Providing housing options and support to individuals with developmental disabilities so they can live with dignity in their own communities.
The Residential Supports Division of The Association For Community Living has a long history of providing staff support and housing arrangements to individuals with developmental disabilities. The division was created in 1971 with the opening of the first community residential program in the state; it served eight men in Springfield and now supports 90 men and women in cities and towns throughout Western Massachusetts. Our guiding principal is a belief that all individuals should have the opportunity to live with respect and dignity and have a meaningful life in the community of their choice in a place they call home.
Deborah Cooley, 59, is a great testament to our services. Debbie came to us 30 years ago as a frightened, uncooperative young woman, and she now lives independently in Springfield and has held the same job for the past 12 years. We understand that individuals like Debbie have specific values, needs, and abilities that change over time, and we work to help them develop relationships, advocate for themselves, and grow a network of friends and family. Our housing options range from staffed living to home sharing for individuals from 19 to 99.
How You Can Help
Residential Supports relies on funding from the state Department of Developmental Services and the United Way. Your gift would help us assist more individuals like Debbie. We also manage an employment facet to our division, which allows us to offer jobs to individuals like Christopher Johnson. Christopher works at Valley Tees – a quality screen printing shop in Greenfield owned by The Association. Your gift will also help us to employ more people like Christopher
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