Smile’s own Nate Bartsch Wins Outstanding Achievement Award!

"Nate the Great" proudly posing with Outstanding Achievement Award Congratulations to our very own "Nate the Great", for winning a Jim & Kit Murray Outstanding Achievement Award at the 49th Annual Murray House Dinner Dance at the Brownstone on Sunday hosted by the Department for Persons with Disabilities. We are so proud! The Annual Murray... Read more

The Guys at the SMILE Home are Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Last week, everyone at the SMILE Home in the Colabella Building went on a little trip. Finding the perfect Christmas tree was the was on the agenda for the day.  Here are a few great pictures of the Christmas Tree adventure!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the SMILE Home in the Colabella Building!

Thank you to everyone that attended the grand opening ceremony of the first SMILE Home, in the Colabella Building! We could not have accomplished our mission without all the generosity, support, and dedication that the whole loving community has contributed to making the SMILE Home in the Colabella Building a reality. While this is a great accomplishment... Read more

Welcoming Susan Gallagher: Director 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 as a liaison to the community to disseminate information about... 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 dreams. The stumbling block for me was “the list” in... 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!

SMILE Honors John Nunzio

Everyone here at SMILE would like to take the time recognize and honor the memory of John Nunzio of Bloomingdale, 75,  who passed away on February 1, 2018. John was born with developmental disabilities and doctors believed he wouldn't be able to have a productive life because of them. To say he beat the odds... Read more

Construction of Independent Living Facility on Lakeside Boulevard

As many of my fellow residents may have noticed, there is a construction project going on at 37 & 39 Lakeside Boulevard. Many of you have seen the sign in front of the property displaying a picture of a home with the acronym SMILE on it. SMILE stands for the Steven Milford Independent Living Experience.... Read more

Groundbreaking News

It's official! After two years of waiting, we are proud owners of a beautiful new hole in the ground! After a pair of nesting eagles halted progress last summer, we finally received permission to proceed, and we broke ground on the first SMILE property on March 7th! We anticipate that the foundation... Read more

Nesting eagles halt construction in Hopatcong

Link to article: Article: Photo by Jake West/New Jersey Herald – Two eagles watch over their nest near Lake Hopatcong and the Atkins Companies’ Mariner’s Pointe project in Hopatcong. By David Danzis New Jersey Herald HOPATCONG -- A pair of nesting bald eagles and their two eaglets temporarily have halted construction at the... Read more

Happy New Year!

****MUST READ**** Dear SMILE Supporters, Happy New Year! We at SMILE wish for you and your families a healthy and prosperous 2015! This letter is to give you an update about the planned construction of our building project being executed by Atkins Companies. As you know the construction of our group home, community center, and... Read more