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 four years NCFL has been fortunate to mark incredible growth, from both a services and facilities standpoint, and more importantly in personal growth for the individuals that we serve. Since 2016 all of our Community Residences (group homes) have been remodeled, 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 very few agencies in the state 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 very near future which will increase capacity four-fold in the interest of accommodating our lengthy waiting list. In addition, NCFL is currently breaking ground on a new Medically Supportive Community Residence in River Vale with plans for more Community Residences on the horizon.
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 industry. 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 is now recognized as the premier provider of programs for adults with developmental disabilities in the state of New Jersey.
In terms of our financial position, I am happy to report that over the past 4 years NCFL has tripled our budget. Further expansion plans are 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.
In closing, I must share with you that I cannot think of a more rewarding second career. I look forward to every day, serving special needs individuals for whom we can provide a “lifetime of care.” 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.
I look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2020 and beyond!