West Orange, NJ – Marilynn Schneider, Director of Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled’s (JSDD) WAE Center, announced her retirement at the end of June after over 20 years of service. Under Marilynn’s leadership, the WAE (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center has become known throughout the community and the State of NJ as a premier model program for engaging men and women with developmental disabilities in continuing education and creative endeavors with respectful appreciation for their ability and talent.  Marilynn began her affiliation with JSDD as Chaplain, then moved on to become Director of Residential Services. She served as Director of the WAE Center for the past 16 years. As a staunch advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, Marilynn focused […]

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Jared C. began working at JSDD’s WAE Center in 2017 as a DSP, bringing his positive personality and friendly smile.  In early March 2020 when the Center had to close its doors because of the pandemic, Jared was transferred to the Millburn home.  Most of the residents in this home had been attending the WAE Center and Jared had previously established a trusting relationship with them, helping to make a smooth transition for him and them.  “I love the residents and think of them as my second family.  I enjoy having the opportunity to spend time with them and get to know each distinct personality.  I can anticipate their needs and there is never a dull moment in the house”, […]

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Enthusiastic birthday greetings for Ellen from WAE Center members and staff.

There is no one more genuine in their admiration for WAE artists and the accomplishments of WAE members than Ellen. “She touches and shapes the self-esteem of our members and their sense of belonging to something bigger. Ellen’s presence, enthusiasm, encouragement, warmth, and pride are infectious and inspirational,” says Linda Press.

Watch and listen as WAE Center members sing special birthday greetings to Ellen in this wonderful split-screen video.

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The May 12th Gala, Taking Care of Our Own, A Night Honoring Ellen Goldner will be rescheduled in the spring of 2021 because of the pandemic. The evolving Coronavirus situation is a challenge unlike any we have ever faced. All of us at JSDD, including our administrative team, direct support professionals and Board of Trustees hope you, your immediate and extended family are healthy and taking extra care of yourselves during these unprecedented times. We would not be able to carry out our mission without our dedicated and compassionate direct support professionals (DSP). They continue to provide around the clock care and support to the residents in our homes. JSDD will honor them in the future for their unwavering commitment to […]

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JSDD Residential and WAE Center Update Thanks to all who continue to express their concern for the men and women served by JSDD.  Sixty (60) WAE Center members are either home with their families every day or at home all day in a JSDD or other agency Residence – just like many of us.  Everyone continues to receive the assistance and support they need.  We are making every effort to: maintain a stimulating and meaningful daily routine for all residents support the individuals who reside at home with their families continue to employ as many of our remarkable, hard working and talented staff as possible by re-deploying them in our homes or by assisting in members’ homes Many have responded […]

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