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Vision Statement Twenty-One Plus, Inc. will continue to make lives meaningful for people with disabilities. Mission Statement
Twenty-One Plus, Inc. will provide diversified opportunities to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities through a strategic plan.
q All services will ensure dignity and respect for the rights of individuals served.
q All services will promote optimal physical and mental well being as well as personal growth for the individuals served.
q All services will be designed based on individual needs.
q All employees will be dedicated to the mission of Twenty-One Plus, Inc. and provide professional and compassionate care.
q All volunteers will demonstrate a commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Twenty-One Plus, Inc.
q Twenty-One Plus, Inc. will continue to build relationships within the community.
"Meaningful lives for people with disabilities"
In 1979, a group of parents convened with a common concern -- the absence of adequate day programs for their children after high school. They established the need for an organization to provide community based programs for individuals over the age of 21 with developmental disabilities. Thus, in November of 1979, 21 Plus, Inc. was founded.
The original program was located in space donated by a local newspaper, The Observer, and attended by nine individuals. News spread fast and the program outgrew its space when the census was 25 people attending. At this point, the program moved to Winding River Park and was fortunate enough to receive funding from the United Way of Ocean County.
In 1982, 21 Plus, Inc. entered into an agreement with the State of NJ, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, to design and open its first group home in Toms River for six people. By 1988, two more group homes were added to the 21 Plus, Inc. services.
From 1988 to 2004, the agency experienced a major growth spurt and added one more adult training center, a Supported Employment program, several apartments and group homes. 21 Plus Inc. currently provides opportunities for 140 adults in various programs in Ocean County. The individuals receiving services range in age from 25 to 83 and have a wide variety of abilities.
In 2009, 21 Plus, Inc. expanded its mission to include in-home or out-of-home family support services for people of all ages with disabilities. This service is available 24 hours/7 days per week.
Some services may be offered free of charge depending on meeting the eligibility criteria for the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
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