Josh Handler, an adult who lives in one of Matheny’s community residences, was recognized at Arthur & Friends’ recent Christmas party when he was presented with the organization’s Indomitable Spirit award. “He was selected by his peers,” says Wendie Blanchard, program director, “because he has the most ‘can do’ attitude we’ve ever seen. There is nothing he won’t try.”
Arthur & Friends, a program of the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP), provides meaningful community employment and training opportunities for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages so they may live, work and fully participate in their communities. Through its Greenhouse Project, individuals with disabilities learn agri-business skills such as growing and selling organic produce to local wholesale, retail and online customers.
Above, from left, Frelinghuysen community resident assistant Sharon Thompson; Josh; and Josh’s close friend, Estelle Campbell of Newton, NJ.