The West Milford Community Services & Recreation Department, located in Hillcrest Community Center, offers several programs for developmentally disabled adults and children. This program is funded primarily through a Recreation Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Grant, received through the Department of Community Affairs. This grant has always been generous. Additional funds are also received through modest fees charged for the various programs and through fundraising.
P.R.I.D.E. is a modified daytime activity program for developmentally disabled adults. It operates in the Hillcrest Center Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 2:00 PM year round. A very qualified and caring staff helps disabled adults address independent living skills, leisure skills, as well as survival reading and math skills necessary to function within their community. Computer activities are incorporated into the curriculum as well as other visual learning aids. Community awareness is a large part of the program; trips on the town bus to Shop Rite, the library and other local establishments enhance the concept of community. In order to foster a feeling of independence, the PRIDE clients operate several "businesses", such as a laundry service, where they wash, dry and fold sheets and towels for $4.00 per load, a luncheon service where they shop for, prepare and deliver lunch 3 to 4 days per month and a limited catering service. PRIDE has also helped local volunteer organizations with their fundraising efforts. This program provides for social and emotional growth as well as providing some much-needed parental respite. Our Department does not want any disabled adult to sit idly at home because he or she has no constructive outlet. PRIDE may be their answer.
STAGE II - is offered once monthly and are social activities. This activity varies from month to month. These programs are on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you know of an individual who may benefit from one of these programs to reach their full potential and to enjoy themselves, please call Community Services & Recreation at 728-2860.