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9/26/2020 Abilities honored as Community RedZone Partner by the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Insurance Company
The Eagles and Philadelphia Insurance are proud to highlight the work of charitable organizations within the community through the Community RedZone program. Throughout the season, three organizations will be highlighted at each Eagles home game and given the opportunity to help spread awareness to Eagles fans of the work they're doing in the Greater Philadelphia area to help make a difference.
5/24/2020 WFMZ- Warren County Community College grad overcomes the odds after suffering stroke
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12/18/19 Abilities Awarded $15,000 Major Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. proudly announces it has received a Major Grant in the amount of $15,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their Music & Art Enrichment Program.
The overall goal of Abilities Music & Arts program is to be able to provide a unique place that allows all individuals with different abilities an opportunity to express themselves and their emotions while participating in music and art enrichment programs.
“Imagine what it means to a person with disabilities when they are able to mold clay into art, strum a guitar or beat a drum, creating art and music with their own hands for the first time. This funding will provide fulfilling activities for the individuals we serve, and we are truly grateful for the support of The Provident Bank Foundation team,” said Cindy Wildermuth, Abilities CEO.
Abilities received the check during a presentation which included a performance by the Abilities “Rockstar” Choir, on November 19th, 2019.
“The Provident Bank Foundation is honored to help further initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of residents in our local area,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that contribute to a sense of community and offer a diverse set of programs that make people healthier, happier and safer.”
The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. The Provident Bank Foundation’s funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.
Full press release: CLICK HERE
11/26/19 Abilities announces CARF accreditation with Autism Spectrum Disorder designation – first in northwest New Jersey
Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. is proud to announce its recent three year accreditation awarded by CARF International for its Community Employment Services, including Employment Supports and Job Development, Organizational Employment, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation, Employee Development and Student Transition Services with an Autism Spectrum Disorder – Adult designation for each accredited service. The latest accreditation is the 13th consecutive accreditation that CARF International has awarded to Abilities. This accreditation is a major accomplishment for Abilities, who is now the only non-profit organization in the northwest region of New Jersey with services accredited specifically for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
“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 undergoes a rigorous peer review process, and the agency again demonstrated to a team of surveyors that we are committed to offering exceptional services and programs that are of the highest quality. We are especially proud of the Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder population designation. Our team has worked incredibly hard to ensure services and supports for those living with ASD are individualized, and designed to promote the best possible outcomes.”
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7/30/19 Cathay Bank provides support for sensory room expansion
A sincere thank you to Cathay Bank Foundation for their recent funding of our sensory room program. Our sensory rooms offer individuals a safe haven when they need to unwind from the world around them. Through the gracious support of Cathay Bank, the expansion of our sensory room program will directly improve the lives of individuals with different abilities. Thank you, Cathay Bank for supporting the endless mission of Abilities and the incredible individuals we support.
Abilities' Chief Development Officer, Sue Zukoski (right) receiving funding from Cathay Bank Foundation Senior Vice President, Elizabeth Lee (left)
Full Press Release- Click HERE
7/3/19 Continued PossAbilities Campaign success through community partnerships
Thank you to Roselle Bank and Greenwich Autism Alliance Foundation for their contributions to our PossAbilities Campaign!
Pictured above is Mr. Detlef Felschow, Roselle Bank President & CEO, presenting a $1,000 donation to Cindy Wildermuth, Abilities of Northwest Jersey CEO.
Greenwish Autism Alliance donated $2,000 identified for our Autism Customized Employment & Services. ACES provides services designed to support the needs of individuals with ASD.
6/24/19 Abili-Tee's Invitational Golf Outing raised nearly $27,000!
Our thanks to our sponsors, supporters, golfers and volunteers for aiding the the success of the fundraiser. Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/abilitiesnw/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2299847576751788
6/21/19 Music equipment purchased with proceeds from appeal at Diamonds in the Sky
With the incredible support of our guests, our live appeal at our Diamonds in the Sky Gala raised almost $4,000! Through your donations we were able to purchase the needed equipment for our Music Program.
6/19/19 Abilities Hackettstown received Mosaic Award for volunteer efforts at Project Self Sufficiency
Volunteers and representatives from local businesses and organizations were recently recognized for their support of Project Self-Sufficiency at the agency's annual Mosaic Awards ceremony.
"The Mosaic Awards honors the individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in helping us to pursue our mission throughout the year," said Deborah Berry-Toon, executive director of Project Self-Sufficiency.
"This event recognizes that even the smallest contributions can combine with the efforts of others to have a powerful impact on the community. The lives of thousands of local families have been changed for the better because of the thoughtfulness and generosity of these individuals."
5/10/19 Grant from the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to create the Summer Internship, Pre-Employment Transition Services Program
The grant will allow Abilities’ Employment Pathways program to work with high schools throughout Warren County to provide free services to students receiving 504 services or Individualized Education Program services between the ages of 14 and 21. The program will provide the opportunity for students to explore and identify a career of interest and intern with an employer for six weeks during the summer while being paid minimum wage at no cost to the school district.
