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Dear Friends of The Guild for Human Services,
I’m writing to tell you that our CEO, Thomas Belski, has decided to retire from The Guild in June 2017 and move his family to Florida.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to express our gratitude and thanks to Thomas for his balanced and thoughtful leadership over the past seven years. During this period, Thomas has worked tirelessly with the board to plan and implement our move to a new campus in Concord, MA. He has also managed our decision to establish the Adult Services Program that provides services for individuals twenty-two and older, purchased and renovated housing for our under twenty-two Residential Program, and worked closely with our teaching and clinical staff to add many new, creative educational initiatives to support our students. Most importantly, Thomas has provided sensitive and caring support for each of our students as they work hard to reach their full potential.
The board has established a Search Committee and hired Egmont Associates of Boston to support a national search for The Guild’s new CEO. The search will begin immediately. More information about the search will come in the weeks ahead.
Eric Rosenberger, President – Board of Trustees
We have a significant partnership with Bay Path University that provides our staff with professional development, mutual opportunities for research in the field of special needs education, and a new satellite campus in Concord for Bay Path students.
Picture from left to right are: Sharon DiGrigoli, Director of Education, Guild; Thomas Belski, CEO, Guild; Dr. Elizabeth Fleming, Associate Provost and Dean, School of Education, Human and Health Services – Bay Path University; Dr. Susan Ainsleigh, Professor and Coordinator of Applied Behavior Analysis Program, Bay Path University; Dr. Julie A. Armentrout, Chief Quality Assurance and Education Officer, Guild.
It’s great to have our strategic partner right next door (in the same building, actually) Welcome neighbors!
The Guild recently opened our NEW Chestnut House in Billerica! We’re excited that this move, like the Dogwood House move, provides more space for students to develop their independent living skills. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make these residential upgrades possible.
We’re pleased to announce that The Guild opened the NEW Dogwood House on January 31st. This home in Billerica is more spacious, sunnier, and has a large yard. The commute to our new school in Concord is more convenient. These improvements enhance the family-style community home environment for our students. New Dogwood is now officially part of the Guild family!
Please join us for a Job Fair on January 23rd from 12:00 – 3:00pm. We’re looking for qualified people for a number of open positions.
Welcome Mulberry House to family of community homes for Guild School students. This beautiful, spacious home is located in Billerica, has a wonderful yard, and will be closer to our new school location in Concord when we move next month. We’ve relocated students from our Maple House to Mulberry as part of a systematic reorganization of our “Under 22” residences to better serve our students and align with the relocation of our school. Mulberry is big and beautiful and the students are thrilled with their new palace!
Work on our new school building and administrative offices is coming along. We’re looking forward to moving in this Fall!
Our Student Entrepreneur Group will be creating some Healthy Eats & Treats to celebrate the summer. This program gives our students an opportunity to learn about business and finance in a real-world setting. They make or assemble the products, market them and handle the sales. Please click on the link below to view our offerings. Every order you place builds self-esteem and self-sufficiency among our young entrepreneurs. Contact Doreen Mangini by phone or e-mail to place your orders:
781.893.6000, ext. 274
Fax orders can be sent to: 781.893.1171
Thank you for supporting our students!
The Guild is pleased that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently completed a comprehensive review of our services and facilities and determined “No Findings” in its report on our residential and day programs. What does “No Findings” mean? It means that we’ve met all of the expectations of DESE for a high-quality special education school. Our administrators and staff worked very hard to make sure that the DESE visiting team had access to all our records and employees so they could make appropriate observations and arrive at the most accurate findings. This report validates all of that hard work. We’ll continue to do everything we can to continuously improve the programs and services we provide to our students. Click on the full report link below to read the details.
Work on our new school building for The Guild in Concord is making progress. As you can see, we’ve had the building gutted so it can be built to our specifications to provide the best possible environment for students and staff alike. Some framing has begun. In the months ahead, we’ll see the interior spaces start to take shape and whenever possible, share an insider’s peek with you.
We’ll be talking about building a circle of support, including sibling concerns. Alex Nadworny, a sibling of a special needs youth, who works with families in financial planning will be joining us. We need a head count for food, so please R.S.V.P to Felice Lopez, EdM, LMHC, by email: email@example.com, or call: 781.893.6000, ext. 269. We look forward to seeing you there!
On March 30th and April 6th, Guild Staff were invited to the new school building in Concord. CEO Thomas Belski, Chief of Quality Assurance & Education Dr. Julie Armentrout, and CFO Charley Carter laid out details of an exciting future in our spacious and light-filled new space. Staffers got to see floor plans, a rough layout of classroom spaces, and even got to take part in a ceremonial demolition of interior walls. The renovation and transformation of the new building will be underway soon and we look forward to moving into the new school in the Fall.
There’s a new addition to the Guild for Human Services community! We’re very pleased to announce that our new adult residential home in Dedham is opening. This beautiful new home is an ideal setting for our growing population of adults with special needs. We provide these adults with a positive environment and foster progress on their independent living skills. We welcome our new Dedham location to 7 other adult residences managed by The Guild.
Guild School students are regular participants in the Massachusetts Special Olympics. As the Special Olympics organization points out, “Sports are a powerful force. They can shift the focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement. We offer the highest quality Olympic-style sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities. This changes attitudes and changes lives.” We’re proud that three of our students received Silver Medals this past weekend in the regional Basketball qualifier held in Southborough. They won 2 out of their 3 games. Way to go Team Guild!!
We’re pleased to announce that The Guild has just opened a new adult residence in Sudbury – our 7th home dedicated to adult services. Located in a tranquil setting with a beautiful large yard, we’ll be able to provide more space for our growing family of adult residents. There are even berry bushes on the property! Most importantly, we’ll take advantage of this new home to support our adult residents with skill development in personal hygiene and health awareness, cooking and laundry, recreation, and social skills – all leading to more independent and happy lives.
Our adult residential program continues to expand to serve individuals over 22 years of age with special needs. We’ve just opened a residence in Maynard and plan to make it another welcoming home in The Guild family. Learn more about our adult residential services by clicking on the Adult Residential Services link above on this page.
The Guild for Human Services is honored to announce its 2015 Staff Appreciation Awardees. These dedicated individuals exemplify our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Respect, and Diversity. Special recognition was given to Dr. Doreen Mangini for representing the best of all our core values.
Andrew Coyle, Excellence
Reinato Hilaire, Excellence
Boris Fomo-Atcheupong, Excellence
Sharon DiGrigoli, Integrity
Robert Renois, Integrity
Hien Phan, Integrity
Emily Calden, Collaboration
Karma Flanagan, Collaboration
Ted Bates, Collaboration
Mustapha Abdulai, Collaboration
Rebecca Shakin, Respect
Joe Ridge, Respect
Gerald Jean, Respect
Kevin Jean, Diversity
Garet Reid, Diversity
Berline Robillard , Diversity
I am delighted that you are visiting The Guild’s website. We recently updated our site to make it easier for you to get to know us online. Whether it is our website or our services to children, teens and young adults, please know that here, at The Guild, we are dedicated to continuous quality improvement. We are always seeking better ways to serve our students, families and adult residents. You will learn a great deal about us by exploring our website. However, there is no substitute for visiting The Guild. Please schedule a tour, firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you when you visit.
Thomas Belski, CEO