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JSDD’s WAE Center is incredibly thankful for the dedicated and committed volunteers who have been enriching our members for years by sharing their time, talent, and wisdom.  Fran Beinhaker, Elliot Bennett, Pam Friedman, and Marcia Gurian provide regular and reliable programming and support teaching sign language, communication skills, knitting, crocheting, supporting the arts and wellness classes, and just being a “friend”.  

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Jessica DaSilva Jessica DaSilva, Director of Accounting, is a force of nature. She has been employed at JSDD since March of 2016 and rose quickly from staff accountant to the Director of our intimate, but incredibly essential department. For a small four-person accounting office, the level of efficiency is remarkable. Juggling payroll, communications with vendors, funders, 150 employees and the families and finances of more than 100 residents and WAE Center members, she also spearheaded the shift to Medicaid billing these past 18 months without a hitch. The agency was bracing for a significant change in cash flow, which, thanks to our incredible accounting department, has not been an issue. In addition to being ambitious, dedicated and self-motivated, always taking […]

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JSDD provides a full spectrum of services promoting independent living skills and life fulfillment opportunities through the group homes with supportive living options.   During Shabbat the chance presents itself for different Group Homes to come together to celebrate Shabbat among their friends and have a delicious meal.  As you can see from the pictures everyone truly enjoys the time they have together! 

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On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 the WAE Center members were treated to a Thanksgiving Feast, hosted by Mary Jo, David and Scott Reich.  It was also Scott’s birthday and all his friends at the WAE Center along with his parent sang Happy Birthday and then were treated to delicious birthday cake. Scott is beloved by all who know him at the WAE Center.  He loves music, has an incredible sense of humor and his smile lights up the room. 

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We would like to congratulate WAE Center artist LOUIS D. who was selected to be featured in the Studio Montclair Fundraiser exhibition “Affair of the Art”, being held at the newly opened MC Hotel in Montclair.  The event is taking place for one day only, on Saturday, November 16th.  The address is 690 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Attending the event requires purchasing tickets in advance; this can be done through the SMI website: https://www.studiomontclair.org/affair-of-the-art-2019/#!event-register/2019/11/16/affair-of-the-art-2019 Submitted by Harry Klein, WAE Center Art Studio Manager  

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