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The Power of the Powerless

The Power of the Powerless

For 32 years, the severely disabled Oliver de Vinck spent his days in his bed.  In 1980, the helpless young man captured the attention of president Ronald Reagan and so many people around the world since then.  33 years after Oliver’s death, he helped kick start a fruitful partnership between St. Paul Inside the Walls and the Department for Persons with Disabilities.

The Beacon -January, 2014

 
DPD Holds Annual Christmas Party in Jefferson

DPD Holds Annual Christmas Party in Jefferson

On the afternoon of Dec. 7  the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) hosted its annual Christmas Party. DPD clients, family members and friends gathered with volunteers and employees from the agency to celebrate the Christmas Season.  

Aim, Jefferson -December, 2013

 
Vernon Knights raise $5,000 for the Department for Persons with Disabilities

 

Vernon Knights raise $5,000 for the Department for Persons with Disabilities

The General Judson Kilpatrick Knights of Columbus #5563 based at St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon raised over $5,000 for the Department for Persons with Disabilities through their annual disabilities drive.

AIM Vernon – July 26, 2013

 
Golfers hit the course to support the Department for Persons with Disabilities

 

Golfers hit the course to support the Department for Persons with Disabilities

Nicholson Family and Eastern Propane named Humanitarians of the Year at the 39th Annual Wiegand Farm Golf Classic.  The event helped raise over $80,000 for adults with developmental disabilities. 

The Sparta Independent – July 22, 2013

 
Fully Accepted and Loved

 

Fully Accepted and Loved

The Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) provides residential, vocational, spiritual, and social services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Catholic Digest spoke with executive director Scott Milliken and development director Chris Brancato about their important work at DPD.

Catholic Digest - May, 2013

 
Support of the Wiegand Farm Golf Classic, makes a difference in Anthony’s life

Support of the Wiegand Farm Golf Classic, makes a difference in Anthony’s life

Anthony Iovine moved into DPD in 1996 and has grown and flourished thanks to motivation and the caring nature of DPD staff and volunteers.  Anthony has become a staple at DPD’s Wiegand Farm Golf Classic, where golfers can “Win-a-Watch” from him.

Jefferson Patch – April 19, 2013

 
DPD Dances the Night Away at 2013 Murray House Dinner Dance

DPD Dances the Night Away at 2013 Murray House Dinner Dance

The Department for Persons with Disabilities celebrated the 43rd Annual Murray House Dinner Dance at the Brownstone in Paterson, NJ on February 24th.  Local politicians, Diocesan representatives, volunteers and nearly all of DPD’s 74 residents attended this elegant gala.

Aim Jefferson – April 5, 2013

 
DPD residents make “Snowflakes” for Sandy Hook victims

DPD residents make “Snowflakes” for Sandy Hook victims

The Department for Persons with Disabilities Fight for the Right Group, made “Snowflakes” for Sandy Hook Victims with help from the Junior Women’s Club of Jefferson Township. 

Jefferson Patch – January 26, 2013

 
DPD Enjoys the Annual Christmas Party In Jefferson

DPD Enjoys the Annual Christmas Party In Jefferson

The Department for Persons with Disabilities “decked the halls” at their Annual Christmas Party at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Oak Ridge. 

 Aim Jefferson – December 28, 2012

 
Department for Persons with Disabilities plans for golf outing

Department for Persons with Disabilities plans for golf outing

Corporate leaders from Lakeland Bank and Eastern Propane visited the Department for Persons with Disabilities’ (DPD) Columbus House and Wiegand Farm to kick off preparations for their 39th Annual Wiegand Farm Golf Classic.

West Milford Messenger– December 18, 2012

 
DPD’s Fight for the Right Group Featured in Fall 2012 Issue of Apostrophe Magazine

DPD’s Fight for the Right Group Featured in Fall 2012 Issue of Apostrophe Magazine

Apostrophe promotes inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their stories and photos show people achieving independence, contributing to their communities, enjoying life.  DPD’s Fight for the Right Community Service Group was featured highlighting the honorable work they have done in the Community

Apostrophe Magazine – Fall, 2012
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Bishops Annual Appeal Helps Those With Disabilities

Bishops Annual Appeal Helps Those With Disabilities

The Department for Persons with Disabilities is one of the Catholic Charities Agencies in the Diocese of Paterson to receive support from the Annual Appeal.

The Beacon – September 28, 2012

 
DPD Introduces “Saturdays at the Center” Program

DPD Introduces “Saturdays at the Center” Program

DPD is proud to announce the launch of its new program, “Saturdays at the Center.”  Saturdays at the Center is designed specifically developmentally disabled young adults, ages 21 to 39, interested in weekend socialization and recreational activities with peers.

Jefferson Patch - August 20, 2012

 
Catholic Heart Work Camp makes a difference at DPD, other Catholic Charities Agencies

Catholic Heart Work Camp makes a difference at DPD, other Catholic Charities Agencies

Volunteers from all over the country recently visited DPD through the Catholic Heart Work Camp. They made a difference within DPD’s programs and at several other Catholic Charities Agencies.

The Beacon - August 9, 2012

 
Soup Kitchen Gets Handmade Centerpieces for its Tables

Soup Kitchen Gets Handmade Centerpieces for its Tables

Residents and staff members from the Department for Persons with Disabilities dropped off new centerpieces at the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown. The centerpieces were handmade by members of the Wallace House in Sparta and other members of the Fight for the Right Community Service Group, made up of residents from the DPD who have organized together to volunteer in the community.

Sparta Independent – November 25, 2010

 
Special Needs Adults Have a Place to Call Their Own

Special Needs Adults Have a Place to Call Their Own

The Department for Persons with Disabilities, anchored by the Msgr. Patch Center, sits on a wooded piece of land in Oak Ridge, and houses several residential buildings for people with disabilities.

Jefferson Patch – December 20, 2010

 
The Wehrlen House – Love and Compassion Live Here

The Wehrlen House – Love and Compassion Live Here

It may not be your average American household with 3.20 inhabitants, but it is very much a family home, and one whose level of caring and commitment could be a shining example for all families. It’s the Wehrlen House and it’s been here in West Milford in the High View Estates development since 1989

West Milford Messenger – January 2, 2011

 
DPD Says Farewell to Longtime Employee, Welcomes New Director

DPD Says Farewell to Longtime Employee, Welcomes New Director

Longtime DPD Employee and Executive Director Julie Tatti retires as Scott Milliken prepares for his new position.

The Beacon - January 20, 2011

 
Finding a Home in Murray House

Finding a Home in Murray House

Residential Counselors work hard to provide a "homey" environment which promotes growth, independence and lessons in life skills at the Murray House in Clifton.

Clifton Journal – March 4, 2011

 
Knights of Columbus Appreciation Night at DPD Wiegand Farm in Oak Ridge

Knights of Columbus Appreciation Night at DPD Wiegand Farm in Oak Ridge

A surprise October snowstorm couldn’t stop the Knights of Columbus from gathering at the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) to celebrate their many years of dedication to making a difference in the lives of adults with special needs.

Aim Jefferson – November 18, 2011

 
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