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.
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...
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...
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
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