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RANDOLPH – April 19, 2013 – Two Morris County nonprofits that joined forces to create independent housing for people with developmental disabilities have received the Morris County Chamber of Commerce 2013 Non-Profit Excellence in Partnership Award.
NewBridge Services, Inc., which is headquartered in Pequannock Township, and the Hanover Township-based Rose House were honored Thursday at the chamber’s 2013 Not-For-Profit Conference, held at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. Together, the nonprofits built the Rose House Hanover Community Residence, and they are working on two other housing projects in Morris County.
“The Rose House and NewBridge each brought their expertise to the table, creating a well-executed partnership that benefits both organizations and their clients,’’ said MCCC President Paul A. Boudreau.
With a vision of maximizing independence for people with developmental disabilities, the Rose House has expertise in the support services needed to help residents achieving that goal. NewBridge has extensive know-how in developing special needs housing – from securing funding to construction.
“We are proud to have developed a cutting-edge model of permanent affordable housing for younger persons who are developmentally disabled,’’ NewBridge CEO Robert L. Parker said. “NewBridge is committed to working with other nonprofits to make their visions a reality.’’
Opening to praise in June 2011, the $2.3 million residence in Hanover’s Cedar Knolls section has six apartments for eight adults who each receive between 15 and 40 hours a week of services based on their need. The residence also contains a group home for four people who require around-the-clock supervision.
“The residents are thriving. They maintain their apartments, go to work and socialize on the weekends,’’ said Mark Kramer, executive director and founder of the Rose House. “We are proud to receive this honor and happy that we continue to collaborate with NewBridge.’’
About the Rose House
The Rose House is a grassroots nonprofit that helps individuals with developmental disabilities maximize their abilities through residential and vocational services. Founded in 1999, the Rose House operates two group homes and an independent living residence, trains individuals in food services, offers job sampling for students finishing high school, and provides self-directed day programming.
NewBridge is a premier provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey, helping more then 10,000 people – from young children to seniors – every year. Throughout its 50-year history, the nonprofit has remained true to its mission of bringing balance to people’s lives by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them.