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JESPY House

Independence for Adults with Disabilities

South Orange, NJ   |  www.jespy.org

Mission

TO PROVIDE ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (IDD) THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND LEAD INDEPENDENT LIVES. JESPY'S PHILOSOPHY PROMOTES INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, SELF-DIRECTION, AND INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY LIVING FOR 250 CLIENTS IN SOUTH ORANGE, NJ.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Audrey Winkler

Main address

102 Prospect St

South Orange, NJ 07079 USA

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EIN

22-2186490

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

JESPY House aims to enable adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to achieve their full potential and to lead independent lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transition Services

JESPY House Transition Services bring years of experience in helping young people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities progress into the adult world. The program is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Working with high schools, we gently ease young adults into activities that best meet their needs.
Through JESPY services, young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities become empowered to gradually and confidently move away from their childhood services and begin to look towards the future as they: try new things, make new friends, prepare for living as a more independent adult.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities
Young adults

A key component to living an independent life for someone with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) is the ability to earn a wage and make a living. At JESPY, we pride ourselves on having a dedicated team to connecting and maintaining relationships with employers in Essex, Morris, Hudson, Somerset and Union counties to help our clients find a job that works for them.
Clients are individually paired with a WREE Coordinator to provide one-on-one attention for job development and job coaching.
JESPY House offers in-house employment for up to one (1) year through our RISE (Readiness, Independence, Supported Employment) program. In this program, clients are trained to succeed by learning the demands and expectations of the job market. Clients have the opportunity to earn a competitive wage while experiencing the work of various JESPY departments.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities
Unemployed people

JESPY’s Community-Based Supports Program provides 1:1 assistance for clients in the areas of daily & social living and personal development. The program also provides guidance with increased community participation and activity learning.
With independence and a demonstrated knowledge of life skills at the forefront, a number of JESPY clients have the ability to live independently. With supports provided by JESPY, clients have the option to live in one of several South Orange-located condominiums or apartments.
JESPY On-the-Go is an additional support service designed to assist individuals who are living at home. Weekly support hours are available at 2-hour minimum to 15-hour maximum windows. Supports are provided in the areas of Community Participation, Daily Living skills, Independence, and Cognitive Skills in Essex, Union, and Bergen counties.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities

The Day Habilitation Program provides a structured daily schedule of educational, pre-vocational, psychosocial and health-oriented activities for any JESPY client who is not involved full-time in volunteer or paid employment activities. In this scheduled program, participants build on their interests to help shape their individual performance plans for work readiness and employment engagement.
Day Habilitation includes a comprehensive Daily Living Skills Program which prepares clients, especially those living at home with their families, for successful independent living.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities

To match the different abilities of each client, JESPY House offers three residential options. All are provided with individualized supports. The primary goal of residential programming is for a client to learn the skills necessary to live independently in the community within his/her own apartment, residing with or without a roommate. The three available options are outlined below:

Level 1 – Supervised Apartment

Level 2 – Shared Housing

Level 3 – Independent Living

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities

The JESPY clinical department is designed to assist clients in the process of leading healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives as well as help them address psychological issues that may hinder the process.

Goal-directed, therapeutic services and interventions are available for clients. Some clients receive short-term treatment that is geared toward their adjustment to new challenges and transitions or resolving issues. Other clients who may have complex emotional histories could require a continuation of their earlier treatment or long-term care.

Clinical service referrals are often initiated and established by case managers, a client’s self-advocacy or via insurance. Clients are matched with an onsite licensed mental health professional, or (if appropriate) with a provider in the vicinity of JESPY.

With each specific client’s care in mind, JESPY’s clinical teams maintains active communication throughout all JESPY House departments regarding the client’s progress and adaptations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities

People today are living longer than ever, including adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Adults with IDD experience age-related issues much earlier than the general population. However, like most adults, those with IDD prefer to remain in their own community as they age. JESPY is committed to meeting the changing needs of our clients.

Launched in 2017, our Aging in Place initiative developed programs and services to help our older clients remain part of the special community they have come to love – for many, the community where they found independent lives they could call their own.

JESPY’s Aging in Place initiative boasts an environment in which clients can continue to live within our client-centered, community-based setting throughout their senior years with access to the support they need. For our work with Aging in Place clients, JESPY received the 2021 Carl F. West Award from?NJ Advocates for Aging Well (NJAAW).

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with physical disabilities

As part of JESPY’s Engagement & Enrichment Program, clients participate in groups that offer nurturing and supportive outlets designed to foster genuine connections with others and provide engagement in activities that promotes their well-being. The abundance of well-rounded recreational programs provided have an emphasis on creativity, community inclusion, social skills, and sportsmanship.

At JESPY, clients are never at a loss for opportunities for self-expression and inventiveness. The Engagement & Enrichment program provides alternative ways to explore and discover talents, communicate thoughts and emotions, build confidence, and learn new skills.

Some of the workshops for creative outlets include: Poetry/Creative Writing/Blogging, JESPY’s band - The Advocates, Specialized Art Group, Dance Troupe, Zumba, and Book Club. Our multi-talented clients also take part in JESPY and community-sponsored art shows where they display their work and talents.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities

JESPY’s Athletics and Fitness Program emphasizes overall physical fitness, health and wellness, and the development of social skills. Through the program, clients establish and maintain appropriate fitness routines and participate in athletic games that require inherent or learned sports skills and teamwork.

JESPY clients of all levels of abilities enjoy the team spirit, sportsmanship and opportunity to engage with other athletes across New Jersey and beyond. Clients who may not be ready or do not wish to compete in league play are provided with the flexibility to participate in team practice without the commitment to full schedule travel to sporting events.

For more than 20 years, JESPY House has been proud to be a participant in the Special Olympics New Jersey Games. We represent the largest group of athletes in Essex County and continue to be successful in many events, with a long history of excellence in athletics.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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JESPY House

Board of directors
as of 01/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ahadi Bugg-Levine

Jeffrey Bier

Denise Dimson Rekem

Matthew Sheedy

Stacey Davis

Audrey Winkler

Diane Davis

Sophia Gershman

Elaine Harris

Palisa Kelley

Alison Lewis

Jonathan Myers

Michael Och

Judy Peskin

Suki Shikiar

Sandra Sicular

Susan Weinstock

Alison Lewis

Dennis Liu

DWS Holdings, Inc.

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/1/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.