The Homepage: Spring 2014 eNewsletter from The Home
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FEATURED STORY

No Longer Alone

Helping a boy on the autism spectrum to make friends and thrive

It is a typical afternoon at a Dorchester middle school and the cafeteria is bustling with students. Kids are anxiously waiting for their food, chatting and laughing. For most, lunch is a social time, a break in their day when they can talk to their friends and release some energy. But unfortunately for kids like Sebastián, lunch period is discomforting and the bell that signals the end is a welcome invitation back to the security of the classroom. Sebastián sits at the far end of the table, as he does every day. From a distance, he eats while he observes his classmates, perplexed why he is not included, why he is never included. 

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Mark Your Calendar

April: National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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This April, join the Home and others across the country to raise awareness about child abuse prevention by participating in the Blue Ribbon Campaign. In addition, Winston Flowers will donate 20% of each Charity in Bloom arrangement sold in April to The Home.

April 12: Waltham House Fundraiser

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Join us for a night to celebrate the 11th anniversary of Waltham House, a one-of-a-kind group home program of The Home designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. 

May 21: Voices & Visions

Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

sunsetEvery year we celebrate the creative spirit of children at our annual gala fundraiser, Voices & Visions. This year, the theme is "I Dream a World." Prepare to embark on an odyssey inside the caring and insightful minds of children, delve into the subconscious and the surreal, and reflect upon their hopes and aspirations for a better, brighter, more peaceful world. 

 

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From the President

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With the start of the New Year, as I was taking a look at one of the final remaining initiatives in our current strategic plan — that of Succession Planning — I was struck by the makeup of today’s workplace. For the first time, certainly in my lifetime, there are likely to be four generations of workers on the job together. With people continuing well past the typical retirement age, we see those in their 70s working alongside folks who are just starting out.

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An Inspirational Journey to Cape Verde

ASCL_trip.jpgAs part of the The Academic Support for College & Life (ASCL) program at The Home, during the winter break, youth travel internationally to engage in a community service learning project to increase awareness of different cultures and encourage involvement in volunteering. This winter, students traveled to Cape Verde, where staff and students alike enjoyed the activities, the beautiful countryside, great food, and of course the perpetual eighty degrees and sunny Cape Verde weather!

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New School Building Opens at Southeast Campus

   
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On January 3, 2014, the new school building opened at our Southeast Campus in Plymouth, bringing together all the students and staff in one facility. In addition to up-to-date learning tools, such as SMART boards, white boards and new computers, the school features separate spaces in the common areas for students who need to take time.

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Hold the Presses!

Digital Printing program starts kids on a path to success
   
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In October, The Home launched a Xerox Digital Production Printing School-to-Career (STC) Program at Longview Farm. The program includes state-of-the-art equipment and an instructor who trains students in the field of digital printing. 

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With a Little Help from Our Friends

Natixisphoto5.JPGSupport from our donors and volunteers makes it possible for us to provide the "extras" that most kids and families take for granted. Natixis Global Asset Management employees, students at area schools and NE Revolution stars Scott Caldwell and Brad Knighton are just a few examples of those who have recently made a difference for our kids.

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Did You Know...?

On an average school day at The Home:

  • We provide 105 breakfasts, 108 lunches and 105 dinners
  • 108 students attend our special education schools
  • Our clinicians deliver 93 hours of therapy in Boston Public Schools
  • 59 aging-out youth receive academic, vocational and/or life skills support
  • 8 aging-out youth receive supportive housing

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