As I celebrate my fifth year as Chief Executive Officer of New Concepts for Living, I also celebrate my fifth year in my new profession. After 30 years of owning and operating a for-profit midsize company in an unrelated industry, followed by a short-lived three-year retirement, I am now fulfilled by way of leading this remarkable non-profit organization.
Over the last 4 ½ years NCFL has been fortunate to mark incredible growth, from both a services and facilities standpoint, and more importantly in personal growth for the many individuals that we serve. Since 2016 all of our Community Residences (group homes) have been newly renovated, we have upgraded our transportation fleet with all new vehicles, added full-time behaviorists and nurses to our staff and we have implemented highly advanced Information Technology (IT) platforms that are second to none. NCFL was the first, and currently one of only a few agencies in New Jersey to install cameras in all of our Community Residences, Achievement Center (Day Program) and our entire transportation fleet for the safety and benefit of our residents and staff.
NCFL has grown to full capacity at our Rochelle Park Achievement Center and Administrative Offices. We will be expanding to a new, state-of-the-art Achievement Center in the near future which will increase our capacity four-fold in the interest of accommodating our lengthy waiting list of extraordinary individuals. In addition, NCFL just opened the first of many Medically Supportive Community Residences! We are thrilled to welcome our first medically fragile residents to this home and look forward to serving additional medically fragile individuals as we construct four more homes over the next year.
We recognize the importance of hiring the very best employees available. In accordance with this endeavor, our staff, both Administrative and Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s), are among the highest paid in our field. Our DSP’s are fully vetted and go through a rigorous training program before they can qualify to care for our residents. As a result of the entirety of our efforts, NCFL has earned a reputation of excellence as the leading provider of services for the developmentally disabled in New Jersey.
In terms of our financial position, I am happy to report that over the past 4 ½ years NCFL has tripled our budget, with further expansion plans in the works in the interest of providing our unparalleled services to even more deserving special needs individuals. I am humbled by how far we have come and remain steadfast and focused on where we are headed.
I would like to thank our financial supporters for their generosity, our families for their continued partnership, and our outstanding staff for their hard work and unrelenting dedication.
In closing, I wish to share with you that I cannot think of a more rewarding second career. I look forward to every day, serving extraordinary special needs individuals for whom we provide a “Lifetime of Care.”
I look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2021 and beyond!