Jackson group home gets $10K from JCP&L for smart tech

A new group home that serves the disabled community will soon be “smarter.”

Advancing Opportunities Inc.  just received a $10,000 donation from Jersey Central Power & Light to help install smart home technology at its new location in Jackson.

The updates are meant to make the residents who get assistance through technology services and residential programs feel safer and more independent.

The smart home devices will include power door openers activated by wall-mounted buttons and wireless remotes, electronically monitored water temperature controls for safety in the kitchen and bath, and motion sensors located in doors, windows and on beds that help the staff identify residents that could need assistance.

“Supporting Advancing Opportunities’ new group home is another example of JCP&L and its employees making the communities we serve better places to live by helping everyone have access to new technology,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L in Morristown. “The holiday lights we have donated and installed will help brighten the new home, just as Advancing Opportunities brightens the lives of its residents.”

Advancing Opportunities group homes typically have four residents.

“We are proud to have JCP&L join us as a partner in our first smart home project,” said Advancing Opportunities CEO and President Jack Mudge. “It is because of partners like JCP&L that we are able to fulfill our mission and promote independence, not only for individuals at this house, but for people with disabilities across the state who benefit from what we learn through this pilot program.”

Advancing Opportunities provides person-centered services in community settings.