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.
- 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.