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Imagine the PossAbilities FRA NJ
Sep 28, 2018

Kickoff Names New Red Bank Building

FRA Co-founders Cheryl Gaudette, Susan Levin and Nancy Phalanukorn with Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling

From left: William M. Sheeser, Cathy O'Brian Bell, Joanne Fitzpatrick, Chael Bell, and Nancy Phalanukorn

Thanks to generous contributions, Family Resource Associates (FRA) recently kicked off Imagine the PossAbilities, a campaign creating a new facility to serve people of all ages who have developmental disAbilities.

Gifts to FRA stay in the community, and supported accessible renovations to an existing Red Bank building that will become FRA’s new home later this year.

“A larger, more accessible space has been a long-time need for FRA,” said William M. Sheeser, Imagine the PossAbilities chair, FRA board member – and an FRA grandparent. “We’ve experienced wait lists for programs and disjointed program space from growing over the years. In the new building, our space doubles, and all our programs will be on the first floor.”

William M. Sheeser, Cathy O'Brian Bell, Joanne Fitzpatrick, Chael Bell, and Nancy Phalanukorn

From left: William M. Sheeser, Cathy O’Brian Bell, Joanne Fitzpatrick, Chael Bell, and Nancy Phalanukorn.

The new location at 210 Newman Springs Road will be named The Michael G. Bell Center for FRA. Bell was FRA’s board president at the time of his unexpected death in 2014. He also served as a councilman, Planning Board member, volunteered on the Shrewsbury and Oceanport First Aid Squads, Habitat for Humanity, coached and was a Scout Leader.

“Michael did so much good in the community,” said his wife, Cathy Bell. “I couldn’t think of someone more deserving and can’t wait to see his name on the building.”

Their son Toby was born with severe developmental disabilities in 1982. FRA provided early therapies for Toby along with parent and sibling supports.

“My education and first jobs were in special education, and I’ve many times said that I don’t know where I would have been without FRA,” Cathy said.

After Toby died in 1998, the Bells created Toby’s Group in his memory, “a sibling group at FRA that our family has continued to support all these years,” she said.

Imagine the PossAbilities has a fundraising goal of $2.4 million, with $1.4 million raised to date. Help from the community is needed for FRA to reach this goal that will double the service space, provide better handicapped accessibility, accommodate twice as many program participants, and increase program offerings to the community.

FRA supports advanced technologies and services to positively impact and empower more participants toward independence; new opportunities for successful employment with specialists who focus on the person, not the disability; and many family services and programs.

To learn how to give to Imagine the PossAbilities, contact 732-747-5310, ext. 116 or development@frainc.org, or visit frainc.org.