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Annual Meeting Introduces New Board Chair
Major Events on the hip Calendar!
New Jersey 2015 SSI Payments
Support Coordination Update
TECH TALK
2015 Calendar Raffle Under Way
Our Proudest Achievements in 2013–2014…
hip, hip Hooray!
Diabetes Affects the Whole Family
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Holiday Gift Giving at hip
Chocolate Luncheon
We Can Use Those Discarded Eyeglasses!!
Multimedia Transcription Service Update
hip Party Celebrates the Holidays
We Mourn . . .
Service Animals vs. Emotional Support Animals
Looking for Ways to Give to hip?
Moving?
SAVE THE DATE!
Membership for 2015 Off to a Flying Start!!!
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  Annual Meeting Introduces New Board Chair
  
 Annual Meeting Introduces New Board Chair and Features Dynamic Speaker Scott Chesney on November 18th

The 2014 Annual Meeting of hip was a major success, thanks to a great many people who planned, executed, and attended the event. Held once again at the Ridgefield Community Center on November 18th, the program unfolded before a packed house of hip members, staff, and friends.
The evening began with a festive supper, with staff members from Bergen and Hudson as enthusiastic hostesses and helpers, to the accompaniment of music provided by our own Bill Jones. Scott Chesney, our principal speaker, held us spellbound as he recounted the onset of his own disability and how it changed his life and launched his speaking career with “A Vision in Motion.” Audience response was more than enthusiastic.
CEO Eileen Goff reviewed our agency’s many accomplishments this year. (See a bulleted outline of this report as excerpted from hip’s Annual Report, on Page 3.)
Jean Csaposs, outgoing Board chair, conducted the re-election to second terms of Board members Tom Bengaff and Hyacinthe Nkurunziza, and announced the Board’s election of new officers, Peter Cafone as chair and Anna Navatta as first vice chair. Jean and Lottie Esteban were elected to new first terms on the Board. In her closing remarks, Jean said we have much to be grateful for as Thanksgiving approaches and expressed her appreciation to all who helped make her terms as Board chair so gratifying. Now it was time for us all to look forward to welcoming and supporting Peter Cafone, as he assumes his new role as Board chair.
Eileen Goff then introduced Marily Gonzalez-Vazquez and together they presented the entire staffs of both CILs and invited them up front to be recognized. Jean was presented with a special gift in honor of her years of service. The meeting concluded with the introduction of our new Board chair, Peter Cafone, who acknowledged the entire Board membership.
 
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  Major Events on the hip Calendar!
  
 2015 IS A YEAR OF MAJOR MILESTONES, NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY:
The 35th Anniversary of the Founding of hip
The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
hip WILL OBSERVE BOTH BIG MILESTONES AS THE YEAR PROGRESSES, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING SOME SPECIAL CELEBRATORY MOMENTS WITH OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS. STAY TUNED!
IN THE MEANTIME, SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SPRING FLING DINNER DANCE, SATURDAY, MAY 9, AND GET READY FOR THE 2015 CALENDAR RAFFLE: TWO WONDERFUL WAYS TO SUPPORT hip AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME!
 
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  New Jersey 2015 SSI Payments
  
 Based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2015 COLA is 1.7%. The SSI federal benefit rate for an individual is increasing to $733 and the SSI federal benefit rate for an eligible couple is increasing to $1,100. There are no changes to New Jersey’s optional state supplement payments. The payments remain the same as in 2014 for each living arrangement category.
Think www.socialsecurity.gov first! From applying for disability, retirement, Medicare or spouse’s benefits, to obtaining a proof of income letter, changing an address or phone number, getting a replacement Medicare card or a Social Security Benefit Statement, Social Security’s website can save you a lot of time.
Get your free personal online my Social Security account today! You probably plan to receive Social Security/SSI benefits someday. Maybe you already do. Either way, you’ll want a my Social Security account to:
• Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year;
• Get an estimate of your future
benefits if you are still working;
• Get a letter with proof of your benefits if you currently receive them; and
• Manage your benefits: change your address, and start or change your direct deposit.
Setting up an account is quick, secure, and easy. Join the millions and create an account now!
– David Vinokurov, District Manager,
SSA – Trenton, NJ
 
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  Support Coordination Update
  
 As an approved Support Coordination agency, hip has assigned support coordinators to provide case management services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid and meet the requirements of DDD. Support coordinators are responsible for utilizing a person-centered planning process to identify outcomes, planning goals, and support needs, and to develop and maintain the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). In addition, the support coordinator helps the individual and his or her family locate services that best meet individual needs and preferences. The support coordinator also conducts ongoing monitoring of the provision of services included in the Individualized Service Plan. As DDD continues to transition more of its consumers into the Support program, the number of individuals and families that hip serves will continue to grow in 2015.
 
