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Tips to Beating Summer Heat!

i Jul 25th No Comments by

Check out this great resource for beating the summer heat including information on where to find NJ Cooling Centers!


MEDI-COOL Deadline Extended!

i Jul 2nd No Comments by
MEDI-COOL Program by Catholic Charities – Deadline extended to FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!
With funding from the Mercer County Department of
Human Services Oce on Aging, Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Trenton and Rise, A Community Service
Partnership, of Hightstown, have partnered to provide
5,000 BTU Air Conditioning Units for Mercer County low-
income seniors and/or adults who have a disability.
For more information or to schedule an eligibility screening, interested agencies or individuals may contact one of the programs listed below:
Markeesha Ferguson — Community Aairs Assistant
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Mercer Community Services
132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608
609-394-8847 x2529 (phone)
609-394-0574 (fax)

Looking for SPONSORS!

i Jun 25th No Comments by
Dear Prospective Sponsor,
On behalf of the Progressive Center, we are pleased to announce the first annual “A Taste For Success” beer pairing dinner event on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Strawberry Hill Mansion, atop Bald Pate Mountain, in Titusville, NJ!
This special event will help bring awareness to our agency and about the impact our programs have on the community as a whole while helping to raise money in support of our programs.
Over the past 20 years, Progressive Center has helped pave the way for Mercer and Hunterdon County residents of all ages living with disabilities and their families. Through various grants, donations, fee-for-service programs and other fundraising efforts, our agency has been able to help over 6,000 individuals living with disabilities live independent lives and become productive participants in our local communities.
This event is not your typical non-profit fundraising event. Attendees will listen to live music from 519 South and spend the afternoon tasting gourmet delicacies specially crafted for this event by Chef Krause of Signature Affairs Catering of Marlboro, NJ that are perfectly paired with samplings of locally crafted beer from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. of Bucks County PA.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sponsor a station at this fundraising event and put your business in the spotlight. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions or wish to meet to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Scott Elliott at (609) 581-4500 or (908) 625-9047 or Event Coordinator, Matt Panyko at (609) 613-6706. We look forward to hearing from you.
Norman Smith Scott Elliott
President Executive Director
Join the celebration on Sunday, October 16 as you savor the sounds of local band 519 South, while sampling hand-crafted brews with perfectly paired edibles at the Strawberry Hill Mansion atop Bald Pate Mountain, Titusville, NJ.
This years’ fundraising event features Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and freshly prepared cuisine from Signature Affairs Catering.  Neshaminy Creek brews small batch hand crafted stouts, ales and IPA out of Bucks County, PA. This is not your run of the mill beer; handcrafted microbrews take experience, skill and time.
Tastings of this magnitude are rare and unique in that many overlook the complexities surrounding handcrafted beers that often surpass their familiar wine equivalents. An oak barrel aged triple bock can be compared to a fine port wine. Beers, like wines, can be used in marinades and sauces to add robust character to your foods.
Chef Krause will incorporate some of these brews to prepare farm to table cuisine using locally grown produce and products from Trenton Farmer Market and Sweet Valley Farms of Ringoes, among others. You will be pleased to see what recipes we have to offer at this fundraising event.
So don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sponsor a station at this fundraising event and put your business in the spotlight.


i Jun 20th No Comments by

The Annual PCIL Membership Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at Lawrence Project Freedom has been postponed. Be on the lookout for the new date in the mail.


i Jun 13th No Comments by

Nail spray

Looking for volunteers to get their nails painted

Hear about the spray on nail polish that has been advertising recently? They claim it’s very easy, mess free and you can wash away the extra that may land on your fingers instead of on your nails. Well PCIL wants to test and see how truly user friendly these products are!  We are looking for some ladies to sample a product out. We will offer this opportunity to our Members first. If you are free on Thursday, June 23rd at 1pm, and a member of PCIL, please sign up for this event by calling us at 609-581-4500 and asking for Suzanne or Renee. Don’t delay, space is limited!



