STRIVE Day Program Hosts Art Show

May 2, 2023 – (Paramus, NJ) Children’s Aid and Family Services, a Paramus-based non-profit human services agency, hosted an art show featuring works created by members of the STRIVE Day Program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Paul Aronsohn, the NJ State Ombudsman for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, cut the ribbon to open the show. A quartet string ensemble of students from Cresskill High School played classical music as guests entered.

"The art show provided the members of STRIVE with a unique opportunity to showcase their creative expression and abilities as well as engage with the community,” says Shavonda E. Sumter, President and CEO. “I am grateful to Paul Aronsohn for his leadership and for helping to make this event even more special.”

STRIVE is Children’s Aid’s structured day program for adults 21 and older who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. STRIVE is a member-centered program that honors personal development and choice by fostering independence, developing social and life skills, and strengthening community inclusion.

About Children’s Aid and Family Services

Children’s Aid and Family Services is a leading nonprofit human services organization serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 120 years. Its mission is to strengthen families and empower individuals – children and adults alike – to reach their fullest potential. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201-261-2800 or visit

Photo Caption: Members of STRIVE enjoying the art show

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