April 22, 2022: New Concepts for Living was proud to open the first of many Community Residences specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities who are also medically fragile.

The new residence, located in River Vale, NJ, is now home to six individuals who need additional supports and close nursing supervision.

Three additional homes are currently underway for these medically fragile individuals in Old Tappan, Mahwah and Hillsdale.

Everyone here at NCFL is so happy to welcome our residents (and staff) back to Day Program! Our Adult Achievement Center officially opened at 50% capacity last Tuesday. Participants will rotate in person and join virtually when not on site. Looking forward to 100% capacity soon! Click here for our short Welcome Back Video.

In conjunction with American Legion Post 53 in Ridgewood, residents of New Concepts for Living created and mailed personalized holiday cards to local Blue Star Families, thanking them for their service and sacrifice. NCFL recognizes the importance of helping these adults who have varying levels of abilities and encouraging them to feel a part of their communities and give back where they can. Gestures like this one positively impact NCFL’s residents as well as the recipient families. Because of COVID-19, the organization’s Adult Achievement Center (Day Program) has been forced to temporarily shut down. Recreation and activities are being conducted virtually and staff has had to develop creative ideas to keep residents occupied and busy. Lisa Callahan, a Day Program Manager for NCFL, had the idea and initiative to connect with the Ridgewood American Legion and work with them on this project. “Thanking the families of our troops, who sacrifice so much this time of year seemed like such an important thing to do. It is an added bonus that it gives our residents and day program participants a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth to help or recognize others. They really enjoyed doing this. We even have a few Spanish speaking adults who wrote their cards in that language for Spanish-speaking families!” explained Mrs. Callahan. “This was a true ‘win-win’,” she added.

New Concepts for Living (NCFL) has hired Gus Loukas as the non-profit organization’s Controller. Loukas, who officially joined NCFL on June 15th, has more than 25 years of experience in Finance. His former financial roles include positions in various industries and firms such as Polytype America Corp., Ozonia North America, TVR Communications and most recently Aqua Products. In this current role, Loukas will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing all financial related activities for NCFL.

Loukas, a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University and Pace University School of Law, declared, “I am excited to utilize my experience and background in the non-profit arena and to contribute to NCFL’s mission of enhancing the lives of developmentally disabled adults. This is certainly an exciting new chapter for me.”

“As our organization continues to grow and flourish, while the industry itself changes, we knew we needed someone with extensive experience and a proven track record. We are excited to welcome Gus to the team,” states NCFL’s CEO, Steve Setteducati.

New Concepts for Living operates an Adult Achievement Center (day program) and Community Residences (group homes) throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties. The organization serves over 100 individuals with developmental disabilities and employs nearly two hundred staff.

About NCFL: New Concepts for Living is committed to caring for and enriching the lives of adults challenged with developmental disabilities. NCFL provides a safe and nurturing environment where extraordinary individuals can attain their highest level of independence. Founded in 1981 by a small group of parents with limited options for the care of their adult children, NCFL has grown to become a premier provider of programs and services in New Jersey, including: Adult Achievement Center Day Program, Community Residences, Behavioral Services, Nursing, Community Inclusion, and Transportation.

Day Program Goes Virtual

Where There is a Will… There is a Way

New Concepts for Living is proud to announce that, in response to COVID-19 and the subsequent quarantines and shut-downs, we have implemented virtual solutions for our Adult Achievement Center (Day Program) and Behavioral Services.

Many organizations were forced to close due to the pandemic, which is especially challenging for our population. All participants of our Achievement Center have been quarantined at home, either at one of our Community Residences (group homes), with family at their own homes or in other agency homes.

For the past few months, these individuals have had limited socialization, which is vital to their well-being. This minimal interaction with others can increase behaviors and have a negative impact on social progress and development.

The State recently outlined a plan for agencies like ours to offer virtual day programs to our residents and achievement center participants.

 

“We immediately sprinted into action. Our Information Technology, Residential, Behavioral and Day Program Directors collaborated and coordinated, and we were ready to go with the appropriate staff, programming, and technology in only a matter of days. We started a full day of robust Achievement Center activities on Monday – the very first day,” explained CEO Steve Setteducati. “I am so proud of our team.”

Activities to date have included “Socialization” (sharing what everyone has been up to since the Achievement Center closed), music therapy, game group, reading group, exercise group and the list continues to grow.

Feedback from our participants and their families has been overwhelmingly positive. NCFL is committed to enhancing our virtual programming in our mission to be the premier provider of services for the deserving individuals in our care.

NCFL residents show their support for the Paramus Veteran's Home.

Local non-profit rallies in response to Meadowland’s Chamber “Operation Bright Day.” New Concepts for Living responds as Meadowland’s Chamber of Commerce reaches out to local businesses in support of the Veteran’s Home of Paramus, which has been hit hard by the Pandemic.

New Concepts for Living (NCFL), a 501(c)(3) organization that provides housing, day care and other services to adults with developmental disabilities is responding to a request for supplies and support to brighten the spirits of residents at the Veteran’s Home of Paramus.

Jim Kirkos, President of the Meadowland’s Chamber of Commerce, and nephew of a Vet who resides at the Nursing Home, reached out to his members in response to the situation there (and at many nursing homes across the country) due to the effects of COVID-19. New Concepts for Living, a member of the chamber’s non-profit committee, immediately reacted.

“Many of our residents have volunteered at the Veteran’s Home and when we saw Mr. Kirkos’ email, we jumped into action! We want to let everyone there know we have not forgotten them and that we truly are ‘in this together,’ explained Deena King, NCFL’s Marketing and Programs Support Manager. The developmentally disabled adults in our community residences (group homes) have been under quarantine as well. This was a great way for them to feel like they are helping and doing something worthwhile right now,” she further explained.

The NCFL residents, ranging in age from 21 to 89, live in the organization’s supervised group homes throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties. They have been drawing pictures, signs and cards for their friends at the Veteran’s Home as part of their daily activities. NCFL’s Achievement Center Day Program was forced to shut down due to the Pandemic and direct care staff, as well as Day Program Managers, have been keeping residents busy in their homes. The package will be organized and shipped on Tuesday, May 5th, in honor of ‘Giving Tuesday Now,’ an emergency global day of giving.

About NCFL: New Concepts for Living is committed to caring for and enriching the lives of adults challenged with developmental disabilities. NCFL provides a safe and nurturing environment where everyone can attain their highest level of independence. Founded in 1981 by a small group of parents with limited options for the care of their adult children, NCFL has grown to become a premier provider of programs and services in New Jersey, including: Adult Achievement Center Day Program, Community Residences (Group Homes), Behavioral Services, Nursing, Community Inclusion, and Transportation.

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