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.

1/5/17 Abilities receives $5,000 from Cathay Bank Foundation

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.

11/16 Abilities earns CARF Three-Year Accreditation

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.


09/15/16- Entrepreneur Fights Human Trafficking One Bag At A Time

"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.

09/01/16- Abilities receives $10,000 from Investors Foundation

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.)

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05/23/16- Abilities receives $15K from Post Foundation

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

01/12/16 Abilities is recipient of DaVita donation

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.

01/04/16 Abilities of Northwest Jersey renewed as community partner by United Way

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.

12/17/15 Abilities Quilting Guild present 1st-place prize

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.

12/07/15 Abilities advocates hear from recipients

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.


10/20/15 Supported Employment Services- October is Disability Employment Awareness Month


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.

9/24/15 International students learn interview skills at Centenary

9/04/15 Project Self-Sufficiency gardens bring community together to feed the needy

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.”

9/02/15 Tricky Tray to benefit programs for people with disabilities

4/22/15 Warren County promotes Older Americans Month 2015: 'Get Into the Act'

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:

2/16/15 Wendie Blanchard of Arthur & Friends to be honored at Abilities Gala, March 28

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.

2/13/15 Abilities announces new appointments to Board of Directors

1/7/15 Abilities receives grant to enhance 'Green' skill training for disabled

10/28/14 Quick Chek named Employer of the Year by Abilities of Northwest Jersey

10/24/14 Festival of Trees in Washington to benefit Abilities and The Arc

10/22/14 Abilities CEO, Cynthia Wildermuth on Comcast Newsmakers speaking about employment services and support:

10/6/14 Abilities honors local employers and employees at 40 year celebration

9/24/14 Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. to host 17th annual tricky tray, Oct. 17

8/26/14 Training Program Aims to Help People with Disabilities Find Jobs

7/3/14 Abilities partners with Edible Garden to teach hydroponic farming

4/25/14 "Branching Out" Pantry and Boutique Celebrate 10 Years of Service

4/17/14 Abilities of Northwest Jersey to host annual golf outing on June 23

4/16/14 Local Comcast Cares Day volunteers to help Abilities of NW NJ

12/4/13 Abilities of Northwest Jersey offers electronic recycling

11/20/13 Abilities of Northwest Jersey receives $125,000 grant

10/1/13 Abilities has been accredited by CARF International

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. 

9/17/12 Abilities print shop moves to downtown Washington

6/1/12 Wildermuth named CEO of Abilities

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."

3/15/12 Kuwait Institute visits Abilities

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.

10/29/10 Partnership between BASF and Abilities of Northwest Jersey earns award

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.