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  • Join us all day Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Capital Craft in Green Brook to help raise funds for The Arc of Somerset County! Simply tell your server or bartender you're here for #GivingWednesday supporting The Arc of Somerset County, and 10% of your entire check will be given back to us. Lunch, dinner, apps or drinks... the event runs all day long, so come out and support The Arc of Somerset County! Please click the title above to download the event flyer.

  • Join us THIS Saturday, April 21, for the 2018 MAX Day of Giving on Saturday, April 21, at The MAX Challenge of Somerset on JFK Boulevard in Somerset. The event is from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and will involve a 45-minute family friendly workout and tricky tray raffles! The Arc of Somerset County is one of 4 local non-profit agencies that will benefit from this event. Please click on the title above for more information.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day THIS Wednesday, April 18, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an Employment Walk-in Day Wednesday, April 18, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Employment Open House

    Come for an ON-THE-SPOT- INTERVIEW this Wednesday, April 11, between 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the Union Avenue Supervised Apartments located at 436 Union Ave, Bridgewater 08807. We are recruiting for Assistant Manager, Support Counselor (DSP) 3pm-11pm, 4pm-11pm & 11pm 9am. Must a valid New Jersey Driver’s License & a High School Diploma. Lifting required. Apply in person-no appointment necessary. M/F/H/V/EOE/AA

  • Join us to learn about the science of self-care for caregivers. The Summit will feature relevant research supporting wellness areas, yoga, and mindfulness for caregiver health and Wellness. Caregivers will share relevant experiences. This event is free and all participants must pre-register. Please click on the title above for the event flyer and registration form.

  • Join us all day Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Capital Craft in Green Brook to help raise funds for The Arc of Somerset County! Simply tell your server or bartender you're here for #GivingWednesday supporting The Arc of Somerset County, and 10% of your entire check will be given back to us. Lunch, dinner, apps or drinks... the event runs all day long, so come out and support The Arc of Somerset County! Please click the title above to download the event flyer.

  • Join us for the 2018 MAX Day of Giving on Saturday, April 21, from 8:00 am to 11:00 at The MAX Challenge of Somerset on JFK Boulevard in Somerset. The event will involve a 45-minute family friendly workout and tricky tray raffles! The Arc of Somerset County is one of 4 local non-profit agencies that will benefit from this event. Please click on the title above for more information.

  • The registration deadline for the March 29 FREE seminar on “Legal & Financial Planning Basics” presented by James J. Costello Jr. Esq., member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. Attorneys at Law is Tuesday, March 27. The seminar is from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm and will be held at the law firms media center located at 400 Crossing Blvd. 8th floor in Bridgewater. The seminar will cover estate planning, wills and trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives for family caregivers as well as guardianships, asset protection planning, Irrevocable Trusts and Medicaid spend-downs. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. RSVP to lauraz@thearcofsomerset.org or call 908-658-3805. Please click on the title above for the event flyer.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Friday, March 30, 2018, in observance of Good Friday.

  • Thursday, March 22nd

    As of March 22nd: The Administrative and Foundation offices will be open, Employment Services programs are open, Trainings will resume and the Daycare/Preschool will open at 10am.

  • Storm Closing - March 21, 2018

    Due to the impending storm, the following programs/locations will be closed on Wednesday, March 21st: Daycare/Pre-school, Training, Employment Services, Administrative and Foundation offices.

  • The Arc of Somerset County is hosting a FREE seminar to the local Somerset County community on “Legal & Financial Planning Basics” presented by James J. Costello Jr. Esq., member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. Attorneys at Law on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the law firms media center located at 400 Crossing Blvd. 8th floor in Bridgewater from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm. The seminar will cover estate planning, wills and trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives for family caregivers as well as guardianships, asset protection planning, Irrevocable Trusts and Medicaid spend-downs. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. You must RSVP before Tuesday March 27, to lauraz@thearcofsomerset.org or call 908-658-3805. Please click on the title above for the event flyer.

