STURBRIDGE — Seven Hills Family Services (SHFS), an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, has been awarded a contract to continue operating the Family Support Center for the South Valley/West region by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The South Valley Family Support Center will be remain located at 208 Charlton Road in Sturbridge.
The Center will serve approximately 450-550 families annually and act as a hub of information, resources, supportive services and activities for people of all ages who have an intellectual disability (ID) or developmental disability, including Autism with and without ID, living with their family, and their family members. With over 10 years of experience hosting FSC’s in Worcester, Sturbridge, and Fitchburg, SHFS is well positioned to provide Family Support Center services to people living in this region. The Family Support Center located in Sturbridge provides services and supports to all cities and towns served by the South Valley/West Area Office. These include Brookfield, Brimfield, Charlton, Dudley, East Brookfield, Holland, North Brookfield, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, and West Brookfield.
Seven Hills Family Services has extensive experience in operating these centers and has been the go-to source for families supporting someone with a disability. DDS recently awarded Seven Hills Family Services four such centers throughout Massachusetts. With an emphasis on providing person-centered and culturally and linguistically competent support services across the lifespan, the Family Support staff will provide a wide array of options to individuals with disabilities and their families that enable them to stay together and live in a nurturing environment, maintain relationships with families and loved ones, and be welcomed, contributing members in their home communities. The Fitchburg Family Support Center is committed to providing both short term and long-term service navigation to families who need more than Information and Referral to access supports or solve a particular issue.