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 Autism Resource Center provides information, referrals and inclusive, community-based programming for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families/caregivers in need of services and education by developing and building upon existing community collaborations, workshops, presentations, support groups and therapeutic activities.
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 Joseph.Reale@mrc.state.ma.us
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.
Dancing with Max by Emily Colson
Emily 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.