"A lot of people who are homeless or in active addiction want to be invisible because of shame."
Julia Londergan, CASPAR’s Director of Development, launched a new initiative this year inviting local businesses and civic groups prepare some of the 100,000 meals served at our emergency shelter.
Volunteers come to the shelter, notice other things needed and then come back with donations. “When we have volunteers here, it really helps people to be seen—it makes the people we serve feel valued and important.”
"The stigma attached to being an addict is HUGE."
“When I got to CASPAR, they made me feel like I wasn’t an addict—I was Erin. The more they showed me I had a right to a life, a job, a family as anybody else, the more I believed it, and the more it began to happen. New Day completely changed my life.”
New Day is the only program in Massachusetts 100% committed to pregnant and post-partum women. Now celebrating two years of sobriety, Erin has re-established a relationship with her father, lives on her own, is going to college, and is raising her daughter.
"Charles made it quite clear he wasn't going to give up. And neither were we."
Charles has lived at Bay Cove’s Orlando House for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2011. He’s dealt with a mild heart attack, diabetes, and recently had a kidney transplant — the first Boston Medical Center performed on an individual with developmental disabilities living in a group home.
Bay Cove’s medical team managed the seemingly impossible task of coordinating with hospital staff, Orlando House staff, psychologists, nutritionists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and Charles’ guardian to help him through the surgery and full recovery.
From service recipient to service provider, Cindy's journey comes full circle.
This summer our Early Intervention staff were reacquainted with Cindy, when the sophomore at Northeastern University came to work as a teaching assistant in the program. This was the same facility where, as a child, Cindy once attended playgroups, hand a chance to interact with kids her own age, and practice language and socialization skills. Cindy plans to go on to medical school and expand access to medical care.
"My ultimate objective is to work full-time and support myself without assistance."
Rose has attended Bay Cove’s Center Club program for men and women with mental illness since 2011. At Center Club, we offer professional development, vocational raining assistance, and a community of support in their corner.
“Acknowledging I live with schizophrenia doesn’t mean that it should control my life, or hold me back from having a career or living in the community like anyone else.”