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A Day in the Community: A Royal Experience

Elizabeth Ciancia Spotlight Our Sayreville location is one of nine-day programs across the state serving hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This summer we shared a new experience with our program participants when we were specially invited to the Make-a-Wish Castle in Monroe, NJ.
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A Dream Job for Adrien

Adrien Lands Her Dream Job Adrien came to Easterseals New Jersey’s Millville Program Center seeking help to obtain employment in the community. She learned janitorial skills and advanced quickly through the program. Eventually, McDonald’s saw what a hard worker she was and hired her. However, this was only the first step towards her final goal. After working with Easterseals, she discovered her true calling.
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A Life Changing Journey at Easter Seals

Sharon M Warren BHS “Just the fact that I was able to ride a bicycle makes me feel whole again,” says Sharon regarding the positive impact Easter Seals has had on her physical and mental wellbeing. After years of battling mental illness resulting in multiple hospital stays, Sharon was referred to an Easter Seals NJ Behavioral Health Services group home in Warren County in 2011.
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A Special Life’s Moment!

Close up picture of Vicki At Easter Seals New Jersey, we strongly believe that everyone should have a chance to experience life's special moments like graduating from school, driving a car for the very first time, experiencing travel, or starting your first job.
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Againts All Odds

Angel - Employment Training When young Angel first came to Easterseals in 2015 for employment training he was anxious and open about his goals, the first of which was to pass his drivers exam. He connected quickly with staff and was steadily on his way to acquiring his driver’s permit and achieving other ambitions on his list.
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Artistic Expression

Artistic Expression Our Sayreville group recently participated with the locals at Carteret Park to design a collaborative wing mural. Everyone had a chance to contribute and demonstrate their skills in painting, coloring, and cutting up pieces for our project
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Atlantic Highlands Car Show, a Yearly Tradition

Man with car at car show Easterseals New Jersey's Monmouth County community enjoyed visiting the Atlantic Highlands Car Show, a yearlytradition in Middletown, NJ for over a decade.
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Easterseals Impacts David's Family

David and his father sitting at table Easterseals NJ makes a difference in the life of David and his family. We are very proud of our dedicated staff members for demonstrating the Easterseals mission and making a difference in the life of David and his entire family.
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Easterseals NJ Helps Eloisa Turn Her Life Around at Age 65!

Eloisa Hunterdon Spotlight It’s never too late to have your life completely changed for the better. At 65 years old, homeless and unemployed, Easterseals NJ helped Eloisa do just that. Eloisa, whose primary language is Spanish, had always desired to become fluent in English, and aspired to earn a certification in child care which she hoped would eventually lead to a full time job with health care benefits.
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Erik’s Journey to Independence

Erik O Erik’s journey with Easterseals began in 2007 after having been in and out of hospitals and struggling with both mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction.
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Isolation to Celebration - Seeing Success Through Trust

Sharon Essex 240 Mental Illness can leave us vulnerable and force one into a state of unhealthy isolation. But as Spanish novelist Miguel de Unamuno tells us, “Isolation is the worst possible counselor.” That’s why we are so proud of Sharon, who found the inner strength to remove herself from a harmful situation and replace it with a better one.
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Jeremey's Amazing Journey

Closeup of Jeremy Jeremey’s journey with Easterseals began in May of 2012 when he first arrived at one of our Behavioral Health Services group homes in Hunterdon County.

After battling an extensive past of drug addiction, multiple hospitalizations for mental illness and chemical dependence, and homelessness, when Jeremey first arrived he felt that one of his biggest challenges would be resisting his urges and triggers to use drugs. He was fearful of possible relapses and knew that the community would present challenges in maintaining his sobriety.
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John Achieves Independence for the First Time

John and DSP Having struggled with the effects of premature birth resulting in both physical disabilities and mental illness, John has lived his entire life with his parents. But now – at the age of forty-three, thanks to the help of Easterseals, John is finally able to experience something that most people take for granted – a chance at independence.
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Marine Veteran Overcomes Homelessness and Depression With The Help of Easterseals New Jersey

Marine Frank Story Frank was wounded twice during his service in the United States Marine Corps and saw combat in three countries during his eight years of service. While his wounds may have healed, he returned home with a different enemy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Our Miltary & Veterans Services

Service member and significant other embracing As the largest provider of disability-related services, Easterseals offers military and veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts.
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Read Our Annual Progress Report

Two Girls Learn about the individual triumphs of some of the nearly 9,000 people we served last fiscal year and what we’ve achieved taking on disability together.
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Twenty Eight Years Later, Tina has a Job! #Lifesmoments

Tina After transitioning out of high school at the age of 18, all Tina wanted was to get a job and earn a paycheck. That’s why she came to Easterseals New Jersey, seeking vocational training and assistance towards fulfilling that goal. For years, Tina was overlooked by potential employers due to the fact that her production rates were low...
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With a Little Help Adrien Finds Success Outside of her Comfort Zone

Adrien Adrien has proven that with hard work and a positive attitude, any goal can be accomplished and most obstacles, overcome. As of December 2015, Adrien is officially a licensed driver in the state of New Jersey!
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