Providing services to persons with intellectual and developmental
disabilities since 1956

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What's Happening at GWArc?
Coming in August - Report on CARF International Survey, 2015.
The survey is conducted every three years by an independent agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.  GWArc will be pleased to present more information about CARF and their findings in the two day survey to take place in August.
Rotary-GWArc Day of Service for Waltham Food Pantries
Eight GWArc participants and four staff members had a busy and successful day of shopping for and delivering groceries to Waltham food pantries on July 20 as part of our GWArc-Rotary Day of Service.  Using $900 donated by members of the Waltham Rotary Club, participants shopped at Market Basket in the morning and later delivered groceries to the food pantries at Sacred Heart Church, the Waltham Community Day Center, Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen and the Salvation Army. 
Above left, GWArc participant Ken Doucette and staff member Bobby Ghorieshi prepare to check out after shopping at Market Basket in Waltham.  Above right, GWArc CEO Roz Rubin reads a proclamation from Mayor Jeannette McCarthy in recognition of the Rotary-GWArc Day of Service while Dan Messina, Waltham Rotary Club president (left), and Mike Dunleavy, Waltham Market Basket manager (right), look on.  Below, Roz Rubin holds up the cash register receipt.
GWArc collaborates with the Rotary Club of Waltham to support 4 local food pantries in Waltham.  Rotary members donate funds at weekly meetings and GWArc participants shop for food and deliver to the food pantries. This collaboration helps Rotary members support Waltham residents in need while providing a volunteer opportunity for GWArc participants to be out in the community providing an important service.  Rotary members have donated approximately $2,000 for food pantries in the last year.
Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation Donates $27,000 to GWArc for Van 
Thank you Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation!
We are thrilled to receive a $27,000 donation from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation for our 12-passenger van (nicknamed "Silver Bullet") that transports our participants around Waltham and beyond.  In the photo above, left to right, Jeanne Travers of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation and Dave Felton, Rockland Trust Vice President, present a check to Roz Rubin, GWArc CEO.  Bob Young, GWArc Chief Financial Officer, is at right.
Several GWArc participants joined in the fun as we celebrated the occasion with a great cake that depicts our van on the road!
Meet Axel Osio, AFC Program Director
Axel Osio, GWArc AFC Program Manager, and Roslynn Rubin, Ed.D, GWArc CEO, discuss the benefits of AFC for caregivers taking care of an individual with disabilities or elderly person in their home.  A tax-free annual stipend of $9,000-$18,000 can be provided.  Thanks to WCAC-TV, The Waltham Channel, for taping this Public Service Announcement.

GWArc Volunteer Mace Miller Receives
Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

Congratulations to Mace Miller, GWArc's long time volunteer, who was honored as a Myra Kraft Community MVP by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation at an awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium on June 9!  This award is in recognition of his dedicated volunteer work at GWArc. 


Mace was one of 26 volunteers from across New England selected from 400 nominees to receive this award, which included a $5,000 grant to GWArc in his honor.  Mace received a trophy and was invited to walk onto the field, passing under the large inflated helmet used by the Patriots to enter the field.


Mace visits GWArc twice a month to conduct very popular interactive drumming and singing sessions with our participants.  He also regularly visits nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area.

  Above, Mace Miller receives the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award from Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner, and Andre Tippett, former Patriots linebacker at the Awards Ceremony at Gillette Stadium on June 9. The 2015 Super Bowl trophy is on the table.
Led by the Kraft family, attendees sang “Happy Birthday” for Mace’s 84th birthday, which was the next day.
Mace Miller with his trophy on the field at Gillette Stadium.

Our 6th Annual "Ciao Down for GWArc" on May 1st
was a Great Success!
Thank you to all of our Sponsors, Prize Donors, Volunteers and
 everyone who joined us for a fun night and to support GWArc!

GWArc's Video Archives - Click here to view.  Click on each picture to view the video.

Click here for Summary of GWArc Strategic Plan 2014-2017
Click here to see our Summary of the FY 2016 Accessibility Plan
Click here to see our Summary of the FY 2016 Operational Plan
Click here to see our FY 2014 Performance Analysis Summary
Click here to see our 2014 Annual Report     

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Read an update on the Fitch School and GWArc’s search for larger space in this article from the May 7 Waltham News Tribune.

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   Available for a Donation of $10 for GWArc participants,

$20 for Families and Friends 

Interested? Call 781-899-1344 or e-mail to order.

Available in Sizes Small - 2XL.

  GWArc participants Joey, Kristina and Ken model GWArc sweatshirts.

Please help GWArc continue to provide high quality care and services to individuals we serve.

Your generous donation will:

-Purchase adaptive equipment that promotes independence

-Provide job coaching to adults working in the community

-Assist high school students to explore career options and gain job training and job experience

-Support enriching programs like art, movement, music, cooking and nutrition

Please mail your check made payable to GWArc to: GWArc, 56 Chestnut Street, Waltham MA 02453 or click here to make a secure donation online.
Your tax-deductible gift directly supports GWArc programs and services and makes a difference for over 300 individuals we serve each year.

Thank you!


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The Waltham Tourism Council and Waltham Cable Access present a new video, "We Are HAPPY from Waltham, MA"! 

See if you can spot GWArc program participants, CEO Roz Rubin and Director of Marketing & Development Joanne Raymond among the many Waltham residents and business employees dancing and celebrating Waltham!

The Arc of Massachusetts Video

GWArc and The Arc of Massachusetts are proud of all that we do to make a difference in the lives of individuals we serve.  We encourage you to watch this newly released educational video from The Arc of Massachusetts to learn more. 

New! This video was updated to include an introduction by GWArc CEO Roslynn Rubin, Ed.D.   Click here to view.

The Arc of The United States Video

GWArc thanks our supporters. Here is a video made by The Arc of the United States saying thanks for all you do. Click here to view.

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