Thrive Around Town

Thriver enjoying The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA.
Thriver Cynthia Washer enjoying The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA.

Looking to try a gym workout, stroll through indoor flower gardens, or take in the beauty of artistic masterpieces? Thanks to a new initiative through Thrive’s Family Support Center, participants can take advantage of these activities. Known as Thrive Around Town, the program offers free passes to several local hot spots for Thrive’s respite staff and the participants they support. “The objective of the program is to get our participants and staff out in the community and create new experiences for them,” said Thrive Director of Individual Support Nanette Goldstein.

As the seasons’ change, finding activities to do in the winter is not always easy. Thrive Around Town offers passes to the Boroughs Family Branch YMCA in Westborough, the Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, The Butterfly Place in Westford, and the Worcester Art Museum. “Our goal is to continue to grow the program by including venues that have outdoor experiences for the spring,” added Thrive Director of Family Support Mike Diggins.

“I loved all the colors and different butterflies we saw at The Butterfly Place. There were butterflies everywhere, and they even landed on me,” raved Thrive participant Cynthia Washer. When looking ahead to winter, Cynthia added, “I can’t wait to check out the indoor gardens at Tower Hill Botanical Garden.” Thrive Around Town is part of Thrive’s drop-in Family Support Center, that offers assistance, resources, and services for families and their loved ones with intellectual/developmental disabilities.