[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 24 (Monday, February 10, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E189]
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                      HON. RODNEY P. FRELINGHUYSEN

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                       Monday, February 10, 2014

  Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Community 
Options of New Jersey, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary this 
  Founded in 1989, Community Options, Inc. was established around the 
belief that all people should have the freedom to experience the 
highest degree of self-determination. The non-profit is built around 
that philosophy and provides housing and support services, and 
advocates on behalf of people with disabilities.
  Originating in New Jersey, Community Options has expanded its 
services across multiple states to support people with mental 
retardation, autism, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and 
dual diagnoses. Recognizing that people with the most severe 
disabilities require environments and support that are tailored to very 
specific needs, Community Options works with state and county based 
authorities to facilitate community placement and work opportunities 
that encourage individual choice and flexibility.
  Community Options is the sixth-largest nonprofit organization in New 
Jersey, and has developed a number of partnerships with Non-
Governmental Organizations in countries across the world. Providing 
advocacy assistance to empower people with disabilities, Community 
Options believes that all people, regardless of disability level, 
should live and work in the community with dignity, choice and self-
  I have seen firsthand how their facilities in Wayne and Morristown 
work to create the best possible environment for persons with 
disabilities. This includes 24-hour residential services, supported 
employment to match people with disabilities for competitive jobs, 
entrepreneurial businesses, as well as programs supporting persons with 
very significant medical needs.
  The mission and work of Community Options has made the nonprofit an 
important asset to New Jersey. Their continued dedication to support 
thousands of families, and champion the rights of persons with 
disabilities, is to be commended.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating 
Community Options, Inc. of New Jersey as they celebrate their 25th