Transition Program 18-21

The Bear Cave

The Bear Cave

Opening the Door to Opportunity

A transition program for students 18 - 21 years old

located in the center of Hawthorne community


To foster the skills necessary within the community

setting for a successful transition from school to adulthood.

Program Components Within Our Home

Our young adults have the opportunity to experience the responsibilities of living on their own from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm, Monday through Friday. The students are responsible for budgeting, meal planning, completing household chores, laundry and basic household maintenance. They are responsible for running a mock restaurant once a month for the public. For more information regarding the Cafe click here. The students also maintain the T-Shirt enterprise, "Bear with Me Graphics" and a copy center for jobs throughout the school district to gain appropriate job skills in a variety of career clusters.

Program Components Outside Our Home

Outside the home, the young adults participate in community-based instruction, travel training, and structure learning experiences. This allows our students to learn how to navigate the community and gain the employ ability skills necessary to become successful members of society. Our young adults also have the opportunity to interface with other students in transition programs in our area to reinforce social skills.

For more detailed information regarding this program click here.

This program is supervised by...

Mrs. Jessica Pignatello, M. Ed.

Director of Special Programs

(973) 423-6469 x2504

Staff includes...

Ms. Danielle Forshay

Special Education Teacher/SLE

Ms. Danielle Luecht

Job Coach/Para-Professional

Ms. Julie Schmidburger

Job Coach/Para-Professional

Mr. Joseph Walker

Transition Coordinator

What's New at the Bear Cave?

Furniture has arrived! Next week we will unpack all of the wonderful donations we have received from in and around the community. Stay tuned for our grand opening happening for September 2017! Our young adults are very excited to begin a new chapter in their lives!

better kitchen livingroom

August 4th, 2017

September Events!

We had our grand opening. Here is our ribbon cutting ceremony!

ribbon cutting

The Hawthorne Police came by to drop off donated items to our students. The relationships the students are forming with our community members has been priceless!

cops with kids

Interested to see what else the young adults have been up to? Please click here!

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