Full Press Release- CLICK HERE
Printable Flyer- CLICK HERE
By Katie Moriarty for WRNJ.com
Mark is currently in the job-sampling stage of a new program called, “Star,” which is a collaborative effort between Abilities of Northwest New Jersey and Warren County Community College. The goal of the program is to help Mark, and many others, find jobs.
Full article- CLICK HERE
Jill Horner speaks with Karen Menke, Employment Services Manager from Abilities of Northwest Jersey, about Student Transition Service and the Star Program. Interview recorded 3/12/2019.
02/26/19 Abilities presents "Diamonds in the Sky" Celebration Dinner Dance event to be held April 6th, 2019
Abilities of Northwest Jersey announced its “Diamonds in the Sky” Gala will be held on Saturday, April 6th at Hawk Pointe Golf Club at 4 Clubhouse Drive, Washington NJ. This year’s gala will feature a special cocktail hour, followed by dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction.
The dinner dance will honor the service recipients Abilities serves as the true “stars” of the organization. The theme also tributes the organization’s supportive community, who “light the path” for the individuals Abilities serves.
The organization will present awards to multiple members of the community, such as:
- Individual Achievement Award to Elizabeth Moser
- Community Partner Award to The House of the Good Shepherd
- Volunteer Award to Patti Sue Rossi
- Special Recognition Award to Abilities Choir.
The Gala will also feature items from the organization’s art program for silent auction as well as other coveted items for a live appeal.
For more information visit the event page: CLICK HERE
Read the entire press release: CLICK HERE
Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC of Washington hosted its 9th Annual Festival of Trees on December 6th, 2018. The event raised over $42,000 that will directly benefit the two organizations, Abilities of Northwest Jersey; who is dedicated to improving the employability and quality of life of individuals with disabilities; and DASACC, who serves and advocates for those impacted by interpersonal violence while providing a safe shelter for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
“It is an honor to work with such amazing organizations along with a caring and supportive community. Together we have made a difference in so many lives, and for that we are forever grateful.” says Patti Sue Rossi of Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC.
Read the entire press release: CLICK HERE
02/04/19 Open House and Ribbon Cutting for PossAbilities Thrift Boutique in Flemington Scheduled for March 6th
This will be the organization’s second thrift store, following the opening of PossAbilities Thrift Boutique in Phillipsburg this past September. The opening of the Flemington location is part of the organization’s expansion into Hunterdon County.
“Our mission is to expand PossAbilities for the individuals we serve, as well as the community. We are excited to have the opportunity to move into Flemington and positively impact more lives throughout Hunterdon County” said Abilities CEO, Cindy Wildermuth.
Read the entire press release: CLICK HERE
12/18/18 Abilities of NW Jersey Choir Sings Their Hearts out to Holiday Tunes- PBS39 News Krishma Desai
12/14/18 Abilities opens PossAbilities Thrift Boutique in Flemington
Imagine what you can find! Abilities has expanded and opened doors to our second PossAbilities Thrift Boutique. Located at 1 Church Street, Flemington the shop features womens wear, decor, and CreateAbilities Art Gallery.
Flemington store hours are Monday - Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 10-5pm. For more information about the store visit http://www.abilitiesnw.com/possabilities-boutique.php or call (908) 237-1329
11/02/18 Employment Success- Peyton and PSI; Tommy and House of the Good Shepherd
With the help of job sampling and coaching from our Employment Pathways team, both Peyton and Tommy were able to find employment.
Peyton has been hired by PSI Paper Strategies in Washington. He works packaging business cards and is beginning to learn other jobs within the company.
Tommy had been hired by the House of the Good Shepherd as a dietary aide and is already doing a fantastic job.
Congratulations to both Peyton and Tommy!
09/17/18 PossAbilities Thrift Boutique Grand Opening Success
Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. hosted a Grand Opening of their PossAbilities Thrift Boutique and Phillipsburg program location on Saturday, September 15th from 12-4pm. Over 200 people attended for a ribbon cutting ceremony to support the local non-profit organization and their new enterprise.
The event was held at 1224 South Main Street, Phillipsburg. Guests were able to take tours of the entire Abilities building, which included the Thrift Boutique and the “Branching Out” Food Pantry. While on the tours, guests were also able to see the facility of Abilities Phillipsburg Program, which included their newly renovated state-of-the-art sensory rooms and life-skills kitchen area that provides training for the individuals Abilities serves.
