Success Stories

COVID-19 Creates a Crisis for Runaway and Homeless Youth in NJ

August 14, 2020

Erin Jerome

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining resources for programs serving runaway and homeless youth that were already in short supply prior to the crisis. The primary causes of homelessness among youth are family conflict or severe economic hardship, making these programs more critical than ever to ensure...

CAU Members Rally for Local Restaurants During COVID-19 Crisis

May 19, 2020

Chris Reardon

&grain, a restaurant in Garwood, has joined Rally for Restaurants thanks to CAU members With New Jersey now in its eighth week of state-mandated stay-at-home restrictions and all restaurants and bars closed to diners, eateries across the state are suffering mammoth losses in income....

Home Dreams Come True for CAU Member Gary

February 20, 2020

Erin Jerome

Congratulations are due to a CAU member who now has a condo of his own! Gary Rubin now has a lifetime tenancy at his home in Elizabeth, and will have voting rights in his condo association. The two-bedroom, two bath condo he has all to himself is a far cry from institutional living...

Meet New York Marathon Runner Robbie!

December 6, 2019

Erin Jerome

Running just comes naturally for 24-year-old Robbie Matos- and he’s picking up speed. The Springfield native breezed to a 4:03:59 finish in the world’s largest marathon in New York City on Nov. 3, completing with the top third of runners. Robbie is a CAU member who attends the...

Workers with Disabilities Praised During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 31, 2019

Chris Reardon

Each day Sharon Bravo and Chavia Crute travel from their homes in Elizabeth to Irvington High School to work in the cafeteria, helping to prepare and serve meals and clean the kitchen afterward. According to Krystal Tanneer, food service director for Whitsons School Nutrition, which operates...
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