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Please check back for press releases and announcements from The Arc of Somerset County.

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

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, May 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.

  • The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is hosting a Family Fun Day for children with special needs and their families on Saturday, May 20th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at 1800 Millstone River Road n Hillsborough. Space is limited and RSVP is required to oarnj@researchautism.org.

  • National Nurse's Week

    In honor of National Nurses Week, May 6 through May 12, The Arc of Somerset County would like to thank the many wonderful nurses who care for our persons-served. They are dedicated and caring professionals who provide wonderful service to The Arc's consumers and fantastic training and support to all staff.
    Our terrific team of nurses are:
    Elaine Giannascoli, RN, MS, Nurse Supervisor
    Adenike Adetule, LPN
    Max Antonin, LPN
    Rachel Burugu, RN
    Siobhan Diamant, LPN
    Ashley Donato, RN
    Bhavika Gandhi, LPN
    Luce Fils-Aime, LPN
    Annmarie Mason, LPN
    Barbara Mizov, LPN
    Charity Muchiri, RN
    Paskalia Nyaanga, LPN
    Tara Tyree, LPN
    Blessing Uwaezi, LPN
    Mary Wamahiu, LPN

  • There's only one week left to register to receive a FREE DRAWSTRING BAG at the 2017 Step Up For The Arc Walk & 5K Run on Saturday, June 3, 2017! Please click on the link below for registration information for Walkers and Runners. Join us for a fun-filled morning of entertainment! We hope to see you there!

  • There is just one month left to register for the 2017 Step Up For The Arc Walk & 5K Run scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. Run registration begins at 7:30 am, with the race beginning at 8:15 am and the walk registration begins at 8:30 am with the walk beginning at 10:15 am. We hope you will join us for a fun-filled morning of entertainment including a DJ and BBQ hosted by the 12th District of the Free and Accepted Masons! Leashed pets are welcome.

  • There's only two weeks left to register to receive a FREE DRAWSTRING BAG at the 2017 Step Up For The Arc Walk & 5K Run on Saturday, June 3, 2017! Please click on the title above for registration information. Join us for a fun-filled morning of entertainment! Leashed pets are welcome. We hope to see you there!

  • The Arc of Somerset County's 2017 Step Up For The Arc 5K Run and Walk will be held on Saturday morning, June 3rd at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. Refreshments will be on hand presented by Stop & Shop of Raritan for all participants before and after the race. The event includes an easy beginner 5K race on a flat, paved, and scenic course and a 1.5 mile walk route.

    This child friendly 5K race registration check-in begins at 7:30am and the race start time is 8:15 am. Walker registration begins at 8:30 am and the walk start time is at 10:15 am. This year- cash prizes will go to the top 4 categories: First place adult male, first place adult female, first place male student, first place female student. Race winners and stats will be announced at 9:30am at the band shell stage and certificates will be announced to second place age group winner.

    Registration and lawn activities for this family friendly morning event begin at 7:30 am with free face painting to children. Sponsors will be on hand offering free health and wellness samples, demos and information will be provided by Performance Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, and Purium Health Products. Clothing vendors include LuLaRoe clothing, and Jewelry Designs By Lynn.

    The event includes music by Entertainment with Sophistication and a FREE picnic hosted by The 12th District Free and Accepted Masons will be at 11:00am. Pets on leash are encouraged and welcome to attend.
    Volunteer "Buddy Walkers" are needed for those who wish to provide assistance and make a new friend to some of The Arc adults attending the walk. High School Student Volunteers are needed for the course and water tables. If you wish to volunteer for this event, please contact lauraz@thearcofsomerset.org before May 25th.

    The event is hosted by The Arc Foundation of Somerset County. Proceeds for this run/walk will go toward the various programs provided to those children and adults who receive services from the Arc. The Arc is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Step Up For The Arc of Somerset County is an annual statewide Walkathon and 5K Race of The Arc, the state's largest non-profit advocacy and service organization supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families.

    To register online, please visit https://www.fundraiser.fund/hosted-arc-foundation-somerset-county/event/2017-step-arc-somerset-county-walk-and-5k-event#event_detail

    Online registration deadline is May 15th to be eligible to receive a FREE drawstring summer tote bag.

