Get Involved

Your contributions help support the individuals and families we serve. Learn how >

Join Our Mailing List

The Arc of Opportunity

Opportunity in North Central Massachusetts

Donate Button

Super Bowl Parade

If we think back to a few weeks ago when the Patriots played The Falcons, we all recall it being a nail-biter of a game. Most of us gave up on our favorite football team by the third quarter, buy by the fourth, no one was sitting. Then it goes into overtime, and the Patriots win the Super Bowl! 

I never imagined, however, being approached by two of my team in Individualized In-Home Supports, asking if they could take a group to the Super Bowl parade the following day in Boston.  So in addition to their Monday morning routine, Jen and Roxanna also coordinated to bring the die-hard Patriots fans to the ceremony with short notice. 

As Monday afternoon went on, it became apparent that the weather forecast for Tuesday was getting worse and they would be driving out and back in a winter storm. Still, deciding that this was an opportunity of a lifetime for the individuals they support and would be careful but venture out. 

So, Tuesday morning they all piled into the van and headed to Alewife.  Roxanna had prepped sandwiches the night before in preparation of a lot of walking and long lines to order food. When they arrived, they assured that everyone was all bundled, layered and wrapped up to brave the elements of the cold, wind and rain.

From the T-Station, the group made their way through the crowds to Boston Common. With standing room only they watched the parade of duck boats carrying the Super Bowl Champions, their families, and friends. The crowds were excited, rowdy and full of energy.  

On the way home, they stopped for a well-deserved hot lunch and drinks at Flat Patties in Harvard Square. When asked, “Would you ever do that again?”  They all responded with, “You bet, hopefully, next year!”

About the Author: Jodie Balaguer

Jodie Therrien

Jodie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University in Human Services. Jodie has over ten years’ experience working here at The Arc of Opportunity. She started out as Direct Care in Residential and moved over to Shared Living in 2007 as Case Manager, eventually becoming Division Director. In 2015, Jodie took over as Director of Specialized Supports working in the Individualized In-Home Supports Department and also oversees the DESE and Agency w/Choice Programs. Jodie especially enjoys working with people directly out in the community and continues to learn from our clients.