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Women of Faith Share Experience, Unity at UCICC Conference

November 1, 2019

Erin Jerome

A night of solidarity and faith gathered women and men for a conference Oct. 29 at CAU headquarters in Elizabeth. Under a “United and Empowered” theme, six women with diverse experiences in faith and work sought to share universal lessons about spirituality and serving others. “We recognize that women do a lot in the background in ministry and faith,” said Michelle Mobley, an...

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 the school’s food services, Bravo and Crute are two of her best and most reliable employees. As...

Eric LeGrand Inspires Youth Services Professionals at CAU

October 28, 2019

Chris Reardon

Eric LeGrand lied paralyzed on the football field at MetLife Stadium nine years ago, struggling to breathe and thinking he was going to die. Today the former Rutgers University football player considers himself truly blessed and encourages others to always find reason to be positive in the face of challenges. That message was particularly poignant when LeGrand spoke to a rapt audience of...

Walk-a-Thon Brings Community Together at Oak Ridge Park

September 20, 2019

Community Access Unlimited

More than 600 Community Access Unlimited members, employees and friends turned out at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Saturday to celebrate at the annual Ira Geller Walk-a-Thon. Whether walking, rolling, dancing, or just hanging out with friends, attendees came together for a great time during CAU’s 40th anniversary year. Sponsors of the Walk included Investors Bank, Lakeland Bank, and...

CAU Community Players very special ‘Hairspray, Jr.’ thrills hundreds

July 19, 2019

Community Access Unlimited

RAHWAY – Hundreds of theatergoers were moved by a very special production of "Hairspray, Jr." performed by the CAU Community Players, a troupe of actors both with and without developmental disabilities. The troupe staged three productions of the popular musical at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts on the last weekend in June. Click to view full...

Local Advocate with Disabilities and Nonprofit Coordinator Speak at Immigration Advocacy Vigil

July 19, 2019

Community Access Unlimited

ELIZABETH, NJ - Often overlooked in the national debate about the treatment of immigrants being housed at detention facilities along the Southern border and elsewhere in the nation is the treatment of immigrants with disabilities among those being detained. This past Friday a member and staff coordinator from Community Access Unlimited helped voice those concerns at a vigil held outside the...

Alejandro Amaya

July 19, 2019

Community Access Unlimited

Sometimes a struggling youth simply needs the right environment and support to turn around his or her life. Alejandro Amaya has been with CAU for just about a year but has already made significant progress toward a better future. An unfortunate home life situation led Alejandro to a short stay in a youth shelter in Bergen County before being referred to CAU. Today he lives in a CAU property and...

Tonya Hopson

November 8, 2018

Community Access Unlimited

Tonya Hopson very much looks forward to going to work at Target in Clark, where she has been employed for 12 years working in the children’s department four to eight hours per week. “I like my friends here and the customers I get to meet, the little kids who recognize me when they come in,” she said. “Some of them I’ve known since before they could walk. It really becomes a community...