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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A Letter from Executive Director Linda Press Thanks to all who have expressed their concern over the past week for the men and women served by JSDD.  Please know that we are also concerned about you and are here to serve as a resource to those in need of assistance. JSDD shares the new reality of our times with all of you On Friday, March 13, the WAE Center closed and will not re-open until further notice.  The State of NJ has mandated the closure and will, likely, advise us when to re-open.

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Theater facilitator Alexa T. diligently worked with a group of WAE Center performers to present the 2020 WAE Center Purim Spiel.  The  audience enjoyed the performance which  was a huge success!

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The monthly Chavurah Class, facilitated by Hagit Oren, was a lesson and celebration for Purim. All the attendees were happily engaged in the activities and  the arts and craft project had the participants making Groggers (noise makers) which they  used while the Megillah was read. Hagit spoke about Queen Esther and how she had the courage to stand up for what she believed in   A discussion was had about what special wishes they had and some that were shared was to be a DJ, a bride, an orthodox Jew.  Delicious hammentashen were served.   

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The WAE Center made a trip to Ethan & the Bean, a non-profit cafe in Little Falls, New Jersey.  This unique cafe employs a significant number of persons with intellectual or developmental delays. WAE Center members of the “Social Language Group” and the “Pre-Vocational Group” enjoyed a treat and learned about the skills required to work in such a shop.   Thank you to Michael and Danielle for hosting us. Drop into this innovative business and have a cup of joe! https://www.ethanandthebean.com/      

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