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Mahwah BBQ Helps Disabled Residents Feel Part Of Community

Mahwah’s Access For All Commission hosted a barbeque  at Mahwah Commons.
Mahwah’s Access For All Commission hosted a barbeque at Mahwah Commons. Photo Credit: Jennifer Whalen-Gares

MAHWAH, N.J. – About 60 people recently gathered to help make the residents of a housing complex for people with developmental disabilities feel at home in Mahwah.

Some residents moved into Mahwah Commons late last year, but a few more are slated to move in soon, said Jennifer Whalen-Gares, chair of Mahwah’s Access For All Commission.

The Commission – that has a goal to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities – hosted the barbeque for residents, their families and other community members, and local businesses donated food.

“It was really heartwarming to see so many people in the community lend a helping hand,” Whalen-Gares said.

“It was a great opportunity for us to meet the residents and for the residents to meet members of the community,” she added.

Mahwah Commons was created by the Bergen County United Way on land donated by the estate of Judith Webster. It was built to provide housing for six highly independent individuals with developmental disabilities.

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