  • UPDATE: March 8, 2018

    The following programs/locations will be closed for Thursday, March 8, 2018:
    Daycare/Preschool, Employment Services, Training, and the Administrative Office.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, February 21, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, February 19, 2018, in observance of President's Day.

  • The 13th Annual Spring Into Action Self Advocacy Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Imperia located in Somerset, NJ. The luncheon is an afternoon of good food, networking, and celebrating the hard work of advocates. This event is sponsored by The Arc of New Jersey Self Advocacy Project. Please click on the title above to download the registration form.

  • Join us on Thursday, March 29, 2018, for a FREE informative seminar presented by James J. Costello, Jr. Esq., member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. Attorneys at Law, who will present important facts about Legal and Financial Planning as a caretaker or guardian. The presentation is scheduled from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm and will be held at the Offices of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA, located at 400 Crossing Blvd, 8th fl., Bridgewater, 08807. Please RSVP to Lisa Marie Arieno at lisamariea@thearcofsomerset.org or at 908-658-3805. Please click on the title above to view the event flyer.

  • Join us on Saturday, June 2, at Duke Island Park to walk or run! We have a special early bird registration price now through Friday, March 2, to save $5 on your walk or run registration price! Also, this year we have increased the 1st place award prizes to $50 per category and to $20 for 1st place youth. To register on-line for the run go to : http://bit.ly/2DGB6Ph and to register on-line for the walk go to: http://bit.ly/2mOF555. Please click on the title above for more information about the event. We hope to see you there showing support for those with disabilities who live in our community.

  • On Friday, February 23rd at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) members of The NJ Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a performance of the family favorite “Peter and the Wolf”. The performance is open to the public to both children and adults of ALL abilities and will take place at The Church of The Hills, located in Far HIlls, NJ. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Each guest will receive a complementary coloring book that follows the story of Peter and the Wolf. Proceeds from this event will go toward the programs and services of The Arc of Somerset County. Please click on the title above to view the event flyer or to purchase tickets.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, January 17, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, January 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

  • The January 2018 Herald is now available! Please click on the title above to read the latest issue of The Arc's Newsletter.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, January 1, 2018, in observance of New Year's Day.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, December 25, 2017, in observance of Christmas Day.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, December 20, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24, 2017, in observance of Thanksgiving.

  • A BIG 'THANK YOU!' to Mitzen Photography for putting together a great video from the 2017 Monster Mashup attended by Arc service recipients! Please click on the title above to view the video.

  • Please click on the title above to view the agency's new video.

  • Thank you to everyone who helped make the first Camp Jotoni Spooky Halloween Event such a success!  Please click the title above to view photos from the event.

  • A Spooky Halloween Event at Camp Jotoni THIS Saturday!

    Join us THIS Saturday, October 28, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Camp Jotoni for a Spooky Halloween Event! Event admission of $10 includes a walk through haunted cabins and spooky nature trail, pumpkin decorating, face painting, photo booth, bake sale, and hay ride! All proceeds from this event benefit Camp Jotoni's Capital CAMPaign. Camp Jotoni is located at 51 Old Stirling Road, Warren 07059.

  • The Arc of Somerset County’s Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families (JDCCF) received an installation of a much anticipated outdoor sensory activity classroom on Saturday, October 21st for its developmental daycare and pre-school facility, located at 141 South Main St., thanks to a volunteer initiative by the Leadership Somerset Class of 2017.

    Leadership Somerset is an adult community leadership program for people who live or work in Somerset County. Each year, participants are required to complete a class project that gives back to the community. The volunteer leadership team designed and installed the outdoor sensory activity classroom at the center’s existing outdoor facility playground that includes a water and mud station, a sensory garden, and a music area made of utensils, pvc pipes and aluminum cans. The mission of The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families is to ensure every child’s optimal growth and development with comprehensive, interdisciplinary programs that are designed to meet the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of children who have a diverse range of abilities and who may live at or below poverty level.

