Three Others Including Tom Baffuto to be Honored on October 18th
Robert Parker, chief executive officer of NewBridge Services is one of this year’s winner’s of the Ann Klein Advocate Award. The award given by the Community Health Law Project, a statewide nonprofit advocacy and legal services organization that honors those who make extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Parker, of Morristown, will be honored for his “vision and commitment to creating affordable housing for individuals and families with special needs.” NewBridge, based in Pequannock Township, now serves more than 10,000 people a year in northern New Jersey.
The other recipients this year include:
- Thomas Baffuto, executive director of the Arc of New Jersey, a Piscataway resident, is being recognized for his leadership as a “skilled and passionate innovator in support of lasting improvement to the quality of life of New Jersey’s citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
- The tenants of Orchard Commons and the Roberts House will be recognized for their extraordinary example of lives transformed through supportive housing and all that it offers to the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.
- The Borough of Closter, in Bergen County, is being recognized as a municipality that welcomes and demonstrates its concern, support and advocacy for the people living with disabilities who reside in the community.
All of the winners will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Wilshire Grand in West Orange. The award was named in memory of state Department of Human Services Commissioner Ann Klein, whose efforts paved the way for advances in the human services systems throughout New Jersey.
Click here for more information on the Community Health Law Project’s website.