from Our CEO
Chief Executive Officer
As I celebrate my seventh year as Chief Executive Officer of New Concepts for Living, I also celebrate my seventh 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 6 ½ years NCFL has been fortunate to mark extraordinary 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. During this same period, we have added five new Community Residences, the latest of which is a state-of-the-art "Medically Fragile" home in River Vale, NJ. We were delighted to welcome our first residents to this home in August of last year and look forward to serving additional Medically Fragile individuals as more of these uniquely constructed homes open later this year. Six more new homes are in the works with even more homes on the horizon. In addition, 15 new apartments serving 21 deserving individuals will soon be under construction.
We have added more full-time behaviorists and nurses to our staff and implemented highly advanced Information Technology (IT) platforms throughout our organization to streamline processes and workflows in the interest of the safety and well-being of our residents. In addition, our ever-growing transportation fleet has been upgraded with all new vehicles.
Having grown to full capacity at our Rochelle Park Achievement Center and Administrative Offices, NCFL recently purchased a new and significantly larger facility in Paramus. Our new Achievement Center will be custom built utilizing advanced design enhancements specific to the needs of our population with plans for physical, occupational and speech therapy on site. When complete, this new facility will increase our ability to serve our day program participants more than three-fold in the interest of accommodating our wait list of extraordinary individuals.
NCFL was the first, and currently one of only a handful of agencies in New Jersey to install sophisticated, High-Tech digital cameras in all of our Community Residences, throughout our Achievement Center (Day Program) and our entire transportation fleet for the safety and benefit of our residents and staff. In addition, NCFL has created and implemented easy to use digital reporting suites that, among other things, administer and monitor unusual or noteworthy instances, community outings and much more.
With respect to outings or "Community Inclusion," NCFL is the most active agency in New Jersey when it comes to integrating our extraordinary individuals into our communities. We are committed to taking trips to a multitude of venues on a regular basis. We strongly believe in the rights of our individuals to participate within the community, whether it be daily outings from our Achievement Center, or our homes on weeknights and weekends. Participation is not mandatory, and we will respect the wishes of guardians relative to outings.
We recognize the importance of hiring the very best employees. Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Management, and Administrative staff are among the highest paid in our field. Our DSPs 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 a leading provider of services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled population in New Jersey.
In terms of our financial position, I am most pleased to report that over the past 6 1/2 years, NCFL has quadrupled 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 wish to thank our outstanding staff for their hard work and unrelenting dedication, our financial supporters for their generosity, and our guardians/families for their continued partnership.
In closing, I wish to share with you that I cannot think of a more rewarding second career. I thoroughly enjoy caring and advocating for the rights of society's most vulnerable population. I welcome and appreciate each day, serving our family of extraordinary special needs individuals for whom we provide a “Lifetime of Care.”
I look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2022 and beyond!