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  TECH TALK
  
 TECH TALK...Assistive Technology Fund for People with Vision Loss
The Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) to provide financing for 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC Board of Directors believes this program will allow individuals with vision loss access to technology products to improve employment opportunities, increase independence, and enhance overall quality of life. Products must retail for a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $6,000. Eligible individuals must have a family income lower than $50,000 and cash assets lower than $20,000. Applications will be reviewed by the Assistive Technology Committee (ATC) and the Board. Successful applicants must provide appropriate financial documents such as tax returns and bank statements.
An applicant must be a legally blind US resident and may submit one request per calendar year by either June 30th or December 31st, the deadlines for one of two yearly grant periods. Response will be within 45 days. The grantee will then have 30 days to purchase the product. If the purchase cannot be made within 30 days, ABC reserves the right to withdraw the award and assign it to another applicant. All decisions are final.
The request form can be copied from the ABC Assistive Technology website, www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm. Fill it out, paste it into a new email, and send to: atf@blindcitizens.org.
– From Joe Ruffalo, NFBNJ President
 
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  2015 Calendar Raffle Under Way
  
 Yes, we’re doing it again! We’re launching the 2015 Calendar Raffle, a popular fund-raiser that offers multiple chances to win cash prizes for a one-time contribution of $20. Prizes will be awarded on weekdays in June, July, and August. Join up by May 31st. Stay tuned for details.
 
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  Our Proudest Achievements in 2013–2014…
  
 hip provided direct services to 639 consumers and responded to 15,883 requests for information and referral.
Support Coordination was a new program in which the CILs partnered with the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to assist individuals to enhance their independent living by accessing community-based supports and services.
Advocacy always has been and always will be a top priority. This year hip reached a settlement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a seven-year-old lawsuit over access for people with disabilities at a new PATH station in Jersey City. The Port Authority must now construct an elevator and a platform lift at the station within three years.
It’s All About Work provided transition services to 108 students in 13 high schools to assist them in preparing for their vocational goals. Topics covered included job-readiness skills, advocacy, and assistive technology. Additionally, through a partnership with the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the program worked with adults preparing for the world of work.
Several Care Management programs provided assessments and linkage to financial benefits programs and community-based services which enabled 133 individuals to live independently in the community.
Multimedia Transcription Service converted 132 elementary and high school textbooks into braille format, giving countless students across the country the ability to be on the same “page” as their sighted peers.
Rehabilitation Technology funding enabled 220 individuals to receive disability-related equipment. Home modifications that increased safety and access in home environments were funded for 26 individuals.
The Adjustment to Vision Loss Project facilitated peer support groups in northern New Jersey where consumers learned about resources and received support and encouragement. Instruction in assistive technology was also provided. A telephone support group for young adults from all regions of the state was held on a monthly basis.
A grant program of the Polio Network of New Jersey aided individuals throughout the state who have been affected by post-polio syndrome. Nine individuals received funding for such needs as medical evaluations, home modifications, assistive devices and medical transportation costs.
The Hispanic Outreach Project provided all independent living skills to the Hispanic community through the efforts of bilingual staff. Assistance in applying for medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act was a frequently requested service.
Peer Support Groups, including Empowering Women and COPE (for people with Multiple Sclerosis), played an important role for many individuals who benefited by sharing successes and challenges.
Several voter registration drives were held, where 95 new voters were registered. Encouraging voter registration and advocating for accessible voting is of the utmost importance.
Access Link eligibility interviews were conducted for 294 consumers. Applicants were also introduced to the variety of services that hip offers, and if deemed eligible by NJ Transit, gained accessible transportation in the community.
An assistive technology consultant met with dozens of individuals to introduce and demonstrate a wide array of tools, including computers, smartphones and apps, iPads and new computer software.
Consumer meetings were held in the spring and fall, which focused on self-enhancement. Along with sharing information, these meetings provided socialization and a pleasurable evening.
Leisure-time activities, particularly the festive Holiday Party and Summer Picnics, were enjoyed by consumers, families and friends. Additional leisure-time activities included seasonal luncheons, which have become a favorite tradition. New this past year was the Book Club, where participants shared thoughts on current books, as well as their own writings, on a monthly basis.
Laura’s Legacy provided financial assistance to 12 individuals/families when one-time support made a difference in their lives and no other funding was available.
Our New Journey offered assistance and encouragement to 12 families faced with the onset of illness or disability by providing caregiver peer-to-peer support and limited financial support for direct care assistance.
Fundraisers were held throughout the year which increased revenue, raised the visibility of hip and our mission, and provided fabulous social activities for attendees (stand-outs included a Sassy Sixties-themed Dinner Dance and a Calendar Raffle).
 
