Valley Bank Supports CAU Housing for People with Disabilities

December 16, 2019

Erin Jerome


The final touches are complete on a brand new house in Union built by Community Access Unlimited.

The project was supported in part by a $10,000 grant from Valley Bank. It will soon be home to four women in a supported living program for people with disabilities.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with disabilities and at-risk youth into the general community through comprehensive supports. The organization owns roughly 270 units of integrated housing throughout Union County and is continuing to expand to help meet the housing needs of people with disabilities and at-risk youth. Over one-third of the units are accessible to people with physical disabilities, and CAU’s property management team can modify homes based on individual needs, such as ramps, lowered countertops, or specialized fire alarms and doorbells for those with hearing impairments.

Valley Bank market manager and vice president Mary Ann Beltz visited the CAU office in Elizabeth this month to present the grant to CAU executive director Bernadette Griswold.

“We are proud to open the doors of this new program as we continue to expand housing and supports for people with special needs in New Jersey,” Griswold said. “We thank Valley National Bank for their continued support.”

Valley has been a longtime partner and supporter of agency initiatives, and has offered financial literacy training for members and employees.

“We have been very supportive of CAU since we came on board,” Beltz said.