What is SMILE?

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.

Love Starts with a “D”

Steven ran from the kitchen and gave a high five to his brother, Bryan, and then he ran to his grandmother. “Hi D,” he said with a big smile, and put his arms around her neck. Dolores Cali, a 60-year-old resident of Kearny, smiled and explained that Dolores is too difficult for 3-year-old Steven to pronounce, so he just says “D.” As a mother of five, and grandmother of 11, Cali said she realizes that each child is different. But Steven presents a particular challenge: He was born with Down’s syndrome. “It was love at first sight,” she said of... Read more

Letter from the President

Over the years, my wife, Patty, and I have discussed many times the caretaking of Steven, our wonderful son with Down Syndrome. Things like: When we die, who becomes his legal guardian? Who makes decisions for his well-being? Who will continue to care for his body, his mind, and his spirit? We have observed the lives of young people around us in the same situation as Steven. Believe me, we realize that things are far better now for handicapped people than they have been in the past. Community homes have become a way for developmentally disabled people to live with their peers... Read more

SMILE Board of Directors

Mr. & Mrs. Allan Milford
Senior Technical Consultant – Harris

Mr. Chris Colabella
Managing Partner – the Law Offices of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza, & Thompson

Mr. John Kedash
Regional Account Executive – SkillSoft Corporation

Mr. Sal Guglielmello
Associate Director – Novartis

Mr. Michael Roome
Associate Director – AT&T Corporation

Ms. Kim Koppenaal
Administrator of SMILE

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SMILE Board of Honorary Trustees

Mrs. Elsie Catena
Ray Catena Auto Group Incorporated

Mrs. Ellen Fiore
President – Bedrock Stone Incorporated

Mr. Christopher Schmidt
Vice President – General Reliance Corporation

Mrs. Yvonne Cali
Cali Carting Incorporated

SMILE Advisory Board

Mr. Eric Muchmore
Financial Advisor – Merrill Lynch

Mr. Corey Dash
Principal Owner – Vision Additions

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Bartek
Owner & Director of Technology – Protran Technology

Mr. Gregory Marotta, Esq.
Attorney at Law

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