Community Connections Celebrates Grand Opening of New Fall River Day Center
State Rep. Carole Fiola and Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Community Connections Inc., a nonprofit serving people with disabilities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, celebrated the grand opening of its newest Day Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, with a ribbon-cutting, refreshments and tours of the new location at 1784 North Main Street.
With Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia and Community Connections President and CEO, Dave Botting holding the big scissors, the ribbon for the new Day Center was cut during a ceremony on June 20.
Ribbon-cutting participants included: State Rep. Carole Fiola; Community Connections Board Member Allison McEachern; Glenda Izaguirre, District Representative for U.S. Congressman Bill Keating; Jennifer Lucena for State Sen. Michael Rodrigues; Ana De Araujo, Marketing Representative for SERVPRO; and members from the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce and the SouthCoast Chamber, respectively: Sheldon Gana, Patrick Duelfer, Carl Sawejko and Mitch Zucker.
The Community Connections program on North Main Street cares for 43 clients with developmental and cognitive disabilities, including Life Skills for middle-aged adults and supports in Day Habilitation, Elder Services and Life Skills for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, allowing individuals to age with dignity.
Spanning approximately 7,000 square feet, the new Day Center has the capacity for 60 or more clients and features floor-to-ceiling windows in the expanded group areas. In addition, both Bicentennial Park and Waterfront Park are less than five minutes from the new site. The site’s central location offers plenty of parking spaces for visitors, staff, and Community Connections vans which provide transport to and from the program.
“The new Day Center supports the Community Connections vision of promoting community inclusion and improving the lives of people with disabilities,” said David Botting, President and CEO, Community Connections Inc. “In Fall River, we have two existing Day Centers on Davol Street and Hartwell Street which offer Life Skills programs, and we are continuing to demonstrate a strong commitment to the City of Fall River by adding this third location.”