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Our mission is to improve the lives of people with autism…

One individual
at a time
One family
at a time
One community
at a time

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Celebrating 30 years of Community Support…

Eden Dreams

The 30th celebration of Eden Dreams was another outpouring of support from the greater-Princeton community. Held on January 27th, 2018 Eden Dreams: Dreams of the Rare Pearl recognized Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Scott Kent respectively with the Friends of Eden Visionary and Guardian awards. The awards are given annually to an entity and an individual who has demonstrated outstanding financial and programmatic support of Eden’s programs. Community trustee Gahan Pandina, PhD accepted Janssen’s award with his colleague Peg Forrestel of the company’s contributions and community affairs. A highlight of the evening was the honorees’ acceptance videos and the cameo appearance by an Eden participant in Scott’s.

As one component of Eden’s effort to raise over $1.2 million annually for programs and services, this event attracts local business leaders, corporate citizens, and individuals who embrace our mission and have established long-standing partnerships with us through 30 years of Eden Dreams. Proceeds from this year’s event will support Eden’s continued education and retirement programs for adults with autism.

Each Eden Dreams event has represented a time or place that can be visited only through one’s imagination. Guests have been transported to Atlantis, Camelot, even the Lumière screening room – making this one of the most talked about and highly anticipated events in Princeton. This year’s theme did not disappoint. Unique elements of Eden Dreams: Dreams of the Rare Pearl included a nationally respected pearl expert courtesy of Hamilton Jewelers and a renowned Chinese calligrapher, as well as renowned artists who performed traditional Chinese music. Commemorative pearl bracelets were donated by Hamilton Jewelers in celebration of the event’s 30 years and incorporated into the evening’s program to raise additional revenue to support aging and medically fragile adults with autism.

Parents, family members, and friends who are interested in joining our event committees are encouraged to contact Jennifer DaCunha in the development and communications office at 609.987.0099 x3512.

View more pictures from our gala, here.
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Introducing our new President & CEO

January 8, 2018

Dear Families, Staff, & Friends:

Letter from Michael DeckerIt’s now four weeks since I joined Eden. The welcome has been warm and the move to downtown Princeton, where my wife Liz and I now reside, smooth. I’m grateful for both.

I had the chance to meet many of you at program locations, the Eden Autism 5K, the service awards dinner, and the Eden School holiday show. The happiness I expressed then about joining Eden has grown as I’ve spent time in our school, adult day, and residential programs, and with it, my pride in being asked to lead this great organization.

In my short time here, I’ve been impressed and energized to meet so many people within the organization and throughout the greater community who hold Eden in high regard and are dedicated to our important mission. Over the last 28 years, I’ve been privileged to work with people with developmental disabilities, their families, staff, donors, community partners and government officials. It is through these relationships that the mission of an organization such as Eden’s is advanced.

As I continue to learn more about opportunities and challenges for Eden, I look forward to us working together to address both. I value your interest in Eden and commitment to its future.

Sincerely
md

Michael K. Decker
President & CEO

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Michael K. Decker to Lead Eden Autism Services

PRINCETON, NJ – Decker.Michael HeadshotMichael K. Decker has been named president and chief executive officer of Eden Autism Services. Michael joins Eden with a strong background in working with the developmentally disabled. His experience includes 28 years of leadership in not-for-profit organizations, serving most recently as chief operating officer of AHRC NYC. A 68 year old family-governed organization, AHRC NYC serves 15,000 people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with the support of 4,500 employees and an annual budget of over $280 million.

“Michael is an excellent choice to lead Eden at this juncture,” said Patrick Tadie, chair of the Board and Eden parent. “While Eden’s mission of more than 40 years remains to improve the lives of children, adults, and families with autism, the ways in which we carry out this mission have and will continue to evolve. The board of trustees was impressed by Michael’s breadth of experience and is united in its belief in his ability to lead Eden into the future.”

At AHRC NYC, Michael is responsible for the entirety of the organization’s operations including residential; day; employment; education (pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school); clinical; in-home; recreation; service coordination; and family support services. Before joining AHRC NYC, he worked at Liberty ARC in Amsterdam, NY which also serves people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. A $60 million operation, Michael served as Liberty’s chief executive officer from 2011 to 2014. Both AHRC NYC and Liberty have programs and services for people with autism.

“I’m very excited about joining Eden Autism Services,” said Mr. Decker. “It’s a privilege to be asked to lead an organization that is making such an important difference in their community while also having a great reputation nationally.”

Mr. Decker holds an MBA in Health Care Management from Union Graduate College and a BS in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Plattsburg. He will begin his leadership at Eden on or before December 11, 2017.

The search committee was led by Kathleen Moore, Eden trustee and parent, and was comprised of parent and community trustees.
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Fashion Speaks: Service in Style at Princeton

They’re doing it again! Thanks for choosing Eden as the beneficiary of your efforts. Can’t wait for the show! @serviceinstyle

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We are so proud of our Eden adult participants who competed at the 2018 Special Olympics Winter Games! #edeninspires

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