    Call event director, Lisa Marie Arieno at 908-658-3805 for more information.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, April 26, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • The last dance of the Come and Dance season will be held Monday, February 13, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the VFW Hall at 600 Washington Ave., Manville, 08835 The dance is for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 18 and over. The cost is $5.00 per individual (staff are free). Light refreshments (beverage and snack) are served. Participants are welcome to bring 'finger-food' snacks such as cookies, cupcakes, munchkins, etc. Dances will begin again in September 2017. Please check our Event Calendar in the late summer for the dates.

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

    The above referenced programs are closed on Friday, April 14, 2017, in observance of Good Friday.

  • Please join us for an educational seminar for parents of children with disabilities who will be turning 21. As their children become adults, parents are faced with decisions about guardianship and learning about the adult service system. Topics to be covered include what to expect from and how to navigate the adult service system and common problems to avoid. Seating is limited. Please click on the title above for details and RVSP information.

  • Program Updates for 3/15/17

    On Wednesday, March 15th, the Administrative Office, Daycare, and Day Programs will open at 10am.

  • Elected officials in Washington DC are pushing legislation that would make significant changes and cuts to Medicaid. If we are unable to stop these proposals, the Medicaid program as we know it could be decimated and the services people with intellectual and developmental disabilities rely on could be in jeopardy. If Congress moves forward with these deep cuts, long-term supports and services in the community could be impacted. This includes group homes, day programs and a wide-range of supports we all care about. Please act now! 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 Wednesday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Come and Dance CANCELLED TONIGHT

    The Come and Dance scheduled for tonight, Monday, March 13, has been postponed until Monday. March 27, due to the expected inclement weather. Time and location remains the same.

  • DDD Quarterly Update Meeting for Families

    The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will be hosting its Quarterly Update Meeting for Families on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the DDD Central Office located at 5 Commerce Way, Suite 100, Hamilton, NJ 08691.

    Registration for this meeting is required and opens Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:00 am. To register, please send an email to Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us with the following information:

    - Name, email, and phone number of the person requesting to attend
    - Please indicate you are a family member

    PLEASE NOTE: Registration is first come, first served and confirmed attendees will receive a confirmation email.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, March 15 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • Congratulations to the Self Advocates, including those from The Arc of Somerset county, who were at the State House today raising awareness and celebrating Developmental Disability Awareness Month! More than 35 legislators and DHS Commissioner Connolly stopped by to recognize this important occasion. Please click on the title above to view photos from the day.

  • More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future ABLEnow is building. ABLE accounts are a new way to help individuals with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses. For the first time ever, that means tax-advantaged savings, usually without endangering eligibility for the means-tested benefit programs critical to the health and well-being of many with disabilities. Please click on the title above for more information.

  • The St. Patrick's Day Come and Dance will be held Monday, March 13, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the VFW Hall at 600 Washington Ave., Manville, 08835 The dance is for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 18 and over. The cost is $5.00 per individual (staff are free). Light refreshments (beverage and snack) are served. Participants are welcome to bring 'finger-food' snacks such as cookies, cupcakes, munchkins, etc.

  • The application for the 2017 Camp Season is now available on the Camp Jotoni website (campjotoni.org). Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please click on the title above to access the on-line application.

  • The Arc of Somerset County was recently awarded a $2,500 grant by for their “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program at their Branchburg Vocational Rehabilitation facility. Please click on the title above to read the entire story.

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

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in observance of President's Day .

  • The Arc of Somerset County Receives Grant for Accessible Music Program for Individuals with Disabilities

    The Arc of Somerset County was recently awarded a $2,500 grant by for their “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program at their Branchburg Vocational Rehabilitation facility. This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant.

    “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program at The Arc of Somerset County is to promote music access for individuals with disabilities as well as to facilitate social participation and engagement within the context of adaptive music education for diverse learning styles of the individuals served by The Arc. The program was developed to engage and enhance programming options as well as promote social participation and wellness.

    Co-Founder/Program Director, Karen Z. Kowalski states, “The “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program promotes a sense of well-being and success for individuals with disabilities through music. Specifically, these individuals have the opportunity to participate in an adaptive, high-tech system that allows them to successfully play music and engage with others, regardless of experience, training, or ability”.

