People with developmental challenges who enjoy fuller lives through the efforts of 21 Plus, Inc., now can expect some enhancements for their living space.

Adrienne Socha of OceanFirst (center) presents a check to staff of 21 Plus. (L-R): Joanne Asta, David Velardo, Adrienne Socha, Carly-Jean Booker, Janet Hankinson, Tim Smith, Kristy Emerick & Lauren Greve. (21 Plus)

The Toms River-based nonprofit group is using a $15,000 grant from the OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River to repair the kitchen and common areas of a group home in the township that it established and supports entirely on its own.

21 Plus has received more than $300,000 from the OceanFirst Foundation since first forming in 1979. It came about through the efforts of parents raising children with developmental challenges, concerned about their welfare on reaching adulthood.

The home in Toms River created a living environment for six people when it opened its doors in the early 1980s. Before the end of the decade, 21 Plus had added two more homes.

During the next decade, the agency kept adding more group homes and apartments, as well as an adult training center and a supported employment initaitive.

The organization now reaches into Monmouth and Middlesex Counties as well, offering day care, employment opportunities respite services and family support.

Find out more about 21 Plus, Inc., here. Find out more about the OceanFirst Foundation here.