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. 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.
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.
- Skowhegan Program #1 will be going to the movies on
August 17, 2016.
- Farmington Program will be having a pool party and BBQ on August 18, 2016.
- Augusta Program will be visiting Justin's House on August 18, 2016.
- Waterville, Skowhegan Program #2 and Augusta Programs will be having an ice cream social on August 19, 2016.
- Skowhegan Program #1 will be shopping on August 22, 2016.
- Farmington and Augusta Programs will be going to Edgecombe Camp on August 23, 2016.
- Skowhegan Program #2 will be making ceramics on August 25, 2016.
- Augusta Program will be eating lunch out on August 26, 2016.
- Waterville and Skowhegan Programs will be going to the Cole Transportation Museum on August 26, 2016.
- Farmingdale, Waterville and Skowhegan Programs will be going to the Benton Fun Park on August 29, 2016.
- Augusta Program will be going to the library on August 29, 2016.
- Farmingdale and Augusta Programs will be going to the Windsor Fair on August 30, 2016.
- Skowhegan Program #1 will be playing mini golf on August 30, 2016.
- Skowhegan Program #2 will be bowling on August 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