Legislative Breakfast

Holiday Happenings

Family Supports Survey

Other News


Upcoming Events 

The Beacon Newsletter
Winter 2015

"Keep shining through; you may be a lighthouse to someone trying to make it." 

Caroline Naoroji


Southeastern MA Legislative Breakfast


On Friday morning, January 23, 2015, The Arc of the South Shore hosted the Southeastern MA Legislative Breakfast in partnership with GROW Associates, Inc., Friendship Home, Inc. and The Brockton Area Arc.  The breakfast was held at Lombardo's in Randolph.


With over 200 attendees, including more than 12 state legislatures, including Representative James Murphy (pictured above) we had the opportunity to discuss FY16 priorities: keeping families together, promoting work and self sufficiency and Autism support and services. We had some wonderful speakers addressing the very important issues legislatures will be voting on. But, most importantly, we were enriched by listening to the self advocates and parents of the inidividuals we serve discuss just how vital these services are and the impact of these services in their day to day lives. A big thank you to all of our legislatures for taking the time to come out and participate in this very important event.



37th Annual Legislative Reception 

Promises to Keep...Miles to Go

Honoring Senator John Keenan and Representative San Garballey



Monday, March 9, 2015

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Great Hall, The State House


Please join The Arc of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council for our 37th Annual Legislative Reception.  This is an opportunity for persons with disabilities, family members, advocates, state agency heads and staff, and legislators to meet and catch up on legislative priorities and other important issues.







Holiday Happenings 

Mingle and Jingle - A Family Holiday Concert



This past December, The Arc of the South Shore hosted our very first Mingle and Jingle - A Family Holiday Concert!! The concert was held on December 18 at The Center for the Arts, Thayer Academy in Braintree, MA featuring The Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. With over 200 attendees, many of our individuals, staff and sponsors were able to enjoy this festive evening. We would like to thank our generous sponsors, Twinbrook Insurance Brokerage, Inc., Liberty Bay Credit Union and Commonwealth Financial Group.  


The Atlantic Symphony Orchestra performed a very interactive concert, including a sing-a-long, the opportunity to conduct Stars and Stripes and a very special visit from Santa Claus! It was a wonderful and festive night and a great way to celebrate the holiday season with our Arc friends and family!  



Weymouth is Everything


On December 21st, the facebook page, Weymouth Is Everything and founder Michael Brooks hosted a charity event to celebrate the first anniversary of the webpage. The event raised over $10,000, and The Arc of the South Shore was chosen as one of 5 recipients for the proceeds of the event. Most importantly, the event raised awareness for the services and programs that The Arc provides throughout the South Shore.   The event was held at Hajjar's Bar and Grille in Weymouth, and included a comedy show, as well as a silent and live auction.  Thank you to everyone for your support.


Massachusetts Bay Self-Insurance Group


MBSIG employees purchased, wrapped and delivered holiday gifts for several children in our Early Intervention Program, as well as gifts for participants of our many other programs.  They also donated gift cards to purchase a karaoke machine.  The Arc of the South Shore greatly appreciates their kindness and generosity.


The Hanover Mall Giving Tree Contest

This past holiday season, The Arc of the South Shore participated in the Hanover Mall's Giving Tree Contest. The Arc was one of eight local charities selected to participate in the contest. Each charity decorated a Christmas tree in the mall in hopes of being voted "best tree" by shoppers. The trees were displayed in the center of the Mall, and the event was sponsored by Magic 106.7.


Thanks to your help and support, we are honored to announce that The Arc of the South Shore earned 2nd place in the voting!! We were proud to accept the $500 award on behalf of The Arc of the South Shore. We would also like to thank the individuals and staff of the Arc for taking the time to help create the decorations for the tree!!








Family Supports Survey ~ Help us Help You!
The Arc of the South Shore continually works to expand and improve its programming so that we can better serve the South Shore Community.  We are currently creating an Autism Resource Center to fill the void of services for people with autism in our community by:
  • Expanding our current Saturday Respite Program
  • Growing our clinical capacity to compliment our current Master's level clinician with BCBA Certification
  • Providing training for all staff in ABA practices
  • Incorporating Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Increasing the use of evidenced based practices
  • Utilizing The Arc's National  Autism Now Program ~ A National Autism Resource and Information Center

Please fill out the survey and let us know what services are important to you.  The survey will take less than 5 minutes and will be extremely helpful in allowing us to put together an exceptional program.



Other News


Fun, friendships for busy volunteer ~ Click here to read the full article


Health Matters Training


Congratulations to Bob MacDonald and Eileen Guilford for completing the Health Matters Training Program.  Bob and Eileen will be implementing what they learned agency wide.  More to follow...



Community Service


Project Teddy Bear was coordinated by Day Hab Client Emily Hart Babbit.   Emily collected more than 100 Teddy Bears and donated them to the MS Society.  Next up for Emily, collecting donations for Good Will.  Great job Emily! 







Become A Member
Of The Arc of the South Shore today and be an advocate for tomorrow.  As a member you join us on a local level in support of the more than 1,700 families served annually by The Arc since 1951.  It also give you automatic membership in The Arc of Massachusetts and The Arc of the U.S. providing statewide and national advocacy efforts on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism.  One hundred percent of you dues will go toward making your voice heard on state and national levels and making sure the people that we serve are well protected. Become A Member Now!

Advocacy efforts Include:  Budget and Appropriations, Civil Rights, Education, Employment, Family Support, Health Care, Housing, Long Term Supports & Services, Medicaid and Social Security


Upcoming Events and Programs

REEL ABILITIES ~ Boston Disabilities Film Festival -
February 19th - March 2nd with 16 screenings in 14 venues across Massachusetts

Webinar Series ~ Providing State of the art information, resources, current trends and best practices

March 11, 2015 ~ 10:30 am ~ Growing Older:  Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Children
March 16, 2015 ~ 7:00 pm ~ Transition Timelines:  A Guide for your Child's Journey

LEND Program
T he Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Program at the UMMS - Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in Charlestown, MA is a 9-month leadership program in the field of developmental disabilities that prepares professionals, persons with disabilities, and family members to influence policy and clinical practice on behalf of children with developmental disabilities and their families.

Beginning September 2015 and currently accepting applications through 

May 1, 2015. A $12,000 stipend is available for qualified applicants.




March 9, 2015 - 37th Annual Legislative Reception, The Great Hall, Massachusetts State House



March 13, 2015 - St. Patrick's Day Dance, The Lightkeepers Cottage, Cohasset, MA



March 27, 2015 - ADDP Annual Conference, DCU Center, Worcester, MA



May 5 - 6, 2015 - Annual Conference - Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel



May 16, 2015 - All Aboard the Arc, Boston Common



June 11, 2015 - The Arc of the South Shore - Summer Soiree - An Evening Under the Tent at The Arc of the South Shore



September 14, 2015 - The 28th Annual Louis Bailey Golf Tournament, Cohasset Golf Club



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