Community Connections was founded in October 1985 by current President Donna Sabecky. When an accident left her confined to a wheelchair for six months, she became aware of the unique needs encountered by people with disabilities and the lack of adequate services to meet those needs. This awareness was what drove Donna to open Community Connections.
The first programs to open were Employment Services in Fall River and the Cape Cod Day Habilitation Program. In 32 years Community Connections has grown to 8 Day Habilitation Program locations including transportation services for our program participants.
In 1987, Community Connections obtained its first accreditation at the highest level from the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) which it has maintained throughout 30 years.
Over the years, Community Connections has grown to the current organization that serves over 650 clients through nine locations. The agency offers six service programs which include day habilitation, life skills, employment services, elder services, nursing home supports, and transportation services. Staffed by over 300 dedicated employees, many friends, and family, as well as civic organizations and schools, who volunteer with our organization.
Community Connections believes that by providing the highest quality services and opportunities we will be able to continue to enhance the quality of life of the individuals we serve.
The daily actions and long-term decisions of Community Connections are guided by seven inter-related goals that help individuals served by Community Connections to realize their personal promise.
- Support young people and adults living with disabilities so that they may function effectively in their community and contribute constructively to society.
- Provide caring therapeutic environments for young people, adults, and elders with significant medical and developmental disabilities.
- Support young people and adults with disabilities so that they may become employed and gain appropriate independence.
- Advocate for youth, adults, and elders living with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities so that they receive proper services that meet their individual human needs.
- Increase community awareness and understanding of physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities of children, adults, and elders.
- Instill a sense of dignity and pride in young people and adults who experience physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities.
- Influence state and federal policies that support a meaningful life for young people and adults who experience disabilities.