At around six months old, my daughter,  Nefertari started to have fibroid seizures that lasted till she was four years old. Due to the seizures, Nefertari lost 20 percent of oxygen in her brain, which left her with a disadvantage to communicate clearly, using speech. Nefertari has encountered a few extremely difficult obstacles in her life outside of the ordinary challenges. With the help, support and structure that New Concepts for Living provides, along with the staff who has been so understanding, Nefertari has been able to overcome. This program has been a blessing, not only for Nefertari but for our family. New Concepts for Living has giving her a sense of freedom, a new confidence and love of herself by allowing her to continue embracing her true self as she continues to evolve in the woman she is meant to be. With the help and support of NCFL, Nefertari has found that beautiful smile that she once lost. Nefertari is a sign of true strength and love. She has taught her family no matter how hard life knocks you down you still can find the strength within and smile to face the next day.

Marcia Fernandez

I am writing to extend a special thank you to your staff at Andy’s house. Rebecca has been exemplary in her management of the staff and your clients.  In such an unprecedented, dangerous time she has risen to the occasion and gone above and beyond.” The fear and unknown of how to manage this situation are harrowing for all of us.  As a parent of a son with very high needs, residing in a group home setting on lock-down, the anxiety is overwhelming.  I am relieved that New Concepts for Living has taken every precaution, and all steps necessary for the health and safety of our loved ones and their own dedicated staff. Rebecca has always been there to support Andy in so many ways.   It has been a particularly frightening time for us recently with his new medical issues.  She has always been very professional and very caring.  Her strong guidance, reassurance and kindness have been such a comfort. Special thanks to your selfless front-line workers, Wesley and Mike, for their round-the-clock-care.  And of course, special thanks to Owen who clearly cares a lot for Andy. Their devotion and dedication, working consistently with Andy, has certainly made a difference in his life and is not without my gratitude. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to NCFL and ALL your staff, especially those from his Community Residence - Rebecca, Owen, Wesley, Mike, Emma and Jason.  And I don’t want to forget Carlton, Babatunde, Obe and Benjamin’s hard work and TLC.  

Kim Elphick

New Concepts for Living has provided an enriching environment for my brother since 2016. The Adult Achievement Center (day program) and house staff consistently provide him opportunities to expand his abilities and develop higher levels of independence and self-sufficiency. Their commitment to his growth, and both physical and emotional well-being have been greatly appreciated, and continue to confirm that NCFL was the best choice for our family.

Karen DiVerdi

My sister, Margarita moved Into NCFL's Haledon home a few years ago. She already knew one of the residents there and that certainly helped her transition, but the staff have also made a definite impact. Margarita's behaviors have decreased significantly because she is consistently monitored and encouraged. The direct care professionals who work with her have made her feel safe. My sister is always smiling and laughing and loves to participate in all the outings the Day Program and Group Home plan. Her favorite activities are when she gets her nails and hair done. She just loves the pampering! I am grateful to NCFL and the incredible staff for helping my sister feel happy and secure!

Elena Grullon

“Our family is very pleased with the care that my sister has received as a resident in one of the Community Residences  group homes) at New Concepts for Living. The attention, kindness, and love that the entire staff has shown is truly outstanding. We cannot thank them enough for putting us at ease and knowing that our loved one is in such great hands. We feel that NCFL is like a second family. Thank you for everything!!!”

Jessica Wu

Having a special needs child is one of hardship and joy for parents. Bringing up Sean and knowing that one day he would be alone in this world, as we have no other children, was frightening. Finding what we believe was a suitable group home was a time-consuming experience. Then we found New Concepts for Living. Still a little leery, we decided it would be the best situation for Sean. We now know it was the best decision we ever made. We would like to thank the New Concepts staff for all the care and comfort they have shown Sean. Both of us thank you from the bottom of our heart, and if he could, Sean would also thank you. I also want to take this opportunity to recognize Chris (his House Manager). Chris treats Sean like he was one of his own and I know he has a place in his heart for him. His leadership has, in our eyes, transformed the Teaneck community residence into the best in the state, baring none. In closing, our thanks to New Concepts for Living for allowing us one day to go to our grave knowing that Sean is in the best hands he could be in.  

Tom and Cathy Shanahan

I’m impressed with the high level of care given to my daughter. All staff is friendly and very professional. All my questions and concerns are answered quickly, and any problems resolved in a timely manner.

Elena O’Connell

New Concepts is truly the “home away from home” my parents envisioned for my sisters. Marian has grown tremendously since living in her independent apartment setting and Paulette thrives in her more traditional group home right in the town that she grew up in.  The 24-hour staff are uniformly incredible, courteous, kind and compassionate individuals who treat my sisters and their house mates with dignity, respect and understanding. The professional, customized care my sisters receive at New Concepts for Living is invaluable to the Maguire family and we are deeply grateful to all who continue to support this wonderful agency.

