COMMUNITY ACCESS UNLIMITED INC

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 80 West Grand St Elizabeth NJ 07202 USA

Mission: CAU provides community access through effective and comprehensive support services for people with disabilities, youth aging out of foster care and people with affordable housing needs, giving them the opportunity to live independently and to lead normal and productive lives as citizens integrated into the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a communications professional I have worked with or been familiar with a number of non-profits and have found Community Access Unlimited to be exceptional in a number of ways. Not only does CAU provide exemplary service to its members, but the level of personal commitment of the staff to members and members to each other is remarkable and quite unique. Never have I seen an organization - non-profit or for-profit - where people so truly live the mission. One cannot spend any time at CAU and with its staff and members without immediately seeing evidence of the improvement in lives the agency provides.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing the strengthening of enrichments of the communities served by CAU and in which I live and work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the impact of the lives of its members - seeing the betterment of their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

both passionately committed and talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the lives of so many people with disabilities a thousand-fold, in part because of the amazingly efficient economic model of the organization that ensures maximum efficiency of fund use.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a former Director of the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) who has continued to work with older at-risk adolescents transitioning to young adulthood. Such youths leave the child welfare system without a place to live, without a meaningful job and, most importantly, without a stable family on which to rely for lifelong advice, guidance and support. From my personal experience in mentoring numerous older adolescents, I know how important it is for such youths to form long-term family-like relationships with caring adults whom they trust and to whom they can turn for assistance throughout their lives. Unless they are offered permanency options, their ability to succeed and to lead self-sufficient, independent lives as responsible young adults will be seriously jeopardized. Community Access Unlimited (CAU) has earned a well-deserved reputation as a pioneer provider of quality support services to at-risk older youths. It offers an impressive continuum of services for older youths with no stable family on which to rely and assist them in forming permanent relationships with reliable adults who can provide them with love, direction and assistance. I have been a volunteer at CAU for many decades, support many of its community-based events, make annual contributions and mentor some of its older adolescents. One homeless young man whom I introduced to CAU's Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP) at the age of 18 has participated in the treatment, life-skills training and related support services provided by CAU. He recently moved to his own apartment, well-equipped and prepared to live a self-sufficient life. He is now 23 years old. Without CAU's assistance, he might still be homeless and lacking the ability to support himself. I am an avid admirer of the role that CAU plays in the lives of these youth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing how its support programs have helped hundreds of older, at-risk youth who are aging out of the child welfare system gain the know-how, skills and ability to transition to independent living.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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