May 16, 2015 All Aboard The Arc!

Please join the Center of Hope Foundation and many other chapters of The Arc on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in support of inclusion for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This free, annual event called “All Aboard The Arc!” will be taking place on the Boston Common from 1 – 4 p.m.

Once again we will have lively entertainment, and enjoy a guest appearance from Lauren Potter, an actress from the TV show Glee.

Individuals are encouraged to participate by creating a fundraising page soliciting donations for un funded programs that directly benefit members of the Center of Hope Foundation.  If you are interested in participating and/or donating please contact Marie Barse at 508-764-4085.

2015 AATA Registration Form
2015 AATA History 
2015 AATA Pledge Sheet
2015 AATA Pledge Sheet Back

Autism Spectrum Awareness & Acceptance Day – April 2, 2015

Autism Spectrum Awareness & Acceptance Day

 ”Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) invites you to attend its annual Autism Spectrum Awareness & Acceptance Day on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the State House, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. This year’s theme is “Housing Options for Adults on the Autism Spectrum”. Randy Price of WCVB-TV will emcee the event. Senate President Stan Rosenberg will receive the Distinguished Legislator of the Year Award.”

(Taken directly from The Arc Notes – March 19, 2015 email)

DDS State-wide Advisory Council – State House – March 17th – 10 am.

The Center of Hope will be coordinating transportation to people interested in attending the following event:

DDS State-wide Advisory Council are presenting awards at the State House on March 17th at the Great Hall at 10 am.

Among awards that will be presented,  David and Sharon Pfeiffer are being recognized for the amazing care that they provide the ladies (Donna and Susan) that have become part of their family.  Donna spent years residentially placed, but now enjoys the reality of living in the community with a family that loves her unconditionally.  The dedication and genuine devotion that David and Sharon provide the ladies is an inspiration filled with love and affection – the cost?  Priceless!!!  The savings?  Amazingly cost effective.

Many know Donna from SDH- if Donna is willing to make the trip in to Boston, can you be there to support her, please?

If you have the opportunity to meet with your legislator, won’t he/she be impressed with the success stories of your amazing family!

What do you want to discuss?

The success of the programs that provide supports must be made obvious to our representatives – just your presence will show your belief that legislative support is necessary and funding is crucial.  Our legislators need to see how important the issues facing DDS cuts will challenge the system that provide supports for your loved one.  Please come to Boston for a celebration and to be seen!!


If you are interested in going please contact Nancy Moore at 508-764-4085 ext. 654

Human Service Forum with Legislators

Join the families and agencies of Central Mass for a Human Service Forum with our Legislators.

You are the best advocate for yourself and your family member.  This event will give you access to your Legislators.  Bring your questions and concerns to 1 or all 3 events.

All events will be held at 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Please register by calling Cindy Howard at 508-764-4085

Read more: Human Service Forum 2015 with legislators

A Full Life Ahead Series


“A Full Life Ahead” and Building Bridges

Presentation Postponed!!

Tuesday, 3-10-15


Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) in partnership with the Center of Hope Foundation presents

“A Full Life Ahead” ~ a series of monthly workshops for parents and guardians of young adults with a disability. The series focuses on transition, employment, housing, friendships and other topics that will lead to interdependent, full lives in the community for young adults with disabilities.

Join us … Tuesday, March 3, 2015

6:30 – 8:30 PM

The Center of Hope Foundation
100 Foster Street, Southbridge, MA

~ The Big Picture ~

Creating Housing Options & Financing the Vision ● How much will it cost? Transitioning to Independence Maximizing Government Benefits Personal Cash Flow Management Special Needs Planning Timeline Residential Planning Process

John Nadworny, CFP ® from Special Needs Financial Planning LLC. a division of Shepherd Financial Partners. As a parent of a child with special needs, John has devoted much of his professional and personal life to helping families in similar circumstances. He has co-authored the book, “The Special Needs Planning Guide: How to Prepare for Every State of Your Child’s Life”- published by Brookes Publishing Co.

Alexandria Nadworny, from Special Needs Financial Planning LLC. a division of Shepherd Financial Partners. Alex is a sibling to a brother who has special needs and has been in the financial planning industry for several years. She has joined Shepherd Financial Partners to work with families similar to hers and to help plan for your next generation.

Please RSVP to:

Jennifer O’Leary at ph. (978) 407-3598
Nancy Moore at ph. (774) 230-1974

This document is intended for the use of A Full Life Ahead Series only. MFOFC © Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change