    Participants in this small group based program learn music concepts, develop the ability to create music in collaboration with other members of the group and learn music performance skills with the use of a group-participation system based on iPad technology and customized music applications, designed by Co-founder/Technology Director Tom Brislin. Under Kowalski’s direction, the group performs music together by simply touching the iPad, breaking down the barriers that prevent individuals from accessing conventional instruments. Groups play entire songs by following an easy system of cues from the director, and can also improvise and interact with their fellow participants. The flexibility of the system allows for participation with a range of unique learning needs and physical abilities. “It is amazing to see their progress after just nine session and they are all so thrilled to be in the program”, stated Lauren Frary, Executive Director of The Arc of Somerset County.

    The Arc of Somerset County provides quality services and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to support development and achievement at every stage of life. For more information about the “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program at The Arc of Somerset County’s Branchburg Vocational Rehabilitation facility, please call 908-725-8544 ext: 604 or visit www.thearcofsomerset.org.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day THIS Wednesday, February 15, 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, February 15 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • The Valentine's Day Come and Dance will be held Monday, February 13, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the VFW Hall at 600 Washington Ave., Manville, 08835 The dance is for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 18 and over. The cost is $5.00 per individual (staff are free). Light refreshments (beverage and snack) are served. Participants are welcome to bring 'finger-food' snacks such as cookies, cupcakes, munchkins, etc.

  • Please join us on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 pm for a seminar on Transition Planning. Transition planning is crucial to increasing successful outcomes for life after high school. This workshop will discuss issues related to transitioning from school to adult life. Activities and discussion to help identify interests and future plans will be included. Please click on the title above for more information, including how to register for this seminar.

  • The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting its annual Step Up For The Arc Walk & 5K Run on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. Registration for the run will begin at 7:30 am with the run starting at 8:15 am. Registration for the walk will begin at 8:30 with the walk starting at 10:15 am. Runners and Walkers can register by clicking on the title above. A paper registration form can be downloaded at http://www.thearcofsomerset.org/events/. Join us for a fun-filled morning of entertainment! Leashed pets are welcome.

  • Employment Walk In Day

    The Arc of Somerset County will be hosting an employment walk-in day Wednesday, January 11 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our Main Office located at 141 South Main St., Manville, 08835. No appointment is necessary.

  • The Arc of Somerset County unveiled two new day program curricula for adults with developmental disabilities at the Camplain Road and Branchburg Adult Training Centers. Please click on the title above to read the article posted on mycentraljersey.com.

  • #givingtuesday is TODAY!

    The Arc of Somerset County will once again be participating in this year's #GivingTuesday! In case you haven't heard, the goal of #GivingTuesday is to create a global day of giving back, which celebrates generosity and kindness. The day itself falls on the Tuesday following American Thanksgiving each year. #GivingTuesday for 2016 is TODAY November 29th! The vision of The Arc Foundation of Somerset County is to ensure the financial viability of The Arc of Somerset County's programs which support lifetime achievement and success of each of the individuals served. Please help us reach our goal by either making a secure online donation page, or by making a check payable to The Arc Foundation of Somerset County, 141 South Main Street, Manville, NJ 08835- Attention #GivingTuesday Campaign.
    We hope you feel the energy surrounding #givingtuesday and know that you can make a difference!

  • The Arc of Somerset County recently unveiled two new day program curriculums to their adult services at the Camplain Road and Branchburg Adult Training Centers. The “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program, began in late September 2016 at the agency’s Branchburg facility, The music program was dedicated to an Arc employee, George Glikerdas, who passed away suddenly leaving behind a legacy of his love for music. His family is providing financial support for the music room in his memory in addition, several grants as well as agency fundraising helped fund the start of the program.

