This Little Piggy . . . Came To Jackson Farm!

Welcome to two-year-old Mamie, the newest member of Cooperative for Human Services’ small animal therapy team, based at Jackson Farm. Along with Rambo the rabbit and our three new baby guinea piglets, April, May and June, Mamie is a one-of-a-kind Vietnamese pot bellied pig. She epitomizes the values of CHS -- a gentle, friendly being who is working to achieve a fulfilling and inspiring life that encompasses community and healthy lifestyle. As a baby, Mamie was shipped from her breeders in Texas to live with a family in Franklin, MA. Unfortunately, her owners did not know how to care for a pot bellied pig, so she was not given outdoor space to exercise, root, or wallow, and was fed doughnuts, cookies, and fast food.  At 200 pounds, her owners could…
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Food Pantry Program Expands

Cooperative for Human Services continues to provide services and supports to an ever-increasing number of individuals in their homes and CHS residential programs. In November 2017, the organization established a Food Pantry to provide people served with no-cost food so that everyone has access to good nutrition and healthy options. Recently, the organization expanded its partnership with the Food Donation Connection, a national non-profit matching company, and began to work directly with two well-known hospitality destinations, The Cheesecake Factory and Chipotle Restaurants, Burlington, MA. These partnerships increase the company’s ability to offer pre-cooked food and dinner entrees to individuals who may have poor cooking skills or are attempting to successfully manage a meager food budget. The Food Pantry continued to expand its food distribution this summer when the organization doubled…
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CHS Expands Acquired Brain Injuries Services into Urban Setting

The Cooperative For Human Services opened its second home to support individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries. The residence, located on Highland Avenue in Malden, MA, is occupied by individuals from the local area which affords the residents opportunities to spend more time with friends and families as well gain easy access to the vibrant, active urban culture offered by the city of Malden. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house applies all the best practices in assessable design to accommodate people with assistive medical devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and mechanical lifts. The home’s layout includes a solarium where individuals can visit with guests or just enjoy a quiet space for reading and a self-serve coffee/tea bar in the kitchen area. Financially and clinically eligible individuals in the ABI Waiver program funded by…
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Prader-Willi Syndrome Residential Program Available Soon in Andover, MA

Families affected by PWS, in partnership with Cooperative For Human Services, are planning to provide person-centered services in a newly renovated home. About the Services   The five-bedroom, three bath colonial home is located in the heart of beautiful Andover, Massachusetts within walking distance of town activities and civic resources. Supports provided include highly-trained 24-hour direct care, transportation, an experienced Clinical Supports team, healthcare coordination and nursing care, and service coordination with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Program offers a “food safe” environment. Collaborate to customize and design person-centered services to meet the unique needs of your family member with Prader-Willi Syndrome.  Support services are flexible to anticipate change and choices, customized and designed to provide a full life.  Great opportunity for a parent adviser role…
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CHS Expands Its Residential Services

Three young women with developmental disabilities moved into their new home located in Saugus, MA, bringing with them high energy and a keen interest to explore their new community. The residential program offering support on a 24-hour basis is one of only a very few that have opened in recent years in eastern Massachusetts. Cooperative For Human Services continually uses a creative problem-solving approach to design  services for people with disabilities and housing is a critical component of these services. The four-bedroom  home is located in an upscale residential neighborhood near parks, shopping, entertainment and civic venues that serve as a springboard for individuals to connect to their new community. The women are supported by a veteran team of clinicians, healthcare professionals and direct support staff who are focused on…
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New PEX Card System Empowers Individuals

  Cooperative for Human Services closely follows its twelfth Guiding Principle, “Work in partnership with others to maximize resources and alleviate duplication of effort” by continually seeking out new technologies to achieve its goals. Currently, the company serves as Representative Payee for over 150 individuals in its Residential, Individual Support Services and Guardianship programs. This requires CHS to manage, monitor, and document by hand, all spending of each individual’s monthly Social Security funds, other income and monetary gifts. Historically, this financial process had been a de-centralized process monitored by field managers responsible for oversight of individual funds through direct access to the person’s bank account. On a regular basis, managers accessed and distributed spending funds to each individual, reconciled receipts and provided education to the individuals served about positive budgeting…
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Love Endures

On an unusually warm February evening, during the ride back to their apartment, Sonja mentioned that their wedding anniversary was coming up in June and that it would be big one.  “It’s 30 years”, she told me. “Really?!”, I asked, “do you guys want to do anything?” “Yes”, said Bob, “we want to renew our wedding vows”. I tried hard not to hit the car in front of me. And that’s how The Wedding of the Century came to be (actually, The Second Wedding of the Century). Sonja and Bob are attached to the Cooperative for Human Services (CHS) whose mission reads, in part, to “…provide programs and services that support community inclusion, personal enrichment and quality of life for individuals with intellectual, developmental and related disabilities…” On June 15,…
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Cooperative For Human Services Renews MA License and Certification and Continues Legacy of Exceptional Ratings

Cooperative For Human Services announced that it received renewal of its two-year License and Certification from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Office of Quality Enhancement.  The company met 100% of the required licensing indicators and 98% of the certification indicators, which continues the organization’s legacy of achieving consecutive, outstanding ratings for over a decade. In a published report released by the Department of Developmental Disabilities, numerous commendations were noted including, “All of the people surveyed were very well supported to maintain relationships with family and friends. Of particular note was staff knowledge and support for people's friend and family relationships.  Staff were very knowledgeable about who was important in people's lives and were instrumental in maintaining relationships.”   The commendations also focused on the organization’s use of technologies that…
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Advocacy Bootcamp

Northeast Region of Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change is delighted to invite primary caregivers of young children (birth to age 10) who have developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or complex medical needs to apply! Advocacy Bootcamp builds foundational advocacy skills so that participants can empower their children to lead rich, meaningful, and exciting lives. All application materials must be submitted by August 1st, 2018. Space is limited. For more information visit http://mfofc.org/advocacy-bootcamp/ To apply visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefvnqrOM3gTRLvSATMp2xagVgDqoweUpIzpQjS2LsXWWbOsQ/viewform
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