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Donations to RTR make for a memorable night at group home

Posted Feb 15, 2017

Last month Road To Responsibility (RTR) received a donation from two generous business owners. Peter Brown, President of Tiny & Son's Auto Glass, of Pembroke, participated in an on-air auction during the Rob and Lisa morning show on 95.9 WATD. The winner of the auction received a gift certificate for a catered dinner for eight from Family Crest Catering, of Rockland.

Proceeds from the on-air auction went to RTR, a nonprofit based in the South Shore that provides a home, a job, therapeutic services, and a community for more than 1000 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

After a few back and forth bids, Brown ultimately won the dinner, and was able to make a donation to RTR. Brown not only contributed to RTR, but decided to donate the dinner for eight to RTR as well.

On a chilly Wednesday night in January, David Crest personally delivered the dinner, consisting of prime rib, roasted potatoes, grilled asparagus, crusty dinner rolls, their signature walnut and strawberry salad, and warm apple crisp for dessert. Brown, and RTR's President and CEO, Chris White, met at the group home in Hingham to help deliver the dinner.

Brown and White spent some time talking to the guys and the RTR staff, who provide supportive services in the house, as they waited for dinner to be served. One of the residents was running late, as this was such a special moment for him that he wanted to take the time to get dressed up. According to staff in the home, he is also quite the "foodie," and works part-time at a local restaurant in Norwell.

The night was a special treat for everyone involved. The gentlemen are still talking about the meal, and are extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness of Brown, Crest, and the community.

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Memory cafes help break down barriers

Feb 2, 2017

By Kaila Braley

kbraley@wickedlocal.com

Once a month, local community members are invited to get breakfast, listen to music or try their hand at artwork with those at Express Yourself! Community Connections.

The regular events at the 1939 Ocean St. location are called memory cafes, and are geared toward providing people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking, and their caregivers, a fun opportunity to socialize with everyone in the community.

Dianne Gilligan, director of Express Yourself!, said the store, a division of Road to Responsibility, received a grant through the Department of Developmental Services to put on the memory cafes, beginning last April.

"Memory cafes are places for people with memory issues and their care providers to come and socialize. It's a time to connect to other people," Gilligan said. "It's a place where they can focus not only on their memory issue, but more on socialization."

In May, Gilligan said they achieved a fully integrated memory café, in which those with disabilities and those without socialize and engage in the activities together, without the labels that come along with disabilities.

"We need to be able to meet all of these needs, but it's amazing that when we do it and see all of the people together, they don't see who has disabilities," Gilligan said. "You don't notice anymore. It's just natural."

The activities can range from enjoying music, writing letters to a loved one or trying out a new type of art, like painting.

There was a moment during a musical performance at the memory café, when one of the guests, who was experiencing some forgetfulness, said the song took her back to a really fond memory, Gilligan said.

"I don't know what it was, but it did touch her," she said.

In September of last year, the center partnered with Old Colony Elder Services, which provided additional grant money and support to put on the memory cafés.

Chris McLaren, community programs director for Old Colony Elder Services, said the program is as much for caregivers as it is for people with dementia or other memory disabilities.

"It gives them a chance to get out and do something in the community," said McLaren. "We can refer someone to a memory café and it gives the caregiver a break and their loved one with dementia a nice afternoon."

Middleborough and Pembroke senior centers also provide memory cafes and receive grants through Old Colony Elder Services to supplement programming.

They help provide the organizations that run the memory cafes with things like music through the South Shore Conservatory, money for refreshments, and experts from Old Colony Hospice to be able to answer questions about habitation therapy and how to work with people who have dementia.

About eight to 10 people have come to the memory cafes so far, but the hope is to get as many as 20 people coming. They're usually held on the third Friday of every month, and they request an RSVP.

The next memory café at Express Yourself!, located at 1939 Ocean St. in Marshfield, will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and will feature watercolor painting as the activity. For more information about the events at Express Yourself! visit expressyourselfcenter.org.

Follow Kaila Braley on Twitter @MarinerKaila.

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Hingham Jewelers donates to Road To Responsibility

 

Dave and Stacey Page, of Hingham Jewelers, hosted a special Trunk Show and Mother’s Day event, with a portion of the day’s sales donated to Road To Responsibility, on May 7.

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