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Communitas, Inc.

Empowering people. Enriching lives.

Wakefield, MA   |  https://communitasMA.org

Mission

Communitas welcomes, values, respects and supports people of all abilities. Our mission is to meet individual needs – whatever they are and however they change – while inspiring dreams. We advocate passionately while compassionately delivering services and programs that expand opportunities, empower people, support independence and enrich lives.

Ruling year info

1963

CEO/CFO

Mr. Paul J Cote Jr

Main address

60-D Audubon Road

Wakefield, MA 01880 USA

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Formerly known as

East Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens

EMARC

EIN

04-2239964

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Support Services

Family Support Services offers assistance to parents and caregivers providing care in the home or community for a child or adult with a developmental disability. Information/Referrals for educational, medical, recreational, behavioral, and other supports.Supports and Groups to share experiences in raising children with special needs. Including: Support for Seniors, Sibshops for siblings of people with developmental disabilities, and a parent facilitated group for families of children with autism.Workshops and Trainings on topics including parenting, advocacy, transitions to adulthood, special education and housing. Supports for children eligible for DDS services including Family Support Coordination and Intensive Flexible Family Supports. Assistance with transition to adulthood including school and employment issues.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities

Communitas offers three Day Programs, located in Wakefield, Woburn and Beverly, which provide a broad spectrum of service models that are geared towards individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our programs support participants through a creative approach that teaches meaningful and essential skills for everyday living and independence.
Our culture is passionate, upbeat and positive; every person is valued and encouraged to meet their maximum potential through classroom and community-based activities. All environments are clean, safe and supervised by a professional team of experienced and qualified staff.

Population(s) Served

Communitas' Recreation Programs are part of the Family Support services, offering an array of services for families raising children and adults with developmental disabilities. The Recreation programs provide recreation and leisure experiences to people of all ages and abilities to promote independence, build life skills, maximize community inclusion and social interaction, encourage an active lifestyle and enhance quality of life. Our dedicated and experienced staff come from educational backgrounds in recreation, physical education, therapeutic recreation and special education. We are committed to communication and partnerships with families, schools and staff to provide quality, individualized services.In 2012, our Recreation Programs provided more than 10,000 hours of recreational programing, including dances, sports teams, and music therapy programs, to 450 families across Massachusetts. Families often comment that these programs showcase their son or daughters abilities.

Population(s) Served
Families

Community-centered living, independent experience.
Surroundings establish who we are, how we grow, the quality of our lives and our support systems for success. Communitas offers a variety of community living options ranging from supervised group homes to independent home supports.
Our homes are local to friends and family. Residents enjoy the rewards of engaging with neighbors and being an active member of the community. Bonding with housemates, making choices and meeting personal goals are components of everyday life.
Everyone has a room they can decorate in their own unique style; including pictures, furniture, and color. Shared responsibilities include meal planning, cleaning and decorating common spaces. Its a place to call home that provides security and the opportunity to spread your wings and reach for the stars!
• Exploring and engaging in our communities
• BBQs for friends and family
• Playing sports
• Attending parties, banquets, and dances
• Competing in local tournaments
• Celebrating holidays and special events

Regular activities and programs include:
• My Health Matters: learning and cooking healthy recipes with friends!
• Wednesday Night Bowling: Bowl with friends, socialize and then go out to eat!
• Saturday Night Activities: A night out with friends!

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities 2020

Department of Developmental Services 2022

Affiliations & memberships

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

United Way Member Agency

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

The ARC of the United States

Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Communitas, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Patrick Tompkins

Principle, CTA Construction Co Inc

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms. Toni Russo

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Term: 2021 - 2022

John Mason

Retired, Parent

Erin C. Coco

CPA Tonneson & Co

Cheri L Crow

JD, Law Offices of Cheri L Crow

Gita Muni

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.