2017 Happiness Tree

Make a year-end Christmastime donation to DPD and make a difference in the lives of many!


“The Department for Persons with Disabilities in the Diocese of Paterson is a place of true celebration and compassion.  This is a community based on the beauty of goodness and love. This beauty shines through during the Christmas Season, as the DPD Family comes together to rejoice.” - Christopher de Vinck, award-winning author


“The Department for Persons with Disabilities has been a tremendous blessing to the Diocese of Paterson and to all of these individuals and families who are served by its mission.  Christmastime is special at DPD, as the light of Christ shines onto all of whom are served” - Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D. Bishop of Paterson


Christmas, 2017


Dear Friends of DPD,


The Christmas Season is here and we are excited to celebrate this very special time of year. 


Your contributions have allowed DPD to provide a high level of care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It is because of you that we are able to “provide help” and “create hope.”  Throughout the last year, we have provided care for 78 adults in our group homes and supervised apartments.  We have also provided vocational support for 58 individuals at our Gruenert Center Day Program.  In addition, your support has allowed us to empower the individuals who we serve to be active in the community, provide support to families of adults with developmental disabilities who live at home, provide pastoral care for former residents who now reside in nursing homes and expand our recreational activities. 


As the Christmas Season approaches, DPD calls for your help. Each of DPD’s Programs has a Christmas Tree waiting to be decorated.  You may sponsor an ornament that will display your special message or memorial at the program or your choice.  You will also receive an ornament in the mail that has been handcrafted by a person who works at Gruenert Center.  


Your Christmas gift of $100, $500, $1,000 or whatever you can afford can make all the difference...to the people who live in our group homes and supervised apartments, to the clients who work at Gruenert Center and to all of the families who we help in the community.  Please send your most generous donation to DPD today.  God bless your good heart.


All contributions are 100% tax-deductible.  Matching gifts may also be available through your company.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call our Development Office at 973-406-1104.  


We wish you and your family many blessings throughout this Christmas season and a happy and healthy New Year!




Other Ways to Help DPD this Christmas Season (add one of the 4 pictures to this section)


  • Donate your car by visiting: www.cccars.org
  • Purchase boxes of Christmas Cards designed and assembled by members of the DPD Family: www.dpd.org/card
  • Donate through #IGiveCatholic
  • Volunteer at DPD and help a friend in need this Christmas: www.dpd.org/volunteer


In Honor Of
Apply Donation To
  • Alexander House, Oak Ridge
  • Barnet House, Pompton Lakes
  • Basile Apartments, Wayne
  • Calabrese House, Parsippany
  • Columbus House, Oak Ridge
  • Finnegan House, Oak Ridge
  • Fitzpatrick House, Pompton Lakes
  • Giuliano House, Jefferson
  • Gruenert Center, Lake Hopatcong
  • Kelleher Apartments, Butler
  • Main Office, Oak Ridge
  • Murray House, Clifton
  • Wallace House, Sparta
  • Wehrlen House, West Milford
  • Support Coordination, Sussex County
  • Saturdays at the Center, Lake Hopatcong

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