FAR HILLS – The borough is welcoming the construction of two Matheny group homes on Peapack Road.
“We look forward to a wonderful relationship with Matheny,” Mayor Paul Vallone said at a groundbreaking ceremony in June. “We welcome you to the neighborhood. On behalf of our residents, we look forward to your residents becoming our residents as well.”
The first home is expected to be completed in the fall.
“We look forward to becoming a part of the vibrant Far Hills community,” said Rick Alonso, vice president of operations at Matheny and coordinator of the group home construction.
The group homes are part of Peapack-Gladstone based Matheny’s mission to prepare its adult patients for their highest levels of independent living.
“Our group homes cultivate independence in a number of ways. They allow our residents to be members of a community, to be good neighbors, to contribute to the economy by shopping, by participating in classes and by working,” said Matheny board of trustees President William Krais. “We look forward to the opportunity to partner with Far Hills, and we thank them for their commitment to see this through.”
Matheny was founded by Walter and Marguerite Matheny to help their son who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Originally, they created a school to assist with learning challenges and had only three students including their son. From there the nonprofit grew into residential living and a hospital. In addition, the nonprofit organization has community service programs and art programs available to its residents.
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