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The Wehrlen House – Love and Compassion Live Here

The Wehrlen House – Love and Compassion Live Here

It may not be your average American household with 3.20 inhabitants, but it is very much a family home, and one whose level of caring and commitment could be a shining example for all families. It’s the Wehrlen House and it’s been here in West Milford in the High View Estates development since 1989

West Milford Messenger – January 2, 2011

 
DPD Says Farewell to Longtime Employee, Welcomes New Director

DPD Says Farewell to Longtime Employee, Welcomes New Director

Longtime DPD Employee and Executive Director Julie Tatti retires as Scott Milliken prepares for his new position.

The Beacon - January 20, 2011

 
Finding a Home in Murray House

Finding a Home in Murray House

Residential Counselors work hard to provide a "homey" environment which promotes growth, independence and lessons in life skills at the Murray House in Clifton.

Clifton Journal – March 4, 2011

 
Knights of Columbus Appreciation Night at DPD Wiegand Farm in Oak Ridge

Knights of Columbus Appreciation Night at DPD Wiegand Farm in Oak Ridge

A surprise October snowstorm couldn’t stop the Knights of Columbus from gathering at the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) to celebrate their many years of dedication to making a difference in the lives of adults with special needs.

Aim Jefferson – November 18, 2011

 
Jefferson’s DPD Holds Annual Christmas Party

Jefferson’s DPD Holds Annual Christmas Party

The hall was full of party goers at St. Thomas Church in Milton on the afternoon of Dec. 3 as the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) hosted its annual Christmas Party.

AIM Jefferson – December 9, 2011

 
Department for Persons with Disabilities Serves New Jersey With Distinction

Department for Persons with Disabilities Serves New Jersey With Distinction

New challenges are confronting the nonprofit Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) headquartered in New Jersey. The organization is a critical member of Catholic Charities providing the highest level of care to residents since 1965, but that care is becoming increasingly difficult to provide as costs increase and state funding remains tight.

Catholic Online – January 11, 2012

 
In the Service of Dignity

In the Service of Dignity

For almost 50 years, Knights in New Jersey have assisted adults with developmental disabilities.

Columbia Magazine – February 27, 2012

 
2012 Murray House Dinner Dance a Success

2012 Murray House Dinner Dance a Success

On Sunday, Feb. 26 the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) family danced the night away at the 42nd Annual Murray House Dinner Dance at the Brownstone in Paterson. "It was a lot of fun, the food was great and it was nice honoring Sister Joan and other members of the DPD," said Alexis, a resident from the DPD’s Fitzpatrick House.

Aim Jefferson – March 16, 2012

 
Executive Director Scott Milliken Along with Mayors and Dignitaries Participate in Mayors for Meals Day

Executive Director Scott Milliken Along with Mayors and Dignitaries Participate in Mayors for Meals Day

As part of Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), and the National March For Meals campaign through March 31, Sussex County Meals on Wheels coordinated Mayors For Meals Day on March 21, 2012.  DPD Executive Director Scott Milliken was one of the volunteers who lent a hand.

Newton News – March 22, 2012

 
Volunteers at Catholic Charities Agencies are Difference Makers in Lives of Those in Need

Volunteers at Catholic Charities Agencies are Difference Makers in Lives of Those in Need

Volunteers give of their time and talent and are real treasures to those they help – especially at the agencies of Diocesan Catholic Charities

The Beacon – April 19, 2012

 
High School Carnival Helps Disabled Adults

High School Carnival Helps Disabled Adults

Students from Jefferson Township High School’s DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) classes helped out the Department for Persons With Disabilities (DPD) with a carnival in the high school gym.

Jefferson Patch – April 22, 2012

 
Students Raise $1K for Disabilities Program

Students Raise $1K for Disabilities Program

Students from two classes at Jefferson Township High School met with representatives of the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) to present money they’d earned from two fundraisers at DPD’s Wiegand Farm.

Jefferson Patch – May 16, 2012

 
Mayor Katie Cole Visits Pompton Lakes’ Fitzpatrick House

Mayor Katie Cole Visits Pompton Lakes’ Fitzpatrick House

Mayor Katie Cole paid a visit to the Fitzpatrick House in Pompton Lakes, a group home for adults with special needs on May 1.

Suburban Trends – May 24, 2012

 
DPD Staff and Volunteers Receive Vivere Christus Est Awards for their Contributions

DPD Staff and Volunteers Receive Vivere Christus Est Awards for their Contributions

Gruenert Center Director Kathy DeYoung and her husband and volunteer Rick, received the Vivere Christus Est Medal for their dedication to charitable causes, the church and DPD.

The Beacon – June 7, 2012

 
“Craig is a Happy-Go-Lucky Guy” – Jefferson Patch Spotlight on DPD Resident Craig (1of 3)

“Craig is a Happy-Go-Lucky Guy” – Jefferson Patch Spotlight on DPD Resident Craig (1of 3)

Part 1 of a three part series spotlighting Craig Smitheman and the Department for Persons with Disabilities.

Chronicles Craig’s life at the Columbus House Group Home.

Jefferson Patch - June 13, 2012

 
“Craig is a Hard and Happy Worker” – Jefferson Patch Spotlight on DPD Resident Craig (2 of 3)

“Craig is a Hard and Happy Worker” – Jefferson Patch Spotlight on DPD Resident Craig (2 of 3)

Part 2 of a three part series spotlighting Craig Smitheman and the Department for Persons with Disabilities.

Chronicles Craig’s work at the Gruenert Center.

Jefferson Patch - June 14, 2012

 
“Craig Really Takes Off in DPD Environment” - Jefferson Patch Spotlight on DPD Resident Craig (3 of 3)

“Craig Really Takes Off in DPD Environment”  - Jefferson Patch Spotlight on DPD Resident Craig (3 of 3)

Part 3 of a three part series spotlighting Craig Smitheman and the Department for Persons with Disabilities. Chronicles Craig’s family life, growing up with a disability and moving into a group home.

Jefferson Patch - June 15, 2012

 
DPD Resident Abel featured in Summer 2012 Issue of Catholic Charities USA

DPD Resident Abel featured in Summer 2012 Issue of Catholic Charities USA

Scroll to Page 8 to see Abel’s story

As a Nationwide Network, Catholic Charities contributes directly to the welfare of millions of people across this country each year.  In the Summer 2012 Issue of CCUSA Magazine DPD resident Abel Esquivel’s story is featured, as one of the people whose life has been changed for the better because of Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities USA Magazine - June, 2012

 
38th Annual Wiegand Farm Golf Classic Sells Out

38th Annual Wiegand Farm Golf Classic Sells Out

The Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) 38th Annual Wiegand Farm Golf Classic, sponsored by Lakeland Bank, was held on June 25, 2012 at the Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge, NJ.  A full sold out crowd of 144 golfers attended the outing to show the support for DPD.

Jefferson Patch - July 17, 2012

 
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