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Check out MAB Community Services’ 2023 Annual Report HERE
Boston Globe, February 7th, 2024
MAB Community Services CEO to retire from organization serving people with disabilities
Barbara Salisbury, CEO of MAB Community Services, is retiring after 17 years of leadership over the nonprofit that serves people with blindness and other disabilities, the organization announced Wednesday. During her tenure, Salisbury raised MAB Community Services’ annual revenue to $50 million from $10 million, said the nonprofit, formerly known as the Massachusetts Association for the Blind. Salisbury will stay at the organization until the board chooses a successor in the coming months. “Departing MAB is bittersweet, but I am encouraged by the work we have done and are doing to afford our participants the ability to live their lives in the manner they see fit,” Salisbury said in the release.
Mass Non-Profit News, February 7th, 2024
MAB Community Services, a leading social service agency supporting over 1,500 individuals with visual impairment, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries across Massachusetts, has announced that CEO Barbara Salisbury will be stepping down from her position to retire after more than 17 years of leadership. She will continue at MAB until her successor has been identified by the Board.
Mass Non-Profit News, January 15th, 2024
George E. Curtis Charitable Trust awards $30,000 to expand vision rehabilitation services
The George E. Curtis Charitable Trust recently awarded the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) a $30,000 grant to support training and services that promote independence for 200 older adult residents living with blindness or low vision in Plymouth County. With nearly $340,000 granted to MABVI for 24 consecutive years, the trust is one of MABVI’s top institutional partners.
Plymouth residents may access MABVI’s in-home vision rehabilitation occupational therapy, orientation and mobility training, peer empowerment groups, 1:1 volunteer support, access to low vision centers, adjustment counseling, and assistive technology training. MABVI annually serves more than 1,200 people statewide. READ MORE
Mass Nonprofit News, January 5, 2023
Liberty Mutual Foundation awards the Mass. Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) $50,000 grant
Liberty Mutual Foundation recently awarded the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) a $50,000 grant to support services for older adults with visual disabilities throughout Greater Boston. With more than $236,000 granted to MABVI for nine consecutive years, Liberty Mutual Foundation is one of the organization’s top institutional partners. Read the full story HERE.
People with disabilities thrive in community-based settings
Letter to the editor by Barbara Salisbury, CEO, MAB Community Services
October 30, 2023
I was incredibly encouraged to see the Globe advocate for transitioning care for people with disabilities away from institutions and into the community (“Help people with disabilities live in the community,” Editorial, Oct. 27), which offers improved quality of life and the recognition that they deserve to be full participants in society. Read the full letter here.
Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Barbara Salisbury of MAB Community Services Is Helping To Change Our World
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the predecessor to 1990’s Americans with Disabilities Act, which asserts the right of all people with disabilities to be full participants in society. Since then, there’s been notable progress in eliminating some barriers to physical and online spaces, but there is much more to be done to meet the full expectations of this law. Read the full article here.
April has been designated as Occupational Therapy Month. See how this local Brookline OT program helps its residents thrive.
“Skills for Life is a program within the Ivy Street School, which offers multiple programs aimed at providing the skills for neurodivergent youth to thrive.
