Family Resources

Our families inspire us every day to provide quality respite care and opportunities for their loved one to build the necessary work, personal relationships and skills to lead productive and rewarding lives. We communicate regularly with them about their loved one and the happenings at Friendship Home, and we also hold monthly meetings or Family Forums to talk about issues facing the community of people with developmental disabilities. These Family Forum meetings are organized by our co-founders who frequently invite special guest speakers to talk about relevant topics such as new legislation, guardianship of their loved one and other important concerns.

“Friendship Home has been such a God-send to Victoria and my family. As I have mentioned before, Friendship Home is exactly that — a home. Your Friendship Home family has been an extension of my own home and we have always felt that Friendship Home has provided a safe and loving environment for Victoria, as well as a wealth of support for us.”

Following are recommended websites and books for families

  • The Course Foundation –
    Our Scituate neighbor that serves ages 6-22

Dancing with Max by Emily Colson
Publisher: Zondervan

dancingwmaxEmily is a Friendship Home mother and Max is a member of our Bridges to Work program. He is a remarkable young man. who doesn’t communicate like we do. But he communicates better than we do about the most important things. Max doesn’t think like we do. But his actions reflect deep spiritual truths.  With candor and wit, Emily Colson shares about her personal battles and heartbreak when, as a suddenly single mother, she discovers her only child has autism. Emily illuminates the page with imagery–making you laugh, making you cry, inspiring you to face your own challenges. Dancing with Max is not a fairy tale with a magical ending. It’s a real life story of grace and second chances and fresh starts in spite of life’s hardest problems. And Max? Max will make you fall in love with life all over again, leaving you dancing with joy.

Web Resources

Department of Developmental Services

MA Rehabilitation Commission

The ARC of Massachusetts

Special Olympics of Massachusetts

Footprints for the Future

Beneplan: Information and support in understanding Social Security Benefits

Social Security

Project IMPACT
Project IMPACT provides individualized benefit counseling to Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission consumers, and their family members, employment provider organizations, school systems, and state agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more information on Project IMPACT please contact Joseph Reale at 617-204-3854 or

Mass Advocates

The Able Act
This Act allows people with disabilities to save up to $100,000 in special accounts without impacting Social Security benefits. Click the title to read about it.

The National Down Syndrome Congress 

Autism Speaks

Asperger’s Association of New England