Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Abilities of Northwest Jersey, located at 264 Route 31 North, Washington, New Jersey.
Those attending will have the opportunity to gather information about a range of available disability services and resources. Various educational and informational materials will be on hand. The event is being hosted by the Warren County Advisory Council on Disabilities and sponsored by the agencies of DAWN, Center for Independent Living, and Abilities of Northwest Jersey.
“The focus of the Disability Resource Fair is to share all the valuable resources available to families, students, educators, support coordinators and persons with disabilities,” said Mary Papaserge, event chairperson and a member of the Warren County Advisory Council on Disabilities. “By sharing local resources related to student transition, post-secondary education, adult services, independent living agencies, recreation and by offering information about community agencies and organizations we hope to make individuals and families feel more at ease in planning for the future.”
For more information about the Warren County Disability Resource Fair, call Michelle Savino at 908-689-1118. Vendors or organizations wishing to reserve a table at the event should call 908-689-1118 before May 5th. Additional information also is available by emailing email@example.com.
2/24/17 WCCC’s Austin chairs Abilities murder mystery fundraiser
BELVIDERE – Abilities of Northwest Jersey will host its annual fundraiser, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, a murder mystery dinner theater event that will also include dinner, dancing and an art auction, at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at The Belvidere Manor, 689 Water Street in Belvidere.
Presented by The Murder Mystery Company, ‘Til Death Do Us Part is an immersive dinner theater experience. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with an art auction of works by local artists. Anything can happen during this comedic Clue-style performance, and everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to solve the case. The dinner theater begins at 7 p.m., followed by dancing at 9:00
.Honorary chair for the event is Dr. William Austin, president of Warren County Community College (WCCC). As president of WCCC, Dr. Austin has advanced enrollment and improved graduation outcomes for eight consecutive years, and set an institutional enrollment record last fall. Austin has led the development of new academic programs, including the first new nursing program in New Jersey in more than 20 years and a nationally acclaimed veterans program. WCCC has been twice recognized as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country by Community College Week. Dr. Austin has also initiated new campus construction, doubling the physical campus space, and WCCC has had a revenue surplus every fiscal year during his tenure.
Special recognition at the event will also be given to longtime Abilities advocates, the Keeney family. Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1974 and dedicated to improving the quality of life and employability of persons with different abilities through vocational training and individualized services. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Star, a collaboration between Abilities and WCCC offering educational and employment training opportunities with classes presented on campus at WCCC in Washington.
Tickets for the evening are $80 per person. Sponsorships are available. For tickets or for more information about Abilities, call (908) 689-1118, and visit the website at www.abilitiesnw.com.
2/24/17 Artists donate works to raise money for Abilities program
Belvidere – Local artists have donated dozens of their works for a silent auction to be held at Abilities ‘Til Death Do Us Part murder mystery dinner theater event on Saturday, March 25. The event, a fundraiser for the agency’s Star program, begins at 6 p.m., with cocktails followed at 7 p.m., by dinner and at 9 p.m., dancing at The Belvidere Manor, 689 Water St. in Belvidere.
Presented by The Murder Mystery Company, ‘Til Death Do Us Part is an immersive dinner theater experience. An art auction will feature works by local artists including Cathy Miller (photography), Michele D’Amico and Rosemarie Mazzei (glass), Tomas Gonzalez (drawing), Suzanne Dominguez (jewelry), and painters J. Edward Palmer, Peter Barnhart and the late Howard Kron, as well as pieces donated by Abilities service recipients. Additional artists wishing to contribute work to the auction are welcome.
Honorary chair for the event is Dr. William Austin, president of Warren County Community College (WCCC). Special recognition at the event will also be given to longtime Abilities advocates, the Keeney family. Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1974 and dedicated to improving the quality of life and employability of persons with different abilities through vocational training and individualized services. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Star, a collaboration between Abilities and WCCC offering educational and employment training opportunities with classes presented on campus at WCCC in Washington.
Tickets for the evening are $80 per person. Sponsorships are available. For tickets, to donate art or for more information about Abilities, call (908) 689-1118, and visit the website at www.abilitiesnw.com.