Since its establishment more than six years ago, Skills for Life has helped over 60 participants, including 26-year-old Ben Peveril-Conti.” READ MORE
Hingham Anchor, March 6, 2023
MAB Community Services, a leading social service agency supporting over 1,500 individuals with visual impairment, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries across Massachusetts, celebrated Wednesday, matching a $100,000 challenge grant to fund the continuation of the Maxo Joseph Excellence in Direct Care Awards. Established by Jay Lupica in his position as the trustee of the Patricia W. and Alfred E. Farah Charitable Trust and in concert with MAB, the Maxo Joseph Excellence in Direct Care Awards recognize dedicated and skilled direct care workers at MAB’s Adult Disability Services group homes. The awards themselves honor Maxo Joseph, a committed caregiver who served at MAB for more than 19 years before passing away from complications after contracting COVID-19. READ MORE
Direct care workers made my sister feel part of a family
Their incredible work needs to be recognized and appreciated
Viewpoint: In tight talent market, recognition helps nonprofit worker morale
Op-Ed from Jay Lupica, Boston Business Journal, January 26, 2023
Every sector of our economy has struggled to attract and retain staff during the pandemic. While large corporations and other well-funded organizations can offer signing bonuses, flexible and remote work schedules, or other perks, nonprofits that rely on donor support, especially those that provide direct care to the most vulnerable in our communities, have fewer options. Their in-person work is vital, and often very difficult. These are people to whom we’ve entrusted the 24/7 care of our loved ones, yet wages for many in these fields are on par with someone working at a grocery store…
…Maxo worked for MAB Community Services, an organization that provides care for over 1,500 adults with disabilities in Massachusetts, operating in a historically undervalued industry, and one overwhelmed with staffing shortages. MAB is uniquely challenged to materialize creative solutions, in large part because the rates in their state contracts are set at $17 per hour for direct-care workers. That understanding helped form the idea of the Maxo Joseph Excellence in Direct Care Awards. I challenged MAB to raise $100,000 in new donations, and in return, the charitable gift fund would match that amount. As a testimony to Maxo and his co-workers, we quickly secured $200,000 to fund four annual award cycles. MORE
MAB Community Services CEO Barbara Salisbury’s op-ed in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette:
Barbara Salisbury: Model of care for ABI adults
Published Nov 22, 2022
Millions of Americans are living with the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) caused by infectious disease, stroke, injury, overdose, or other factors that have rendered them incapable of caring for themselves in basic ways. READ MORE…
Ivy Street School’s Executive Director is Named A Cityawake Outstanding Young Leader
Boston, MA – The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and City Awake are pleased to announce the 2022 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) honorees. The TOYL Awards are presented annually by City Awake, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s premier young professional network, that connects, engages, and celebrates next-generation leaders. The awards recognize the contributions of current and emerging young, local leaders who have demonstrated professional, personal, cultural, and civic commitments to advancing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community, organization, and region. READ MORE…
Boston Globe October 21, 2022
The article “Mass. residents with disabilities file suit over living conditions: Say they are unnecessarily in nursing homes” (Metro, Oct. 13) highlights an area of social justice that demands attention. People with disabilities shouldn’t be isolated in nursing facilities, nor should they be transferred to a community setting where they continue to live as if still institutionalized. They should be given the supports they need to live in the community and have real lives. READ MORE…
Beyond special ed compliance:
Let’s honor — and stop marginalizing — disabled populations
By Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, Executive Director, Ivy Street School
For too long, special education has centered around compliance mandates set by Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). It makes sense. Measuring compliance helps ensure young people with disabilities receive the education they deserve. But compliance is the floor. Our students deserve more than just compliance. They deserve educators, administrators, and policymakers who are aiming to break the glass ceiling in special education. As many students with disabilities will tell you, the special education experience is rarely a celebration aimed at cultivating pride and belonging. Learning as a student with a disability is often isolating and shame-filled. It is otherizing and marginalizing. We must do better. READ MORE…
Brookline’s MAB Community Services Receives $81K Grant
The grant will support a volunteer program for local caregivers, older adults, and people in the blind and low-vision community.
Brookline Patch | October 13, 2022
BROOKLINE, MA — MAB Community Services in Brookline, a Brookline nonprofit that creates opportunities for individuals with a range of disabilities, has received an $81,240 grant from The Community Care Corps, which provides much-needed non-medical assistance to older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.
Through MAB’s Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) division, this grant will support a volunteer program for local caregivers, older adults, and people in the blind and low-vision community by improving MABVI’s volunteer retention, increasing recruitment for bilingual volunteers, and designing new consumer training for adults who are aging into vision loss. READ MORE…
NEW BEDFORD — Stella Lopes became legally blind 17 years ago after being diagnosed with glaucoma. “I never go anywhere without my cane,” she said, adding she avoids crossing busy streets during her morning walks. Even so, Lopes said she has continued to maintain her independence with the support she receives from the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s New Bedford Peer Support Group. “When I first became legally blind, I wanted to be in a support group,” she said. READ MORE…
Rockland Trust provides 13m in Financing for MAB Community Services Group Homes
The Rockland Trust story also appeared in the Westwood Minute, BisNow Morning Newsletters, MarketScreener, and Newest News Today.
MAB Community Services Honors Direct Care Staff With $50,000 in Awards
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