The Arc of Warren County has provided residential services for adult men and women with various developmental disabilities since opening our first group home in 1982. Currently we serve 81 individuals in 14 group homes and 3 supervised apartment programs throughout Warren County.
The focus of all of our programs is to teach each individual to function in the most independent manner possible, while learning and maintaining appropriate community social skills. To this end, each individual assists in the development of their annual Individual Habilitation Plan, which includes goals and objectives focused on teaching them the skills they want to learn, in areas that may include recreation, social opportunities, personal care, cooking, and housekeeping.
Our group homes provide 24-hour supervision by highly trained staff members. They vary in number from 2 to 7 individuals, depending on the home. Each resident is encouraged to be as independent as possible, but with the constant support and supervision of staff.
Our supervised apartments offer a more independent setting. Each apartment houses 2 to 3 individuals. Staff supervision and guidance are provided as needed. These individuals are also taught specific skills, but the instruction is geared toward helping the individuals to reach a greater level of independence.
For those that live with their family or completely on their own, we also administer Challenge Grants. These specialized funds provide people with individualized supports, as their needs warrant. These may include staff support to assist with doctor appointments or transportation, financial support, or a combination. We assist nearly 20 people in maintaining their independence through our Challenge Grants.
All of our community-based residential programs rely upon an extensive support system, including 2 full-time Nurses, 2 Behavior Specialists, a Quality Assurance Coordinator, and an Individual Habilitation Plan Coordinator. We also offer 2 specialized day programs which serve several of our individuals.
For more information, contact John Whitehead, Director of Community Living Arrangements, at (908) 689-7525, ext. 218, or you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.