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Planning for Adult Life 2018

Come learn with Easterseals New Jersey at the Planning for Adult Life event at:

333 Colfax Ave, Clifton, NJ 07013 on May 12th 9:00am - 1:00pm

Planning for Adult Life is a statewide project funded by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to assist young adults (between the ages of 16-21) with developmental disabilities and their families in charting a life course for adulthood. We offer a variety of resources including Informational sessions, webinars, and resource guides/materials that address the following core areas:
•    Postsecondary Education/Employment
•    Housing
•    Legal/Financial Planning
•    Entitlement Programs and Eligibility
•    Self-Direction
•    Health/Behavioral Health
•    Building/Maintaining Community Ties and Friendships
•    Planning/Visioning a Life Course
For additional information about the activities related to this project, please contact:

Jerisa Maseko,
Alison Goodrich,


Paint The Mall Purple 2018


Join Easterseals New Jersey at Paint The Mall Purple - Mental Health & Recovery Awareness Day!

Paint The Mall Purple
May 11, 2018
3 PM - 9 PM

Paint the Mall Purple is to raise awareness, encourage action, breakdown the stigma, and provide necessary resources for community members in need of addiction and mental health services. Please join us for this incredible day and help us heal the community together!

The statistics are frightening. The numbers are staggering. Depression, anxiety, ADD, OCD, and other mental health issues are rampant among our youth. How can we help someone suffering? What resources are available? How can you or a loved one live a fulfilled life with a mental illness and/or a substance abuse disorder? How can someone find recovery? There is HOPE! This is the purpose behind Paint The Mall Purple on May 11th, 2018 from 3-9pm at Freehold Raceway Mall. This event is family-friendly, free and open to the public.

Hosted by CFC Loud N Clear Foundation

Abilities Expo 2018

 Join Us at the Abilities Expo in Edison, New Jersey – May 4 – 6

Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For nearly 40 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer? Register for free today and stop by the Easterseals New Jersey table to say “hi!” and learn about our life-changing programs.

For more information, visit their website

Recent Happenings

Play with Purpose alternative to Walk With Me

Join us April 28th at the NEW event hosted by Easterseals New Jersey!

Leveling the playing field for people of all abilities

Sportika – Manalapan, New Jersey

Play With Purpose features a series of recreational, athletic, and FUN activities suitable for individuals of all ages and abilities. We believe fun is an important part of living a full and gratifying life and that everyone should have the opportunity to experience it.

This event will take place in lieu of Walk with Me. Your support of our very first Play With Purpose event is very much appreciated.


Join us at Camp Merry Heart!

Camp Merry Heart Open House 2017

Join the staff of Camp Merry Heart at our Spring 2018 Open House! There is just no substitute for seeing camp up close and personal. Come visit with staff, tour the facilities, try our delicious food, learn about our other programs and meet other camp families. Returning campers who just can’t wait until Summer can also come back to visit for a day — bring a friend and show them why you love camp!

Sunday March 4th & April 8th, 12-4pm

Don't miss out. Arrange your visit now!

Download Brochure!

Easterseals Camp Merry Heart
21 O’Brien Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840-4839

For questions or to RSVP, please call 908.852.3896 or email

Alex and Ani December 2017


Shop for a Cause at Alex and Ani

  1. Pick your nearest location
  2. Shop during the times listed
  3. 15% of all sales will be donated back to Easterseals NJ

Alex and Ani Red Bank
Tueday 12/5/17 6:00pm - 8:00pm
12 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 268-7274

Alex and Ani Westfield
Wednesday 12/6/17 5:00pm - 7:00pm
200 E Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 264-8157

Alex and Ani Cherry Hill
Wednesday 12/6/17 6:00pm - 8:00pm
2000 Route 38
Unit No. 1773
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 488-6214

Alex and Ani Ridgewood
Wednesday 12/6/17 5:00pm - 7:00pm
134 E Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 857-0911

Open Houses in Honor of "NJ Manufacturing Day"

Work Shop Photo

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 10am-1pm
Millville Employment Site: 120 Bogden Blvd. Millville NJ

Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 10am-1pm
Raritan Valley Work Center: 9 Terminal Rd, New Brunswick NJ

Celebrate NJ Manufacturing Day! Tour our facilities and see first-hand the employment opportunities provided for individuals living with disabilities or special needs.

