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Fostering Independence and Growth at Greens Do Good

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and we’re proud to share stories of awareness, impact, and achievement. Here, we share a message from Christina Jones, whose son Liam is a Farm Tech at Greens Do Good, our hydroponic farm in Hackensack, NJ, providing meaningful job training and employment to teens and adults with autism.

Working at Greens Do Good has truly changed Liam’s life. It’s not just about the invaluable experience he’s gained in sustainable agriculture, but also a sense of belonging. Every day spent at the farm has given him an opportunity to hone critical social skills, while also fostering his independence and adaptability in ways we never imagined possible.

One of the most fulfilling aspects for Liam has been the pride he feels from his contributions to our family. Bringing home greens for us to enjoy reinforces the positive impact of his work. Witnessing his smile when we express our gratitude is a heartwarming reminder of how far he has come.

My greatest hope for Liam is that he continues to feel a sense of belonging and connection within our community. Loneliness can be a significant challenge for individuals on the autism spectrum, but thanks to Greens Do Good, Liam has found purpose and meaning. Supporting programs like Greens Do Good not only enhances the well-being of individuals like Liam but also contributes to building a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.

Your support can make a world of difference. Whether making a donation or simply spreading the word about the wonderful work being done at Greens Do Good, every little bit helps. 


Christina Jones

Claire Tanzer Shares Her Grandson’s Inspiring Journey at REED Academy

As part of our Autism Acceptance Month series, we’re sharing stories of awareness, impact, and achievement. Today, we’re honored to share a heartfelt message from Claire Tanzer, whose grandson, Ryan, attends REED Academy.

From the moment Ryan and his parents stepped through the doors at REED Academy 12 years ago, they were greeted with warmth and compassion. The staff’s dedication to Ryan’s well-being has been remarkable—they’ve not only taught him vital life skills but have also provided the care and support he needs to thrive.

Simple tasks we often take for granted, like brushing our teeth, have been taught to Ryan. He’s learned to shop at the grocery store and cook meals for himself. When Ryan required blood work, the staff invested significant time preparing him, creating simulations and mock exams so that he would understand what to expect.

From teachers to administrators, everyone at REED puts the students first. Their commitment to constant improvement gives me hope for Ryan’s future, yet as he approaches adulthood and ages out of school-based programming, we are aware of the challenges he’ll face. That’s why I give to REED—it’s a lifeline for families like ours, providing vital resources and services.

Thank you for considering supporting REED. Your generosity makes a real difference in the lives of individuals like Ryan and so many others like him.


Claire Tanzer


Two-Year Post-Secondary Program Focuses on Career Readiness, Life Skills, and Community Engagement for Successful Transition to Adulthood

REED Autism Services has announced the launch of PATH, a two-year post-secondary certificate program in partnership with Felician University. Approved by the New Jersey Department of Education, PATH, which stands for Post-Secondary Achievement Through Hands-On Learning, is designed to impart crucial career readiness and life skills for students ages 18-21.

PATH blends dynamic classroom instruction with real-world application, emphasizing four key pillars: community engagement, employment, self-determination, and household/personal management. Classroom instruction is based on the licensed Learn4Independence® curriculum.The program also includes vocational training, equipping students with the tools for meaningful employment and independent living.

Sarah David, Director, PATH explains, “The transition to adulthood can be challenging for many autistic individuals, and traditional educational models may not fully address their needs. PATH offers a supportive environment where students can develop essential skills, forge meaningful connections, and gain confidence, all while experiencing life as part of a college community.”

Chantelle Walker, CEO, REED Autism Services, adds, “The launch of this critical programming is a testament to our commitment to addressing the needs of a growing autism community. We are thrilled to partner with Felician on this important initiative. As we continue to expand our reach in the autism community, PATH will undoubtedly make a profound difference in the lives of our students.”

Held on Felician University’s Rutherford campus, students can access Felician amenities, including the dining hall, fitness center, computer lab, gaming center, and study rooms. PATH students will receive individualized academic and social support to assist them with developing self-advocacy skills and integrating into the campus community.

Dr. Mildred Mihlon, President, Felician University states, “The PATH program aligns perfectly with Felician’s mission and vision. As an inclusive university, I am excited for the start of our collaborative effort with REED Autism Services and look forward to growing our support and programming for this important community of learners.”

An Open House will be held on May 7th from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm at Felician University. Virtual Information Sessions will be held on April 29th from 4:30-5:30 pm and on May 15, 2024 from  7 – 8 pm. Register at, or email [email protected] to learn more.

Explore REED’s Impact Report on World Autism Day

As we commemorate Autism Awareness Month, we are pleased to share the REED Autism Services 2023 Impact Report. This comprehensive document showcases the significant strides we’ve made over the past 20 years since REED was founded by five families who were desperate to find the right education for their children with autism.

Within its pages, you’ll find insights into our accomplishments, the lives we have touched, and the progress we’ve made. From innovative programs to impactful initiatives, every page reflects our unwavering commitment to serving individuals with autism and their families with excellence, compassion, and dedication.

Please consider giving to REED so we can continue our life-changing work. Thank you for your support.

Click on the graphic below to view the report.

Swing Into Action and Join Us at the 4th Annual REED Foundation for Autism Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual REED Foundation for Autism Golf Classic, which will be held on June 24th at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, NJ. Funds raised will support REED’s programs and services and the children, adults, and families we serve.

This year, we are thrilled to honor Anthony Fasano, Former 12-Year NFL Tight End, for his ongoing support of REED and the autism community. Get your golf clubs ready and join us in making a difference. Click here to sign up now or find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

Stories That Matter: Farm to Table – An Inspiring Journey to Finding Personal Growth & Professional Fulfillment

Finn Ban’s journey with Greens Do Good began in 2021 when he joined the farm through his high school transition program.

