Venture Community Services strives to empower individuals with disabilities by providing them with resources and support in community-based residences across Massachusetts. Through innovative practices, expertly trained staff, and cutting-edge facilities, we provide opportunities to those we support by helping them navigate the path toward self-determination. Staff members teach skills in most areas of daily living, including personal care, medication management, meal preparation, budgeting, safety, public transportation, emotional and physical wellness, access to community services, recreational activities, and job coaching. Venture also offers clinical services that assist each individual in reaching their goals.
In October 2015, Venture will open a program that has been custom-built for the population it will support. Despite the development being partially funded by state contracts, which has been a successful model for Venture in the past, there are further upgrades and additions that will improve the quality of life for residents. Although the state contracts fund necessities like cookware, couches, and microwave, there are still many items that cannot be accommodated. Items such as a Smart Board, Wii gaming system, sound system with headphones, basketball hoop, exercise equipment and swing can provide recreational opportunities while meeting the sensory needs of the individuals. It is our goal to provide an environment in which these individuals will thrive. Therefore, during the process of completing this new home, Venture will be working to secure funding from private sources that will assist in making this facility the best environment possible for these individuals.
Venture has identified four young men who will be moving into the new program and exploring their independence for the first time. Our multidisciplinary team of medical professionals and clinicians work together with the individual, their guardians, physicians, and service coordinator to develop an individualized plan for each person based upon their unique needs and interests. Venture is looking forward to offering these young men the opportunity to have a home they can call their own. Like many people in their early twenties, they are eager to start their lives independently of their parents and families, begin to explore the world around them, make decisions about their own lives and discover who they are.
If you are interested in helping Venture to prepare the home for its new residents with either a monetary or in-kind donation, please contact Paige Billings at (774) 922-1135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.