The Grand Opening included a special ribbon cutting ceremony that was kicked-off with a performance by the Abilities Choir. The ribbon cutting took place with Abilities CEO, Cindy Wildermuth, members of the organizations’ Board of Trustees and several dignitaries including Assemblyman John DiMaio and Warren County Freeholders Ed Smith and Rick Gardner. During the ceremony Phillipsburg Mayor Stephen Ellis gave a heartfelt speech on the importance of the mission of Abilities’ and providing services to people with disabilities. “I think it’s so important to have an organization like Abilities to raise our citizens with different abilities up to become a part of our community. I praise and thank the people here for supporting these people and helping them grow in our community,” said Ellis.
PossAbilities Thrift Boutique is now open for business. Store hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10-5pm, Thursday 10-7pm and Saturday 9-3pm. For more information about the store visit http://www.abilitiesnw.com/possabilities-boutique.php or call (908)-878-6888
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07/31/18 Abilities receives funding for state-of-the-art sensory space
Recently relocated from Anderson Street to 1224 South Main Street, Abilities Phillipsburg program will soon feature state-of-the-art sensory rooms, courtesy of the John & Margaret Post Foundation and People With Disabilities Foundation, both of which contributed generously to the expansion of sensory services at the new location. Sensory rooms provide individuals with a quiet, calm place to receive therapies, or to de-escalate when they feel overstimulated, and also provide individuals with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Abilities Phillipsburg program provides people with disabilities services and activities that include music, art, health and wellness, computer labs, life skill and pre-employment training, and more. Abilities Branching Out Food Pantry operates on the second floor of the new building, accessed by the back entrance. Also on the second floor is the new PossAbilities Thrift Boutique, featuring gently used furniture, clothing and household wares. The new Phillipsburg location, which is triple the size of the old facility, fulfills Abilities’ longstanding mission of expanding services to people with disabilities and to the community.
“The state-of-the-art sensory space allow us to expand services to the individuals in our care, and provide exceptional resources for the Phillipsburg community and surrounding areas,” said Cynthia B. Wildermuth, Abilities CEO. “We are tremendously grateful to have generous funding partners like the John & Margaret Post Foundation, who have provided so much to Abilities service recipients in the last few years, and the People With Disabilities Foundation.”
Guests will have the opportunity to visit the new Phillipsburg program at 1224 South Main Street at the facility’s Grand Opening on Saturday, Sept. 15.
06/11/18 Abilities receives $1000 from Roselle Savings Bank
Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of $1000 from the Roselle Savings Bank of Roselle, New Jersey. Abilities has once again been designated as one of the Bank's Community Outreach and Support Program recipients.
"Abilities is greatly appreciative to Roselle Savings Bank for their generous contribution to Abilities programs," said Cynthia B. Wildermuth, Abilities CEO. " The donation will allow us to continue to expand our expectional services, creating an even better environment for growth and success among our consumers."
06/01/18 Abilities is proud to announce the introduction of Music and Arts Program
Abilities has introduced a new Music and Arts Program! Abilities service recipients that attend our programs now participate weekly in an artistic program centered on musical concepts, instrumental performance, group singing and even a little dancing! Our Music and Arts Developer, Patricia Evans, brings with her many years of professional and educational musical experience. The program is 100% inclusive of all Abilities’ service recipients and is a phenomenal resource to inspire the creative process of all!
PossAbilities Thrift Boutique is one of the many resources the organization has created to empower their service recipients with fulfilling work, and they will have active roles in the challenging yet rewarding business of retail. Along with giving service recipients opportunities to succeed, PossAbilities is also giving its community the opportunity to get involved with the mission of the organization. The store will thrive off an active role from its community. Volunteers will work in the store and with service recipients, giving each member of the community the chance to engage with people who they might not otherwise meet.
05/01/18 Abilities of Northwest Jersey relocates Phillipsburg program
Abilities Phillipsburg has moved! Abilities has relocated its Phillipsburg program from Anderson Street to 1224 South Main Street, where it will provide persons with disabilities expanded services through sensory and therapy rooms, music, art, health and wellness, computer labs, life skill and pre-employment training, and so much more. Abilities Branching Out Food Pantry will continue its operation on the second floor of the new building accessed by the back entrance. Also on the second floor you will find the new PossAbilities Thrift Boutique, featuring gently used furniture, clothing and household wares. The new Phillipsburg location, which has tripled in size, fulfills Abilities’ longstanding mission of expanding services to both persons with disabilities and to the community.
“After years of planning, we are thrilled to have finally relocated this program to a larger, more accessible location. This site will allow us to expand our exceptional services to the individuals in our care, and provide additional resources for the Phillipsburg community and surrounding areas,” said Cynthia B. Wildermuth, Abilities CEO.
A Grand Opening for later this spring will be announced in the coming weeks. Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency incorporated in 1974 and dedicated to improving the quality of life and employability for persons with different abilities through vocational training and individualized services. Abilities provides supports and services for more than 400 people in northwestern New Jersey.
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.
08/30/17 20th Annual Tricky Tray Planned
07/01/17 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.”