Webinar Series by SPAN

i Jun 13th No Comments by



Webinar Series

Joining decision-making groups is an important way for parents to have a voice and improve the lives of children and families. This webinar series will prepare and empower you to successfully serve on a group. 

You can make a difference!!

Recognize your personal leadership skills

Build an understanding about decision-making groups

Develop skills essential for active and meaningful participation on groups


All webinars are from Noon – 1 pm

July 14
Opportunities to Get Involved and Types of Groups

August 11
Processes and Tools Groups Use

September 8
How to Use Data on a Decision Making Group

September 29
Overview of Serving on Groups in Spanish

October 13
Roles of Families and Skills for Serving on Groups

For more information contact SPAN at 973-642-8100 ext. 123 or email at

DCA Accepting Housing Applications June 13 – June 17

i Jun 1st No Comments by

DCA will be accepting pre-applications for Housing Vouchers from June 13 –
June 17.  More information here:



5-31-16 DCA Section 8 – Public Notice

Announcement of Public Forums

i Mar 27th No Comments by



The New Jersey Statewide independent Living Council (NJSILC), in conjunction with the Directors of Centers for Independent Living, the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, has drafted a new three year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).

Feedback is invited from IL consumers, their families, advocates, service providers and other interested parties, especially regarding SPIL goals; underserved areas/populations; and expansion of the CIL Network should additional funding become available.

Public Forums will be conducted from Noon to 2 p.m. on April 25 and 26, 2016 at two locations:

Monday April 25 – Heightened Independence & Progress-Bergen

131 Main Street (Suite 120) Hackensack, NJ 07601

Tuesday April 26 – Alliance Center for Independence

629 Amboy Avenue (Lower Level) Edison, NJ 08837

These sites are physically accessible.                                                                                                                                                           If you require other accommodations, such as deaf language interpreters, you must email or call the SILC Coordinator with your request by April 8. After that, time may be too short to arrange accommodations.

Feedback may also be given via letter, email and telephone from April 25 through the 29th.

Letter: please mail to NJSILC Coordinator 25 Caroline Drive South River, NJ 08882

Email: please send to SILC Coordinator to

Phone: please call the Coordinator at 732-254-2484 M-F between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to dictate your remarks (if no one is available, your call will be returned if you leave your name and number)

Letters, emails and calls MUST be received by 4/29/16 in order to be included in the Forum report that will be sent to the Council and CIL Directors for their final review the new State Plan.

To read the draft State Plan for Independent Living, please go to the NJSILC website or, to review a hard copy, visit or call your local Center for Independent Living.

The NJSILC website address is The home page will describe how to access the electronic version of the Plan and also can direct you to contact information for each of the State’s Centers for Independent Living.

If you plan to attend a Forum, please tell the Coordinator ( or 732-254-2484)                                           and, if possible, bring a written copy of your remarks for the record; however, neither advance notice nor a written commentary are required for you to participate. Just join us if you can!




Special Olympics program for Track and Tennis Starting!

i Mar 21st No Comments by

A Special Olympics program for Track and Tennis is starting at the
Hopewell Valley YMCA! Practice starts on the 20th. Practice is usually at 3pm, but on the 20th it will start at 4pm due to a Junior Basketball Tournament. Please pass this along to everyone and anyone who may be interested.. We are accepting Unified Partners also. We will need plenty of buddies also.

Please register at Click on the “register for sports” button.

If you have an account, start with your login. Otherwise you need to set up an account. There is no cost to you and no Y membership required.

Fun Drama and Acting Sessions for Kids with Special Needs

i Mar 14th No Comments by

DRAMA STAGE ages 4-6 Mondays 5:15-6:15 PM April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 26, 23, 2016

ACTING STAGE ages 7-9 Thursdays 5:15-6:30 PM April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016

For more information, contact VSA New Jersey at (732) 745-3885, (732) 745-3913 TTY, or


Full Information Here


Fun Drama and Acting Sessions for Kids with Special Needs