We at Allies are living our dream. For the past sixteen years, we have had the privilege of working with people with special needs and watching them succeed in their quest to attain a life full of meaning and promise…. A life well lived.
In 1999, Allies was founded with the purpose of finding the absolute best homes and providing the highest quality support services to enhance not only the physical, but the social and emotional lives of people with special needs as well. At Allies, we support the whole person by providing pathways to independence and finding the right experience for each person.
In a very short period of time, Allies had grown from two volunteers to a vibrant organization today with over 1,100 employees state-wide that are devoted to helping people with special needs achieve their dreams. We have built a strong network of programs and services that provide people with disabilities the support they need to achieve independent and full lives.
Along with our partners and volunteers, we help people with special needs settle into comfortable homes and become active participants in their communities. We help them find worthwhile jobs that make them feel proud of their abilities. We offer a full range of social and educational services that enriches and adds depth to their lives. Recreational activities, day trips, volunteer opportunities and cultural programs are just a few of the services we offer.
Allies works in concert and receives support from many public and private entities, including:
- New Jersey Department of Human Services
- New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities
- New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
- Pennrose Properties
- New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council
Additional funds are still needed through fundraising to make the difference between living with just the basics and having an opportunity to live a fulfilling and productive life. We pride ourselves in our efficiency, operating on a 7% general and administrative cost, leaving 93 cents of every dollar we receive going directly to the services that advance our mission. Our donors know that the money they give goes right to the wonderful individuals we support.
Our philosophy of putting people first has grown to support a diverse group of people with special needs throughout New Jersey.
We welcome you to learn more about Allies by exploring our ever growing and expanding web site and seeing first-hand how building dreams is our life’s work. We are so proud of who we are, what we do, and the people we serve. We think you will be too.
Elise M. Tretola, CEO