2/21/17 WCCC and Abilities collaborate on educational/employment initiative
Washington – Warren County Community College (WCCC) and Abilities of Northwest Jersey are proud to announce their collaboration on an education-based employment initiative, Star, designed to provide opportunities to young people with disabilities. Star is a skill training and internship program which will be offered to people with disabilities, and will include classroom instruction on the WCCC campus. Star will provide soft-skill instruction, job coaching and supported community employment opportunities through services provided by Abilities Employment Pathways, which has been placing individuals into supported community employment since 1986.
“Abilities is pleased to collaborate with WCCC on Star, and believe this program will greatly assist the people we serve in finding community employment, or in continuing their education at the collegiate level,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “With area schools providing referrals, area businesses supplying employment opportunities, Abilities offering supports and WCCC providing educational options, Star represents what can be possible when communities collaborate.”
Enrollment in Star is open now. To enroll or for more information about Star or other Abilities programs and services, contact Stefanie Rinaldi, Abilities Director of Employment Services, at (908) 689-7460, and visit Abilities online at www.abilitiesnw.com.
2/7/17 Rossi donates Festival of Trees proceeds to Abilities and The Arc
WASHINGTON – Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC of Washington has donated $34,000 in proceeds from their 7th annual Festival of Trees, to Abilities of Northwest Jersey and The Arc of Warren County. The Rossi family hosts this annual fundraising event each December in their dealership showroom. The agency recipients both provide supports for individuals with disabilities, and will each be presented with a check for $17,000.
“The Rossi family is proud to support Abilities and The Arc and all of the good work they do throughout our community,” said Patti Sue Rossi of Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC. “It’s rewarding in so many ways to collaborate with organizations that give, and provide us an opportunity to give of ourselves as well.”
“Once again the Rossi’s have come through for our organizations in the most generous and heartfelt way, and we extend our deepest appreciation for their support in helping us carry on our mission,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth.
For more information about Abilities of Northwest Jersey, call (908) 689-1118. For more information about The Arc of Warren County, call (908) 689-7525.
WASHINGTON -- Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of $5,000 from the Cathay Bank Foundation for the agency’s STAR program, which prepares young adults with disabilities for a life of community-based employment and educational opportunities.
Washington -- Abilities of Northwest Jersey is proud to announce that the agency has been accredited by CARF International for a period of three years. The latest accreditation is the 11th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that CARF International has awarded to Abilities. By pursuing and achieving accreditation, Abilities has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence.
“This accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Abilities substantial conformance to the CARF standards,” said Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth. “Abilities put itself through a rigorous peer review process, and the agency again demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that we are committed to offering services and programs to our service recipients that are of the highest quality.”
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1974 and dedicated to improving the employability and quality of life for people with different abilities by providing training and individualized services. Abilities provides a full array of community employment, day habilitation and home-based services for more than 350 individuals throughout Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Sussex counties.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes person-centered standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.
"We introduced our fashionable, functional and affordable Bee Leaf line of bags in a soft launch and demand has resulted in our new e-commerce site, which makes our bags available to shoppers across the nation and around the world," Chinapen stated. "Versatile Bee Leaf bags are designed for individuals with an active on-the-go lifestyle. Our customers include people who are committed to making fashion forward, eco-friendly choices as contemporary consumers and people who are committed to social good."
The packing and shipping of Bee Leaf bags provides jobs at Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. The work is accomplished by individuals with differing abilities who are given the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in life.
Investors Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager Sallyanne Christie presented to Abilities of Northwest Jersey CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth $10,000 for the purchase of sensory equipment and supportive technology to assist individuals in the agency’s Medical Specialized Needs and Individual Specialized programs. (Pictured, from top left: Abilities Director of Program Services Michelle Savino, Cynthia B. Wildermuth, Sallyanne Christie, Kaila Jones and Ryan Tong.)
Abilities is happy to announce the receipt of $15,000 from the John & Margaret Post Foundation for the purchase of Smart Tables for the agency’s MSN (Medical Specialized Needs) program. The Smart Tables, manufactured by Teq, accommodate four individuals in wheelchairs simultaneously and are useful for facilitating communication, learning and prevocational skills.
03/09/16- Community Supported Employment- March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. was presented with a $1,000 donation from DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. of Hackettstown recently. Annually, DaVita's Way of Giving program recognizes organizations that positively impact their community.
