SCOTCH PLAINS — Jennifer Velez, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, helps Joth Ruch unpack in his new home in Scotch Plains June 13. The newly refurbished residence that will be home for four men with developmental disabilities was opened this week by Community Access Unlimited, which supports people with disabilities and at-risk youth. Velez visited the residence to underscore the position of the Christie administration and her department that community living best serves the needs of people with developmental disabilities. “Moving to a new home is an exciting experience,” Velez said. “A new home also brings new opportunities in the surrounding community, utilizing community resources, meeting new people and gaining the day-to-day experiences that enrich all of our lives.” (Photo courtesy of Community Access Unlimited)
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