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JCP&L Partners with Advancing Opportunities to Provide First Smart Home Technology to Group Home in Jackson

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MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has donated $10,000 to Advancing Opportunities, Inc., to help install smart home technology at its new group home in Jackson, New Jersey, the first time such equipment has been installed at one of its residences in the state.

Serving New Jersey’s disabled community since 1950, Advancing Opportunities provides assistive technology services and residential programs.  The smart home technology will be used to help residents feel safer and more independent.

JCP&L’s donation will help install smart home devices, including power door openers activated by wall-mounted buttons and wireless remotes, electronically monitored water temperature controls for safety in the kitchen and bath, and motion sensors located in doors, windows and on beds that help the staff identify residents that could need assistance. 

“Supporting Advancing Opportunities’ new group home is another example of JCP&L and its employees making the communities we serve better places to live by helping everyone have access to new technology,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L.  “The holiday lights we have donated and installed will help brighten the new home, just as Advancing Opportunities brightens the lives of its residents.”

Advancing Opportunities group homes typically include four residents.

“We are proud to have JCP&L join us as a partner in our first smart home project,” said Jack Mudge, Advancing Opportunities president and chief executive officer.  “It is because of partners like JCP&L that we are able to fulfill our mission and promote independence, not only for individuals at this house, but for people with disabilities across the state who benefit from what we learn through this pilot program.”

Advancing Opportunities provides person-centered services in community settings.  For additional information visit www.advopps.org.

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).  JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com, or follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

Editor’s Note:  JCP&L and Advancing Opportunities will hold a tour at the Jackson Group Home

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