Peter Van Voorhis has worked in disability and non-profit services for over 40 years in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Peter has specialized throughout his career in the areas of community and home-based supports. Peter's formal education includes a B.S in Rehabilitation and an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Administration from Springfield College. Peter joined The Arc of Opportunity in 2014. In 2015 The Arc of Opportunity became the first agency in Massachusetts to enroll and accept referrals for Money Follows the Person (MFP) funded Shared Homes. The purpose of this program is to place people out of Nursing Facilities into private homes for care and support.
Peter started his career first as direct-care staff at Wrentham & Belchertown State Schools. Peter developed many early model community residential, specialized home care, respite care , self-directed, and supported work programs. At the Chicopee Boys' Club Peter opened and managed one of the first programs in Massachusetts to move children out of state institutions into the community through family developmental model homes. This program was recognized by Boys' Clubs of America as a New Program of Excellence. Peter was also awarded recognition nationally twice for New Programs of Excellence by Goodwill Industries of America with a first place award for an Intensive Medical Adult Family Care program and a 3rd place award for an Adult Education program for ID/DD integrated at Community Colleges.
For 18 years Peter served as Vice President of Community Services for the new Hampshire Region VI designated Area Agency. He developed the largest Agency with Choice (AWC) program in New Hampshire serving over 200 adults and 80 children. He also developed Gateways for Seniors, Nashua Autism Network, Gateways Autism Center, NH Providerlink, MyGateways Customer Web Portal, and many other key community programs. Peter earned recognition for his work on Participant Directed Services from CMS and Rutgers Center for State Health Policy for Best Practices and for Emerging Programs. He also earned recognition from the Syracuse University Center on Human Policy for his work in Organizational Innovation and Transformation.
Peter has previously served on several non profit boards and on the Worcester City Commission on Disability. Peter and his wife Elise have seven daughters, one son, two dogs, and many small and large birds. Peter is a life long gym member and normally found at the YMCA or other gyms 365 days a year.