- Neil Klein – Employee of the Year
- Years of Service Recognition
- Direct Ask Fundraiser held in lieu of 2020 Golf Tournament
- Lou’s Legacy
- Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week
Due to the restrictions on golf and community events resulting from COVID-19, The Nemasket Group has decided for the safety and well-being of all to cancel the August 2020 golf tournament. This golf tournament has historically been the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, and last year’s event was the most successful ever, due to the generosity of our sponsors and golf participants.
As with other organizations, the services The Nemasket Group provides and the delivery of those services, has changed dramatically because of the pandemic. We need your support now, more than ever! Your donation at any level will help us reach the $60K goal we have set for this fundraising event in lieu of the donations raised through the golf tournament.
We are heartened that many of our Participants have asked how they can help, and we are so very grateful that they will support us again this year by contributing at last year’s level. Please consider making a donation so that together we can continue to provide the individualized support needed to the people we serve, enabling them to learn, grow, participate in everyday community opportunities, and lead successful lives that are rich and meaningful.
Consistent with the Commonwealth of MA phase 2 of re-opening plans,
The Nemasket Group will be re-opening our offices on Monday, July 6th
Our temporary office hours will be: Monday-Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Visitors are required to make an appointment and wear a protective mask.
If there are more than 2 visitors in the Waiting Area, please remain outside until the Waiting Area clears.
Please call us at 508-999-4436 or email AmyCornell@NemasketGroup.org
For URGENT matters use the program/service specific On-Call Numbers:
Community Living (residential supports) 508-789-0771
Family Connections (family and self-directed supports) 508-207-2538
Job Paths (day and employment services) 774-762-6030
Green Mountain Self Advocates and the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council developed a booklet that you may find useful to explain the Coronavirus in plain language.
We are grateful to all that helped to ensure the 2019 Golf Tournament held in Memory of Louis Nisenbaum was a smashing success!
Tournament Sponsor – BayCoast Bank
Putting Contest Sponsor – Bristol County Savings Bank
Dinner Sponsor – Tichon Seafood Corporation
Cart Sponsor – Ray and Helen Killian
Cart Sponsor – Nordic Inc.
Lunch Sponsor – Sylvia Group
Air Cannon Sponsor – Barry Investment Advisors
Air Cannon Sponsor – Sue Hottel
Hole-In-One Sponsor – Robertson’s GMC
New Quasi-Institutions as Examples of Human Service Unconsciousness
by: Martin Elks
The SRV Journal – July 2016
THE FRIENDSHIP CORNER
Strategies for Direct Support Professionals To Promote Friendships Between The People They Support And Unpaid People without Disabilities in the Community
By Mary Ann Brennen & Jim Ross
Widening the Circle
Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities still live in a world in which they are congregated together and segregated from their peers without disabilities. Kids with disabilities may be sent to specialized schools far from their neighborhood. Even if they go to their local public school, they may be in substantially separate classrooms. Recreational opportunities may be limited to activities with other kids with disabilities. Adults might live in group homes or still in institutions. Work might be in Day Habs or workshops or enclaves.
Perhaps your most important responsibility as DSPs is facilitating relationships between the people you support and unpaid people in the community who do not have disabilities. You may feel that helping people make these important connections is too complicated for you in your busy work, but there are some things that YOU can do to enhance the chances of friendships developing and being sustained over time:
If you work in employment settings, there may be other ways to help people make (and keep) friends at work:
We know that helping people build relationships and friendships is not easy. But it is certainly worthwhile. People with friends are happier, healthier and safer. And we all want this for the people we support.
For a broader review of this topic, please read the latest Quality is No Accident brief on “Friendships/Relationships”, located at www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/disability-services/services-by-type/intellectual-disability/newsroom/quality-assurance/developmental-services-quality-is-no-accident.html to which Widening the Circle contributed.