    Co-founder/Program Director, Karen Z. Kowalski states, “The “Accessing Music Promoting Success” program promotes a sense of well-being and success for individuals with disabilities through music. Specifically, these individuals have the opportunity to participate in an adaptive, high-tech system that allows them to successfully play music and engage with others, regardless of experience, training, or ability”.
    Participants in this small group based program learn music concepts, develop the ability to create music in collaboration with other members of the group and learn music performance skills with the use of a group-participation system based on iPad technology and customized music applications, designed by Co-founder/Technology Director Tom Brislin. Under Kowalski’s direction, the group can perform music together by simply touching the iPad, breaking down the barriers to entry inherent to conventional instruments. Groups will play entire songs by following an easy system of cues by the director, and can also improvise and interact with their fellow participants. The flexibility of the system allows for participation with a range of unique learning needs and physical abilities.“It is amazing to see their progress after just nine session and they are all so thrilled to be in the program”, stated Lauren Frary Executive Director for The Arc of Somerset County.

    “The Rhona Levine Arts Center” was dedicated to Rhona Levine, a 28 year resident with The Arc of Somerset County, who passed away in 2015. The Art Center was made possible by donations from Rhona Levine’s family, as well as donations from Arc fundraising efforts. The arts program was designed to expose interested adults of all abilities to the process of art making in various forms. Designed by a Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) student, Tyler Carrico, the program is committed to providing a safe and encouraging space to make art as well as converse and connect with new people outside of service relationships.

    Participants are encouraged to hold conversations about their pieces. Every participant is given a set of sketch tools that is uniquely their own and are encouraged to take the joy of making art with them outside of program hours. “For many, this program represents the first exposure to art of their own invention without the guidance of a goal product. All effort is encouraged equally. For some, the sensory experience of the different making techniques encourages body movement beyond day to day tasks and is as much about what making art feels like as it is the end result”, states Chris Corvino, Curriculum Coordinator for The Arc of Somerset County. Corvino adds, “Both the music and the art programs are providing adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities access to the Arts in a way that breaks down barriers to access and allows for full and individualized expression”.

    For more information about The Arc of Somerset County’s Adult Training Center programs, please call 908-725-8544, ext 604 or visit www.thearcofsomerset.org

  • The Arc of Somerset County Adult Employment Services Program was hired by the Far Hills Race Committee to participate in the post Far Hills Race Meeting clean-up at the Moorland Farm property in Far Hills.
    With August temperatures in October, The Arc adults were excited to be working outdoors for this clean-up project and were happy to learn the project would be for the duration of the week.
    “The Arc of Somerset County is proud to be a part of this traditional event. By providing adults with disabilities with the opportunity for employment and community involvement, The Far Hills Race Committee has made a significant contribution to our mission and vision for individuals with disabilities”, stated Lauren Frary, Executive Director for The Arc of Somerset County.
    “This is a great partnership – something we should have considered years ago, we are very happy to have the folks from The Arc of Somerset County here to help us with this very important clean up”, stated Guy Torsilieri, Chairman of The Far Hills Race Committee.
    To see photos from the cleanup, please click on the title above.

  • Thank you Janssen

    A BIG thank you to the staff from Janssen for the great painting and staining job they did on Thursday, October 6 at our Cambridge Group Home. It is much appreciated!

  • The 4th Annual Halloween Monster Mashup

    Join us for the 4th Annual Monster Mashup on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the VFW Hall in Manville. It's a free Costume Party for Arc residential group homes with pizza, Chips, Cake, and a photo booth as well as haunting music and scary fun! PIZZA, CHIPS, EYEBALL SALAD, CAKE AND A PHOTO BOOTH!!!

  • Thank you J&J Quality Systems & Services!

    A BIG thank you to the staff from J&J Quality Systems & Services for making t-shirts with the program participants on Thursday, September 29 at The Arc's Branchburg Employment Center. Everyone had a great time!

  • Thank you J&J Quality Systems & Services!

    A BIG thank you to the staff from Janssen Research & Development for the great landscaping job they did on Wednesday, September 28, at our Warren Group Home. It is much appreciated!

  • Thank you J&J Quality Systems & Services!

    A BIG thank you to the staff from J&J Quality Systems & Service for the great landscaping ob they did on Monday, September 26, at our Cambridge Group Home. It is much appreciated!

  • Thank you Janssen Research & Development!

    A BIG thank you to the staff from Janssen Research & Development for the great painting job they did on Monday, September 26, at our Franklin Group Home. It is much appreciated!

