Programs and Services of The United Arc





Residential

Group homes provide intensive 24-hour support while promoting opportunities for individuals to achieve personal independence, expand their experiences in the community and develop lasting friendships with their fellow house mates.

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Individual Home Supports

Personalized services to support individuals living at home or independently in the community that promote continued independence, achievement of personal goals and inclusion in community activities.

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Family Support

The United Arc provides a flexible array of services for families that care for or include a family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities .

  • Funded through The Department of Developmental Disabilities with additional funding from Bete Foundation.
  • Family Support Centers Provide an array of supports are available to families caring for a family member who meets eligibility criteria with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
  • Services are offered by staff working out of Family Support Centers in Greenfield and Athol, MA. Primary supports offered are service navigation, support in how to obtain services, information and referral, family trainings and support groups, community connections, social / recreational opportunities, educational and service advocacy.
  • Families prioritized by DDS may also be able to access short-term financial assistance to pay for goods and services that benefit the individual with a disability.
  • Additional supports include AWC/DESE and Intensive Flexible Family Support Services (IFFS).

 

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Positive Parenting

The United Arc Positive Parenting Program is dedicated to building the capacity of families headed by a parent living with an intellectual disability and/or an executive functioning challenge.  Funding provided by Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Additional funding from, The United Way, LIfepath, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Children’s Trust, and Services include:

  • Individual in home Parent Training and  Support
  • Supervised Visitation Services
  • Transitional Supported Living Program
  • Youth Transitional Services
  • Parent Education and Support Groups
  • Grandparent and Care Giver Support Services
  • Consultation on working with parents living with I.DD.an or Executive
  • Functioning

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Youth Transition

The Youth Transition Program services provides transitional services by referral from The Massachusetts Determent of Children and Families.  The program provides older teens and young adults support in gaining the skills and resources necessary to become independent. It also provides mentoring support to younger teens. Staff support youth in many areas, including making social connections, obtaining their license, college applications, learning job skills, and referrals for therapy and other appropriate services.

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Shared Living

The United Arc’s Shared Living program provides an alternative residential setting to the 24-hour group home. This model provides an opportunity for an individual who is receiving services through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to live with someone who wants to make an individual with intellectual disabilities part of their life and family.
Possible arrangements include:

  • Individual lives with the shared living provider in their owned home
  • Individual and shared living provider rent a space together
  • Shared living provider can move into the individual’s rented or owned home
  • Shared living support may not be provided by a legal guardian, parent, or a spouse for their ward or child.

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Self Advocacy Clubs

The United Arc sponsors self-advocacy groups which offer peer support, leadership development, social events and learning opportunities for adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.

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Youth Clubs

Youth Clubs offer peer support, leadership development, social events and learning opportunities for teens and young adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.

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