Here are some wonderful documents to help you with voting this voting season!
The Hunterdon County Division of Housing is holding a lottery for placement on the Hunterdon County Division of Housing’s Housing Choice Voucher waiting list.
Click here for PDFS:
If you are facing eviction or having your power shut off contact 609-393-6480, assistance MAY be available.
PREPARED TAX RETURNS
Arm in Arm: 121 East Hanover St., Trenton
Walk-Ins, Fri — 9am-3pm Opens 2/2/18
Boys & Girls Club: 1040 Spruce Street, Lawrence
Walk-Ins, Wed — 8:30am-1pm, Sat — 1pm-4pm Opens 2/3/18
Boys & Girls Club: 212 Centre Street, Trenton
Walk-Ins, Mon & Tue — 9am-2pm, No taxes 2/19 Opens 2/5/18
Catholic Charities: 39 North Clinton Ave., Trenton
Walk-Ins, Tue & Thu — 2pm-6pm Opens 2/6/18
Catholic Charities – El Centro: 327 S. Broad Street, Trenton *
By Appointment, Wed — 10am-2pm, 609-394-2056 Opens 2/7/18
Hamilton Public Library — No Phone Calls
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Way, Hamilton
Walk-Ins, Wed & Thu — 9am-12pm Opens 2/7/18
HomeFront: 1880 Princeton Ave. #3, Lawrence
By Appointment, Wed — 1pm-4pm, 609-989-9417 Opens 2/7/18
Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund *
669 Chambers Street, Suite B, Trenton
Walk-Ins, Tue — 10am-2pm Opens 2/6/18
By Appointment, Sat — 10am-1pm, 609-688-0881
Walk-In & Appointments, No Taxes 2/19
Call 2-1-1 or Call 609-896-1912
Mon – 3pm-7pm,
Thurs – 3pm-8pm
UNITED WAY OF GREATER MERCER COUNTY
3150 Brunswick Pike, Crossroads Corporate Center
2nd Floor, Ste 230, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
*Next to Motor Vehicle Inspection Station
For households making less than $65,000
House will vote NEXT WEEK on H.R.620
Thirty Years of Holding It Is Long Enough—
Why Disabled Americans Oppose H.R.620 (and You Should,Too)
The House of Representatives will vote the week of Feb. 12 on H.R.620. We need your help to stop it!
Big business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for disabled Americans who have been “holding it,” waiting to use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!
They say the law is needed to help local “mom and pop” shops, while behind the scenes, powerful trade associations for wealthy corporations—everything from multinational hotel chains to big box stores and corporate coffee shops—are pulling the strings in an effort to gain support for regressive rollbacks to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This opens the door to not only dismantling the ADA, but other civil rights laws as well.
Please contact your House Representative (and others from your state) and encourage them to stay strong in their opposition to H.R.620 and any “notice and cure” bill, as a rollback of civil rights. SAVE THE ADA!
“Hello, my name is [your name]. I’m a constituent from [your state], zip code [your zip code]. I am opposed to H.R. 620 and any change to the equal access protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I strongly encourage Representative [add last name] to oppose any reform efforts. Thank you.”
Three decades of holding it is long enough! Tell your Congressional Representative to OPPOSE H.R. 620.
Original content found here: https://mailchi.mp/dredf/urgent-save-the-ada?e=e0fa39d88d
Summer 2018 is right around the corner and PCIL is ready to start giving away Summer Camp Scholarships! Scholarships are on a first come first serve basis.
Please see all the information here: http://pcil.org/campership/
PCIL provides living plans for disabled adults
Like most college graduates, Steve Gruzlovic wanted out of his parents’ house.
Gruzlovic, a 28-year-old Hamilton native, has cerebral palsy. After graduating from Edinboro University, he couldn’t leave his house without physical help. Most days, he was confined to a reclining chair.
“I didn’t have a job,” he said. “I didn’t have any place to go. I didn’t have aide services to help me. I didn’t want family to have to take care of me.”
The independence he sought was hard to find. Until, that is, he found the Progressive Center for Independent Living.
PCIL, with locations in the Ibis Plaza in Hamilton and in Flemington, advocates for people with disabilities and helps them live and maintain independent lives. The organization offers five core services: information/referral assistance, peer support, independent living skills, advocacy and transitional services. PCIL serves disabled clients of all ages.
Things started to change for Gruzlovic as soon as he reached out to the center—he got a job, moved out of his parents’ house, arranged social security benefits with PCIL’s help. He also discovered a number of adaptive devices through PCIL, like kitchen tools, a device that allows him to put on socks without bending over, different wheelchair modifications, apps and more.
Living in a home where he couldn’t do much on his own was prohibitive, Gruzlovic said. It was hard to make community connections and even harder to feel independent. He currently lives in Robbinsville’s Project Freedom development, which provides independent housing for people with disabilities.
“I’m in a much better, safer and happier place,” he said. “And more independent. Getting assistance for myself, just to function in everyday life, job or no job, that was super hard. Dealing with insurance companies, that was kind of hard. I came out of school, I didn’t know how to use a microwave until my senior year of college because someone always did it for me. Getting that form of independence was a good thing, but it was scary.”
Gruzlovic now serves on the PCIL board—most members are adults with disabilities—and sometimes volunteers out of the Hamilton office helping other teens and adults with disabilities transition to living independently. He also writes emails and works on the center’s quarterly newsletter.
“I would have never thought five years ago that I’d be where I am now,” he said.
That’s what Scott Elliott, PCIL executive director, likes to hear.
Elliott, 54, has muscular dystrophy. He worked for many years in the corporate world, but the disease started to progress when he was in his 40s, and he ultimately decided that retirement was the best option for his health.
But with retirement came boredom, and that’s what first brought him to PCIL. The Lambertville resident saw an advertisement for a part-time job at the center, so he applied and was hired. After a two-year stint as a legislative coordinator with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (while also serving on the PCIL board), he came on full-time at the center.
“I brought the business perspective to the human services perspective,” Elliott said. “Somebody like Norman (Smith, PCIL board president and Project Freedom founder) was able to help me years ago with the whole advocacy thing, the disability perspective. I was kind of living independently. It was such a help as I progressed. You meet people with all different disabilities. I was in this world that was very different.”
Smith, like Gruzlovic, has cerebral palsy. And like Gruzlovic, he desired independence after graduating college in the 70s. Smith graduated from Steinert High School—incidentally, where he knew Gruzlovic’s father, Mark—and went on to attend Long Island University, where he graduated with a degree in journalism.
‘I couldn’t get a job, so I started this organization and created a job for me.’