Venture & Wayside Partner

Venture Community Services Partners with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

Partnership brings Youth & Family Supports to Southern Worcester County

Sturbridge | Framingham – Venture Community Services, one of Massachusetts’ leading providers of services for people with disabilities, recently partnered with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network of Framingham to provide home-based services for children and families in need of support.

“We are very excited about having the opportunity to partner with such an accomplished provider of family and children’s services,” said Venture President & CEO Mike Hyland. “Through community based programming, this collaboration with Wayside extends a vital safety net for families in need of supports in south central Worcester County.”

The home based services will be provided through The Child Behavior Health Initiative (CBHI), Department of Mental Health (DMH) and Department of Children and Families (DCF).  This collaboration increases the availability of high quality community connected mental health and child welfare services for children and families of Southern Worcester County.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Venture Community Services who has such long-standing ties to this community,” said Eric Masi, President and CEO of Wayside.   “Enhancing and fostering community connections for youth and their families is a key component in effective community-based clinical services.  We look forward to continuing to build this partnership.”


Venture Community Services is committed to providing compassionate, person-centered services that assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. What began as an organization with two small group homes has grown into one of the largest human service providers in Massachusetts, and with almost 700 employees, one of the largest employers in the Sturbridge area. Venture encourages independence through a continuum of support which includes community residential services, day programs, supported employment, transportation, adult foster care, and shared living.


Founded in 1977, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is a non-profit, nationally accredited human services agency dedicated to Building Strength, Hope and Resiliency through its family-based outreach services, residential treatment programs, and community-based counseling services to more than 5,000 children, youth and families throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Wayside’s mission: Empowering children, young adults and families to achieve greater independence and emotional well-being. For more information, visit

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11th Annual Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

We are excited to be bringing back Venture’s Annual Wine, Beer, and Food Festival for its 11th year on Thursday, September 17th at Old Sturbridge Village’s Oliver Wight Tavern.  Tickets are only $40 and are available either online or at the door.  We hope you’ll consider joining us for this fun night out!  Co-hosted by Ted’s of Charlton, you’ll enjoy an assortment of wine, beer, vodka, and cider from Hardwick Vineyard & Winery, Global Wines Importing, Devotion Vodka, Horizon Beverages Fine Wines, Deep Eddy Vodka, Wormtown Brewery and, Shipyard Brewery.

You’ll sample delicious, homemade fare from your favorite local restaurants, including The Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge Cheese & Chocolate, Oliver Wight Tavern, Paoletti’s of Charlton, and more!

We would also like to take a moment to thank our generous sponsors: Forensic Risk Alliance, Southbridge Savings Bank, TD Bank, Interior Resources, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Savers Bank, and TMG Carpentry.

Enjoy great drinks, delicious food, games, prizes, silent auction, and live music – all while supporting a great cause.  To contribute to this event with a sponsorship or auction item, please contact Paige Billings at or (774) 922-1135.

Visit with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Venture Community Services would like to extend our thanks to Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, State Senator Anne Gobi, and State Representative Todd Smola for visiting today.  We greatly appreciate the opportunity to introduce members of state government to our Sturbridge Day Program, our dedicated staff members, and our administrative offices.  We are always grateful for the chance to talk about the incredible working being done by our staff members every day of the year. We also enjoyed exchanging thoughts and ideas about the future of autism services, life skills training for transitional populations, foster care for both children and adults, and our plans to build a new facility to expand community support in Central Massachusetts.  After a visit to the day program, the conversation turned to discussion of the human services industry and our commitment to innovative solutions to complex social problems, including community based treatment and support services for families through the Department of Children and Families.

Be sure to visit Lieutenant Governor Polito’s Twitter profile to see more about her visit.