October 23, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Old Bridge, NJ — On Monday, October 24 the 2016, The Center for Family Support (CFS) will hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Open House at their newest residence, located on Texas Road in Old Bridge Twp. In addition to CFS administrators, employees, members of the CFS Board of Directors and representatives from Mobility Special Care Housing, Inc. (MSCH), Mayor Owen Henry and Steve Mamkas, Director of the Old Bridge Mayor’s Office of Economic Development will be in attendance to welcome the new residents to Old Bridge Twp. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:30am, and in addition to the Ribbon-Cutting Program, guests will also be treated to a tour of the residence and refreshments.

Steven Vernikoff, CFS Executive Director explained, “ Mobility Special Care Housing,Inc. together with The Center for Family Support, turned an otherwise underutilized building into housing for developmentally disabled citizens. This will enable our individuals to live independently, and be socially included, adding to their quality of life.”

Since 2015, the present home has undergone a total transformation from a small meeting hall to a livable home with state-of-the-art amenities and wheelchair accessibility for four women with developmental disabilities. The sponsor of the project was Mobility Special Care Housing, Inc., in partnership with The Center for Family Support. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is providing operating subsidies and support services funding for four individuals who have been referred by DDD. The commitment was secured through financing from Sandy Special Needs Housing (SSNHF) and meets all special needs residency, underwriting terms and affordability requirements of the SSNHF.

The new structure was transformed from a hall with a large meeting room and a stage in the middle of the front room to a home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms (one which is ambulatory and has a seven foot turnaround for shower accommodations) a spacious a kitchen, dining room and a living room and has been outfitted with new plumbing, electrical and HVAC, fire and sprinkler alarms. The floor of the new structure has zero transition, which provides for smooth transition between flooring surfaces. There is no threshold connecting one floor to another, thus making it safer for the caregivers to wheel non-ambulatory residents and preventing tripping hazards for ambulatory residents. The use of spray foam insulation in the attic provides maximum protection from air leakage and sprinkler pipes being frozen instead of using the heating system, which could be a fire hazard. The fact that the original structure was built with concrete walls and has a concrete foundation will enable this new home to withstand any elements of nature.

About The Center for Family Support

The Center for Family Support, founded in 1954, is a registered 501-c-3 charity, committed to providing support and assistance to individuals with developmental and related disabilities, and to the family members who care for them.

We support over 1500 individuals in both the NYC Metropolitan area and New Jersey.
We support individuals to help them live the lives they want, respecting diversity, and individual choice.

We provide families with the support to help them stay together.

We strive to enable individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to become productive members of their community.

For more information about The Center for Family Support services, visit their website at

www.cfsny.org

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