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The Arc of New Jersey Heroes of 2020

Susette Bato

Susette Bato

Nominated by Cindy Fine

My daughter attends the Bridges Day Program of The Arc of Essex County. During the closure of day programs, our self-directed employee went above and beyond the call of duty every day. She took my daughter out on her bike every day, sometimes up to 3 times a day, giving my daughter joy, laughter and exercise. Even during the most frightening days of the pandemic, she brought happiness. She did all this while simultaneously helping to care for her 87-year-old in-laws. I don’t know how I would have made it without her during this difficult time.