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Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Located at:

601 Riverside Avenue, Unit 120
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Who we are

The Social Scene – A Club for Adults with Special Needs is a membership based, private pay, late day, early evening, social environment. While there are many reputable day programs, very few social opportunities exist after program/work hours. The Social Scene Club is a place where members can:

  • Socialize
  • Exercise
  • Reinforce the skills they learn daily

We provide a natural, safe and comfortable environment for our members to be themselves with their friends and peers.

What to expect
  • A variety of daily activities offered, which members can choose from, to participate in.
  • Membership benefits at the Social Scene Club will include meal planning and preparation, daily living skills,and community-based skills.
  • Our members can simply choose to even “hang out” and watch television with their friends or talk about life in our lounge area.
  • Spearheaded and supervised by an energetic, fun, loving, positive and devoted staff.
Our inspiration
Nikki

Nikki is a young lady, that has really been a part of our family for the last 15 years. She and Melissa first met when Nikki was 7, and her parents needed someone to watch her after school. What began as a great working relationship, evolved into a sisterhood and a bond, filled with love, respect and most importantly inspiration which continues to this day. Nikki has taught us anything is possible, the value of true friendship, and what it means to live life as though the world were your stage.

Melissa Howard, CEO

Melissa Howard is a licensed special education teacher, with over 15 years of experience. She specializes in independent living skills and socialization. In addition, Melissa has over 13 years of volunteer experience engaging children and adults with special needs.

Lauren Turiello, President

Lauren Turiello, has previously worked as an executive at a health and human service agency providing services to adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to her administrative knowledge and professional expertise, Lauren has over 11 years volunteer experience with both children and adults with special needs.

Together...

They have co-founded a successful non-profit corporation We Heart, Inc., whose mission is to provide creative and social outlets to children and adults with special needs. For almost half a decade, We Heart members have enjoyed dance and movement classes, social outings, performance opportunities in the community and showcases.

Both Melissa and Lauren bring a passion, skills set, and creative vision that empowers and enriches the lives of individuals with special needs.