Today, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, CEO of Easterseals New Jersey Brian Fitzgerald and Councilwoman Emily Jabbour cut the ribbon on Easterseals’ newest location in Hoboken. Easterseals, a non-profit organization offering supportive services to at risk populations, is now open in the Harlow building at 1335 Clinton Street with the support of the City and Hoboken’s Homeless Task Force.
“As elected officials, we have an obligation to lend a helping hand to at-risk populations,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I’m very pleased that Easterseals has worked with our Homelessness Task Force to open up a new location here in our City. Easterseals’ supportive services will help ensure our seniors and those with disabilities have job training and employment opportunities so they too can succeed.”
“Easterseals believes everyone has an inalienable right to live life the way they envision it,” said Easterseals CEO Brian Fitzgerald. “We believe employment is crucial to an individual’s livelihood and wellbeing and are very happy and proud to be able to expand our employment services to this area.”
At the Hoboken Easterseals location, trained staff offer services including Easterseals Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a work-based program for seniors, and the Supported Employment (SE) program, which offers job training and employment for people with disabilities. Each program will utilize the Hoboken location for administrative tasks and meetings with program participants in order to help them achieve their employment goals. The Hoboken location is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Hoboken’s homelessness task force was initiated by Mayor Bhalla and the City last year, with the aim of compassionately addressing homelessness in Hoboken. The opening of Easterseals is a part of the task force’s “prevention” strategy of offering services to communities that are at-risk.
About Easterseals New Jersey
Easterseals New Jersey, a registered 501(c)3 organization, has helped individuals and families with disabilities or special needs to live, learn, work and play in their communities with equality, dignity and independence since 1948. Annually, over 4,000 people in New Jersey with developmental disabilities including autism, physical disabilities, mental illness and other special needs receive services in our programs designed to help them work toward achieving independence and full community-integration. For information regarding Easterseals New Jersey and its statewide disability services, please contact 732-257-6662 or visit www.eastersealsnj.org or www.facebook.com/eastersealsnj.