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  hip, hip Hooray!
  
 Congratulations to Board member Lottie Esteban and her family, who welcomed Eliza Mareille Esteban, Lottie’s 13th grandchild, on Monday, December 1, 2014.
Also kudos to Board member Betty Fetzer, who was recently elected president of the Board of Trustees of Lydecker Manor, Maywood’s housing facility, governed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Thanks to the following contributors for their recent generous support of hip:
• The Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Foundation
• The Herman Forbes Charitable Trust
• The Lillian P. Schenck Fund
• Bergenfield Lions Club
• First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack
• The Esteban Family
and special thanks to our newest Life Member, Chili Li.
 
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  Diabetes Affects the Whole Family
  
 Diabetes Affects the Whole Family
by Marily Gonzalez Vazquez

New Jerseyans are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes, as thousands of individuals in our state now have the disease. Risk for diabetes goes up if you have a family history, if you are overweight, and/or over 45. However, the numbers of children, especially teens, diagnosed each year are increasing significantly. Today it is estimated that one of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes. Many teens nationwide are also being diagnosed with pre-diabetes at an increasing rate. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with
pre-diabetes are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. For this younger age group, being overweight is their number one risk factor.
Eating well to maintain a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, regardless of age. Although it may seem hard to make healthy food choices, particularly if you are living on a budget and short on time, there are some simple steps you can take to help yourself and your family.
Drink water – Limit sugar-sweetened drinks including, sodas, juices, sports drinks, and coffee drinks.
Eat more fruits and vegetables – If fresh are not available, try frozen or canned fruits in natural juice.
Choose healthy snacks – Nuts, apples, grapes, carrots, yogurt or plain popcorn are some ideas.
Limit fast food – And when you do choose fast food, make healthier choices (grilled not fried).
Lose weight and stay healthy by getting active – Limit sitting in front of the TV or computer and get moving. Children and teens should get 60 minutes a day of exercise three to five times a week. Teens and the whole family can play interactive video games that get us up and moving. Walking is excellent – take a walk in a mall, at a park or in a museum. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Make health conscious choices for you and your family. Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. Whether you’re a parent, sibling or other family member, your support and understanding can make all the difference.
 
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  International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  
 International Day
of Persons with Disabilities
by Maggie Redden

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been observed on December 3rd in an effort to “promote awareness and mobilize support for
critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society.”
In 2014, IDPD’s main theme was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology” which focused on bringing technology to those who don’t have access to it yet and learning how to use technology in ways that promote inclusion.
Since 1992, IDPD has looked at all aspects of a person’s life that inhibit the ability to integrate into society, IDPD pinpoints areas where integration of people with disabilities needs to be enhanced and works to correct them.
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, has said, “Technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities. Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools.”
During IDP Day, the scope and impact of technology was broken into sub-categories and analyzed under such topics as disability-inclusive sustainable development goals, disaster-risk reduction, and emergency responses. Events included panel discussions on “Crossing the Digital Divide” and “Creating Enabling Work Environments.” The film “We Stand Alone” was screened and a book launch was held for a new study of disability employment in developing countries.
As the era of the UN Millennium Development Goals concludes in 2015, the 2014 IDPD and its theme will be part of the UN’s long-range development goals. Technology will be a key player when discussing goals for sustainable development and improvement in the lives of individuals with disabilities. For further information, visit www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/.
 
