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11/23/2020 Patriots Foundation Honors HopeWell Foster Parent

We’re so proud to let you know that one of our longtime foster parents, Joan Phillips, was honored by the Patriots Foundation as a Myra Kraft Community MVP! Named in honor of the late Myra Kraft, the award honors what Myra Kraft valued most in her life—service to others. That epitomizes Joan’s work with foster

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11/05/2020 When I Think of Home 2020

On Thursday, October 29, supporters and staff of HopeWell gathered online for our second annual gala celebration, “When I Think of Home.” Featuring video testimonials from the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Health and Human Service MaryLou Sudders, City Year Senior Vice President and Dean Charlie Rose, and our family of clinicians, foster parents, and caregivers, the

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09/23/2020 Celebrating Direct Support Professionals Week 2020

It was a joy to celebrate HopeWell’s 38 direct support professionals (DSPs) during National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week from September 13-19, especially since we were joined by the likes of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller! DSPs are those who collectively provide 24/7 support to differently-abled people in our two group

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09/13/2020 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week!

Direct support professionals (DSPs)—those members of HopeWell’s staff who work with adults in our residential homes and five staffed apartments—are integral to carrying out our mission to enrich the lives and expand the opportunities of individuals and families in need of love, support and safe places to grow and thrive. There’s Nicole, who stepped up during

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09/09/2020 Tahon’s story

Tahon Ross’s first order of business after being named principal of Stacy Middle School in Milford, MA in July 2019, was to learn the names of each student and staff member—and how to spell them correctly. “I need to get to know everybody’s name, for students and staff alike, and know what their role is

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11/01/2019 Aging Out of Foster Care. What’s Next?

Today, we can help. Our passion for this work and our experience with this population enabled us to be selected as the inaugural member of the My First Place Affiliate (MFP) Network. My First Place is an education and employment program developed nearly two decades ago by First Place for Youth™, a California-based nonprofit. Through

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10/05/2018 18 & On Your Own

Turning 18 or 21 for your typical American means newfound independence. Whether it’s going off to college or having a first legal drink, most young adults eagerly await these milestone birthdays. But for more than 20,000 young adults in this country, turning 18 or 21, is not a celebratory event. Depending on the state in

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08/31/2018 Adults with Developmental Disorders

There’s No Place Like Home That line from a famous movie is part of the spirit that is the essence of all we do at HopeWell. The importance of home and that feeling of living and being a member of your community is embodied in our day to day work. For adults with developmental disabilities

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08/16/2018 Interview with a foster parent

We can learn a lot about kindness, generosity and love from foster parents. They open not only their heart, but their home. It doesn’t get more basic than that and it’s this simple yet profound gesture that sets them apart. Like the great Bill Bellicek says, “No days off.” Foster parenting is always on, 24/7/365.

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08/06/2018 How to Foster a Child

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Do you want to know more? You likely want to know what the process is and where to begin. First a little background. Here are three easy steps to start the foster care process and change a young person’s life. Step 1: Do Your Homework If you’re reading this,

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08/06/2018 How to talk to your kids about fostering

One of the most common questions we get about being a foster parent is, “how will this impact my own children and how do I explain this to them?” Good question right? Well, thankfully it’s very common for foster parents to have children of their own and with over 54 years of experience in the

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