Advancing Autism Services

Venture was proud join Bridgewell as a sponsor of their annual autism conference in Framingham yesterday.  The focus of this year’s event, Conquering the Cliff: Autism’s Journey into Adulthood, provided a great opportunity for us to prepare for our new autism outreach center in Uxbridge.  At Venture, we believe it is our responsibility to address the needs of the disability community in a meaningful way and this conference provided a helpful step in our process of building innovative programs and services for children with autism and their families.  We were able to talk to parents who are working to prepare their children for a bright future.  Many wonder how their kids will receive job training, or where they might live.  Many parents worry about who will advocate for their adult children when they are no longer able to do so.  Some are concerned about the lack of social and recreational opportunities in a safe and understanding environment.  The keynote speaker, Susan Senator, touched on some of these subjects.  She has three sons, the oldest of whom has autism.  She is an author, blogger, and frequent guest speaker on autism parenthood.  Visit her web site for articles, resources, blog, and more.

Our visit to the conference has further inspired us to reach out the autism community all around us.  Please check back soon for news about our upcoming open house and forum, when we hope to hear from families of children and young adults with autism in the Blackstone Valley region and in Worcester County.  Our center will offer in-home Applied Behavior Analysis, center-based social skills programs, family outreach, pre-vocational training and more.  We want to provide the best possible support – which means we want to hear from you!  For more information, please contact Kevin Hughes, Vice President of Day Services, at  Also, don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board with lots of useful autism information and resources.


Thank you for supporting our Wine, Beer & Food Festival

On behalf of everyone at Venture Community Services, I’d like to thank you for contributing to the overwhelming success of our 11th Annual Wine, Beer, and Food Festival. We are so grateful for the support of the many generous members of our community.

The support you provide for our fundraising events allows us to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and other challenges in our community.  With many new projects on the way, your generosity helps us to expand our services.  During the upcoming year, we will be opening two new group homes for adults who are transitioning into more independent living for the first time.  We have also begun working with another agency to offer children’s service for the first time and we are exploring new business development in day habilitation.

Again, thank you for your generous contribution.  We recognize that the work we do would not be possible without considerable support from local businesses and individuals.  We appreciate your dedication to assisting people with disabilities live independent, fulfilling lives.

We hope you will join us again next year!

Paige Mador

Director of Development


Event Sponsors:  Ted’s Package Store, Southbridge Savings Bank, TD Bank, Forensic Risk Alliance,  Interior Resources, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network & Ogletree & Deakins.



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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.