Real Relationships

We all want companionship and strive for healthy relationships in our lives. Helping the individuals we serve form real relationships is an integral part of Alternatives’ model of community inclusion. The importance of having a real home and a real job cannot be understated, but real relationships are what sustain us as human beings.

How do we overcome the challenges that people with disabilities face in developing friendships? By collaborating with other organizations to help build healthier communities, we create opportunities for the individuals we serve to connect with new people in their communities. These collaborations have included sponsoring art and yoga classes, hosting events like concerts and neighborhood gatherings, and initiating volunteer projects that meet community needs. The goal is to bring people of all abilities together to enjoy common interests.

Deb’s Story

Deb really enjoys being out and about. Through Alternatives’ Wrentham Employment Services for people with developmental disabilities, she’s part of a cleaning and landscaping crew. When the program was recently honored for a decade of service delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, Deb was right there accepting the award.

As a resident at an Alternatives home Foxboro, she’s an enthusiastic participant in all of the home’s community activities. She looks forward to attending a weekly Tai Chi class and, this summer, happily helped tend a town garden. Read More

Other Stories of Success:

Casey: “There’s no question about it, Casey Burgoyne is value-added.” Read