Aymee Lucifora, Program Director, Family Resource Center, and Gloria Ricardi Castillo, Director, Family Support Centers

Northeast Arc is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. These funds will provide critical information and support to families supported by Northeast Arc’s Family Resource Center.

The Family Resource Center helps families identify what is needed to maintain the integrity of their family, to decrease or alleviate stress, and to become full participants in their communities. The Flutie funding will help individuals with autism and their families through advocacy programs, direct family support, safety equipment, respite services, and other opportunities that will enhance the quality of life for those affected.

“This grant from the Flute Foundation will play a critical role in expanding the supports we can provide to children and their families,” said Aymee Lucifora, Family Resource Center Program Director. “Not only will this funding support opportunities to maximize independence and inclusion for children with autism, it will also give the Family Resource Center more flexibility in supporting our families. We will have the opportunity to help people immediately when they need it.”

Northeast Arc has been grateful to receive funding from the Flutie Foundation for two decades.

“The Flutie Foundation Signature Grants help our partner agencies address a variety of significant needs in the autism community,” says Nick Savarese, Executive Director of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. “Programs like these are helping people on the autism spectrum live life to the fullest and we are proud to support their efforts.”

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, based in Framingham, MA, awards grants annually through a competitive application and review process. The signature grants that the Flutie Foundation distributed this year support traditionally under-served, under-funded, culturally diverse communities reflected in the Foundation’s areas of interest; providing a path for educational and vocational skills, supporting recreational and active lifestyles, and ensuring people with autism are safe, supported and informed.


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