New Monthly Information Sessions for People to Learn about Becoming Foster Parents

Plummer Home’s Foster Care program will be starting new monthly information sessions in January for people to learn more about becoming foster parents. They will be held on the first Monday of every month in Lowell and the 2nd Wednesday of every month in Salem.


Here are the upcoming dates for Salem:

Wednesday, January 8th, 6-7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 12th, 6-7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 12th, 6-7:30 pm

All sessions held at Plummer Home, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA

Sessions include refreshments and door prizes.

More info can be found here:

Support group for Children of People who Hoard

January 29th– March 5th 6:45-8 p.m.

Held at Sutton Home for Women (men welcome)

7 Sewall Rd.  Peabody, MA 01960

Join us for a six consecutive week group which will offer support, self-care strategies, and tools to reduce conflict and improve family relationships. Each session will focus on a specific topic from risk taking and scarcity, to work /life issues and setting appropriate boundaries. The group will be led by Laurie Grant, LICSW and Liz Vago, MFA.        



The fee for the six week group is $150 ($25 per meeting) and preregistration is required.    A 15% discount is offered ($128 for six weeks) to those who pay in full by the January 28th

Contact Laurie Grant, LICSW at Reaching a Fork in the Road for more details and to pre-register.  (617) 548-8927 or


Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council Looking for New SILC Coordinator


Job Responsibilities

Organization: Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council

Category: Administrative

Organizational Summary: The MA Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) works to

enhance independent living services for people with disabilities throughout the state. The SILC

works in collaboration with the Mass Rehabilitation Commission, Mass Commission for the

Blind, and the eleven Centers for Independent Living in the state. The SILC works to influence

statewide planning and policies that encourage independence, productivity, access, and selfdetermination

for people with disabilities within their communities.

Position Title: SILC Coordinator

Location: MetroWest Center for Independent Living, Framingham MA 01702, the contracted

fiscal intermediary for the SILC

Type: This is a non-benefit, contracted position

Duties and Responsibilities: The SILC Coordinator serves as primary administrative support

for Council ensuring the day to day operations are met:

· Act as liaison to the Governor’s Office, funding agencies and community at large

· Responsible for effective government and community relations, and all activities to

promote the MA SILC’s mission and purpose, according to the Rehabilitation Act of

1973, as amended

· Submitting activity reports at the quarterly SILC Meetings

· Coordinator will respond to all written and verbal requests for Outreach, represent MA

SILC when attending and presenting at community events

· Responsible for increasing awareness and membership through outreach and marketing

activities throughout the State – when appropriate

· Coordinate all aspects of Quarterly Meetings, Committee Meetings & Special Events

while adhering to the established rules & regulations governing SILC’s

· The Coordinator is responsible for the budget, finance and funding management and

reporting of the SILC while communicating closely with the Fiscal Intermediary

· Responsible for accurate and timely accounts payable, receivable and record keeping

· The Coordinator will attend all SILC meetings, participate in SILC Executive Committee

Meetings and other committee meetings as requested

· Position is responsible for participating in the writing of and adherence to Council

policies, the State Plan for Independent Living, and 704 Part 1 report

· Maintaining the SILC website with current and accurate information

Education: Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field preferred, combined with at

least one year’s experience working with people with disabilities and proven experience in event

planning. In lieu of degree, at least three year’s experience in working with people with

disabilities and event planning.

Experience and Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual

must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are

representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Flexibility in performing

contracted assignments will be considered.


· Knowledge of Independent Living Philosophy and Centers for Independent Living

· Working knowledge of Disability Rights Laws (ADA, Rehab Act, IDEA)

· Understanding of public policy issues that affect people with disabilities

· Effective written and verbal communication skills

· Ability to write reports and maintain a budget

· Must be an organized individual who can work independently and with groups.

· Skills in computer operation. Microsoft experience preferred

How to Apply: Persons interested in this position must attach their resume and cover letter to an

email titled “MASILC Coordinator Search” addressed to the Search Committee at, no later than 5:00 pm Friday, January 24, 2014. Phone calls and other forms of

communication will not be accepted.

For More information go to: