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Zefer Art Alliance

Zefer Arts Alliance

The mission of the ZAA is to create an environment of opportunity, inclusion, art and therapy. The ZAA will accomplish this by providing gallery space for “Exceptional Artists” to showcase and sell their art, a therapy room for clinical art and music therapy and provide a studio for art classes.

The Gallery will be open during Mill Race Village hours. The Gallery will have a general manager and will host Community Based Instruction, Vocational Rehabilitation and will be a “Structured Learning Environment”. In keeping with the Mission of the Zefer Foundation, the ZAA will provide “transitional adults” the opportunity to learn job skills in a supportive and progressive environment.

Breaking Grounds Debuts at Witches Ball!

The Witches Ball was a smashing success this year, thanks in large part to the local businesses like Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe! As part of the soft opening, Breaking Grounds could not disguise their presence at the ghoulish event. Excited to get started in Mill Race Village as an official coffee shop in November, Breaking Grounds made their debut Saturday. The results could not have been better!

Over 5,000 people showed up – biggest crowd ever! Breaking Grounds Coffee gave out over 200 samples! People were lining up for it! So proud to be a part of the resurgence of downtown Mount Holly!

Breaking Grounds Coffee

Zefer is Breaking Grounds!

Breaking Grounds Coffee Company — a cup with a cause! Where every purchase supports our employment program for individuals with developmental disabilities!

 

Starting in the Fall of 2017, Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe will open in Mill Race Village, a historic and beautifully restored neighborhood in Mount Holly, NJ. Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe will not only feature delicious coffee, a comfortable environment and an affordable price, it will also feature employment opportunities for inclusion and diversity. We are so excited for our first business!

Stay tunes for more details!

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Exposure to heavy metals may increase risk of autism

While it is not yet known what causes autism, researchers believe that a complex interaction between environmental factors and genetics is responsible for the condition. Separating these factors, however, can be a challenge. But a new study may have found a way to isolate genetics from environmental contributors to the disease, allowing researchers to focus on the link between heavy metal levels and autism risk.

Read the full article here.

Zefer Foundation 2017 Summer Soiree

Join Us for the Zefer Foundation Summer Soiree!

Please join us on Thursday, July 27th to raise money to open our groundbreaking first business, Breaking Grounds Coffee!

Breaking Grounds Coffee will be in the Mill Race Village in Mt. Holly, NJ.
Breaking Grounds Coffee will employ individuals with developmental disabilities and be a host for “community based instruction” and vocational rehabilitation

Date and Time

Thursday, July 27, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Location

Deerwood Country Club
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Phone:

Autism after 21: Parents worry about who will care for children with autism after parents

Autism After 21: Parents Worry About Their Child’s Future As An Adult

Autism after 21: Parents worry about who will care for children with autism after parentsGeri Bohn knows her 12-year-old son Kaleb is never going to live on his own. He’s never going to drive a car, or go to college, or get married. Bohn’s even hesitant to say that Kaleb, who has autism and is on the low-functioning end of the spectrum, is at the same level as a 2-year-old child. He’s nonverbal, in diapers and experiences moments of aggression.

“He’ll be our baby forever,” Bohn said. But as Kaleb gets older, taller and bigger, it’s becoming more and more apparent that he’s physically not a baby.

“It’s just hitting true that he’s going to be a lot bigger kid and I don’t know how long I am going to be able to handle that,” Bohn said.

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Zefer Foundation to Participate in CALMING SIRENS

Join Zefer Foundation at CALMING SIRENS – An event in cooperation with several public safety organizations from Burlington County specifically for the SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATION.

There will be firetrucks, police cars, an ambulance, and staff
on location to help familiarize the special needs population with emergency services in a fun, non-judgmental way!

Saturday, May 6th Noon – 2 pm at the
RCBS Mount Laurel Campus Enterprise Center
For directions, click here.

Come visit us at our info table!

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Five Big, Avoidable Mistakes Made By Parents of Autistic Kids

 Autism-AwarenessIf you’re the parent of an autistic kid, you probably get advice thrown at your head from every angle, all day long. You may even be all done with advice. And I hear you, because I am you.

But I also have had the great good fortune to be connected with some of the most insightful autistic and autism professionals and thinkers on this planet, who have transformed my parenting approach completely, and to the benefit of my teen son Leo, as well as myself.

As I have become increasingly devoted to “learn from my mistakes,