Department for Persons with Disabilities
A Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Paterson
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About DPD

  • Began helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities over 50 years ago.  We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2015.  DPD 50th Anniversary Souvenir Journal

  • Operates the longest running group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of New Jersey, Murray House in Clifton.  Murray House History

  • Is a Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Paterson, NJ. DPD is one of the largest Catholic Agencies providing care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States.
  • Operates 10 group homes and 2 supervised apartment programs throughout Morris, Sussex, and Passaic Counties.  The Giuliano House Group Home opened most recently, in the winter of 2015.  This program was built to help individuals who had been living in state-run institutions.
  • Operates Gruenert Center, a vocational day program for 54 men and women in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. In 2014, Gruenert Center Special Needs opened, a sub-program within Gruenert Center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in need of more direct care.    
  • Offers Support Coordination to residents of Sussex County, NJ who are eligible for the Division of
    Developmental Disabilities (DDD) services.
  • Provides Pastoral Care and spiritual enrichment programs including the Catholic Adult Religious Education (C.A.R.E) program, Bible Study and prayer groups.  Individuals are encouraged to be involved in their faith communities, regardless of the religious background.
  • Hosts Saturdays at the Center (SATC) at Gruenert Center.  SATC is designed specifically for young adults (18-40) with intellectual and developmental disabilities who reside in the community.  SATC offers weekend socialization, recreational activities, community trips, educational opportunities, information about group home and independent living, like skills training and more.
  • Provides support, information and referrals for families of individuals with intellectual and developmental throughout
    New Jersey and beyond.
  • Provides recreational opportunities and community groups for the individuals who live and work in our programs
    including our Fight for the Right Community Service Group, Boy Scouts of America Troop #1965, Gruenert Center
    Social events and more.
  • Provides care for over 100 adults with diverse disabilities, races, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and religious
    beliefs.  DPD serves based on "Need, not Creed" and will strive to help anyone in need of support.
  • Is the only provider agency for adults with disabilities in the state of New Jersey internationally accredited by the 
    Council on Accreditation (COA).
  • Empowers residents to be active and involved in their communities and strives to help each individual achieve
    independence and self-actualization.
  • Has a dedicated network of over 100 "People Need Friends" volunteers, including individual "friends", youth volunteers, Pet Therapy Volunteers and more.  Become a Volunteer.
  • Provides pastoral care for former DPD residents who now reside in nursing homes.  We never forget about someone who was once part of the DPD Family.  
  • DPD’s general and administration costs are low, only 7.56% of our annual budget. Similar agencies operate with an average of 12% - 18% G&A costs.
  • Though DPD is state funded, we are a nonprofit agency. No individual ever has to pay to live in our programs.  We raise approximately $500,000 a year or $6,200 a year per DPD resident to continue to provide a high level of care.

To learn more about DPD and how you can make a difference, call 973-406-1100.

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