The Annual Employee Luncheon was held on September 28, 2011. As part of the festivities, 21 Plus honored the OceanFirst Foundation for their significant impact on our programs. Their generosity helped us maintain and beautify our group homes and apartments, and we greatly appreciate their support!


Each year at the annual “Employee Appreciation Luncheon”, 21 Plus honors someone in the community who has had a significant impact on our programs. This year we chose the OceanFirst Foundation for their generosity in helping us maintain and beautify our group homes and apartments.

Amazingly, since 2004, 21 Plus has received $261,000 from the OceanFirst Foundation. These monies have resulted in:

  • 31 pieces of furniture including sofas, tables, dressers, and dining room tables;
  • 74 appliances ranging from toasters and microwaves to stoves and dishwashers;
  • Many technological purchases, including computers, printers, software, and alarm systems;
  • 3 minivans;
  • 112 beautification projects, which include but are not limited to: grounds maintenance, landscaping, linens, windows, and window treatments;

Trying to keep up with the replacement of furniture and home beautification isn’t easy with so many different sites. Our state funding doesn’t cover any of those items which means that keeping up with the neighbors and providing a nicely decorated and well-maintained home is a challenge for 21 Plus. The bottom line is: these things would not have been possible without the support of the OceanFirst Foundation. We are eternally grateful for OceanFirst’s advocacy as well as their on-going financial support!

Left to right: S Melore 21 Plus Inc; K Durante OFF; A. Socha 21 Plus, Inc. Board Treasurer

On September 14, 2010, Toms River Fire Department, as well as Mayor Kelaher, honored 21 Plus with the "Tip of the Helmet" award for making our homes safer. The reception was held at the Toms River Fire Training Academy on Church Road.


21 Plus is happy to announce that we have recently completed retrofitting 6 of our group homes with fire suppression sprinkler systems. In total we now have 8 homes that are equipped with sprinklers.

This project became available in 2008 when our funding source, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, made money available for agencies to pursue retrofitting group homes. When the funds became available, our vendor chosen for the project, Fire Pro-tech, began work on the homes. Toms River Township Fire Chief, Chief Lightbody was extremely pleased with 21 Plus' initiative regarding this project. Chief Lightbody is a career long advocate of homes being fitted with suppression systems. It has long been a passion of the Toms River Fire Department to make it a requirement within the State of New Jersey, for all new one and two family homes to be built with sprinkler systems. "Quite frankly, sprinkler systems save lives", said Chief Lightbody. On September 14, 2010, Toms River Fire Department, as well as Mayor Kelaher, honored 21 Plus with the "Tip of the Helmet" award for making our homes safer.

The reception was held at the Toms River Fire Training Academy on Church Road.

21 Plus welcomes opportunities to partner with community groups to improve the interior and exterior of our residential sites. Without the hard work of volunteers these projects could not be accomplished.

  • Habitat for Humanity and their multiple Volunteer Groups
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • The Lacey Inter-Act Club from Lacey High School
  • Presbyterian Church of Toms River
  • Girl Scout Troop #71
  • Merrill Lynch, Toms River
  • Toms River Daybreak Kiwanis

21 Plus welcomes opportunities to partner with community groups to improve the interior and exterior of our residential sites. Without the hard work of volunteers these projects could not be accomplished. We always have items on our "to do" list and welcome opportunities to work with our groups again or establish new partnerships. Please call Heather Wilson, 732 240-3118 x 23 if your service organization would like to volunteer. 21 Plus is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Habitat for Humanity and their multiple Volunteer Groups

Habitat for Humanity included 21 Plus again this year in the "Brush with Kindness" cycle of events. The groups visited all of our Residential Sites, 8 Group Homes and 4 Apartments. The incredible gift of time and resources targeted exterior maintenance. The many projects included custom building a shed, trimming trees and shrubs, weeding and planting flowers in flower beds, general yard clean-up, cleaning, scraping and painting steps and decks, and power washing homes, fences, and sheds.

"We are very pleased and proud of what was accomplished. The houses look wonderful! The Volunteer Groups all worked extremely hard." - Peggy Burger Some of the volunteer groups that partnered with Habitat for Humanity are:

  • St. Joseph's and St. Barnabas' Youth Groups
  • Blue Thong Society
  • United Water
  • Manchester High School
  • Central Regional High School

Thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard and Peggy Burger, Program Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, for all her hard work in coordinating the event!

New Jersey Natural Gas

One of our Toms River Groups homes got a wonderful pick me up when 10 volunteers from NJNG came out and painted 5 rooms there. They also painted a bedroom and den area of one of our homes as part of United Way- Day of Caring program.

