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CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT

PARTNERING WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SINCE 1970 TO SECURE JOBS AND LIVE A FULL LIFE

http://cea-nj.org Tax ID 23-7052466

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CEA's mission is to facilitate career pathways and community employment for students and adults with disabilities.  We achieve our mission by providing essential employment supports in the community, within our packaging business onsite, and by offering academics and transition skills in our 2 private schools.


Help us help hundreds of people with various disabilities and challenges find employment and purpose during and after the current COVID-19 pandemic. Having a meaningful job provides opportunities for individuals to experience the pride, status, and rewards that come from successful employment, which will be even more important in the months and years ahead as we collectively recover from this national disaster.


Look at Doug. Doug used to work at Chuck E. Cheese, his dream job! He worked there for two years - a true success story, until his job, like thousands of others, was necessarily eliminated by restrictions associated with combatting the spread of the novel Coronavirus.  Doug would not have landed his dream job if it weren't for the resume writing, interview training, and the on the job coaching he received until he rocked it!  We look forward to working with him, and so many others, when we begin, and complete the recovery in the months and years ahead.


The support system that we have offered to Doug and the 343 other individuals recently receiving our services includes identifying their interests, evaluating their capabilities in job settings, providing trial work experiences, workplace readiness, skill training, and various levels of job coaching.


Our Community Employment program is our biggest funding challenge every year. While we receive some funding from the State of New Jersey, we have an over $230,000 deficit each year that our small nonprofit struggles to fill.  We've increased our efficiencies, but it's not enough. The battle yet to come will be even more essential, and in need of even more support.


We want to help more people like Sarah, Doug, Hannah, and Luke be proud and contribute to society. 


Every dollar helps them reach their goals! Will you help?