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Family Support Services

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Welcome to the WORK Inc. Family Support Center ! Our center is designed specifically to connect families and individuals with a wide range of services and community based events and activities. To do this, we help navigate the complex Social Security entitlement system as well as other benefits screening to eventually promote the achievement of substantial employment.

 
 
This website is designed to convey upcoming events and activities as well as some information about our programs, our partners, and how to get in touch with us. If you would like more information about anything you see here, think there is something missing from website, would like to suggest an event in your area, or would just like to get involved don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call at (617) 691.1600 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About The Family Support Center           

The  WORK Inc. Family Support Center is a Community Resource Center based at our headquarters in Dorchester, MA that offers individuals with developmental disabilities and their families support and education to help them live more independent and fulfilling lives.  Our mission is to do whatever it takes to assist families to stay together and to support parents, caregivers and people with disabilities with self-determination and individualized choices.  

The WORK Inc. Family Support Center is dedicated to offering services tailored to the needs of families consistent with their spiritual and cultural values.  The FSC offers multiple forum for families to get together and share common experiences, build relationships and a supportive environment to take a break and socialize.  The Center hosts dinners, recreational activities, sibling groups and advocacy activities based solely upon the needs and interest of families.  

Our  monthly Activity calendar will list all of the fun things we offer, including; Movie Nights, Outdoor Sports and Activities, Bowling, Holiday dinners and celebrations, Karaoke and much much more.........                                  

 What does Family Support Venter have to offer?

At the WORK Inc. Family Support Center we can help you with the following services:

  • Social Security/ Health Care Benefits
  • ·Food, Heating and Transportation
  • ·Housing Assistance
  • ·Budgeting & Financial Coaching
  • ·Parenting Groups
  • ·Family Advocacy & Networking
  • ·Family, Caregiver and Sibling Support Groups
  • ·Community & Recreational Activities
  • ·Service Navigation
  • ·Trainings & Workshops
  • ·And more…….……..
                                         

Self-Directed Service Models

Self-direction is a service model that empowers participants and their families by expanding their degree of choice and control over the long-term services and supports they need to live at home. Self-direction is a service delivery system alternative to provider management of services that promotes personal choice and control over an individual’s services and how they are delivered. These services include Service Navigation, Adult Companionship and Individualized Home Supports.

 Agency with Choice

The goal of WORK Inc.’s Agency With Choice Service Model is to support and facilitate a families decision to self-direct services for their family member. Self-directed services mean that your family member has been given a specific amount of funding by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and that you, the family, decide what type of services your family member needs and who will provide those services. To learn more about this co-employment model please contact us to request a copy of WORK Inc.’s Agency With Choice Guide Book.

 Who is eligible?

To receive most Family Support Services the person you care for or your family member must be determined eligible by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). If you need help with the eligibility process please contact us.

 Get Involved

Our Family Support Center thrives on community involvement and could not function without the help and involvement of families, individuals, community partners, and volunteers!  There are so many ways to get involved at a variety of different levels from the Family Advisory Council through suggesting an event in your area or an idea for a training or workshop.

 Have ideas?  Want more information? Want to get more involved?  Please let us know!

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