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As the leaders of the most comprehensive non-profit organization serving people with disabilities in Sussex County, we are very pleased and privileged to present SCARC’s 2019 Annual Report, in which we celebrate our successes, review our progress, and highlight exciting milestones. Since celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2017, SCARC, we have only continued to deepen our commitment to supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Most notable among our accomplishments is the planning, construction, and completion of our new Richard and Susan Lecher Community Center in Augusta. SCARC’s board of trustees has named this new facility after our president and CEO of nearly fifty years, Dr. Richard Lecher, and his wife Susan. The board chose the honor to show its appreciation for Dr. Lecher’s incredible dedication to SCARC and his tireless efforts on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Community Center serves as a new location for our Patty Dolan Senior Center, previously located in Sparta, as well as our newly established James Dykstra Center. The Community Center can serve up to 60 adults each day, with additional space available for future program expansion as our organization continues to grow. The Center also houses some of our SCARC staff training resources as well as several offices for program staff.
In other news, SCARC is pleased to announce the completion of an intense multi-year period of transition into the Medicaid Fee-for-Service program, which provides funding for our residential, day-habilitation, and family-support programs and services. As a qualified Medicaid provider in New Jersey, SCARC was required to execute a rigorous restructuring of our financial and business-management infrastructure in order to comply with the new requirements and ensure our continued financial stability throughout the transition and beyond.
Despite the enormity of the changes that were required, we’re happy to report that the transition to the Fee-for-Service model has largely been very positive for our organization and the families we serve. As always, we continue to provide intensive support to all families as they navigate the ins and outs of this new funding model.
In 2019, we also celebrate the 20-year anniversary of our Harvest Home Foods program, which today provides nourishment to nearly 400 households every year, a number that continues to rise year over year. The food pantry’s two locations in Hamburg and Hampton Township provide both perishable and nonperishable foods to individuals, families, and seniors throughout Sussex County. Through this innovative program, individuals with developmental disabilities, who make up the staff at these two locations, are able to experience the joy of performing meaningful, fulfilling work that truly makes an impact on those around them.
In 2018, SCARC introduced a dynamic new program called Explorers, which offers daily programming for up to 30 individuals who enjoy activity and adventure. Participants engage in many pursuits while learning more about their own interests and connecting with their peers. They might, for example, explore local parks and recreational areas, volunteer at one of the county’s community gardens, tour museums and nearby businesses, or stop by area nursing homes to visit with residents.
We’re proud of what we do, and we’re encouraged by the many partners with whom we have fostered strong relationships over the years—organizations that have been integral in helping us achieve our mission. Local businesses such as Lakeland Bank, RoNetco Supermarkets, Selective Insurance, and Thorlabs and many other businesses afford the individuals we serve with myriad opportunities for employment and provide SCARC with vital financial and in-kind support that enables us to continue in our mission.
In addition to area businesses, many organizational grantors and countless individual donors continue to show their trust and belief in our work through grants and donations, which have grown by at least 10% year over year for the last three years.
As you’ll see through the testimonials featured throughout this report, the individuals and families we serve are very thankful for the programs and services SCARC provides. And each and every day, we’re lucky enough to see, in various ways, the tangible difference SCARC makes in their lives. At the center of it all are our wonderful employees, who bring joy, light, and love to the individuals we serve on a daily basis. We are forever grateful to everyone who makes SCARC the amazing success it is, and we are thrilled to share some of the highlights of our accomplishments with you in our Annual Report. We hope you enjoy reading it and we thank you for your support!
Comments, inquiries, or questions? Please contact Dr. Richard Lecher at [email protected].
Provide high quality services and supports to people with developmental disabilities and their families in Sussex County.
Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in Sussex County depend on SCARC to provide community-based service options. In a time of ever changing and evolving resources and practices, SCARC is committed to meeting needs with respect, flexibility and services that reflect excellence and quality.
SCARC provides a wide range of services designed to meet the diverse support needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
From its administrative offices in Augusta, SCARC oversees:
SCARC also provides:
In many locations throughout the county.
“We feel so blessed to have the great people from SCARC in our lives. They have such good hearts.”
For more detailed financial information, please contact our president and chief executive officer,
Richard C. Lecher, Ph.D., at 973-383-7442
Construction on our Richard and Susan Lecher Community Center is completed with the help of USDA financing, and the facility opens its doors for the first time.
We establish a fifth corporation, the Augusta Center for Persons with Disabilities.
SCARC opens two homes in Frankford through its partnership with Knoll Housing.
We expand our Sparta Center, adding one more condo unit to our original two in order to accommodate additional programs.
SCARC’s Valcourt group residence is built in Lafayette thanks to generous donation from a parent of an individual we serve.
Our Hampton Community Center is built with USDA financing and several day programs are consolidated into this location.
With our first-ever HUD grant, we build our Stillwater and Warbasse group homes. SCARC Housing, Inc., is formed the same year.
Our Sparta Center is built to accommodate our senior program as well as a program for individuals with extensive medical needs.
Through the generosity of a parent whose child is served by SCARC, another group home is established in Frankford.
We open our Clearview group home in Hampton Township.
Harvest Home Foods is established and begins initial operations at the Creamery Building in Augusta.
The SCARC administration building moves from Newton to its current home in Augusta, NJ.
With financial support provided by a generous parent, we establish our Sussex group home.
Nine more homes are opened through out the county over the course of the next decade, with locations in Stanhope, Lafayette, Hardyston, Sussex, Wantage, Franklin, Vernon, and Hampton Township.
SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc., is established to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with guardianship planning.
Our third and fourth Adult Activity Centers are established in Newton and Franklin.
SCARC Foundation, Inc., is founded to provide financial support to SCARC, Inc.
Our first 100% accessible group home is constructed in Branchville.
Two more group homes open in Fredon and Beemerville.
SCARC’s preschool and early-elementary education programs end as public schools begin serving children with all types of disabilities.
The very first SCARC group home opens in Newton, and a second one opens in Sparta soon after.
We move our Stanhope Adult Activity Center to Hillside Park in Andover Township.
Our board of trustees identifies a profound need for group homes and begins working to establish these residences.
SCARC opens its second Adult Activity Center in Stanhope.
We offer our first early-intervention program in Newton to serve infants and toddlers.
SCARC begins offering preschool and early-elementary education classes in Newton, with programs in Hamburg and Lafayette to follow.
SCARC’s current president and CEO, Dr. Richard Lecher, is hired to lead our organization.
SCARC’s first administrative office is established at 39 Newton-Sparta Road in Newton.
Our first Activity Center for adults with disabilities is established, operating in Grange Hall in Newton.
Recreation and daycare programs begin for younger children. Teen recreation programs soon follow.
The founders of SCARC establish an affiliation between our organization and the Arc of New Jersey, becoming an official local Arc chapter.
A small group of parents gathers for the first time to begin the process of creating SCARC.