Patrice M. Scott

New Concepts has always taken excellent care of my brother, Eugene. Whether it be at the work shop or at the group home. The staff in either case has always shown genuine, caring, and real concern for my brother's wellbeing. He can be very difficult at times and I always appreciate their patience and understanding. I can't thank New Concepts enough for all they do for Eugene. And as his brother, I thank you.

Edward Pickhardt

The Gordon Family wanted to send our very grateful acknowledgement to all our friends at New Concepts for Living As our Nicholas has been part of the NCFL family for 10 years, we are constantly reminded how fortunate we are to have your fine organization overseeing the care for our son. We have watched how completely you all make sure his special needs are met and your sincere interest in his well being at every level. The entire Gordon family wanted to thank you so much, as this would not have been possible without your continued, thorough involvement and the dedicated interest in the quality of his life!

Kate and Gary Gordon

I am so thankful to the staff at New Concepts for Living. My daughter, Rebecca, has been a resident of NCFL for three years and is now attending their Adult Achievement Center as well.  The staff that work with her in her home treat her as if she is one of their own - and this is the greatest gift a parent can receive!  The house manager, Janet, cares for Rebecca like she does her own daughters.  Who could ask for more?  Rebecca loves going on all the trips and outings every week and enjoys attending the day program very much.  Whenever we see Rebecca, she is shining from the inside out and we are forever grateful for the care she gets. From the top down, everyone I come in contact with is loving, caring and kind.  The respect for Rebecca and her well-being at NCFL is how I can peacefully sleep each night.

Laurie Singer

My brother Leslie is living in Park Ridge group home for over 20 years. All the counselors and directors have always displayed the highest quality care and sincerity in their positions. The care they provide for my brother is more then I would be able to provide. Leslie is a very happy and easy going individual bat can be very stubborn and difficult to handle at times. I have personally witnessed how they handled the most difficult situations. I cannot give enough praise and sincere appreciation to'the counselors and directors that care for my brother. I know Leslie would not be happy anywhere else.

Lee and Deborah Bigbee

I don't even know where to begin with my praise for NCFL.  My sister, Sandra, has been a client for many years. Prior to that she was on a waiting list at a State Institution. Her first "real home" (in many years) was in Park Ridge, where she was able to take advantage of everything NCFL offered! She worked, shopped and enjoyed many social events and outings. Sandra is now significantly older and with much greater needs. She currently resides in the Northvale Community Residence, which she loves, and has an "Angel on Earth" as her manager - Janet Spence. She is also assisted by Mana and Celianise.  I would highly recommend New Concepts for Living to anyone who has a loved one with special needs.  God Bless you all!

Karen McDonald

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to share how grateful we are for the excellent care you are giving to our daughter, Amy.  It truly amazes us how you can individualize the living situation at the home and the day program to best suit her needs and interests.  The staff are equally gifted at being caring and professional and the medical care is top notch. NCFL runs a very tight ship and we feel fortunate that Amy is in your care.  She is well taken care of and enjoys the many outings.  Thank you again!

Julia Linder

“I have the pleasure of not only serving on the Board at NCFL, but also being the mother of a resident and recipient of their programs!  My son, Tom, has been part of the NCFL family for nearly twenty years. He loves his house mates and the staff at his home, and they have certainly become family.  I am grateful for the care he receives, as well as the abundance of activities and outings at the adult achievement center (day program) and while at home on the weekends. He is kept busy and he has made many friends. NCFL is fastidious in the maintenance of their homes and in the staff that they hire, and it has certainly made a difference! From a professional and personal perspective, New Concepts for Living is a premier agency and I would not want Tom anywhere else. Gratefully,  

Mary Ellen Rohon

My nephew Richard Mazziotti had been in Woodbridge Developmental Center since he was 12 years old. I moved him to a group home when they closed. The home was not what I expected, and neither was the workshop (day program). I moved him to New Concepts for Living shortly after. He is in now in a community residence (group home) there and NCFL's Adult Achievement Center Day Program. I cannot tell you how happy I am. He looks wonderful and is taken such good care of. He is happy and always smiling, which he was not before. They were so helpful, finding wonderful doctors for him. The staff are all understanding and patient and kind. At the day program, he seems very happy. He is always going out and does things that he never did before. As his aunt and guardian, I am so happy that he is a client of New Concepts for Living. They take care of all his needs. The staff there keeps me posted on everything that involves him.  Thank you NCFL!

Anne Brinkers