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

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.

Families Matter, Inc. is Opening Their 5th Location!!

Grand Opening October 17, 2016

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 will open on October 17th and program activities will include visiting a pumpkin patch, athletics, cooking, shopping and celebrating with other Families Matter Programs.

Location of Families Matter, Inc.'s Gardiner Program. Location of Families Matter, Inc.'s Gardiner Program.
Boxing at O'Leary's Gym in Waterville, Maine

Families Matter Inc. client Alicia Barton raises her arms as Brian McGovern declares her the victor in a match at O'Leary's Fitness in Waterville on Monday. Staff photo by David Leaming

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.



Read more about Families Matter boxing at O'Leary's Fitness

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

Families Matter, Inc. would like to salute the American Vets in Jay, Maine for all their 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.

What's New at Families Matter, Inc.

Latest News

  • Augusta and Gardiner Programs will be picking pumpkins on October 17, 2016.
  • Waterville Program will be visiting an alpaca farm on October 18, 2016.
  • Skowhegan Programs will be painting pumpkins on October 19, 2016.
  • Waterville and Skowhegan 2 Programs will be having a Peer Social on October 20, 2016.
  • Skowhegan 2 and Augusta Programs will be having a Peer Social on October 21, 2016.
  • Gardiner Program will be visiting Topsham on October 21, 2016.
  • Augusta Program will be tie dying on October 24, 2016.
  • Waterville and Augusta Programs will be having a Peer Social on October 25, 2016.
  • Gardiner Program will be having a scavenger hunt on October 25, 2016.
  • Skowhegan 2 Program will be leaf peeping on October 26, 2016.
  • Skowhegan 1 Program will be making ceramics on October 27, 2016.
  • Waterville and Skowhegan 2 Programs will be having a career day on October 28, 2016.
  • Gardiner Program will be having a craft workshop on October 28, 2016.
  • Families Matter, Inc. will be hosting a Halloween Party on October 31, 2016.

Families Matter Inc. In-Home support creates opportunity to develop and improve skills necessary for safe independent living. Services are coordinated by the Person Centered Plan Process. Goals include, but not limited to:

  • Money management and grocery shopping
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Exploring public resources
  • Healthy eating and food preparation
  • Safety awareness
  • Natural Supports/Resources