    The outdoor classroom, which is composed of mostly up-cycled materials, was transformed into an affordable and sustainable full sensory curriculum that is required by the JDCCF’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). QRIS is a systematic approach to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. The volunteer group installed and completed the project with much help from local community supporters and in-kind such as Unity Bank, Somerville Lumber Company, Eagle Fence & Supply, Morris Brick & Stone Co., Redelico's Paint & Decorating Center, Lowes of Hillsborough, Post Ace Hardware of Somerville, Bellemead Coop, Huston Lumber of Oldwick, Somerset County Vo-Tech High School Carpentry Students, Somerset County 4H, Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services Handyman Project, Somerset County Park Commission, and Maggiano's of Bridgewater. To view the before and after photo album please click here https://photos.app.goo.gl/CNzRzRgRhgeznxx82

    “We are thrilled to be chosen for this year’s Leadership Somerset Class of 2017 program and it is a wonderful opportunity for the program to make a significant impact on the children that we serve. The outdoor classroom is such an amazing achievement for The Arc of Somerset County and The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families”, stated Lauren Frary, Executive Director for The Arc of Somerset County. Jill Glassman, Director of The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families stated on Monday morning, “Everything came out so amazing and the kids could not wait to get their hands into the new outdoor classroom”.

    The Arc of Somerset County and The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families will celebrate the new installment of the sensory playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 8th at 9:00am. An RSVP is requested by emailing wendyewen@unitybank.com

    The Arc of Somerset County, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, has 33 locations including 27 group homes and apartments, four employment centers, The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families and Camp Jotoni. The JDCCF has been providing quality services to children and their families for over 45years.

    For more information about The Arc of Somerset County and The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families, please visit www.thearcofsomerset.org or call 908-725-8544. Please click on the title above to view photos from the installation.

  • The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting their annual Arc Angel Gala on Friday November 3rd at the Bridgewater Marriott “Celebrating 45 Years of Service” beginning at 7:00pm. The Arc Angel Gala awards members of the Somerset County community for their efforts on advocacy, social work and philanthropy surrounding the disability community.

    The event will honor Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli for his dedication to the many charities that serve special populations within the state of New Jersey, and John Ridley of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLC who was the past President of The Arc of Somerset County as well as Chairman for the Special Olympic and SHARE. The program will also honor two members of the Somerset Community who recently passed away.

    The late Max Spann, will be honored as a pioneer for his movement for the establishment of homes in the community for the developmentally disabled population. While serving on the boards of Arc of Somerset County, the Arc of Warren County, and the Arc of New Jersey, he was pivotal in the founding of summer camps for the developmentally disabled. The late Fred Patterson will also be honored for serving as a leading advocate for those with developmental disabilities, on the local, state, and national level. Mr. Patterson was a retired executive of 30 years as Director of Corporate Relations for Johnson & Johnson and was a founding family member for The Arc of Somerset County. Fred served as President of The Arc of New Jersey and The Arc of Somerset County, and was Chairman of the Foundation of The Arc of the United States.

    Nominations are also being accepted by parents and local high school counselors before October 16th to honor an Arc Angel- a Somerset County High School Senior that should be celebrated for their volunteer accomplishments and who has made a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Selected Arc Angel students will be celebrated at the gala the evening of November 3rd with two tickets to the event. For additional information about the Angels Among Us program and to nominate a student, please e-mail lauraz@thearcofsomerset.org .

    Special thanks to the event Media sponsors, AT&T, Bosenberg & Company Landscape Architecture and Chairman Sponsors, Composecure. Sponsorships, program journal ads and tickets are available by calling the Arc of Somerset County Foundation office at 908-658-3805 or emailing lisamariea@thearcofsomerset.org.

  • Election Day may seem far away, but November 7th will be here before you know it! In addition to electing a new governor - for the first time in eight years - New Jerseyans will elect 120 members to the State's Legislature. Of those 120 members, 40 will be Senators and 80 will be Assemblymen and Assemblywomen. Learn more about the voting process, the candidates running for office and the resources you may need when heading to the polls by clicking on the title above.

  • Camp Jotoni Presents: A Spooky Halloween Event!