After completing the Greens Do Good Workforce Development program, his performance paved the way for him to become a paid employee. Flourishing as a Farm Tech, he then received a well-deserved promotion to Assistant Coordinator and continued to learn and contribute as a valued team member.

In the summer of 2023, Finn expressed his desire to explore career paths that would provide more opportunities for social skill development. “We knew just the person to turn to,” explained Greens Do Good Operations Director Jen Faust. The team reached out to Craig Kunisch, the owner of Mahwah Bar & Grill and a longstanding partner of REED. Following a thorough interview, Finn was hired as a host in September 2023 and hasn’t looked back.

“It’s a pleasure having Finn’s warm, energetic spirit at the Mahwah Bar & Grill,” said Craig. “His dedication enhances our team and makes our operations run smoothly, creating a positive experience for both staff and guests alike.” Finn added, “They let me be me at the Mahwah Bar & Grill. We’re all friends.”

While Finn has moved on from Greens Do Good, our commitment lies in empowering individuals like him to excel in their roles and prioritize personal growth and fulfillment. Finn’s story remains a testament to the valuable skills learned at Greens Do Good, which are meaningful for success in other work settings. This fall, Finn will attend a college transition program at Georgian Court University, where he will reside while completing his studies. Until then, you can find Finn greeting and seating guests three days a week at the Mahwah Bar & Grill.


The REED Foundation for Autism has been recognized as a “2023 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading website for community recommendations of charities and nonprofits.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that REED received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. REED CEO Chantelle Walker, stated, “We are honored to be named a 2023 Top-Rated Nonprofit. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and the meaningful impact we’ve had on the lives of individuals with autism and their families.”

As one reviewer shared, “REED has been part of our son and family’s lives for twenty years. Our son started at REED Academy when he was five years old and we have been supported by REED’s extraordinary clinical staff every step of the way. REED helped our son navigate and overcome numerous challenges as well as shared in his joys and opportunities, such as his first volunteer jobs, successful medical and dental appointments, community outings, using an iPad, going on an airplane!…the list goes on and on. Without REED, none of this would have been possible. “

REED is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience with REED.”

The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

Click here to read some inspiring stories and share your own.

Greens Do Good Featured in Nat Geo Wild’s “Farm Dreams”

This six-part documentary follows the journey of farming expert Indy Officinalis as she connects farmers with industry experts to help maximize their potential. “This is a feel-good show about turning farm dreams into reality, and showcasing the unique ways we grow our food—from kelp farms in Alaska to hydroponic tower farms in New Jersey,” explains Indy. “By watching this show, you’ll be inspired by the dedicated hands and hearts that nurture our produce.”

The series is now streaming on Disney+ and @hulu. Don’t miss out on the Greens Do Good “Towers of Power” episode.

Positively NJ: Greens Do Good farm helps those with autism find work

This article originally appeared on News12 New Jersey.

If you’re ordering a microgreens salad or buying basil at ShopRite in Bergen County, you just might be helping people with autism find work.

News 12 New Jersey’s Brian Donohue has a story about Greens Do Good, a program making the unlikely connection between people in need and people eating greens.

It’s a vertical hydroponic farm inside a Hackensack warehouse that employs teens and adults with autism to help them gain valuable job experience.

A Day of Golf and Giving Back: 3rd Annual REED Foundation for Autism Golf Classic Raises More Than $130,000

It was a picture-perfect day for the annual REED Foundation for Autism Golf Classic held on July 24th at the beautiful Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, NJ.

With an impressive turnout of nearly 200 guests, this year’s event was a resounding success. Together, golfers, sponsors, and attendees rallied to raise over $130,000 in support of REED’s impactful work serving children, adults, and families.

The event began with a $10,000 putting contest, setting the stage for some friendly competition before the shotgun start. Guests had the chance to compete for prizes throughout the day, including a hole-in-one to win a Subaru Solterra EV, courtesy of Ramsey Subaru.

Following 18 holes of golf, attendees enjoyed cocktails where they sipped on Greens Do Good Basil Lime Margaritas. The evening continued with dinner, during which REED CEO Chantelle Walker presented Dara Sblendorio, President of Sunrise ShopRite, with a Community Impact Award. As Chantelle explained, “Dara was the first grocer to take a chance on our team at Greens Do Good, and from the beginning, she’s been a champion for our work, a connector, and a changemaker for our program.” Jack DeSavino, former Farm Tech, also took the stage to share meaningful words about Dara’s positive impact on Greens Do Good and the individuals we serve through our Workforce Development Program.

The success of the REED Foundation for Autism Golf Classic would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and attendees. A special thank you to our presenting sponsor, Ramsey Auto Group, for their ongoing commitment to REED. We also extend our thanks to our dinner sponsor, Manning, and all of our sponsors, including: Air Group, Ally, GDK Global, Mazda, Volvo, Susie Arons and Bob Augustitus, Cox Automotive, Northwood Construction, WABC, Withum, Ana Damnjanovic and Mladen Golubovic, Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., Christopher and Robyn Leitner, Parts Authority, Subaru, Banner Facility Services, Brookdale ShopRite, Columbia Bank, Concord Companies, James Conroy Family, Elkins Family, Engo Company, Favaro Family, Lakeland Bank, Chris Lorippo, McMenamin Family ShopRite, Nurminen, David Pinto, Robert Podvey, Redicare, The Shoprite of Newark, Tarpey Group, Titanium, UFCW, and Weiss Realty.

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