• Today and Tomorrow Work Services
     
    Today and Tomorrow Work Services assists individuals turning 22 to continue to receive support in order to work in the community. The services address each individual’s identified goals regarding involvement in personal or community activities and work status. Referrals are accepted from the DDS Lowell area office. Referrals from out of region are negotiated.
     
    Community Based Day Services
     
    Community Based Day Services (CBDS) are provided with respect to the six quality of life areas outlined by the Department of Mental Retardation: Respect and dignity Individual control Community membership Relationships Personal growth and accomplishment Personal well being
     
    An array of activities is provided from which individuals can choose to participate. Although work is not the primary goal for the people in CBDS, they are provided the opportunity to participate in work experiences through Valley Collaborative community-based employment contracts with local companies or our own entrepreneurial businesses.
     
    Employment Supports
     
    People who participate in supported work services are provided with work opportunities in the areas of interior plant maintenance, building maintenance, merchandise processing, food service, mail processing and packaging and assembly.

    If an individual finds an interest other than what is currently offered by established work contracts, work experiences can be established on an individual basis. A Valley Collaborative job coach may accompany individuals to an internship or volunteer placement initially. Valley Collaborative staff will facilitate natural support and attempt to fade out. Several individuals now work competitively as a result of these internships.

    Adults participating in Today and Tomorrow work services are invited to join bi-weekly Work Activities discussions. These are informal meetings that provide individuals with the opportunity to learn about topics like human rights, self-advocating, health issues, voter registration and work safety. Other topics of conversation may include worker of the month, facility improvement and current events topics. In addition, Valley Collaborative also offers after work recreation social events and a semi formal dance.
     
    Referral Process/Contact
     
    Initial contact from DMR followed by referral packet sent to :
    Program Supervisor
    40 Linnell Circle
    Billerica, MA 01821
    978-528-7800