Bill has lived in Gloucester all of his life. He enjoys every aspect of living, working, volunteering and socializing in his hometown. This includes his job at Shaw’s as well as his coaching duties with the Little League baseball team in the spring and the Gloucester High football team in the fall. Bill takes these responsibilities to heart and wants people to know him as “Coach Bill.”
The only dream that Bill had not fulfilled was living independently; he had shared a 24-hour home operated by Northeast Arc with 3 roommates for a number of years but wanted more. He accomplished many personal goals and was becoming more independent from staff and his roommates and he realized it was time for him to continue his journey and live on his own.
Bill’s dream came true when he moved into a 3-room cottage located behind his Northeast Arc residence. He quickly moved in and decorated his new home with his many trophies, news articles and awards commemorating all his accomplishments.
Bill is supported to be successful in his new home by Northeast Arc staff who come in on various days of the week to assist him in learning new skills and helping him maintain his status in the Gloucester community.
Supports & Training
Supports and training provided by Northeast Arc’s Independent Living Services include:
Medication administration and health
Shared Living pairs individuals with disabilities with provider families, who welcome them into their homes, lives and community. Shared Living caregivers do not replace the individual’s family; rather, they play the role of extended family and expose the individual to a new group of friends while fully integrating them into their family unit. Caregivers are highly trained and skilled people who are selected specifically to help individuals learn, grow and thrive as healthy, active, social adults.
Northeast Arc’s Shared Living team works to create a perfect match between an individual and a provider family, ensuring that the needs of the individual are always met and that he or she is a valued member of the home. A true match is one in which the individual has the opportunity to learn life skills and to experience personal, social and emotional growth as a member of the family. Northeast Arc provides case management, ongoing support, problem-solving, respite and nursing support to make sure that the needs of both the individual and the family are being met and that a strong, positive connection is established and maintained.