The Friendship Group & Circle of Friends
Friendship Group and Circle of Friends provide a structured social environment for adults with intellectual disabilities, enabling them to make friends and to better interact socially with their peers. The groups meet every Friday Evening from 6:30-9:30 for different activities in the community.
Wednesday Night Summer Social
A time to enjoy friends, watch TV and maybe dance to some music. Usually nothing planned, just having fun in a supervised setting when all other activities stop for the summer. Occasionally, a fun outing, like a trip to the Fair. We try to keep the groups active.
Our members enjoy a variety of fun events throughout the year.
- Tim Tebow's 'Night to Shine'
- Katie's House Sock Hop Fundraiser
- Semi Formal
- Katie's House Hoe Down Fundraiser
- and other Holiday Parties!
We are very proud of of Service Group members as they volunteer for a multitude of organizations and worthy causes. We feel that it is important for people with special needs to have an active role in the local community. Our members are valued and respected participants at animal shelters, theatre, YMCA, thrift shop and more.
Tiffany volunteering at
Father John’s Animal Rescue
Katie volunteering at the
Katie volunteering for
Newton Memorial Hospital
and the Beehive Thrift Store
Jeremy volunteering at
Father John’s Animal Rescue
The Service Group - Ongoing Projects
Assisting Families and Children:
- Collect New Toys for Pediatric Oncology Patients battling cancer and its side effects.
- Collect New and Gently Used Clothes for needy families.
- Collect Toiletries and Food for needy families
- Collect items for our Buddy Packs for children entering Foster Care
New Toys for Pediatric Oncology Patients & Buddy Packs for Children in Foster Care
Our Service Group Program supports community involvement, allowing opportunities for our participants to reach out to children battling cancer, assist needy families locally and help children entering Foster Care plus assist other non-profits. This teaches them to give back to the very community that is helping them.
Gifts for Pediatric Oncology Patients
Katie's House collects all year to provide gifts for the Pediatric Oncology Department
at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson, NJ.
Katie, age 11, with her dog, Honey.
Dear Friends of Katie’s House,
As part of our effort to support children in need, Katie’s House will be collecting gifts for the children receiving treatment in the Pediatric Oncology Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ. We are coordinating our efforts with local groups in Newton and the surrounding area. We have been doing this since 1997 when Katie finished her chemo.
Please consider either buying toys/gifts/gift cards or send a donation to Katie’s House. Check payable to Katie's House and put in the memo Pediatric Oncology.
Katie’s House is a non-profit organization for adults with intellectual disabilities and we believe they too can Make A Difference if given a chance.
P.O. BOX 96
Newton, NJ 07860
Buddy Packs for Foster Children
Our Buddy Pack Program provides new personal care items on a monthly basis to children entering the Foster Care system. Often children are removed from their homes without any notice and barely have time to collect a few items to bring with them.
The Buddy Packs are filled with new items that now belong to them. A gift from Katie’s House to a child that is feeling alone. A card is placed in the backpack that reads, “You Matter.”
Items we provide range from a new soft blanket, gloves, socks, toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, school supplies, small puzzles or toys etc. If you could help with collecting some of these items please contact us at the phone number on the Home Page.
Katie's House provided a one on one staff person to make it possible for Honis to attend summer camp for 2 years. The family put in a request for help since Honis was born with severe facial deformities and blind. He would not be able to attend the camp without Katie's House assistance.
"A Van For Shannen" with a Wheelchair Lift
Shannon, a young woman living in the Newton area with her parents, was born with neurological disabilities, spasticity on her left side and dystonia. Shannon was an active member in activities provided by Katie’s House, taking dance, sign and cooking classes and also a member of The Friendship Group.
Shannon’s Dad was battling Parkinson’s, Mom lost her job, Hurricane Irene damaged their house and Shannon progressively became less mobile. She no longer could be transported in the family car and needed a van with a wheelchair lift or she would have been housebound.
Katie’s House, along with Shannon’s friends and family reached out to the community for help in raising money to take some of the burden off the family. $40,000 was raised to widen doorways in the house to allow a wheelchair to be used, a ramp was added outside the house for access and a wheelchair accessible van was purchased.
Family Mentoring and Consulting:
Katie’s House Provides workshops for families interested in starting a residential home for their adult child and advice on Funding and Entitlement Programs.
Learn more about Katie's House and our programs! Please email us for more information.
"A guide for managing the future of a loved
one with developmental disabilities."
Written by Evelyn Dudziec
Make check payable to: Katie’s House
Send check and order request to:
P.O. BOX 96
Newton, NJ 07860
Katie's House, Inc. is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization.
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