The Occupational Training Center of Burlington County has announced the opening of a new group home in Willingboro, New Jersey. The Florence Gilbert Home, which is owned and operated by the OTC, will serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 2,516 square foot facility is designed to house four full-time residents as well as around-the-clock staff.
These staff members will focus on teaching the residents daily living skills to increase their independence, which includes everything from grooming to completing household chores and preparing meals. During the day, residents will take part in the OTC’s Day Habilitation or Vocational Training programs. The OTC has also made it a priority to give these individuals opportunities to be active members of their communities.
“The OTC is committed to providing the best care available to individuals with disabilities in South Jersey,” said Joseph S. Bender, Executive Director of the Occupational Training Center of Burlington County. “Our staff at the Florence Gilbert Home provides in-house support to these residents, giving them the tools they need to grow and find more independence in their day-to-day lives.”
The Florence Gilbert Home is dedicated to the late Florence E. Gilbert, a longtime member of the OTC’s Board of Directors. In the 1960s, she spearheaded the effort to create programs to serve the disabled community in Burlington County, leading to the creation of the first permanent OTC facility. In 1993, Gilbert was named Volunteer of the Year by the governor of New Jersey to recognize her hard work and dedication to improving the lives of others.
The OTC has plans to open two additional group homes in the next year, expanding opportunities for individuals with disabilities in and around Burlington County.
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