  • More than 200 family members, alumni camp counselors and community supporters gathered on August 28 to mark the 40th Birthday Celebration of The Arc of Somerset County's Camp Jotoni, a special-needs camp in Warren. Please click on the title above to read more.

  • The Somerset Patriots and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2137 teamed up for a season-long community partnership to help those in need throughout the community.This season, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2137 and the Somerset Patriots will donate $100 for every home run hit by the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark to local charities supported by the two organizations. The Arc of Somerset County is one of the local organizations to benefit from this partnership. Please click on the title above for more information. Thank you Somerset Patriots and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2137 for your support of individuals with disabilities who live in our community!

  • Please click on the title above to read the September 2016 Issue of The Family Advocate Newsletter. Topics include:

    Governmental Affairs Update, What's In Your Child's IEP?, The Arc of New Jersey's Planning for Adult Life Program, Where Will Your Child Transition This Month?, Navigating the System, Employment: How to Access Support Services, and more!

  • The Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services is hosting a disAbility Services Fair on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various agencies and community organizations to obtain disability-related information. There are new activities/services this year, including County Transportation available for those
    who register by September 16. Click on the title above for more information!

  • The Arc of Somerset County’s Camp Jotoni Celebrates 40 years of Service and Raises Over $20K toward Capital Campaign

    The Arc of Somerset County’s Camp Jotoni, celebrated their 40th Birthday Celebration at 51 Old Stirling Rd. in Warren Township on Sunday August 28th. Over 200 camp families, alumni camp counselors and community supporters were on hand to celebrate the special needs camp that is owned and operated by The Arc of Somerset County. Attendees included volunteers from Warren Township.

    The free community event included family activities for all, including a bounce house, face-painting, music and a barbeque lunch. The day was filled with sunshine and smiles along with a special visit from Peter Jacob, Democrat Candidate who is running for 7th District in New Jersey.

    “This 40th Anniversary Celebration helped recognize the hard work of four decades of staff counselors and supporters who over the years helped Camp Jotoni grow and be a place for recreation and socialization for the campers we serve” stated Lauren Frary, Executive Director for The Arc of Somerset County. “Camp Jotoni is a place where families can bring their child for a week or two of respite from their often 24 hour a day caretaking responsibilities of their special needs child” stated Josh Burke, Director of Camp Jotoni. “The plans for the new renovation include facility improvements that can accommodate expanded respite services that will increase the supports available to families with a child with disabilities.” added Burke.

    Awards were given out to Jody Friedman, community member and volunteer of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties for her many years of service with Camp Jotoni. Turner Construction Corporation also received the Volunteer of the Year award for their recent volunteer work this spring as they helped with major repairs and clean-up prior to the camp season opening. Kristen Wells and Vicky Thornton Kristen Wells and Vicky Thornton, Camp Jotoni Administrators received an award for their 10 years of service.

    The event also helped raise over $20,000 towards the camp’s capital campaign which began in January 2014. For more information about the Camp Jotoni capital campaign or to schedule a personal meeting to review the facility plans, please go to http://www.thearcofsomerset.org/donate/camp-jotoni-capital-campaign.html or call Lisa Marie Arieno, Director of Development at 908-658-3805.

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

    The above referenced programs are closed on Monday, September 5, 2016, in observance of Labor Day .

  • Thank you UBS!

    A BIG thank you to the staff from UBS Wealth Management Group for the great painting job they did on Wednesday, August 24, at one of our Residential Programs. It is much appreciated!

  • NJ Statewide Parent to Parent Presents the 4th Annual Conference for Fathers of Children with Special Needs on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Montclair State University - University Hall, Montclair, NJ 07043. The conference includes: keynote, breakout session (workshops), networking lunch and a Fathers' panel with an open mic session. This year there will be one Spanish workshop. For more information or help with registration, please contact Brenda L. Figueroa bfigueroa@spannj.org.

  • Party at Camp Jotoni THIS Weekend!!

    Join us THIS Sunday, August 28, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Camp Jotoni located at 51 Old Stirling Road in Warren to celebrate Camp Jotoni's 40th Birthday! There will be Tricky Tray Baskets and Major Raffle Prizes (see below) available as well as fun activities such as face painting, petting zoo, bouncy slide, and much more! Admission is free and food will be available for $5.00.