Fostering Hope Fall Newsletter
Be inspired by the children and parents in our specialized foster care program as they share their trials & successes at home & school
YCS expands its circle of care
serve children with developmental disabilities
Responding to the state's need for residential and in-home programs specially designed for children and young adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, YCS has created five new facilities (Sawtelle Homes) throughout the state.
Each facility has been approved and licensed by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Two new homes are located in Paterson and another is in Camden. Our residential facility in New Brunswick and a section of the Holley Center (named Sawtelle Hall) have been refitted to meet the special needs of our new clients. Several homes have begun serving clients, others are in the process of accepting applications for new admissions.
YCS has also created an in-home program, named Sawtelle Home Care, with a specially trained and an exceptionally caring staff to work with the children and families in their homes.
"We recognize the myriad of difficulties that come with assisting families whose children's disabilities are exacerbated by emotional and behavioral deficits and we are committed to helping each child live a more stable and satisfying life," said Richard Mingoia, YCS president.
Food Network Star
Chef Aaron McCargo
shares his passion with youth at Voorhees Home
Aaron McCargo enjoys dinner prepared by 18 year-old Brandon.
Aaron McCargo 's dream came true when he won Season 4 of The Next Food
Network Star. The grand prize was his own Food Network's show called Big Daddy's House.
When Aaron learned about the YCS therapeutic residence in Voorhees, and one young man's interest in cooking, he volunteered to visit the home and share with all the young men at the home his personal struggles to become a respected and accomplished chef.
Aaron served up hearty advice peppered with humor and wisdom. He told the teens that as a child he was bullied and misunderstood by his peers and family. They did not understand or support his desire to cook. Aaron encouraged the boys to find their passion and hold on to it, regardless of what others may say.
The young men responded to Aaron's warmth and honesty, and openly engaged in dialog with him. The young man, who is considering a career in culinary arts, prepared orange honey teriyaki pork, candied yams, and sauteed vegetables for the chef.