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  Holiday Gift Giving at hip
  
 Holiday Gift Giving at hip
by Jayne Gugenheim

This holiday season was a wonderful time to be at the Bergen hip office. The amazing generosity of our community has touched each and every one of us. The number of gifts pouring in and filling our conference room and every other spare space we could find was so thrilling – knowing that so many families would have a happy holiday.
The parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle Church in River Edge outdid themselves, giving over $3,000 in gift cards, an elegant set of pots and pans, clothing, and much more. Parishioner Chris Black organized the effort and, with her team, spent hours collecting, separating and wrapping the gifts for both Bergen and Hudson hip families. We can never sufficiently thank the amazing members of St. Peter’s parish. We give them our never-ending gratitude.
We also want to thank the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, for once again including hip in their fantastic “All Wrapped Up” holiday giving program. hip consumers received all kinds of hoped-for gifts, including coats, clothes and shoes for work, comforters, and linens. This project connects gift-givers with families and individuals from the community who might not have received any gifts for the holidays without this program.
All of us at hip want to thank everyone who supported these programs and brought joy to so many families this holiday season.
 
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  Chocolate Luncheon
  
 Chocolate Luncheon
By Trisha Ebel

Matisse Chocolatier in Englewood was the setting for lunch and an awesome chocolate experience for a gathering of hip friends on November 7th. After enjoying delicious pizza, everyone put on bakers’ hats and enjoyed dipping Oreo cookies, pretzels, potato chips, graham crackers and strawberries into their very own bowls of melted chocolate. After dipping, we all decorated our goodies with sprinkles. By the end of the chocolate orgy, several were licking their fingers and demolishing the remainder of the chocolate from the bottom of their bowls with a spoon. This was such an awesome luncheon! Everyone truly enjoyed and left for home with bigger bellies than when they arrived!
 
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  We Can Use Those Discarded Eyeglasses!!
  
 Got some no-longer-used eyeglasses languishing in a drawer because you weren’t sure what to do with them but hated to throw them away? We have the answer!! Send or bring those eyeglasses (in good condition or not) to hip’s Bergen office to be passed on to those who need them in Third World countries.
 
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  Multimedia Transcription Service Update
  
 The past few months have been incredibly busy at Multimedia Transcription Service, hip’s unique program to make myriad kinds of printed materials accessible to people of all ages who have vision loss. From tons of new textbooks and Abilities Expo programs, to festive Elf playbills and holiday letters, our braille transcribers across the United States and Canada have not stopped working since the summer. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work. We hope you are all enjoying a well-deserved winter break!
 
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  hip Party Celebrates the Holidays
  
 hip Party Celebrates the Holidays
by Jayne Gugenheim

This year’s hip holiday party may have been our best and biggest ever! On the afternoon of Sunday, December 14th, over 140 hip members, friends, staff and families joined together to celebrate the season. The ballroom at Fort Lee’s DoubleTree Hotel was decorated beautifully with a Christmas tree, menorah at the front of the room, green and red uplighting, and poinsettias at each table, thanks to Herman Hofmann of Maywood who donated the lovely floral centerpieces.
Everyone danced the afternoon away with a conga line, “YMCA” (a specific request), and plenty of seasonal favorites. After the delicious 4-course meal, staff members handed out gifts donated by Board members and friends to lucky winners. Our new Board chair, Peter Cafone, drew winners’ names. The wonderfully festive gifts included holiday mugs, stuffed animals and trays of cookies (baked by our very own Angelissa Gonzalez). Each party guest also received a bag of chocolates.
Following hip tradition, the party closed with longtime hippie Christopher Gagliardi leading the staff in singing White Christmas. Eileen Goff thanked Greig Atkinson, our amazing DJ, and wished everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
 
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  We Mourn . . .
  
 Phil Chirafisi, talented photographer, and longtime member and supporter of hip, who died on January 21, 2015.
 
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  Service Animals vs. Emotional Support Animals
  
