By Rebecca Wanatick, Manager of Community Inclusion, Greater MetroWest ABLE
Greater MetroWest ABLE has found shifts in our focus over the years. The roots of ABLE began more than 30 years ago with the grassroots efforts of families in our community seeking residential services for their children with developmental disabilities. Supports and services continued to expand with new agencies emerging, congregations providing increased educational supports for students, and Jewish camps creating inclusive environments for campers, all in direct response to community needs. Now in our tenth year, Greater MetroWest ABLE continues to evolve and meet the changing needs of our Greater MetroWest community.
One new area of focus for ABLE is raising awareness of and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. As a vigilant advocate for our Jewish community, ABLE stands on the front lines advocating for a day when no individual or family will have to struggle alone. In direct response to needs identified by families and professionals in the community, ABLE has implemented several new efforts this past year. Funding for these new initiatives is thanks, in part, to a generous donation from The Eric Eliezer Levenson Foundation for Hope. We want to share with you some of the great strides being made in furthering awareness on matters of mental health and addiction within our Jewish community.
To date, Greater MetroWest ABLE has brought to the community:
And we are working on the following upcoming programs:
Please share these opportunities with others in our community who you think might benefit from them. If you have any questions or are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Rebecca Wanatick, Manager of Community Inclusion at (973) 929-3129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.