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Community Access Unlimited Inc

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: To provide community access through comprehensive support services for people with disabilities, youth aging-out of foster care, and those w/affordable housing needs,giving them the opportunity to live independently in the community.

Programs: Community access provides support and gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have had little support and no voice in society. We help people with housing,life skills training ,vocational skills and employment,health maintenance,money management,socialization,education,crisis intervention,civic activities and community integration.

community access unlimited provides routine non-medical assistance to adults with disabilities who are employed, involved in community volunteer work or attending school. Personal assistants help with tasks such as light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, preparing meals, shopping, driving or using public transportation.

community access provides a structured support environment for youth aged 13-21, including progressive housing-group home, supervised transitional living, semi-independent living and supported independent living-life skills training, including budgeting, home skills, career planning and job placement; advocacy and leadership development; drug and alcohol awareness; and case management.

community access supports include supervised apartment living,emergency supervised housing, and in-home supports. An initial intake includes health,education and skills assessments,living preferences,and community and social support inventories. We take the results and craft individualized support plans. We follow up with individualized training and supports including budgeting,money management,food shopping,menu preparation,cooking,household maintenance,personal grooming and travel training. We also provide opportunities for socialization and relaxation through our recreation programs.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.