 Service Animals vs. Emotional Support Animals
by Maggie Redden

Can you bring a llama to the store with you? Can you take a monkey, cat, or horse to work? Can pigs fly? While bringing these animals into public places may seem far-fetched, it isn’t. On November 26, 2014, a woman and her “emotional support” pig, were booted off an airline after the pig became restless; howling and defecating in the aisle. This is a rare occurrence. What has become commonplace is that the definition of service animals and emotional/therapy animals is being interchanged and misinterpreted.
As stated on the ADA National Network website, “A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability” (https://adata.org/publication/service-animals-booklet). Service animals such as guide dogs and dogs trained to assist individuals with hearing or psychiatric issues are protected under Title II of the ADA. In some cases, miniature horses are approved service animals.
A person with a service animal cannot be asked about their disability. The only questions that can be asked are: Is the animal required because of a disability, and what work or task has the animal been trained to perform? This is where the waters get murky because a public accommodation or facility also cannot ask for proof that the animal has been trained or is licensed. This leaves the door open for emotional support, therapy, and regular pets to pass as service animals, even though they are not protected under the ADA.
While entities may request documentation for emotional support animals, a quick Google search reveals that obtaining such paperwork is quite easy. The National Service Animal Registry (NSAR) provides information on how to get a pet classified as an emotional support animal. For just $65 your pet can be added to the registry and you get two ID cards, leash clips, and a registry certificate, complete with an embossed seal. No worries if your psychiatrist doesn’t want to write a letter confirming your disability – that can be obtained online for a fee as well (http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut). Is this practice lawful?
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Carrier Access Act defines a “service animal” as “any animal that is individually trained or able to provide assistance to a qualified person with a disability; or any animal shown by documentation to be necessary for the emotional well-being of a passenger (http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut).” The pig’s owner called the airline ahead of time to make sure that she obtained all approvals necessary, because she knew traveling with an emotional support pig was out of the ordinary.
There is no doubt that the pig misbehaved and dismissing pig and owner was within the airlines right. But beyond that, was the owner truly at fault? Distinguishing between a service animal, which is trained to perform specific functions and an emotional support animal, which only requires medical documentation but no specific training, can be difficult and requires tact. Existing laws pertaining to service animals and emotional support animals are vague and open to interpretation. Where does the line get drawn? Does the line need to be re-defined and who is going to make that call? These are all questions that impact those individuals with disabilities who have a legitimate need for a service animal.
 
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  Looking for Ways to Give to hip?
  
 In addition to always-welcome unrestricted gifts, hip suggests several other channels of giving that may appeal to our friends.
Laura’s Legacy, a fund created by the hip Board in memory of the daughter of Board member Lillian Ciufo, helps a family or an individual in need when the occasion arises. Recipients are identified by hip staff and Board members.
Tribute Cards to extend best wishes or congratulations for happy events, or to express sympathy, are available. The attractively designed cards are personalized with the occasion or a brief tribute noted, and the sender’s name. A phone call and a contribution to hip will send your card on its way to an appreciative recipient.
Our New Journey helps families in crisis who suddenly become caregivers to a family member who falls ill or incurs a disability. Former Board member Anne Ciavaglia McMahon created and manages this program. Call 201-288-2867.
Matching Gift Programs: Employees of companies that offer matching gifts to non-profits double their contributions to hip. You can also designate your United Way payroll contribution to hip.
Gifts to hip can be made using VISA or MasterCard (minimum $30, please), by calling Trish Carney, Director of Finance, or by mailing your check, to her attention, to the Bergen hip office.
 
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  Moving?
  
 If you are moving or your address label is incorrect, call Rhea Hess at the Bergen office with your updated information. We want to make sure everyone receives hipNEWS.
 
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  SAVE THE DATE!
  
 You won’t want to miss hip’s
SPRING FLING
our 2015 Gala Dinner Dance,
SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 9,
AT THE FORT LEE RECREATION CENTER.
Join us to dine and dance the night away and welcome spring at last at our major yearly fund-raiser and super party!!!
 
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  Membership for 2015 Off to a Flying Start!!!
  
 We’re happy to report an outstanding response to our invitation to support hip from the following individuals, families, and companies that have joined or re-joined as members for 2015:

