Associates for Human Services


March 20, 2020
Dear Associates for Human Service Staff, clients, participants and community partners,
This last week has brought much activity over the Coronavirus. We continue to follow the CDC, Federal and State guidelines as an agency. The following directives were provided to us, which we will be following in our 4 programs:
1.) Early Head Start will provide services remotely. EHS staff have reached out to all their families to offer the continued resources, support and education that they provide through video or telephone contact. They will not hold any socialization groups, nor be in childcare centers while social restrictions apply.   They will still be open for referrals. To make a referral , please contact Sandy Furtado at sfurtado@nullahsinc.org or 1-508-828-8560.
2) Early Intervention will also be providing services remotely, and are also busy reaching out to their families. The staff were preparing for a web-based system and had already been assigned portable wireless devices to begin this. They all have the tools they need and have begun providing teleservices. Assessments, child groups and parent groups have stopped meeting until social distancing is no longer required. They are also open for referrals. To make a referral, please contact Pat Bushika at pbushika@nullahsinc.org or call 508-813-4695.
3) Taunton Area School to Career has stopped their mentor program activities, such as tours, due to school and business closures. However, Mentors and Mentees may still connect remotely without face to face contact. Career Specialists will still reach out to High School students to offer any support or information needed at this time through email or phone calls but will not be in schools until school closures are lifted.
4) Wise Adult Day Health remained open due to the state viewing Adult Day Health services as medically necessary. However, with residential homes and families choosing to keep their participants or loved ones at home, the attendance diminished everyday, sadly forcing the decision to close Wise ADH temporarily from 3/23/20 to 4/27/20.
Due to these changes, temporary furloughs were issued. The TASC Spelling Bee (April 8th) and Wise Comedy night (May 1st) fundraisers were cancelled and the Pot of Gold Scratch ticket raffle drawing was postponed until the remainder of the tickets could be sold. To say this has been a difficult week is an understatement. This is true of not only AHS, but our local community, state, country and the world. But what it has also done is brought out the resiliency and solidarity of humankind. The AHS staff have exemplified this resilience and solidarity. They faced this adversity with dignity, understanding and a positive attitude for what the future holds. I could not be prouder to be working with this compassionate AHS team. I will continue to offer updates as events evolve and look forward to the return of our furloughed staff, full services and a better and stronger AHS team.
Stay well and safe,
 Zulmira
Zulmira Allcock
AHS President & CEO

Agency Profile:

AHS Inc. was incorporated in 1974 to meet a wide range of human services needs in the Greater Taunton Area. AHS is a private not-for-profit agency providing support services for children, adults, and seniors experiencing medical needs, developmental delays and/or disabilities, economical disadvantages, or educational risk factors.

Today we have four programs that serve infants, toddlers, youth, adults and seniors living in Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Norton and the Greater Taunton Area. AHS works with individuals at all levels of ability to support their efforts to achieve equality, dignity and independence. We are committed to helping people reach their maximum potential and self-sufficiency.

Our Mission

Associates for Human Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. We are dedicated to providing choice, opportunity and support to the individuals we serve, their families and those we employ in order to enhance the quality of life in our communities.

At A Glance

The Early Head Start Program is a federally funded program that provides comprehensive services to expectant families and families who have children birth to age 3 in Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, Middleboro, New Bedford, and Norton.

Service areas include child development, health/nutrition, social services and parent involvement.

The Early Intervention Program provides services to families and children from birth to 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for, a delay in development,

living in Berkley, Dighton, Lakeville, Middleboro, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Taunton.

TASC is a non-profit educational partnership, which provides a necessary linkage between school and the world of work, career and life through activities such as Job Shadowing, Student Internships, and the Career Mentoring Program.

TASC serves students from Bristol County Agricultural High School, Taunton High School and the Taunton Alternative High School.

The Wise Adult Day Health Program is a center for adults experiencing health related issues or whose ability to function independently is limited or requires supervision or assistance during the day when caregivers can’t be with them.

We provide a safe, supportive environment which allows participants to maximize their quality of life and independence.

At Associates for Human Services,
we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to improve their lives.

Each year, we help provide and ensure opportunities for over one thousand individuals and families living in
Attleboro, Brockton, Norton, New Bedford and the Greater Taunton area.

Choice

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Opportunity

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Support

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Associates for Human Services works to create an environment where all people, regardless of ability, are empowered to make
meaningful choices and be contributing members of the community.