The Lacey Inter-Act Club from Lacey High School

The Inter-Act Club helped us in 2009, 2010 and came back in 2011 to paint the interior of our Toms River Group Home. Everyone appreciates a clean and well-maintained interior and the four rooms with bright and clean walls create a positive atmosphere for the individuals who live and work there. Special Thanks to Bunny McCauley, Advisor for her enthusiasm and coordination of the Inter-Act Club students.

Presbyterian Church of Toms River

The Presbyterian Church of Toms River arrived with approximately 20 volunteers in April giving two yards of our homes a thorough Spring Cleanup.

Girl Scout Troop #71

True to their Mission, "Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place", the members of troop #71 performed some spring cleaning and planted flower beds at one of our Toms River homes.

Merrill Lynch, Toms River

Members of the Toms River Merrill Lynch office generously donated their time this summer painting bedroom, bathrooms and hallways in one of our Toms River homes.

Toms River Daybreak Kiwanis

The Kiwanis group also generously donated their time and efforts to paint one of our Toms River homes- Special Thanks to Ann Kraljic for coordinating both the Merrill lynch and Toms River Daybreak Kiwanis groups.


Kudos to all the volunteers who generously give of themselves in our community.

One beautiful afternoon, the clients at Dallas Group Home went to an Apple Festival and brought back a few bags of apples. Since Charles loves to bake, he wanted to bake a pie.


One beautiful afternoon, the clients at Dallas Group Home went to an Apple Festival and brought back a few bags of apples. Since Charles loves to bake, he wanted to bake a pie.

While his housemates were out, Charles and his staff spent a few hours peeling and slicing apples, mixing dry ingredients, and baking two pies to share with his housemates. During this time, Charles and his staff enjoyed Elvis music that was blasting from his bedroom.

A couple hours passed and the pies were finally done. The house was filled with the pleasant aroma of apples and spices when Charles’s housemates arrived home. Everyone enjoyed a slice (or two!) of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


What a great way to kick off the beginning of fall!

Our Volunteer Honor Roll celebrates the individuals and service groups that help us through their gift of time and materials.

Our partners in 2010 include:

  • Habitat for Humanity and their multiple Volunteer Groups
  • FirstEnergy Corp/JCP&L
  • The Lacey Inter-Act Club from Lacey High School
  • Toms River USY Congregation B’nai Israel Youth Group
  • Hope Presbyterian Church Youth Group

Our Volunteer Honor Roll celebrates the individuals and service groups that help us through their gift of time and materials.

Our partners in 2010 were:

Habitat for Humanity and their multiple Volunteer Groups

Habitat for Humanity included 21 Plus in the first “Brush with Kindness” cycle of events. The groups visited all of our Residential Sites, 8 Group Homes and 4 Apartments. The incredible gift of time and resources targeted exterior maintenance. The many projects included replacing a shed roof, sealing driveways, planting flower and vegetable gardens, general yard clean-up, replacing fencing, and power washing homes, fences, and sheds.

“We are very pleased and proud of what was accomplished. The houses look wonderful! The Volunteer Groups all worked extremely hard.” – Peggy Burger We thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard and Peggy Burger, Program Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, for all her hard work in coordinating the event!

FirstEnergy Corp/JCP&L

The First Energy Corp volunteered at one of our Annex Apartments. Through their efforts the living room, dining room, kitchen, and common areas are newly painted. The fresh look of the shared areas perk us all up.

The Lacey Inter-Act Club from Lacey High School

The Inter-Act Club helped us in 2009 and came back in 2010 to paint the interior of our Pine Beach Group Home. Everyone appreciates a clean and well-maintained interior and the eight rooms with bright and clean walls create a positive atmosphere for the individuals who live and work there.

The Lacey Inter-Act Club from Lacey High School

The Inter-Act Club helped us in 2009 and came back in 2010 to paint the interior of our Pine Beach Group Home. Everyone appreciates a clean and well-maintained interior and the eight rooms with bright and clean walls create a positive atmosphere for the individuals who live and work there.

Toms River USY Congregation B’nai Israel Youth Group

The Toms River USY Congregation B’nai Israel Youth Group provided us with blessings by performing outside yard work. The group weeded, raked, mulched, and planted bushes and flowers at a Group Home in Toms River. It was a pleasure to be in the yard after they were done.

Hope Presbyterian Church Youth Group

The Hope Presbyterian Church Youth Group helped us by working inside one of our Toms River Group Homes. The newly painted kitchen, dining room, living room and hallway brighten up the lives of the people living there.

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