• Enhancing the Quality of Life of Special Needs Adults
    and Their Families

  • Families Matter, Inc. Opened Their 5th Location in Gardiner!!

    Families Matter, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of 5th program in Gardiner is at the former Janelle's Family Restaurant on Brunswick Avenue.

Welcome to Families Matter, Inc.

Families Matter, Inc. provides Adult Community Support Services. This service creates the opportunity for community integration, while improving social skills and personal independence. Families Matter, Inc. works on a variety of goals and objectives, which are driven and supported by the Person Centered Planning process. All activities are therapeutic and goal based.


Combination of Families Matter, Waterville boxing gym, proves to be knockout

The central Maine social services organization brings clients to O'Leary's Boxing in Waterville once a week, a program that's paying off for both the boxers and gym owner Mike Leary.

WATERVILLE — Ryan Jabar stood in the boxing ring at O’Leary’s Fitness on College Avenue. He’d put his crutches aside and Brian McGovern, an aide from Families Matters, held on to the back of his shirt, helping him stay upright and steady.

Jabar, 27, swung at Mike Leary with his black boxing gloves. After he hit Leary’s shoulders and arms for a few rounds, Leary fell to the floor of the ring.

The surrounding group, about 22 people who come to the gymnasium through the Waterville branch of Families Matter, cheered and counted to 10 as Leary tried to grab the rope around the ring. In the end, Jabar was declared the winner.


Families Matter programs are boxing at O'Leary's Gym.

Families Matter, Inc.'s new Gardiner Location!!

Families Matter, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of fifth 5th program. Our new Gardiner location is at the former Janelle's Family Restaurant on Brunswick Avenue in Gardiner. The Program opened on October 17th. Program activities will include visiting a pumpkin patch, athletics, cooking, shopping and celebrating with other Families Matter Programs..

Families Matter, Inc.'s new location in Gardiner, Maine.
Families Matter, Inc.'s new location in Gardiner, Maine.

Latest News from Families Matter, Inc.

  • Gardiner Program will be training for the Special Olympics on May 15, 2018.
  • Families Matter Programs will be participating in the Regional Special Olympics on May 16, 2018. Best of luck to all participants.
  • Augusta Program will be visiting the library on May 17, 2018.
  • Skowhegan Program will be visiting the Maine State Museum on May 18, 2018.
  • Waterville Program will be volunteering on May 18, 2018.
  • Augusta Program will be bowling on May 21, 2018.
  • Families Matter Program will be having a program social with kickball on May 22, 2018.
  • Waterville Program will be bowling on May 23, 2018.
  • Skowhegan Program will be playing bingo and making ceramics on May 24, 2018.
  • Farmingdale Program will be planting flowers on May 25, 2018.
  • Gardiner Program will be visiting Portland on May 25, 2018.
  • Families Matter Programs will be closed on May 28, 2018 in honor of Memorial Day.
  • Farmingdale Programs will be walking the rail trail on May 29, 2018.
  • Gardiner Program will be visiting Reid St. Park on May 29, 2018.
  • Waterville and Augusta Programs will be having a peer social on May 29, 2018.
  • Augusta Program will be having a BBQ on May 30, 2018.
  • Skowhegan and Waterville Programs will be celebrating birthdays on May 31, 2018.
Families Matter, Inc. bowling with American Veterans.

Families Matter, Inc. Thanks American Vets Auxiliary Post 33, Jay, Maine

Families Matter, Inc. salutes the Jay, Maine American Vets for all the support and kindness they have shown our company.

Let me tell you about the American Vets in Jay, Maine. The American Vets are a nonprofit organization that was established in 1979. The American Vets firmly believe that service to our country is not just a military duty but a lifelong commitment to helping others in need. The American Vets are a proud sponsor of Special Olympics. The American Vets help others by having fund raisers; they go above and beyond to give back to their community. They support special need individuals when they can’t afford something or if they need anything, they always find a way to make an individual’s dream come true. Families Matter, Inc. would like to say Thank You for everything you do. A special thanks goes out to Jerry Tuckered and the Auxiliary Post 33.