The Amazing Fuzzy Kitties

Every Monday, a group of five Project Hope members from the Center of Hope Foundation (CoHF) visits the “Here Today, Adopted Tomorrow” cat shelter located at 180 Sturbridge Road, Broomfield, MA.  The members complete a variety of tasks starting with picking up their toys off the floors and cleaning the beds.  All of the food and litter boxes must be cleaned and replaced as well, followed by sweeping and mopping the floors.  Windows and shelves are also wiped down, and at the end of all this hard work the Project Hope members have a chance to socialize with the cats.  There are a few cats that are feral, so our members must be careful while handling certain cats, but over all the kitties are very friendly and just want to be loved and played with.

Kristina Armstrong recently adopted a kitty from the cat shelter and named her Willow. “She’s really nice and she follows me everywhere, and sleeps on my head!” says Kristina.

Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day at State House

Join The Arc of Mass and the Center of Hope Foundation on April 7, 2016 at the State House for this Annual Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) sponsored event.

Arriving at the State House: 9:30 a.m. – noon (more info to come)

If you are interested in attending please contact Nancy Moore and/or Rachel Reyes at 508-764-4085 for more information on meeting place and time.

Supporting Families of Mass Advocacy Day

Join The Arc of Massachusetts at the State house to learn about The Arc’s budget priority.

February 11, 2016
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA (Driving Directions)
Meeting Room 428
10:00 – 10:30 am (Briefing begins at 10:15 am)

Families and supporters will be visiting Legislative offices from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Contact Kerry Mahoney – Supporting Families – The Arc of Massachusetts
781-891-6270 x109 – mahoney@arcmass.org for more information

Register here

CoHF Dances

Monthly dances are held open to the public and have a large following.  Each dance offers a full dinner catered by a local restaurant for those interested.  Dinner Dances require reservations with Pauline at 508-764-4085. 

All CoHF Day Hab Dances: 1 North Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
Dates: January 29, 2016, February 26, 2016 and March 25, 2016
Time: Friday Nights from 6 – 9 pm.
Cost: Dance only $3.00, Dinner and Dance $7.00

Self Determination Event 1-14-16

The Central/West Regional Citizen’s Advisory Board invites board members, individual and family members to meet Pam Hickey, Regional Self-Directed Supports Manager who will share information and answer question about the self-directed service model.  This service model focuses on expanding choices and control over the services and supports individuals need to live in the community.  See flyer below.

Self Determination Info Session 1-14-16