Beaming With Pride

By Executive Director Gail T. Brown, CRC, LRC, LCSW

It is with great pride and gratitude for our compassionate and dedicated staff that I share the impressive results of our recent Licensing and Certification review conducted by the DDS Office of Quality Enhancement.  We were, once again awarded a two-year license for all of our day and residential programs and the results were outstanding!  Our Residential Services and In- home Supports received a rating of 99%  for licensing standards and 86% for certification standards and our CBDS and Employment Services received 100% for licensing standards and 93% for certification standards!  These results clearly demonstrate NEV’s commitment to person-centered and quality services and they could not have been achieved without the dedication provided by our competent, professional, trained and caring staff.  Particularly noteworthy in this review was the DDS team’s recognition of our efforts to ensure that person-centered choices and activities are imbedded in all aspects of each individual’s supports and that their activity levels reflect their individual interests, and opportunities for community integration are expanded.  The team also commended us for our increased efforts to obtain competitive employment for individuals and for assisting individuals with securing positions in which they earn competitive wages in jobs that reflect their interests. Please join me in congratulating all NEV employees on these significant achievements and in expressing our appreciation for all they have done to make this happen!  We continue to enhance our services with positive results that improve the lives of the individuals that we are privileged to support, and helping people to realize their potential and live dignified, meaningful and quality lives in the community.

At NEV, we know that these outstanding and remarkable results would not have been possible without the talent and dedication of our hardworking direct support professional staff, managers, specialists, facility and administrative personnel.  September 10 – 16, 2017 has been declared, “Direct Support Professionals Week” both nationally and in Massachusetts.  It is fitting that we pause and recognize NEV’s Direct Support Professionals and the vital role all of these employees play in supporting and enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. Please join me in paying tribute and saying thank you to our valued DSPs for the incredible work they do each and every day to truly make a difference in the lives of the individuals they serve.  Thanks to all of their efforts, we are listening to what people want, creating plans with the people we support, building meaningful friendships and relationships, ensuring that people have choice and control over their lives and are treated with respect and dignity. I invite you to take a moment with me during Direct Support Professionals Week to applaud and thank our DSPs!

Hope to see you at Family Day on Sunday, September 17, 2017 as we welcome family and friends to NEV and celebrate our 45th anniversary!

Brotherly and Sisterly Love


By Mary Stanley, PR and
Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

“Siblings – the definition that comprises love, strife, competition and forever friends” – Byron Pulsifer

There is no question that the bond between siblings is a special one.  They are the link to our past and the ones most likely to be with us in the future. Who else but a sister or brother has known us from our very youngest self to our present? We cheered for them, shared our secrets with them, celebrated with them and grieved with them. We have seen them at their best and their worst. Siblings are the people we teased and fought with as children and then made up with; they are the people we protected and defended, because they were, above all else, family. Continue reading

You Can’t Beat A Drum Circle!

By Mary Stanley, PR and
Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

If there is any question about the benefits of a drum circle, it was answered this past month when music instructor Sean Carr brought his djembe drums to Pembroke Library for a community drumming workshop. This all inclusive circle, which brought together people from the community with individuals from New England Village, had the same results as previous drumming events: lots of laughter, lots of participation, and a little bit of noise!

As Sean so eloquently states at the beginning of each of his circles, everybody has rhythm. If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm—and then he goes on to Continue reading

The Benefits of Buying Early

By Mary Stanley, PR and
Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

As the calendar changes over to April, our thoughts may turn to spring and the gardening season. Though I do not have a garden of my own, I have a deep and profound appreciation for vegetables that are locally—and organically—grown. This appreciation was instilled in me by my grandfather, an avid gardener who grew a large variety of vegetables and whose bounty filled our dinner tables from July to November. Continue reading

There’s Nothing Down About It

A blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

On March 1st, we ushered in the campaign to “spread the word to end the word,” referring to the use of the “R” word.  This designated date fittingly rolls into a month-long promotion to raise awareness of Down syndrome. While most people are aware of this disability—and I use the term disability here, loosely—what we really need to stress this month are the abilities of people born with an extra chromosome. Continue reading

The Sollar Wellness Center – Your Health is our Mission

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

February can be a difficult month—usually cold and snowy—providing little motivation to stick to New Year goals and resolutions to stay fit, take better care of ourselves or to try something new. But thanks to community centers like the Sollar Wellness Center, getting healthy or stepping outside of our comfort zone to try new things, whether it’s a fitness program or an art class, has never been easier. Continue reading

A New Year and a Fresh Start

A blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

New Year’s Eve signifies the end of one year and the start of another—it is a time for reflecting on all that has occurred over the past 12 months and then looking toward the future with a renewed sense of optimism. For many people, 2016 may have been a difficult year—one that was fraught with difficulties or loss and 2017 represents a fresh start and a time to be filled with the hope that the next 12 months will be better than the last. Continue reading

In the Spirit of the Holidays

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

With the holiday season well underway, it is difficult not to think about the spirit of giving and what that truly means. I remember as a child, carefully selecting items for the people on my list and being genuinely excited about giving the gifts I had chosen. Those memories serve as a reminder to me of what this season is really about—the sincere desire to give something special to someone for the sole purpose of letting that person know I care. Because of those experiences earlier in my Continue reading

Autumn: A time to celebrate family

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

For many of us, the end of August marks a time when our children take that step into the next phase of their lives and go off to college. After moving them into their dorms and saying tearful good byes, the next time we get to see them may not be until Family weekend, typically scheduled for October or early November. When we come to visit at that time, we will see a change in them; they will have acclimated and adjusted to their new life, made new friends, and found a place where they are truly happy. They will be excited to share stories with us and we will find ourselves thoroughly enjoying our conversations with them. Continue reading