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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Family Resource Associates (FRA) is a New Jersey non-profit agency located in Shrewsbury, helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disAbilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, we remain committed to them by offering both support and education. FRA assists individuals of all ages who have developmental delays or disAbilities as well as acquired disAbilities. FRA provides home-based early intervention for infants, therapeutic recreation programs and assistive technology services, along with family and sibling support groups. TECHConnection @ FRA offers programs and services that can make using the computer easier for people of all abilities and ages.

Results: President's Message Welcome to FRA’s exciting web-site. The fact that you are here and reading this greeting is proof that you CARE…CARE about providing PossAbilities for people with disAbilities; CARE about what happens to people with special needs; CARE about FRA and our Mission. FRA was founded 32 years ago by people who CARED. FRA is based on the premise that CARING people can make a difference in the lives of those who have special requirements and their extended families. Over this period of time, FRA has been a driving instrument in changing the way services are performed, technology is utilized and the whole family unit is included. All of this happened by CARING people who could process new ideas into actions. You will find a lot of information about this on this web-site. Last year was remarkable for us. FRA…. -Closed out the fiscal year, for the third year in a row with no debt (quite an achievement in this economy) -Increased our dance and recreation programs substantially, adding 6 more classes -Tripled the number of young adults serviced by our ‘independent skills’ classes held in two locations -Grew our TECHConnection computer center by adding more devices, more computers and more solutions for technology to assist the family unit. Please explore all of the programs we offer so you don’t miss something that would be of great help to you and you family. None of these accomplishments could have been possible without the strong efforts of our administrative staff, our therapists, our Board of Trustees, our volunteers and YOU. YOUR support and efforts are at the heart of our Mission and is the engine which keeps us moving forward. We have many ways for you to become actively involved with us…from event committees and operating groups to class assistants and Board seats. If you have time to donate, you will find a very friendly, vibrant and satisfying environment. We thank you for becoming involved with FRA and the work we do, and we wish you good health and happiness Sincerely, Bill Sheeser, President FRA Board of Trustees

Target demographics: create PossAbilities for people with disAbilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 people with developmental disabilities.

Geographic areas served: Shrewsbury, NJ

Programs: Early Intervention, Early Childhood, Teen/Young Adult, Adult Programs, Recreational Programs, TechConnection, School, Agency, and Community Services.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have a group of volunteers from the Brookdale Computer Users Group (a computer club) that go to Family Resource Associates every other Thursday. FRA has a workshop that contains 8 workstations where we repair and refurbish donated computers. The refurbished computers are then donated to needy families. Over the years, FRA has donated many hundreds of these computers.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past five years I have volunteered once a week at FRA and I can honestly say it is always the highlight of my week. FRA’s slogan, POSSIBILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES says it all. The students in the Tech Connections classes are constantly challenged with new learning in a safe, nurturing environment. It is wonderful to see how students thrive in the class. The students are caring toward each other and toward the staff and volunteers. Through FRA the students have made life-long friends.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I've been a volunteer at FRA for six months, spending four hours a week helping their teachers and working with the students. From the very first day there, I've been totally impressed with the way the students are learning to be independent, voice their opinions, learn about current events, and more importantly, learn about their own worth, as well as to have moral values and to be good, caring people in their families and in their community.

I look forward to my time spent at FRA every week where the teachers, staff and students inspire me to be a better person.

Sincerely, Vivien Dusko

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am 28 years old and FRA has helped me to speak for myself. Having Down Syndrome is not the only
thing that makes me special. I want to show everyone that it's not right to treat people like they're
invisible. Nancy and Sue and Cheryl have helped me understand other people and to choose to do
the right thing.
I have confidence in myself and want my friends to speak with confidence about themselves.

Watch the following video and you will understand. Utube What would you Do? WWYD Employee with
Down Syndrome insulted by customers.
Eileen R. Merritt