Providing Shared Living arrangements, so individuals can develop personal relationships, experience community, and access quality care.
Adult Family Care is a program of The Association For Community Living’s Specialized Home Care Division, a leader in its field since 1974, when it developed the first Shared Living model in Massachusetts. The program offers support to adults who are unable to live independently because of a medical, physical, or developmental disability. These individuals are paired in meaningful, lasting relationships in a family or family-like setting, and they have traditional lives, far richer than what they would experience in an institutional setting. Their lives are complete with neighbors, friends, daily routines, and community involvement.
Much of the work of the Adult Family Care program is carefully linking care providers in the program with individuals whose interests and needs are closely aligned. One example of a great match is 83-year-old Bill Miller and his care provider, Jared Joseph of Springfield. Bill spent nearly 30 years of his life at Belchertown State School and other institutions before he moved into Jared’s home. Now, Bill is immensely grateful for his independence, his family and the extended community he’s been able to create in the neighborhood. Says Bill, “It’s more like a home here.”
How You Can Help
Adult Family Care provides compassionate, individualized care as well as funding to support that care. Your contribution on Valley Gives Day will ensure that more individuals like Bill can be removed from institutions and paired with caring individuals like Jared in a home-like setting. You will give a gift toward building family and community. Says Bill, “I like living in a home with a family. I can eat when I want and do the things that I want- like going down to Friendly’s or out to Springfield Plaza to shop.”
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