Post 53’s ‘Commander Bob’ personally thanks residents and staff for their support.
<February 21, 2020 Rochelle Park, NJ>
New Concepts for Living, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides housing, day care and other services to adults with developmental disabilities, received a certificate of thanks from Bob Paoli, Commander of the Ridgewood American Legion, in recognition of their assistance this past November.
About fifteen of NCFL’s residents spent their afternoon on Thursday, November 14th removing flags placed on the graves of Veterans at Valleau Cemetery in honor of Veteran’s Day this year.
The flag placement and removal are an annual event organized by the American Legion and they rely on volunteers to help make it happen each year.
Mr. Paoli, Commander of Post 53 and a United States Army Veteran who served during the Korean War, made a point to come by in person to thank the staff and residents himself.
“We enjoy keeping our Adult Achievement Center participants and our residents busy and more importantly, directly involved in their local communities. Volunteering and giving back not only helps the recipient organizations, but it reinforces a sense of self-worth and importance in these developmentally disabled individuals,” explained Lisa Callahan, a manager at New Concepts for Living’s Adult Achievement Center. “We really enjoyed the day and are looking forward to doing it again. And the resident’s loved a visit from Commander Bob!” she added.