For more info or to register, contact:

Chris McMahon, Director of Business Operations
(732)-406-7267 |
or visit

NJ Disability Pride Parade and Celebration 2017

NJ Disability Pride Parade 2017


Join Easterseals New Jersey at The New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration! This parade is a grass-roots effort organized and hosted by ACI with the support of the statewide disability community. We are expecting hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities to march and roll from the State House to the post-parade celebration on East Lafayette Street.
For more information, please visit

Day: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 9:00am  4:00pm
Location: Trenton War Memorial (1 Memorial Drive), Trenton NJ
For those not marching, the post-parade celebration starts at 10: AM at Mill Hill Park, Trenton, NJ
Register at:

Raritan Valley Work Center's 47th Annual Celebration

Raritaln Valley 47th Annual Celebration

"Unmask Your Potential" and Join Us for the Raritan Valley Work Center's 47th Annual Celebration!

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2085 NJ-27
Edison, NJ 08817
United States

If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase your tickets online.

Patricia's of Holmdel

Dine at Patricia's of Holmdel!

Dome enjoy a delicious Italian meal while supporting people with disabilities and special needs!
10% of all sales will be donated back to Easterseals NJ

Call to make a reservation!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
4-9:30 pm
Dine-in or Take-out

Patricia's of Holmdel
Holmdel Commons
2132 NJ-35
Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 275-0234

Camp 2017

Annual Service Club Day / Camp Carnival

Come visit the peaceful grounds of Camp Merry Heart in beautiful Hackesttstown, NJ as we celebrate the end of summer with our camplers and international counselors! Presented by Rotary Club 7470, food, snacks, and fun activities will be available to all.

Wednesday, August 9th
3-5 PM
Camp Merry Heart
21 O'Brien Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-3896

Lakewood BlueClaws Flyer 2017

Tricky Tray

This was the third year of the event and the team beat previous records by raising over $20,000.

This was our best Tricky Tray to date!

Thank you to those who helped raise over $20,000 at this year's Tricky Tray fundraiser!

Check oth the complete photo album here!

Walk With Me Thank You 2017

Thank you to all of our superstars who supported Easterseals NJ's 8th Annual Walk With Me & 5K Run on April 8th! Over 1,000 people came out to MetLife Stadium to walk, run, jog or stroll for individuals with disabilities and special needs. On behalf of our program participants, staff, and supporters, THANK YOU for enriching the lives of others!

We hope you enjoyed being back on the field with all of our valued sponsors, vendors and entertainers for that special VIP experience! We would love to hear your feedback. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey, we appreciate your thoughts!

Over $100,000 has been raised thus far thanks to you and your fundraising efforts - WOW! We are still accepting donations, so be sure to share your experience with family and friends. You can even earn our special prizes based on fundraising totals as of this Sunday, April 16th!

Congratulations to all of our 5K runners who completed the race and to those who placed in their age groups. Final results can be found here. Medals will be mailed this week to any winner who did not collect theirs on event day.

Did you capture great photo/video memories? Please share them with us! Email our Marketing Department at When posting on social media, be sure to include #walkwithmenj!

Stay tuned for a full event recap with photos and more coming soon. In the meantime, check out some great photos published here on!

Thank you for joining us and for taking a step towards helping individuals living with disabilities and special needs here in your local community. You are a SUPERSTAR!

A.C. Moore Campaign
Thank you to all A.C. Moore stores and supporters who took part in this year’s “Crafting a Better World” campaign to support Easterseals. We appreciate your dedication to people with disabilities and special needs!

View photos from our THRIVE Art Exhibit held November 10th.

#FearlessPWD Twitter Chat

Tweet Chat

Everyone has fears. As a person with a disability or as a parent caring for a child with disabilities, how do you overcome them? This twitter chat will be about finding motivation, confidence and resources to achieve life goals. We’ll talk about overcoming barriers - be it accessibility, stigma, or personal fears. Let's take a risk together! Stop by and share experiences on successes (and failures) while working towards a dream job, traveling, or gaining (and accepting) independence or interdependence.

