The Knights of Columbus Joseph F Lamb Council #5510 Milton/Oak Ridge opened their hearts and made Christmas special for so many at the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD).
Instead of a “grab bag gift” at the Christmas Social each brother knight bought a gift for one resident of DPD from a list from the resident’s wish list. The presents were wrapped and labelled for each resident to be open on Christmas morning. The thought was why give some not needed grab bag gift when you can help someone in need. That’s what the Knights of Columbus are all about!
DPD provides residential, vocational, spiritual and social support for adults with developmental disabilities and their families. DPD operates nine group homes, two supervised apartments and a vocational day program throughout Morris, Sussex and Passaic County and provides care for over 100 adults with special needs. In Jefferson Township, DPD operates Finnegan House, Columbus House and Alexander House located off of Weldon Road.
The concept of the organization is that adults with developmental disabilities can thrive better in community settings, rather than in institutional care. They encourage clients to live full lives, offering aid where needed, and support when necessary.