Mission: The consortium creates conditions in which people with lived experience pursue their dreams and strengthen our communities through full participation. Our ultimate goal is for communities to welcome and value differences in a safe and just world.
Programs: Home & community connections supporting people with developmental disabilities. Residential division provides consistent, high-quality supports, which are built around individual needs. We are committed to self-determination, consistently promoting opportunities for the people we support to have control of their lives and the supports that they receive. All supports are provided using trauma sensitive practices because we believe that healing happens in relationships. The home & community connections residential division currently provides support to 47 individuals (31 individuals in 24 hour supports). Supported by the department of developmental services. Self advocacy empowers people with developmental disabilities to find their voices and share their gifts with the community. Includes leadership through advocacy, based in holyoke, and the self advocacy network, based in springfield. Supported by dds.
growth & recovery: these programs are peer-run or peer participatory in nature and include: the western massachusetts recovery learning community (rlc), which supports healing and wellness by people who have experienced psychiatric diagnoses, extereme emotional distress, trauma and other life-interrupting challenges. Supported by dmh. The support network of western massachusetts helps families with children, adolescents, and transistion age youth effectively navigate the various systems of care and become strong and successful advocates for their children. Supported by dmh. The salasin project develops a healing community by breaking the cycle of intergenerational violence and expanding safe environments for women and their families. Supported by dcf. The recover project is a community driven project opened to all concerned with alcohol and drug addiciton. Supported by dph/bsas. Bridging opportunity gaps is a career exploration program and supports dys involved youth. Supported by commonwealth corp.