The 21 Plus, Inc. Safety Walkthrough was conducted in September 2012 by individuals receiving services, with assistance from staff.


Individuals receiving services and staff's safety are paramount to 21 Plus, Inc. Twice annually, a safety walkthrough is conducted at our Adult training Centers, Supported Employment and Administrative Offices. The safety committee is comprised of Colleen Donnelly, Jule Raichle, Ed Frankman, and Diane Hutton-Rose.

The committee assessed several areas during the walkthrough and record review, including:

  • Ensuring that the designated sites are free and clear of trip hazards, have adequate lighting, and that emergency and routine equipment are in good order.
  • Reviewing the current reports from state and local inspections.
  • Checking vehicles to ensure they are in safe condition and have all required safety equipment.

Following the assessment a report is generated and includes items to be corrected if anything is outstanding.

In the photo below, Colleen Donnelly, Safety Committe member, is shown reviewing checklist during the walkthrough.

Hearthstone Estates welcomed us to join in their activity program.


This summer Lakewood Adult Training Center had the opportunity to volunteer at a new site. Hearthstone Estates welcomed us to join in their activity program. Often times seniors are forgotten and we know they are a valued part of our community. That’s why we teamed up to share some time with our new friends. Some of our afternoons were spent chatting and in activities such as horseracing, indoor basketball and of course BINGO! We look forward to spending time with our new friends and hope this will be a lasting relationship. We love the staff and residents of Hearthstone Estates.

Habitat for Humanity returns to 21 Plus in the 2012 "Brush with Kindness" events. St. Joseph’s and St. Barnabas’ Youth Groups visited 7 of our Residential Sites. We especially thank the members of these groups for their time and commitment to sprucing up our homes.


Habitat for Humanity includes 21 Plus in the 2012 "Brush with Kindness" events. St. Joseph’s and St. Barnabas’ Youth Groups visited 7 of our Residential Sites. We especially thank the members of these groups for their time and commitment to sprucing up our homes.

The work focused on exterior maintenance, and included power washing, sanding and painting various areas and items: sheds, porches, decks, picnic tables, ramps, railings and steps. The volunteers also cleaned up the flower beds and grounds by trimming bushes, weeding, raking, mulching, and planting flowers.

An excerpt from a letter sent by Peggy Burger, ABWK Program Coordinator, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity: “It is with great pride that we spend this time working to improve the quality of life that Twenty-One Plus group homes provide for their residents. We are proud of our partnership and look forward to continuing the partnership in the coming years.”

We thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard. And a special “thank you” to Peggy Burger for all her hard work in coordinating the event.

Mark, a resident of the Mizzen Avenue group home receives NJACP Stars Award. Personal growth, volunteer activities, and continued learning contribute to his many accomplishments. Mark’s well deserved award was presented at a dinner dance with family, friends, and staff present to see him accept his award.

Congratulations, Mark!


On May 22, 2012, Mark Rodenbeck, a young man who lives in a 21 Plus group home, received a Stars Award from the New Jersey Association of Community Providers. Mark won this award because of his many accomplishments over his years with 21 Plus.

Mark’s first goal was to lose weight. His determination was amazing and with the help of staff, he is living a healthier life style and lost 100 pounds. His personal growth continued with volunteering, and sponsoring animals at the Popcorn Park Zoo. He is dedicated to the animals, and is a valued community volunteer.

Lastly, Mark’s interest in horses led him to Chariot Riders where he first learned how to feed and groom a horse. From there he graduated to riding. Mark now takes weekly riding lessons, and never forgets to bring his favorite horse, Strider, an apple or carrot each time.

Mark’s well deserved award was presented at a dinner dance with more than 300 people applauding him. Family, friends, and staff were among those present to see him graciously accept his award. It was a night that Mark will never forget.

The photos from the evening prove that a good time was had by all.

Additional resource for this news . . . . Mark and 21 Plus are in the Summer 2012 edition of the United Way newsletter.   Editing notation:  Matt is a fictitious name used for the article about Mark. Please click here to access the article.

21 Plus, Inc. has been awarded $20,000 to use for a Beautification Project by the OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River. The grant will provide much needed home repairs and beautification currently not funded through any other governmental or private source.

Over the years, 21 Plus, Inc. has received over $281,000 in total from OceanFirst Foundation. Through their generosity, OceanFirst has made a tremendous difference in the lives of all those who receive services at 21 Plus through their commitment to the community.


The following is the press release issued on May 2, 2012.


21 Plus, Inc. has been awarded $20,000 to use for a Beautification Project by the OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River. The grant will improve the living environments of the people with developmental disabilities who receive services from 21 Plus, Inc. The grant will provide much needed home repairs and beautification currently not funded through any other governmental or private source.
21 Plus, Inc. has received over $281,000 in total from OceanFirst Foundation over the years. OceanFirst has made a tremendous difference in the lives of all those who receive services at 21 Plus through their commitment to the community.

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank's strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central New Jersey meet their financial needs has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area. In 2011, OceanFirst Foundation contributed more than $1 million to community initiatives and since its inception has contributed more than $21 million to over 600 local charities in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

21 Plus,Inc., located in Toms River, was founded in 1979 and provides meaningful lives for people with disabilities through diversified opportunities. All services ensure dignity and respect, promote optimal physical and mental well-being, are designed based on individual needs, and promote personal growth. Available services include day programs, group homes, employment and family support. For more information go to www.21plus.org or call (732) 240-3118.


Adrienne Socha of OceanFirst (center) presents check to staff and participants of 21 Plus, Inc.
(in photo left to right – Timothy Walsh, Lisa Maccaro, Joanne Asta, Sheila Melore, Adrienne Socha, David Velardo, Robert Comery)

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