Tuesday, January 13, 2009

20 YR Nonprofit to Ring Bell at New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange
MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Presents of Mind's parent company Community Options will kick off their 20th anniversary celebration by ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009.

Presents of Mind, which is located at the Mall at 206 in Mount Olive, is the latest store to join six nonprofit businesses that Community Options operates across New Jersey, where individuals with disabilities learn job skills, gain experience and earn a living. The other business include a flower and gift store - Vaseful, in New Brunswick and three Daily Plan It shops which are complete office, copy and print centers in Morristown, Moorestown and Princeton.

Community Options, Inc., a Princeton based national nonprofit, is an organization that has been providing residential and employment support to people with developmental disabilities for twenty years.

With 22 regional offices throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and New Mexico,
Community Options has remained vigilant in its founding mission and cause-
to develop housing and employment opportunities for people with
developmental disabilities. Community Options currently employs 2,500
Direct Support Professionals, Management and Administrative staff
throughout the country. Community Options currently supports over 1,500 people
with developmental disabilities in inclusive communities and competitive

The Board of Directors of Community Options including Robert Stack,
Founder, President and CEO, Svetlana Repic-Qira, Dr. Clarence York, Frank Zak, Peter Dulligan, Thomas Burdick, Bright Rajaratnam, Tim Dunigan, Paul Hritz, Tim Carden, Howard Maher and Rebecca Bugaj Zak will all be in attendance on Wednesday to participate in the ceremony of ringing the opening bell.

Community Options is the nation's fastest growing nonprofit organization
supporting people with developmental disabilities and while this growth is
substantial, the quality of our support is never compromised. Community
Options provides the highest level of quality support and innovation in
all program design.

As Community Options moves into its 20th year of dedicated service, there
are many events coming up that would behoove the public, advocates,
families and professionals to participate in. May 13-15th is our 4th
Annual Conference in Princeton, New Jersey which will highlight and
coordinate a national symposium of our accomplishments over the past 20
years. Our Annual Gala will be held on Friday, May 15, 2009 at
Drumthwacket (NJ Governor's Mansion) in Princeton, New Jersey.

To learn more about us and to join us on our journey of supporting people
with developmental disabilities, please visit us on the web at www.comop.org

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