    Join us on Saturday, October 28, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Camp Jotoni for a Spooky Halloween Event! Event admission of $10 includes a walk through haunted cabins and spooky nature trail, pumpkin decorating, face painting, photo booth, bake sale, and hay ride! All proceeds from this event benefit Camp Jotoni's Capital CAMPaign. Camp Jotoni is located at 51 Old Stirling Road, Warren 07059.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day THIS Wednesday, September 20, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Disabilty Services Fair scheduled for September 16

    Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites residents to attend the free 2017 Somerset County DisABILITY Services Fair Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Thomas J. Kavanaugh VFW Hall, 600 Washington Ave. in Manville 08835. People with disabilities, their caregivers, family members, friends and all in the community are invited. The theme of the event summarizes its purpose: “Opening doors and dialogue to welcome all countywide.” This year’s Fair again will have a Kids Korner with activities to entertain the young ones, which will allow parents and guardians to more freely visit and speak with exhibitors. As part of the “Somerset County’s Got Talent” feature at the event, the Matheny Arts Access Program will be presenting works from their art studio and performers from their dance program. New this year will be a hands-on demonstration of affordable assistive devices (e.g., easy-grip eating utensils and scissors, weighted pens, etc.) that encourage independence in accomplishing everyday tasks. In addition there will be an onsite free workshop on hearing aids presented by The Audiology Center at Montclair State University at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited. Contact Disability Services Coordinator Paulann Pierson at (908) 704-6334 or ppierson@co.somerset.nj.us to ensure a space. Free transportation will be available, through the Somerset County Transportation Division’s para-transit services, to residents who register by Sept. 1. To reserve a seat, call the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services at (908) 704-6346 or email Paulann Pierson. Representatives from more than 40 county, state and local agencies, organizations and businesses will share information about services they provide and will be available to assist you.

  • Camp Jotoni is offering three (3) Respite Weekends this Fall: September 8 - 10, September 22 - 24, and October 22 - 24. Please click on the title above for more information, including the NEW registration process. Please contact Jessica Peyser at jessicap@thearcofsomerset.org with questions.

  • Chris Corvino to Return to the Position of Associate Executive Director

    We are happy to announce that Christopher Corvino will be returning to the position of Associate Executive Director. In this position, Chris will work closely with the program departments to promote and deploy strategic goals, develop resources to sustain and promote service programs and provide a structure and process to ensure a high level quality for all individuals and their families. Chris has been employed with The Arc of Somerset County since April 2007 as the Director of Employment Services. In 2008, Chris was promoted to the Associate Executive Director position. During his time as the AED, Chris demonstrated excellent leadership and strategic skills and has used his knowledge and experience to the benefit of the service departments and the agency as a whole. For the past two years, Chris has used his energy and talents to develop and launch “The Achievement Center” at Raritan Valley Community College, which is a post secondary educational program for young adults with disabilities.Over the course of the next 4 months , Chris will be transitioning from The Achievement Center, to his role as the Associate Executive Director.

  • By the end of 2017, The Arc of Somerset County’s Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families (JDCCF) will have an outdoor sensory activity classroom for its developmental daycare and pre-school facility, located at 141 South Main St., thanks to a volunteer initiative by the Leadership Somerset Class of 2017.

    Leadership Somerset is an adult community leadership program for people who live or work in Somerset County. The volunteer leadership group will embark on a volunteer project that will benefit the children enrolled in the early childhood development program. The leadership team’s goal is to design, create and install an Outdoor Sensory Activity Classroom at the center’s existing outdoor facility playground. The mission of The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families is to ensure every child’s optimal growth and development with comprehensive, interdisciplinary programs that are designed to meet the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of children who have a diverse range of abilities and who may live at or below poverty level.

    The outdoor classroom will be composed of mostly up-cycled materials that can be transformed into an affordable and sustainable full sensory curriculum that is required by the JDCCF’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). QRIS is a systematic approach to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. On Thursday, August 10th, Mayor Richard M. Onderko for the Borough of Manville came to visit the project area at The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families and to offer his sincere best wishes on the project.

