The Durand Foundation
Helping Individuals with Special Needs Learn and Grow
The Durand Foundation was established in 1999 to raise needed funds to support the important work of Durand Academy & Community Services in serving the expanding population of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout Central and South Jersey. Through generous donations, we are able to improve existing services and add valuable new programs, including:
• Breaking ground on the entrance to a new, expanded, centralized facility in Deptford, NJ, pictured, which will house our currently separate administrative offices, day center and school.
• A new Thrift Shop in Woodbury, NJ, which supports the community and the special needs adult day clients who help in the store and have a day program housed in the back of the store
• Family support, respite and education programs
• Expanded K-8 school services and programs
• First Responders Autism Awareness Program
• After-School Life Skills Program for Teens with Autism
• Expansion of services for our Group Homes
The Foundation runs various fundraising activities throughout the year for its benefactors, including an annual Casino Night, which frequently includes celebrity guests like Dave Schultz, two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers and 2009 Flyers Hall of Fame inductee. The Foundation has held celebrity events with Andrew Firestone, of Firestone Vineyards and “The Bachelor” fame and a book-signing of The Big Moo, by Donna Sturgess, VP of Innovations at GlaxoSmithKline. Participants have found these events not only stimulating, but are gratified by substantially benefiting those in need.
Anyone can donate at any time, either online or by sending a check. Raising capital to complete construction of the new centralized, expanded facility in Deptford is critical at this time to support our growth. The Durand Foundation can be contacted at 856-278-0065.
Durand Academy & Community Services, Inc. was established in 1972 to serve Southern New Jersey individuals with special needs and their families. This multi-service agency today operates a K-8 school in Woodbury, an adult vocational day center in Mount Laurel, a Thrift Shop which employs the agency’s special needs day clients in Woodbury, group homes throughout South Jersey; respite services and training programs for more than 240 families, as well as First Responder autism training for fire, police and emergency personnel.