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New Jersey Branch

Ability Tree

Ability Tree Roots:

Joe and Jen Butler were college students, studying pastoral ministry, when their son Micah was diagnosed with developmental disabilities. They would go on to pastor for five years before founding Ability Tree, a faith-based nonprofit organization, in 2010. Joe and Jen have been married for 22 years, have three children, and a personal understanding of the impact of disability on the family.

Mission:

To come alongside families impacted by disability and equip organizations through Recreation, Education, Support, and Training (R.E.S.T.).

Vision:

To create inclusive and supportive communities where individuals and families affected by disability can enjoy healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and churches.

New Jersey Team Members

Dr. Natalie Schuberth

Natalie is involved in organizing events and furthering the presence and mission of Ability Tree NJ across the state.

natalie@abilitytree.org

Shannon Gafgen

Shannon is a liaison to families to assess family needs, organizes respite nights, and organizes volunteers.

shannon@abilitytree.org

Pierre Louis

Pierre is our social media director.

pierre@abilitytree.org

Natalie Schuberth

President

Shannon Gafgen

Vice President

Craig Heilman

Treasurer

Pierre Louis

Board Member

Shanti Labetti

Board Member

Joy Tozzi

Board Member

Jen and Joe Butler founded Ability Tree in NJ in 2010. After the Butler family was called to Arkansas (Ability Tree Headquarters), Ability Tree programming continued in NJ. Ability Tree of New Jersey officially became an affiliate of Ability Tree in December 2017. We are excited to build on what the Butlers have started by supporting individuals and families impacted by disability in our community/.

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