    “We are thrilled to be chosen for this year’s Leadership Somerset Class of 2017 program and it is a wonderful opportunity for the program to make a significant impact on the children that we serve”, stated Lauren Frary, Executive Director for The Arc of Somerset County. “We are excited to be a part of the process and look forward to using the new sensory classroom soon”

    Each year, participants are required to complete a class project that gives back to the community. The Leadership Somerset Class of 2017 selected The Arc of Somerset County’s project proposal and members are working closely with JDCCF staff to assemble the appropriate materials required to benefit the children and the center. Applications for the Class of 2018 are currently being accepted. The deadline is Oct. 31. Open house events are scheduled on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. For more information, go to www.leadershipsomerset.com.

    JDCCF has been providing quality services to children and their families for over 40 years. For more information about The Arc of Somerset County and The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families, please visit www.thearcofsomerset.org or call 908-725-8544.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, August 16, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Camp Jotoni's Annual Community Day & End of Summer Celebration, along with the Tricky Tray/ Special Raffle Event, will take place THIS Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the grounds of Camp Jotoni, located at 51 Old Stirling Road, Warren, NJ 07059. Activities for this rain or shine family event include face painting, bouncy slide, dunk tank, carnival games, DJ, Tricky Tray Raffle, Special Raffle, and much more! Please click on the link above for more information about the event and how to order Tricky Tray and Special Raffle Tickets.

  • The Arc of Somerset County "Accessing Music" Students to Sing at Somerset Patriots Stadium August 8th

    Members of The Arc of Somerset County’s “Accessing Music Promoting Success” have been invited to sing “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Somerset Patriots Stadium on Tuesday, August 8th at the 11:00am game. The program, which started last fall, is for Adults who participate in The Arc of Somerset County’s Employment program.

    The “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program offers a sense of well-being and success for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through music. Specifically, these individuals have the opportunity to participate in an adaptive, high-tech system based on I-Pad technology that allows them to successfully play music and engage with others, regardless of experience, training or ability. The program has been active since September 2016 and is 100% funded through donations and fundraising initiatives.

    “We are thrilled to have our Accessing Music Promoting Success participants out in the heart of our Somerset County community showcasing their talents, particularly such a large venue as Patriots Stadium”, states, Lauren Frary, Executive Director for The Arc of Somerset County.

    For more information on “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program at The Arc of Somerset County, please visit www.thearcofsomerset.org or call 908-725-8544 ext. 604.

  • Camp Jotoni's Annual Community Day & End of Summer Celebration, along with the Tricky Tray/ Special Raffle Event, will take place on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the grounds of Camp Jotoni, located at 51 Old Stirling Road, Warren, NJ 07059. Activities for this family event include face painting, bouncy slide, dunk tank, carnival games, DJ, and much more! This rain or shine event has a variety of prizes available in the Tricky Tray auction, as well as three Special Raffle prizes; (1.) Two tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton; (2.) Golf three-some at Baltusrol Golf Club; and (3.) A one week stay at a 4-bedroom Cape Cod Beach House. Please click on the link above for more information about the event and how to order Tricky Tray and Special Raffle Tickets.

  • To view the July 2017 Herald, please click on the title above.

  • Join The Arc of Somerset County's Melody Starter Rock and Roll Band at Raymour & Flanigan Bridgewater Furniture and Mattress Store on Route 202 on Saturday, July 22, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The band is part of the Accessing Music Promotion Success (AMPS) program, which enables individuals to play music in a group setting, regardless of their skill or ability. This is achieved using the latest in music technology, expertly implemented with the principles of occupational therapy. Click on the title above to learn more about the AMPS program.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day.

  • Main Office, Foundation Office, Employment Services, Daycare/Preschool, After School, and After Work Closed

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, January 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • People’s lives and independence are at stake! The Senate is working fast to pass a bill that will cut and cap Medicaid - a vote may happen as early as this Thursday. This bill will have a devastating impact on people with disabilities and their families. For the past 52 years, Medicaid has provided healthcare and long term services and supports to millions of adults and children with disabilities. These 10 million participants with disabilities and, often, their families, depend on the critical services that Medicaid provides for their health, functioning, independence, and wellbeing. Please click on the title above for information on how to contact your Senators.