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Have a listen to this commercial, promoting our Wiegand Farm Golf Classic, which will run on +iHeartRadio Sussex County!

For more information on this great event visit
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DPD has a new weekly blog!  Today's post is about the importance of physical activity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Published by: Dr. Diane P.Cavanagh – Professor – Graduate Coordinator – East Stroudsburg University. The World Health Organization and the Department of Health and Human Services recommend that adults should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, a minimum of 5 ...
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+NJTV News +NJTVonline, recently visited our Murray House in Clifton and interviewed Residential Counselor, Fay Bashir. Murray House is the longest running group home in the state of New Jersey for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  You can have a look at the segment here:
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Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) has a new profile photo.

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DPD at 50

"Pride in our Past, Celebrating the Present...Building for the Future!"
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"Peace begins with a smile..”
― Mother Teresa "
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Please give a warm welcome to Margaret, the newest member of the DPD Family. 

Sadly, since graduating high school, Margaret had primarily been isolated in her room. Her mother died suddenly and she was left without anywhere to go.
Thankfully for Margaret, we stepped in and were able to provide her with a home within hours of her mom’s passing.

She now has the opportunity to live an independent life with dignity.
Margaret is just once example of the many people DPD helps.  We are blessed to do the work that we do!
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Have a look at this recent article, published in Apostrophe Magazine, about our own Delores Carhart!

"From an Institution to a Caring Home", shows how Delores overcame many obstacles, including institutionalization and discrimination, to thrive in a community setting.
Though Delores describes Vineland as an “upgrade” from the Johnstone institution, she was still living in a segregated environment and was vulnerable to
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DPD is proud to be celebrating 50 Years of "Providing Help, and Creating Hope" for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
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Have a listen to our radio aid which will be airing on +Clear Channel Radio in Sussex County, NJ next week!
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Have a look at our "In the News" page for recent articles about DPD, including stories about how our residents have given back to the community, a new Saturday recreation program and a series of articles about Craig (he's the guy who's picture is in our logo)!
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Hi everyone, have a look at this great article in +Catholic Charities USA Magazine written about Murray House’s own Abel Esquivel!
The article titled “Changing Lives” tells the story of several people whose lives have been changed because of Catholic Charities USA We are proud that Abel part of the DPD Family!
He really has come such a long way since he moved in with us!
The article can be found here:
It begins on page 7 and Abel’s selection is on page 8. Enjoy!
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Columbia is the monthly magazine of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. Readership consists mainly of the 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus and their families in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland and other countries in the Caribbean and Pacific rim.

The March issue of the Columbia featured a beautiful article on the DPD and longtime Knight and DPD volunteer Bill Rudloff. Special thanks go out to Patrick Scalisi and the entire editorial staff, writer Chris Donohue and photographer Rich Green. To read the article click on the link and go to page 10 of the PDF. Enjoy!
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Helping people live to their fullest potential with dignity and respect
With a deeply rooted sense of family and a commitment to excellence, the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) provides residential, vocational, spiritual, and social services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Through competent and compassionate care, DPD empowers each person to become active, contributing, and valued members of their community, and to participate fully in life with dignity and respect. As a Catholic Charities Agency, DPD strives to end discrimination toward people with disabilities and works for social change by being a voice for justice and advocacy, and convenes others to do the same.

DPD Overview

- Began serving adults with disabilities over 45 years ago.

- Operates the longest running group home in the state of New Jersey, the Murray House in Clifton.

- Is the largest Catholic Charities Agency providing care for adults with developmental disabilities in the United States.

- Operates 9 group homes and 2 supervised apartments throughout Morris, Sussex, and Passaic Counties.

- Operates Gruenert Center, a vocational day program for 50 men and women in Lake Hoptacong, NJ.

- Provides care for over 100 adults with disabilities throughout the Diocese of Paterson.

- Is the only provider agency for adults with disabilities in the state of New Jersey internationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

- Empowers residents to be active and involved in their communities.

- Provides spiritual enrichment programs, including the Catholic Adult Religious Education (C.A.R.E) program.

- Has a dedicated network of over 100 volunteers.

- Provides information and referrals for families of adults with developmental disabilities living in the community.

- Provides pastoral care for former residents who now reside in nursing homes.
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1 Catholic Charities Way PO Box 2539 Oak Ridge, NJ 07438