The Arc of Essex County offers an array of living options and supports designed to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in reaching their full potential. We pride ourselves on maintaining beautiful and nurturing homes in safe and welcoming communities. Our residential team assists participants in leading well-rounded lives complete with engaging activities, learning, and friendship, while providing opportunities to make meaningful community connections.
The involvement of families and caregivers — through information sharing, goal setting and ongoing communication — is an integral part of our Residential Program.
Our beautifully maintained, accessible group homes are located in safe residential neighborhoods allowing residents to age-in-place. Our residential services provide not only a home, but also the necessary daily living supports needed to thrive. Compassionate staffing is provided 24hrs a day/7days a week, assisting individuals in realizing their fullest level of independence.
Enjoy the privacy of apartment living with access to attentive and accessible staff available 24hrs a day/7days a week. One, two, and three bedroom units are available in both agency owned and community integrated luxury apartment buildings. All apartment offerings are conveniently located, in walking distance to local shopping, dining, and public transportation. Living situations are determined by the individual’s personal preference and the level of support and supervision required.
Designed to support residents with the highest level of independence, supportive living services are aimed at partnering with individuals as they become self-sufficient. The Arc of Essex County focuses on helping individuals find meaningful roles in their community and to feel valued as community members. Individuals are always at the core of the planning and implementation of services.
“It is very important for Adam to experience life. By attending The Arc of Essex County’s Day Program he is able to do just that. Every day is a learning experience. The day is not long enough for him because there are so many activities to choose from. It is a perfect match.”
Recreation and Respite Programs
Looking to fill the gap between The Arc’s Day Services and the end of your work day? After Work accommodates individuals 21+ and conveniently provides transportation to and from the program to all Arc Day program participants who reside in Essex County.
Saturday & Sunday
Weekends are chock full of fun at The Arc. A wide range of community and in-center activities are weaved into the programming. Activities can include fairs, picnics in the park, bowling, cooking, and arts and crafts. Each 5 hour day includes lunch, snack, and curb-to curb transportation in Essex County.
Amongst The Arc’s most popular programs, hotel respite is an exciting, local getaway. A two-night hotel stay, inclusive activities (i.e. local street fairs, concerts, movies, etc.), and dining out are just some of the program highlights. The program is held monthly and kicks off at 5pm on Friday night running until 12pm on Sunday.
Providing one-on-one support in the comfort of your home, The Arc’s respite workers can step in so you can recharge or handle personal matters.
Community Based Respite
With a focus on community inclusion, participants will be supported as they go shopping, dine out, catch a new movie, or attend church.
With an ever evolving list of offerings, the recreation department is certain to have an activity that satisfies your schedule and interest. Fan favorites include the World of Food, Exercise and Nutrition, and mainstays like bowling and the movies. Seasonal activities may include pumpkin picking, holiday lights show, and trips to the boardwalk. Be sure to check out the latest Community Inclusion, Recreation, and Respite Catalog for our current offerings.
For those looking for a bit more adventure, the travel club is the perfect fit. Participants are whisked away with their peers to an exciting destination complete with 24 hour staff support. Past trips have included: Memphis, Bermuda, Disney World, and a variety of cruises.
Participants and their families can choose from a menu of Day Services offered five days a week by The Arc of Essex County that fit their lifestyle, schedules, and individualized service plans and goals. Activities focus on building skills needed to achieve maximum independence including social and life skills, communication, problem solving, and employment-related skills. All participants choose from an evolving menu of activities held either in-center or in the community.
Day Habilitation & Specialized Programs:
Provide an opportunity for the next level of learning and growth. Choice is at the core of our programming with options to suit every taste such as the creative arts, self-advocacy, wellness, and more. Programs are designed to ensure that each participant has the supports and environment in place to reach their fullest potential.
Receive foundational training and explore potential employment interests in a variety of industries. Hands-on, community based rotations enable participants to get a true picture of the paths they are sampling with opportunities for future growth.