Todd Adams
Angel Aguilera
Jeanne Aimone
Ivis Alvarez
Kevin Angelini
Anonymous *
James Arkills
The Arnold Family
Paul S. Aronsohn *
Tom Azilides
Chandan Bagchi
Jack & Ethel Ball
Barbara Banta
Tina Barbulean
Bernice Baron
Megan Barron
Deborah Baumann-DaSilva
Veliko Lee Bekir
Thomas Bengaff
Gilbert Benson
Joan Bermingham
Darrell & Tamiko Bethea *
Paula Bloom
Jerry Bojko
Ed & Lorraine Braden
Barbara Brave
Heather Broad
Scott & Debbie Buckwald
George & Mildred Bullerdick
Anna Bures-Velez
Ruth Burke
Peter Cafone
Brenda, Jerry & Daniel Calabrese
Theresa & Christine Calautti
Tonielle Cardinalle
Jeanne Carney
Mary & Alfred Carney
Tom & Susan Carney
Trish Carney *
Carlos C. Castelblanco
Guadalupe Chacon
Kay Chase *
Philip J. Chirafisi **
Jaesoon Choi
The Ciccone Family
Lillian Ciufo *
Elizabeth Cohen
Barbara Comerford *
Mike & Marie Cook *
Sonia Cordova Chumpitaz
Jim & Jean Csaposs *
Ivan Cueva
Howard C. Cutler
Carol Dass *
Arthur Jusu-Davies
Joan DeAngelo
Joseph N. DeGuilmo
Ralph M. DeSimone
Martha DeYoung
Anthony Dinaro
Ciro DiSclafani
Josephine Donalson
James F. Dougherty
Barbara Dublin *
J. Robert Duffy *
Dennis Dusevic
Patricia & David Ebel *
Barbara Ecker
Austin Epstein
Lottie Esteban *
Alicia Facchino
Marie Favorito
Ed Fedush *
Glenn P. Feinberg
Betty A. Fetzer *
Virginia Flynn
Kristine & Beldeen Fortunato
Irene Frank
The Gabry Family
Eleanor Gallagher
Gerardine Galvin
Laurie Galvin
Melissa Gates
Paul Gaughran
Andrew & Linda Goff
Eileen Goff *
Dr. & Mrs. Alan Gold
Jayne Gugenheim & Jason Jacobs
Bill Hand
The Harries Family
Bojane Heap
Eusebia Heckel
Ray, Sheryl & Ray Jr. Heffernan
Julie Hobart
Henry Hof
Alex & Adele Holman
Ali Hussain
Joseph & Ruth Janiec
Susanne Johnsen & Charlie Johnsen
Lula Clay Johnson
Carole Kathie
Gerri Kearns
Stefanie Keiser
Timothy Kerr
George Kidney
Joan F. Klug *
John Koch *
Ellen LaFurn
John Lampert-Hopkins
Jeanne Laraia
Virginia L. Laughlin
Louise Lee
Susan Lee
The Leonard Family
Eve & Morty Levinson
Chili Li *
Gloria Lieberstein *
Judith Liebman
Richard Lillis
Roy Lippin *
Margaret Mahoney
Joyce & Leonard Malech *
Kelley Sue Martin
Laura McLarnon
Mr. & Mrs. Brendan McMahon
Olga Melgarejo
Ann Melone *
Luis M. Mendez
Dr. Frances Meyer *
Louise A. Micci
John Mulholland
Hyacinthe Nkurunziza
Erich & Pilar Odenheim
Jorge Olivares
Mario Olivares
Margaret Papageorgiou
Snowy Pega
Ador Peralta
Richard Pietrzak
Marianne Pigoncelli *
Dr. Sandra Ruth Pinkerton
Jonathan Pixley
Anne Marie Prendergast
Jared Prescott
Salvatore & Ludvina Puma
Lillian Rand
Maggie Redden
Alyce Ricchiuto
Josephine Rizzo
Muriel Robinson
Rosemarie Rose
Pamela & Eddie Rostoczynski
Ryan Roy
Christopher Russo
Beverly & Richard Ryan
Rosa Sanchez
Mary San Filippo
Marie Sawyer
Sherry A. Schulz
Sylvia Schwartz *
Stephanie Seid
Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Seligman
Maria Smith
Michael Smith *
Jeffrey St. Germain *
John Stanik *
Alanna Staton
JoAnn Struzienski
Samy Suqi
Barbara & Robert Terry
Lisa Tester
Stephanie Thomas
Mary Thornton
Janet Tolliver & Joseph Molee
Joseph M. Tomasko
Ciara Tonell Towns
Kayron Dameak Towns
Danny Vaca
Joe Valenti
Marianne Valls
Angelissa Vazquez
Anthony Viceconte
Ron Vida
Roberta (Bobbi) Wailes *
Paula & Larry Walsh
Abe Waugh
Lawrence Wettach
Winnifred Whilby
Carolyn Williams
Robert Williams
Warren Williams
Kathleen Wirt
Richard S. Wolfman *
Kathy Wood
Mary & Anthony Yorio *
Nancy & Barry Zweben


Corporate Members:

Abby Lifts, Inc.
Anna P. Navatta, Esq.-Northeast
New Jersey Legal Services
Jerry’s Drug & Surgical Supplies – Michael Bologh
Mobility Elevator & Lift Co. – Doug Simon
J.S. Perlman & Company
Richard M. Hodgman & Associates, CPA

* Life Member
** Deceased
 
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