You can help make these types of opportunities available to more participants in 21 Plus programs.  Do you know of a church or organization that has a need for some help on projects?  You can play a big part in opening more opportunities for those involved in 21 Plus Programs to be out and about, as active members of our community. 

Please contact Support Services at 732-240-3118 x 220 for more information.


On a sunny Wednesday morning in July, the 21 Plus van pulls in to the parking lot at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bayville.  Out file 5 adults, eager to get their day started.  Once they enter the church, they head for the administrative offices, where they quickly get to work sorting and collating weekly bulletins.  Later, they head to the chapel area, where they carefully file down each pew, inserting contact forms for congregation members into each receptacle.

 

What are they up to?  They are members of a volunteer team from the Main Street ATC who help out at the church each week.

For sure, some of us consider WORK a four-letter word, especially on an early Monday morning after a busy weekend.  But the reality is that work plays an important role in life.  Whether paid or volunteer, work affirms our role in society, provides a social outlet, and makes our days productive.  In this case, the enjoyment the members of the volunteer crew get from their few hours at St. Paul’s is evident on their faces.   According to 21 Plus staff member Samantha, who accompanied the team this week “Everyone is very eager to help out.”

Pastor Pete Hartney, who’s there to provide encouragement and guidance on the tasks at hand, confirms that his congregation has had a long-standing relationship with 21 Plus.  He recalls that some years back he received a phone call from a 21 Plus staff member who asked whether the church would allow some volunteers to help out during the Lent season.  He recalls thinking, “What a great opportunity to serve the community and some help, too.”

The relationship has blossomed over the years to become an almost weekly event for the volunteer team, which rotates members from Main Street ATC to allow all who are interested to have a chance to be involved.  But St. Paul’s took the relationship even further.  They now provide paid employment for a second team of individuals who can be found at the church each Friday doing parking lot and grounds maintenance including policing for trash, sweeping and more.

Pastor Hartney smiles broadly as he has an informal chit-chat with the volunteer team before they leave.  He asks whether everyone did a good job and enjoyed themselves.  The answer is a big YES.  “We appreciate all they do for our church.  I strongly encourage

other churches or organizations to step forward to invite 21 Plus to help out with volunteer or paid assignments”.

You can help make these opportunities available to more participants in 21 Plus programs.  Do you know of a church or organization that has a need for some help on projects?  You can play a big part in opening more opportunities for those involved in 21 Plus Programs to be out and about, as active members of our community.  Please contact   Rosemarie Moratta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 732-240-3118 x220 for more information.


Please click here to see our volunteers at work.

Sarah, one of our residents at 21 Plus, won the New Jersey Association of Community Provider’s Star Award for her achievements over the years. She received her award at a dinner in Princeton with friends present to help celebrate. 21 Plus is proud of Sarah’s success!


Sarah, one of our residents at 21 Plus, won the New Jersey Association of Community Provider’s Star Award for her achievements over the years. People describe Sarah as considerate, responsible, and patient. These qualities are what make her remarkable.

Sarah has enjoyed many new experiences as a 21 Plus resident. Some of these include a visit to the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Graceland, as she is an avid Elvis fan. She enjoyed camping and amusement parks, which in the past would have been difficult ventures for her. With the assistance of staff, Sarah began to challenge her fear of water by slowly working her way into the shallow pool. She really seemed to enjoy every new challenge.

Sarah has experienced so many changes throughout the nearly 30 years of living at 21 Plus. She has the ability to adjust to new situations faster now than ever before. Because of this amazing change, so many doors have opened and will continue to open for her as she follows her journey. Sarah Garofalo is a Community Star and deserves this award!

She received her award at a dinner in Princeton, on March 25, 2011 with friends present to help celebrate.

21 Plus is Proud of Sarah’s Success!

21 Plus, Inc. has been recognized as a 2012 Agency in Good Standing by United Way of Ocean County.


21 Plus, Inc. was recognized on February 8, 2013 as a 2012 Agency in Good Standing by United Way of Ocean County.

This is the second year that 21 Plus received this recognition which acknowledges those certified agency partners that meet their annualized partnership requirements in the following key areas:

Transparency and Accountability

This agency is in compliance with UWOC’s annual fiscal and program reporting and document submission requirements.

Community Mobilization and Collaboration

This agency is in compliance with UWOC’s requirement to hold an annual employee giving campaign designed to mobilize employees, volunteers, and/or board members to strengthen and support human services in Ocean County.

The United Way provides this recognition to thank 21 Plus, Inc. for our commitment to our partnership and the work we do together, on behalf of the residents of Ocean County.

Sheila Melore (left), Executive Director of 21 Plus accepts two awards from Nancy Eriksen of Exelon Oyster Creek & UWOC Board President (Center) Linda Gyimoty, Exec Dir, UWOC (Far Right)

The awards are:

  • Best Partner Agency Campaign of the Year
  • Most Improved Partner Agency Campaign of the Year

A big thank you to our Co-Chairs Frank Orawiec and Adrienne Socha along with the entire committee, for putting together another successful event.

Hope to see everyone again in 2014!


On July 8, 2013, 21 Plus Foundation held its 7th Annual Golf Classic.  The event, sponsored by Shore Community Bank, was held at Oceanaire Golf Club in Waretown, NJ. 

It was a beautiful day.  Co-Chairs Frank Orawiec and Adrienne Socha served as emcees of the dinner events, while Harvey York acted as auctioneer for the live auction.  This year’s live auction included items such as Yankee’s tickets and tickets to the HBO Boardwalk Empire premier party. 

This year’s event raised over $25,000.  Proceeds from the golf classic benefit 21 Plus Foundation, Inc. which was created to perpetuate the mission of 21 Plus, Inc., making lives meaningful for people with disabilities.

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Last spring the GCU track team decided to generously adopt our Twin Oaks group home and maintain their yard in the spring and fall. The team returned on Saturday 9/29 with mulch, bulbs and flowers in hand to plant for the new season. The Twin Oaks ladies planned to attend the championship meet to cheer on their new friends from GCU.


Last spring the GCU track team decided to generously adopt our Twin Oaks group home and maintain their yard in the spring and fall. They did a fabulous job last year and went above and beyond maintaining the yard as they hung out for games and a BBQ lunch afterwards.

It was such a huge success and was the beginning of new-found friendships for the team and the ladies of Twin Oaks. The team returned on Saturday 9/29 with mulch, bulbs and flowers in hand to plant for the new season. They got right to work and did a lot of weeding and pulled out the dying sunflowers they had planted last year being sure to save the seeds to replant for this year! They planted bulbs that will come up in the spring as well as some annuals.

The ladies from Twin Oaks made a few trips outside to check on the progress. After the hard work was over, the team invited the ladies to the back patio for some socializing and pumpkin decorating. The Twin Oaks ladies had spent the morning baking for the GCU track team and brought the goodies to the patio for everyone to enjoy. GCU track team and the ladies seemed to enjoy each other’s company with lots of smiles and laughs.

When the Twin Oaks ladies informed the team that they planned to go to their meet in Philadelphia on 10/21, the CGU track team was ecstatic. They were especially thrilled that their friends would come cheer them on, not only for a typical meet, but for their championships! They stated that the ladies would give them added incentive and inspiration to win!

A few photos of the day's activity are provided below.

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