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Mission Statement

EMARC is a non-profit charitable corporation founded in 1954 by parents of children with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to support,serve and advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families to ensure they are valued, respected and have the opportunity to fully participate in their communities. We annually serve about 1,000 people from Burlington, Everett, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield and Woburn.


The following is an overview of the services EMARC provides:

Residential Supports in ten homes and nine apartments staffed by EMARC and for individuals living independently

Job Training and Paid Work in a center based workshop setting at EMARC

Employment Opportunities at supervised sites in the community including the Salvation Army, The Gap, and a Coffee Bar at the Burbank YMCA in Reading

Job Placement services for individuals seeking competitive employment

The Center for Emerging Artists whichexplores and fosters the artistic talents of individuals with disabilities. Artwork created by participants is sold through the Center, through local exhibits and at local gift shops.

School to Work Transition Services for High School Students

Respite Care to support families caring for their sons and daughters with developmental disabilities at home

Family Support Groups for parents and siblings of people with disabilities

A Successful Parenting Program for parents with cognitive limitations

Inclusion Training for Special Education administrators, teachers and parents

Support for Seniors, a monthly education and support group for elder caregivers of people with developmental disabilities. Guest speakers cover topics including health care coverage, depression and Social Security benefits.

Recreation Programs held independently and in cooperation with local schools and YMCAs. Activities include integrated sports, Special Olympics training and teams, crafts, music therapy, cooking, outings and special events.

hile many of our programs are funded through contracts with the Department of Developmental Disabilities, the contracts do not fully cover the costs of our programs. Community support is therefore vital to our ability to fully serve the children and adults with developmental disabilities who participate in EMARC's programs.



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