Message From Mike Spring 2018
What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we were known as Greater Marlborough Programs, serving 15 Metrowest communities. Today, as Thrive Support & Advocacy, we proudly provide critically-needed services to 42 Massachusetts cities and towns.
Together with our kind and generous supporters, volunteers and donors, we are bringing Thrive’s leading edge services to more children, adults, and families than ever before. Among our notable initiatives are:
- Outreach to Portuguese-speaking and LGBTQ communities and families – Thrive’s initiative to reach these underserved populations now delivers a broad array of family and individual supports in a culturally competent and sensitive manner.
- Leadership Experience And Development (LEAD) – We’re wrapping up our first full year of supporting and training young adults with developmental disabilities who want to make the world a better place. LEAD is truly unique and groundbreaking, and I can’t wait to see what these young men and women will do next.
- Social and recreational – At least twenty days out of every month, Thrive provides a sweeping range of social, recreational and sports activities to youth and adults from across the Commonwealth. These are real opportunities for Thrivers to experience and contribute to their communities – opportunities that foster feelings of belonging, accomplishment, and connection.
These three areas of service share one characteristic – they exist because you are generous enough to support them. Thrive currently receives no public funding for these activities, which are essential to empower children, adults, and families to lead rich, active and self-directed lives.
If you are not currently active in our Thrive community, I invite you to join us. You’ll experience a sense of fulfillment that is not available at any price. Please contact me to explore how, together, we can invest your time, talent or treasure to ensure that children, adults, and families find opportunities to shine every day.
Michael A. Rodrigues, President & CEO