Mark the Date: September 12, 6 p.m. CST / 7 p.m. EST

Hashtag: #FearlessPWD

Hosts: Easterseals (@easter_seals) & Easterseals Thrive (@ability2thrive)

Huntrdon Chamber Radio

 MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS is an award winning radio program that airs on Hunterdon Chamber Internet Radio and is hosted by Larry Cartwright and Dave Disney.

On the September 12th episode, Martha Wolfe and Lorraine Burton of Easterseals New Jersey have been invited as guests on the program to lend their expertise on the following topics:

1.    What are the challenges that come with having a mental illness and why is it classified as a disability?
2.    Can you describe what success looks like for a person receiving services to help them manage their mental health?

We encourage you to tune in to this free radio program as we shed some light on some of the modern day topics surrounding mental health.

Listen Live

Show website

Lessons Learned: EHR Selection, Re-Selection, Implementation and Utilization


What is the best way to select an EHR and how do we get the most out of it after we buy it? It’s time to upgrade….. now what? Easterseals New Jersey Solutions’ COO Shelley Samuels and AVP Denise Majka will provide an interactive training on Lessons Learned related EHR selection, implementation and utilization based on their experience with multiple implementations and years of experience in a fee for service environment.   Presented by: Easterseals New Jersey Solutions’ provides cost-effective administrative solutions, including Electronic Health Records (EHR) for other not-for-profit organizations in order to enhance their ability to be effective and efficient in providing services to their consumers. Our solutions also support billing needs and the ability to measure necessary outcomes. With 15 years of experience billing Medicaid electronically, our EHR expertise is top-notch and includes useful value-added services such as system administration, convenient end-user (NON IT) help-desk support (7 days a week and evenings), report building, end-user training, document imaging through FileSave and potential billing services.

Location: New Jersey Assn-Mental Health 3575 | Quakerbridge Road | Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
Date & Time: Monday, September 12, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mature Workers Job Fair

Shirley SCSEP

September 21st

140 Martin Luther King Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305

10:00AM - 2:00PM

In honor of National Employ an Older Worker Week, Easterseals New Jersey's Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) will be hosting a job fair for older workers seeking employment

Contact Vera Holmes for more information (201) 200 -1340 (Office) OR (732) 567 0153 (Cell)

Easterseals New Jersey’s Inclusive Health Coalition (IHC) Informational Meeting

September 29, 3-4:30Pm - Asbury Park NJ

About the IHC:
Easterseals New Jersey’s Inclusive Health Coalition (IHC) is part of a national network of IHC’s organized by the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
The purpose of the Inclusive Health Coalition is to:
-Promote existing assets in the community for health promotion
-Remove barriers to access for people with disabilities
-Start a conversation on how community based programs, information, services, etc., can serve the entire community—including individuals with disabilities and special needs.
Yochai Eisenberg, Research Specialist, Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities University of Illinois at Chicago, for The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), will be attending our meeting to talk about the IHC and invite members of the Asbury Park community to participate.
Please let us know if you will attend by opening this link
Please feel free to contact Laura O'Reilly, RN with any questions at 908-492-4702 or

NJ Disability Pride Parade and Celebration 2016

2016 Disability Pride Parade

Join Easterseals New Jersey at The New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration! This parade is a grass-roots effort organized and hosted by ACI with the support of the statewide disability community. We are expecting hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities to march and roll from the State House to the post-parade celebration on East Lafayette Street.
For more information, please visit

Day: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 9:00am  4:00pm
Location: NJ State House125 W State St. Trenton, NJ, 08608United States
Register at:

Disability Awareness Celebration: Embracing Unlimited PossAbilities

Prudential Financial

Location: MILITARY PARK, 51 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 10:00AM – 7:00PM

Easterseals New Jersey and Prudential invite you to a disability awareness celebration titled: Embracing Unlimited PossAbilities.

Visit the first ever Disability Rights Museum on Wheels and learn about the struggle through history for civil rights for people with disabilities. The Museum curators will even be on hand to provide a free guided tour. The Museum will be open to the public from 10am – 7pm only on that day, before it leaves for another destination.

Easterseals New Jersey will be there to share with you how we are supporting people with disabilities throughout the state.

46th Annual RVW Awards Dinner and Dance

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 6-10pm

RVW Dinner Dance 2016 Two

RVW Dinner Dance 2016

Last updated: May 2, 2018

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