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Belinda Malave was born on July 10th 1968 in New Brunswick, NJ. Belinda enjoys listening to music, playing cards, BINGO, watching sports and going to church. She considers herself a religious individual and currently attends Good Sheppard Lutheran Church weekly. She recently recommitted herself and plans on becoming more involved in church activities as well as an advocate member in the community. Belinda was separated from her biological family at an early age. She entered into the foster care system when she was four years old. During that time, Belinda lived with about 41 foster families before entering the Matheny Life School and was there until she graduated high school. Previously before coming to Community Access Unlimited in April of 2014, Belinda lived at the ARC of Somerset in Bridgewater, NJ for 25 years. While there, she was an active board member of the Human Rights Campaign, DDD Council, the ARC’s Board of Directors as well as a member of Partners and Policy. Belinda also worked for the Boggs Center and is still involved with the interfaith coalition.  Belinda previously attended Raritan Valley Community College, and still intends on pursuing her Associates’ degree in Business.  Belinda has a long term goal of buying a house, opening up her own restaurant after she finishes her degree, and strongly feels the need to get back involved with participating in self-advocacy groups for individuals with disabilities. At the current moment Belinda does not attend a day program and is seeking employment through DVR with Employment Services.

          CP Carol Petties is an involved member at CAU for over 30 years and she currently volunteers in the Chat Center to assist staff and members. After high school she got a job working in a Newark law office cleaning for about thirteen years. She was encouraged by family friends to move out on her own so she came to CAU (which was at the time AAMH) in 1983. Her goal is it to learn how to use a computer, read, and find a good job. Carol’s dream is to go on more trips by herself and travel by boat or plane with her roommate.

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