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By Peace Mubiru
Constance is a devoted member of the team at Hamilton, and she consistently goes the extra mile. She is flexible, showing up to cover shifts even when she is not scheduled. During a snow day, one of the individuals wanted to make a stop for coffee after their doctor appointment, Constance did not just say no because...
By Josh Preville
As the COVID-19 Pandemic has rolled on and presented new challenges for all of us, day staffing has also experienced new challenges. Often, due to last-minute or previously unforeseen circumstances, arranging coverage is certainly different than it was before the global pandemic hit. Sidney not only embraces change...
By Colby OBrien
Danh, his wife, two cats, and dog live, work, and play in Fitchburg. Danh values living in a community that accepts people of all abilities. A graduate of Fitchburg Public Schools, Danh is an enthusiastic Red Raider Football fan. Today, he attends games not in the stands but on the field supporting the team. Even...
By Colby OBrien
Shevonne woke up over 1,296 miles from home. Battling substance use, Shevonne left Massachusetts for Florida in hope of a fresh start. After a night with friends and under the influence, Shevonne was thrown from her motorcycle landing 150 feet from the crash site. In a coma, doctors predicted Shevonne would never walk...
By Colby OBrien
Mary brings her family’s values into her community. An early diagnosis of Autism changes the way a family thinks about their child’s future. Mary’s family wanted Mary to have a full life that celebrated her many gifts and talents. Mary and her family imagined a world where Mary interacted with others and give back to...
By Mary Heafy
COVID-19 has presented many challenges to each of us professionally and personally. Colby O’Brien had a very large and unique challenge to face when it became clear that our annual auction to benefit Family Supports could not take place as it was planned. After a few sleepless nights, Colby came to me with the...
By Kathleen Kopitsky
When I think of a staff person who can get it done, whatever “it” is, I think of Josiah, who delivers legendary service every day. Over the years of my tenure here at The Arc, Josiah has had several roles. Lately, his role is of Community Health Worker in the AFC Program. Even more lately, with staff changes, Josiah...
By Colby OBrien
On October 16, 2020, The Arc of Opportunity's Charity Auction closed out another record-breaking fundraiser to support people with intellectual and developmental (I/DD) and their families in the Central MA community. COVID-19 transformed the 31-year traditional in-person event into an innovative online format. Even...
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