Since opening in January 2018, Best Buddies New Jersey is growing and seeing the need for our programs in every part of the state. We currently have nine school-based chapters throughout New Jersey supporting important programs to build one-to-one friendships between individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our recently initiated Jobs program has placed three candidates into competitive and integrated positions in the community with another five anticipated for 2018. This year, we have 15 attendees from the New Jersey delegation attending the annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference at Indiana University.
Our goals for 2018 include continuing to expand our friendship programs throughout the state, recruiting and training new volunteers, placing qualified candidates into meaningful job opportunities and growing our advisory board.
Many thanks to all who have welcomed me into this new role and I am excited to open a new office and grow our impact in the Garden State.