History of The Rose House
The Rose House was founded in September of 1999 by Mark Kramer, the parent of a daughter with Down Syndrome.
Mark recruited other parents of children with developmental disabilities, local business people and community leaders to join him in pursuing the mission of The Rose House.
Each person serving on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Board have a fervent desire to create an organization which sets client and family concerns as its highest priority.
Our first program was The Rose House Café, the predecessor to our very successful vocational program which
- Trains and employs developmentally disabled adults for competitive employment in the food services industry, where they make good wages and enjoy a positive work environment;
- Provides job sampling programming - one-on-one coaching to high school students as they "check out" real-life job opportunities;
- Provides catering for private functions to corporations, non-profits, Scouts and other youth organizations to demonstrate the abilities of our clients;
- Offers Field Trips and Private Parties to Special Needs Groups in order to expose the students to real-life opportunities available to them;
- Offers breakfast, lunch and catering to the general public, demonstrating the abilities of our clients to potential employers and neighbors.
Our first Group Home was opened in November of 2003. Located in Mount Olive Township, this lovely four-bedroom ranch is home to four adult women. It was funded through a capital grant from the State of New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities and private contributions.
Our second residence, the Diane Bloom Group Home was opened in June of 2009. Also in Mount Olive, this four-bedroom colonial is home to four adult women. It was funded through a capital grant from Morris County, New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, and a generous contribution from the Bloom family and other private donors.
Our third residence was opened in June of 2011 in Hanover Township. This home has a twelve bed capacity, including four beds in the traditional group home model, and eight beds dedicated to apartments living where residents live independently, with a minimal level of supports. Capital funding was provided by New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Hanover Township, United Way of Morris County, Federal Home Loan Banks, private foundations and donations by friends of The Rose House.
The Rose House offers an extensive range of recreational choices for our residential clients, employees and students in our Vocational Programs, and other adults with disabilities who live in the area. We make use of existing programs such as MCARP, D.A.W.N., and Special Olympics New Jersey, as well as local community resources such as the YWCA.