Adult Residential Services
Since 1972, EMARC has offered a wide variety of supported housing to adults with developmental disabilities. While the primary disability is mental retardation, we serve individuals with secondary issues such as: mental illness, blindness, autism; and medical conditions that span from Alzheimer's Disease to those with physical disabilities. We support individuals from 22 years of age in a variety of housing situations located in Melrose, Reading, Lynn, Saugus and Wakefield.
Our services are based on the belief that the individual with the disability is the primary decision-maker in their lives. Each person deserves dignity and our respect. Person-centered training and support services facilitate individual growth and accomplishments. Encouraging and supporting family involvement and fostering relationships is essential for personal well being.
24-Hour Support Group Homes
Over sixty people are currently supported in 10 homes. Each home is uniquely designed in terms of staffing, layout, location, and the level of emotional and educational assistance provided. Bedrooms are chosen and decorated to the individual's personal preferences and tastes; while the common areas such as living room, dining room and kitchen reflect the collective tastes of all the roommates. Support plans are also individualized and have ranged in focus from skill areas such as money management and health care management, to planning a dream vacation.
Supported Living Apartments & Houses
Approximately 24 people are supported to live in a more independent setting in apartments and homes in various local communities. People in the Supported Living Program receive between four and twenty hours of Mentor support each week. Support plans are based on individual need and range from learning or improving daily living skills to increasing community involvement or learning about healthier lifestyles.
Our residential programs are monitored for quality by our Residential Committee, our Board of Directors, our Human Rights Committee and by the Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Referrals for EMARC's residential services are through the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities.