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This year the BCSS Wood-Ridge Rehab program is focusing on vocational skills training through work enclaves. Over the past several months, our Job Readiness Instructor JoAnne Kuhl has set up two enclave sites specifically for Wood-Ridge adults. Each adult will be offered the opportunity to participate in work enclaves.

An enclave site is a community based work opportunity for a small group of adults supervised by a BCSS staff member. A work enclave is significant step away from our previous sheltered workshop experience. Although some of the work tasks performed in the community may have similar components or mechanics, the enclave opportunity highlights real world learning in settings with individuals with and without disabilities. Established enclave sites: Wood-Ridge Library and TJ Max

Recently, Manager, Mary Anne Johnson has been working with JoAnne to take over a number of volunteer sites and provide supports to adults placed in these opportunities. Mary Anne will also be developing additional opportunities for adults to participate in work enclaves.




We enjoy relationships with various community partners:

  • Sunrise Assisted Living
  • Norman A. Bleshman Schools
  • Mills Bakery
  • Lucky Larry’s Deli
  • Lovey’s Pizzeria
  • Lodi Lanes
  • Infant Sweet Day Care
  • Hilltop Learning Center
  • Felician College Day Care Center
  • Armenian Presbyterian Church

“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve”: Martin Luther King Jr.

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”: Gandhi

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of commitment to make a difference in the lives of others” – DeAnn Hollis




Manager, Mary Anne Johnson has recently set up a work enclave at the CHARLIE BROWN’S STEAK HOUSE in Oradell, New Jersey. She met with General Manager, David Bradley to discuss the needs of this popular restaurant and what we could do to prepare for their lunch business. We thank Mr. Bradley for this opportunity.

Clients have worked hard to prepare the restaurant prior to opening to the public.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Organize and sort clean flatware
  • Prepare flatware in linens
  • Prepare/set tables with dishes/lines
  • Fill salt/pepper containers
  • Clean tabletops
  • Wipe down chairs, chair-rails, booths and ledges as needed

Through instruction on a natural vocational basis our clients learn critical thinking, teamwork, safety, cooperation, patience, independent problem solving, as well as, professional and social skills.WR3



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