Abilities of Northwest Jersey announce that the agency has been renewed as a Community Partner by United Way of Northern New Jersey for the years 2016-2018, continuing a decades-long relationship that benefits individuals with disabilities seeking employment opportunities in the Warren/Morris/Sussex/Hunterdon area.
The guild works weekly at Abilities creating handmade quilts, quilliows and other items that are then donated for the raffle, raising more than $25,000 for Abilities of Northwest Jersey over the past 15 years.
Two longtime advocates for Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Reps. Scott Garrett and Leonard Lance listen as Carol Carter -- with Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth -- explains her preference for working at Abilities, as the Congressmen's Washington site visit.
10/1/15 The Provident Bank Foundation Awards
$20K ‘Impact’ Grant to Abilities of Northwest Jersey in Warren County
The Provident Bank Foundation has named Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. the recipient of the Foundation’s $20,000 Warren County “Impact” Grant. Abilities of Northwest Jersey was selected to receive this grant for use toward SustainAbilities™, an innovative new program that provides vocational training in environmentally sustainable industries to individuals with disabilities.
This summer, developmentally disabled members of SCARC and Abilities of Northwest New Jersey were welcomed into the ever-expanding fold of community gardeners.
Master Gardener Mary Spector said, “It’s a good experience for the people who come from Abilities and SCARC. We try to make it fun and interesting for them. They have been harvesting pole beans, tomatoes, squash and corn.”
3/12/15 Disability Resource Fair in Washington on May 14 to share valuable information with community
3/11/15 Abilities CEO, Cynthia Wildermuth on Comcast Newsmakers- March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month:
The community is invited to a fantastico Italian-themed gala event, "Under the Tuscan Moon," to be held, Saturday, March 28, at the Grand Colonial in Hampton, to benefit Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. This year's event "Under the Tuscan Moon" gala will honor Wendie Blanchard, Founder and National Director of Arthur & Friends, a hydroponic greenhouse project that trains and employs persons with disabilities. Click the link above to read more.
10/22/14 Abilities CEO, Cynthia Wildermuth on Comcast Newsmakers speaking about employment services and support:
October 2013 - CARF International announced that Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services, including Employment Supports and Job Development, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services, Organizational Employment and Student Transition Services. The latest accreditation is the 10th three-year Accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Abilities and is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded. This announcement confirms Abilities commitment to providing quality services to people with disabilities.
The Board of Directors of Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. has named Cynthia B. Wildermuth as CEO effective June 1, 2012. Wildermuth, CFO of Abilities since 2008, started with the agency in 2000 as the Business Manager. "I am honored and excited to lead our dedicated team in providing exceptional employment and vocational services to individuals with disabilities."
Wildermuth, who resides in White Township with her husband, holds degrees from Kean University and Allentown Business School. Having personal experience early on with those with special needs, she worked in a variety of roles through the Arc of Warren County and local school districts. She then turned to the field of technology and spent 13 years with First Hope Bank, leaving in 2000 as the VP of Operations/Chief Information Officer. "When the position of Business Manager at Abilities became available, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to get back to my roots and serve one of our most vulnerable populations."
Over the last 12 years at Abilities, Wildermuth has been responsible for the agency finances and technology, as well as playing a key role in the management of daily business operations. "Many challenges have been faced in the past and will be faced in the future. In order to overcome, a strong team remains mission driven, makes sacrifices and never loses sight of why they are in operation. I look forward to the continued growth of our programs in order to meet the needs of those we serve."
Hani Qasem and Abeer Al Qattan were not in New Jersey for vacation. The two colleagues were on a learning mission. They were spending the morning in Warren County New Jersey to learn ways to help Kuwait adults with disabilities. The visitors said they were very impressed by Abilities website and the multitude of employment services that Abilities provides to people with disabilities.
US Congressman Scott Garrett Visits
US Congressman Scott Garrett visits with Abilities of Northwest Jersey to learn about their valuable programs and the importance of work and employment for the disabled community. The tour was led by Cindy Wildermuth, CFO of Abilities and Nils Richardson, President and CEO of ACCSES NJ. " It was Abilities distinct pleasure to host Congressman Garrett at our Community Rehabilitation program in Washington. We are honored and grateful for the Congressman's interest in the critical employment services that we provide to persons with disabilities. These employment opportunities enhance their lives and allow them to become productive members of our community," commented Wildermuth.