Community Access Unlimited Was Profiled On Cable Television Show

Top Quote CAU assistant executive director speaks with Mayor of Elizabeth on agency's growth in size and in programs. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 03, 2017 - Elizabeth, NJ - Joanne Oppelt, Assistant Executive Director, Business Development at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), was a guest on 'Our City,' an Elizabeth-based television show.

    Oppelt discussed with Host, Mayor Christian Bollwage, the numerous programs CAU offers the community ranging from housing to vocational opportunities to life cycle events and community integration for individuals with and without disabilities. CAU presently serves a total of 8,000 Members and employs a staff of 1,200.

    A snapshot of programs this year include:
    New partnerships which allow for community integration on both an organizational and individual level - the production of Aladdin Jr. by the CAU Community Players is just one example,
    Homemaker Home Health Services offered to older adults and people in the community provided by Certified Home Health Aides as well as additional supports such as meal delivery, respite, errand service, or landscaping/snow removal offered to anyone in need
    Expansion of services available to people beyond Union County - CAU has reach throughout the state of New Jersey
    Strengthening of professional relationships through the Community Networking Breakfast - held two times per year and open to local businesses looking to partner with a strong agency
    Celebrations of relationships for CAU members at both Single's Night (this past February) and Couple's Night (an annual event held in April) and of course, Prom, (an annual event - which will be held in June)

    According to Oppelt, "We provide comprehensive services to people with all kinds of disabilities."

    To view the segment, Our City - "Community Access Unlimited - A Snapshot of Programs," please click here: https://youtu.be/XzOM059ugwI

    'Our City' is a cable access TV show airing on Cablevision Ch 18 Tuesdays 5:30 pm/ Wednesdays 6:00 pm/ Fridays 5:30 pm.

    Joanne Oppelt serves as assistant executive director of business development at Community Access Unlimited (CAU). Oppelt served with CAU from 2002 to 2011 as development director, during which time she raised approximately $1 million a year through government, foundation, corporate and individual fundraising while also advancing the agency's marketing plans and overseeing public relations.

    Prior to her return to CAU, Oppelt served as executive director of the crisis listening hotline 'Caring Contact' in Westfield, NJ. While there she increased margin by an average of 7 percent annually, money that was reinvested in programs and expansion; increased assets six fold; increased the number of calls taken annually by 20 percent; expanded suicide prevention and awareness as well as mental health training within the community; and built strategic community partnerships.

    About Community Access Unlimited
    Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

    For more information, please contact 908-345-3040 ext. 4376 or email cpavia ( @ ) caunj dot org

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