Community Access Unlimited Honors Community Partners, Members & Staff

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Elizabeth, NJ – April 19, 2012 – Community Access Unlimited (CAU) this week honored
its communitypartners and celebrated the accomplishments of its members and staff at
the 29th Annual Awards Night Celebration, held at L’Affaire Fine Catering in Mountainside.

CAU supports people with disabilities and at-risk youth, providing programs and services
that enable them to live independently and thrive within the community. The agency
recognized 10 community partners who play integral roles in supporting the agency’s
members and/or helping CAU achieve its mission while sharing in the agency’s values.

CAU this year honored individuals and organizations that help the agency fulfill its mission
of enabling members to: integrate into and live independently within the community;
enjoy the rewards of employment; achieve full educational opportunities; and live healthy
lives, both physically and spiritually.

The award winners were:

*The Westlake School in Westfield – Educator of the Year for providing CAU members with a nurturing
educational experience.
*Yoga instructor Donna Bacich – Community Service Award for providing yoga services to CAU
members and donating time and energy to the agency.
* TD Charitable Foundation – Supported Housing Service Award for ongoing financial support in
creating housing to enable members to live independently within the community.
* Reverend Dr. Larry Dixon, senior pastor at the Mount Teman Ame Church in Elizabeth – Citizen of
the Year for embracing CAU members within his congregation and advocating for justice for all
* Jamie Roberts of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency – Youth Advocate of the Year for
his commitment to and rapport with CAU youth members.
* Dr. Kate Haller of the Developmental Disabilities Center – Health Care Professional of the Year for
her personal attention to CAU members.
* Savita Persaud of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities – Distinguished Social
Service Award for her partnership with CAU in helping residents of New Jersey’s closing
developmental centers transition into community living.
* The Community Living Education Project – Community Education Partnership Award for enlightening
people with disabilities, their families and staff of organizations serving them about their options for
transitioning into community living.
* Michael Pollack – Volunteer of the Year for tutoring and mentoring CAU member Pearl Elias.
* Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Employer of the Year for providing CAU members with
employment opportunities.

Of the many people and organizations we meet and work with, some truly share the values we hold dear
to us and stand out among the rest,” said Tanya Johnson, CAU’s senior assistant executive director,
youth services, and the evening’s emcee. “The community partners we are recognizing tonight provide
support to our members that is essential to our mission and so important to their fulfillment.”

TD Bank has been a longstanding supporter of CAU’s supportive housing programs, which parallel’s the
mission of the TD Charitable Foundation. This year the foundation awarded the agency with a $100,000
affordable housing grant through its Housing for Everyone grant competition.

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