Special needs…
Special homes.

Thousands of people all across NJ are awaiting an independent living placement.

Let’s change that together.

Special needs…
Special homes.

Thousands of people all across NJ are awaiting an independent living placement.

Let’s change that together.

The Steven Milford Independent Living Experience

Establishing homes. Investing in lives. SMILE of Hopatcong is working to meet the housing needs of the developmentally disabled in Morris & Sussex Counties.

The Steven Milford Independent Living Experience (SMILE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals as they face the challenges of adulthood. The number of people left without feasible living alternatives in this phase of life increases every year.

SMILE is in the process of establishing community homes in which individuals can receive the support they need from their peers and the guidance they need from loving caretakers. Our desire is to make the residents of a SMILE home part of the community in which they live.

Learn more

Recent News

Welcoming Susan Gallagher: Directory of Community Affairs

The SMILE of Hopatcong would like to welcome their new Director of Community Affairs, Susan Gallagher. Susan will be a strong advocate for the individuals we serve to secure much needed services such as transportation, personal care, and recreation. The director is needed to act... Read more

My Son With Down Syndrome Can

An inspiring story by Linda Bierrman from The Mighty My Son With Down Syndrome Can From the time my son was very young he had an idea of what he wanted his life to look like. He had dreams, just as any other child has... Read more

Thank You to Rick Lynch and the Harris Foundation!

We would like to extend an extra special thank you Rick Lynch for thinking outside the box to help the SMILE cause with the Super Bowl Fundraiser and as well as the Harris Foundation for matching the donation!

Get Involved

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

From one-time gifts to monthly donations, whether financial or property & real estate, every dollar you give helps provide a safe & caring environment for a special needs individual.

Give Now!
Fill the House

Donate items to furnish our special needs independent living space…

Read more
Keep Informed – Join our Email List

Sign-up to stay up-to-date on construction updates, new events & initiatives, and how you can be involved.


View Multimedia Gallery