Press Releases


October 31, 2016

TASC Business Recognition & Celebration Dinner a Great Success

Taunton Area School to Career (TASC), a program of Associates for Human Services, Inc.(AHS), held its 21st Business Recognition & Celebration, at the Taunton Holiday Inn recently. The late October event was the program’s most successful one ever!

The dinner and auction event provides an annual opportunity to honor local companies and individuals whose generosity and commitment of time and resources have provided valued support for the TASC program. This year three businesses were given recognition awards: Bristol County Savings Bank, DePuy Synthes, and The Lopes Companies. Dr. John J. Sbrega, who is retiring as President of BCC at the end of this academic year, was honored with a Lifelong Commitment Award. In addition, former Taunton Firefighter Paul Allison was thanked for 10 years of volunteer service as a Mentor, while Jerry Plouffe of Hannaford Supermarkets, Michelle Simmons of Rockland Trust, and Diane Turner of Harbor One were each recognized for 5 years of mentoring.
The agenda included poignant presentations from former participants in TASC’s Career Mentor program. Aron Callahan, just promoted to specialist with the Army National Guard and a Hannaford employee, proudly shared how TASC helped increase his self-esteem and guided him to where he is today. Former Mentee Lacey Decosta, and her Mentor Marlene Souza of Molly B’s Cakes of Distinction, shared a heartwarming presentation about their involvement in the Mentor Program that launched Lacey into a new career path. Lacey is currently attending Johnson and Wales University as a Culinary Arts and Food Service Entrepreneurship Major, and she aspires to double Major in Baking and Pastry. Professional Auctioneer Ryan Nadeau and local musician Paul Peterson donated their talents during the event.

As TASC’s biggest annual fundraiser, the dinner and auction event enables TASC to continue providing primarily at risk high school students the priceless opportunities of internships, adult mentors, job shadowing and other college/career readiness activities. These experiences help improve academic achievement and develop work skills that can empower youth for successful careers in tomorrow’s workforce.

Dan LeBrun, the new TASC Program Director since August, stated, “I have been involved for several years as a volunteer. Now as Director, it is even clearer to me how critical it is to foster the success of young adults in our own community, and I am convinced TASC is a major part of making this happen.”
He added, “As for our wonderful dinner, I extend a hearty and heartfelt thanks to all of over 40 terrific event sponsors for their support, as well as all Event Committee members for taking time out of their busy schedules to help ensure the continuation and growth of TASC’s mission. Special gratitude goes to this year’s dinner/auction Committee Chair, Kelly Ann Bento of Webster Bank, as well as core members Mary Ann Jablonski, formerly of Depuy Synthes, Jerry Plouffe of Hannaford Supermarkets, Karen Reamsnyder of Raynham Veterinary Hospital, and Debbie Dutra of The Lopes Companies.”

Kit Tunney, AHS Executive Director noted “This year’s event was a work in progress as a new team came together quickly, and was greatly aided by Debbie Howland, AHS Fundraising and Special Events Coordinator. They took the reins, pulled the event together seamlessly, and achieved great success!”
As part of “Empowering Youth to Succeed”, TASC provides a critical link between education and the world of work, career and life. Currently, TASC serves students from Bristol County Agricultural High School, Taunton High School and Taunton Alternative High School.

Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) is a not-for-profit agency founded 42 years ago to meet a wide range of human services needs in the Greater Taunton Area (Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Norton, Attleboro, Lakeville, Middleboro, Seekonk, Berkley), and Norton, Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Brockton. Support services are provided through a variety of programs for infants, toddlers, youth, adults, and seniors experiencing developmental disabilities or delays, as well as families struggling educationally and economically.


October 24, 2016

MASSDEVLEOPMENT BOND HELPS TAUNTON HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATION EXPAND

MassDevelopment has issued a $2.9 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS), a nonprofit organization in Taunton that provides a wide range of support services to individuals experiencing medical conditions, developmental disabilities and economic disadvantages. AHS is using bond proceeds to build an addition onto its Taunton location for program space. The organization is also using proceeds to refund past debt, and Bristol County Savings Bank purchased the bond.

“Associates for Human Services’ compassionate and compelling programs truly make a difference for the disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals the organization serves,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “This MassDevelopment bond will help Associates for Human Services expand the reach of its critical services for children and families in greater Taunton.”

Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to meet a range of human services needs in greater Taunton. AHS provides support services for infants and toddlers, youth, adults, and seniors experiencing developmental disabilities or delays, as well as families struggling economically. AHS offers Early Intervention, Early Head Start, Taunton Area School to Career, and the Wise Adult Day Health Program.

“Our CFO worked diligently with MassDevelopment and our bank, BCSB, to put together an efficient, thorough financing package that puts AHS in a position to expand,” said Kit Tunney, AHS President and Executive Director. “The additional space will enhance our staff’s ability to make a difference in the lives of infants, toddlers, youth and seniors every day, on home visits, in the community, and at the center.”

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2016, MassDevelopment financed or managed 352 projects generating investment of more than $4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 8,200 jobs and build or rehabilitate about 4,200 residential units.


September 29, 2016

AHS ANNUAL SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND RAFFLE

Associates for Human Services (AHS) held its 22nd Annual Spaghetti Supper and Raffle on Friday, September 23, 2016 at St. Nicholas of Myra located at 499 Spring Street in Dighton.

Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and homemade pastries complimented the HUGE raffle filled with crafts, gift certificates, and other prizes donated by local businesses and AHS staff.

ssFood and drink donations came from DeAvila’s Catering, Bertucci’s Restaurant, UNO Chicago Grille, Art’s Bakery, Olive Garden, The Chateau, Hannaford Supermarkets, Dunkin Donuts Rehoboth, Pepsi Bottling Group and the Cahill/Clemmey Family. Sponsors were Bristol County Savings Bank, Mutual of America, Catholic Family Life Insurance, Webster Bank, Rotary Club of Taunton, Donahue & Company, Braver Technology, Dighton Lions Club, Debuca Wine & Liquor, Correira Insurance/Anytime Plumbing/Whittenton Hardware, Henderson Enterprises, Dighton-Rehoboth Animal Hospital, Representative Patricia Haddad, Councilman John McCaul, and Copy to Copy. Thank you to all who helped make this event very successful! We appreciate everyone who donated a dessert, all who volunteered and those that attended.

Over 300 people attended this sold out event!

Proceeds from the Spaghetti Supper go directly into the Lifelong Learning Fund. This fund provides additional support to children, adults, and seniors in our community who are currently enrolled in AHS programs, but may not have access to sufficient resources. With your support for this event, AHS is able to provide further assistance through the purchase of items such as therapeutic toys, adaptive equipment, and community inclusion activities for the individuals we serve and their families.

Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) is a not-for-profit agency founded 42 years ago to meet a wide range of human services needs in Norton, Attleboro and the Greater Taunton Area (Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Lakeville, Middleboro, Seekonk, Berkley). Support services are provided, through a variety of programs, for children, adults, and seniors experiencing developmental disabilities or delays, as well as families struggling economically.


September 22, 2016
Taunton Early Intervention, a program of Associates for Human Services, Inc., celebrated their 40th Anniversary recently. We were honored to receive a citation from the Massachusetts Senate as well as the House of Representatives. Thank you to Senator Marc Pacheco, Representatives Patricia Haddad and Shaunna O’Connell. Also Thank you to Mayor Tom Hoye who also gave Early Intervention a citation. It was a great celebration with families and children, community partners, EI staff, AHS program staff, AHS Board of Director’s Chair, and AHS Senior Managers. It was wonderful to see families whose children range from under the age of 1 to the age of 31!!! Thank you to the parents who spoke from their heart. It is humbling to be a part of all of their lives. As one parent said, “EI does make a difference!” Here’s to another 40 years!

Taunton Early Intervention provides free developmental assessments to the community and services to families with children, birth to 3 years. Children may be typically developing; or developmentally delayed/at-risk of delay, in one or more of the following areas: Motor, Speech & Language, Cognition, Social/Emotional, Self-Help Skills, and/or Vision & Hearing. If you would like to have your infant or toddler’s development assessed, need any further resources, or other child and family needs, please call to arrange for an appointment at 508-880-0202, ext.335.

Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) is a not-for-profit agency founded 42 years ago to meet a wide range of human services needs in Attleboro, Brockton, New Bedford, Norton and the Greater Taunton Area (Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Lakeville, Middleboro, Seekonk, Berkley). Support services are provided, through a variety of programs for infants, toddlers, youth, adults, and seniors experiencing developmental disabilities or delays, as well as families struggling economically. For more information of AHS, please visit www.ahsinc.org or like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/AHSInc.


November 24, 2015

November Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

November 14th is World Diabetes Day! In 2014, 387 million adults were living with diabetes. Because that’s such a huge number, almost everyone knows someone with the diagnosis. Act today to help yourself and loved ones prevent, postpone or treat the disease!

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer makes insulin and blood glucose cannot enter the cells for energy. In Type 2, either the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body is unable to use insulin correctly. To learn more about diabetes, go to diabetes.org.

Healthy living is the best preventive measure. In fact, according to the International Diabetes Federation (idf.org), a healthy lifestyle could prevent up to 70% of Type 2 diabetes and reduce complications in people with Type 1 diabetes. What’s that mean? It means maintaining an optimal weight, eating well and exercising for 30 minutes 5 times per week. Don’t wait until making your New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, if that’s what you have to do! Start eating those green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, lean meat, unsweetened yogurt and nuts. Treat yourself to a new pair of sneakers and start walking, either in the morning before work, on your lunch hour, or evenings. Enlist your friends and family to join you. And if you’re diagnosed with the disease, be sure to follow your physician’s recommendations.

As a board member at Associates for Human Services, Inc., I recognize the positive effects of implementing plans, designed by our staff, to monitor and improve the wellness of individuals with diabetes in our Wise Adult Day Health Program. We also provide nutritious snacks, meals and plenty of opportunities for full or modified exercise.

Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) is a not-for-profit agency founded 41 years ago to meet a wide range of human services needs in Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, Norton, New Bedford and the Greater Taunton Area (Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Lakeville, Middleboro, Seekonk, Berkley). Support services are provided, through a variety of programs, for children, adults, and seniors experiencing developmental disabilities or delays, as well as families struggling economically.

For more information on the Wise Adult Day Health Program, please call Nancy Pereira, Wise Program Director, at 508-880-0202, ext 324.

Sincerely,
Marcy Couitt, RN
AHS Board of Directors


July 21,2015

Early Intervention Program offers a variety of playgroups for children between the age of 4 months to 3 years and their parents.

Associates for Human Services’ Early Intervention Program offers a variety of playgroups for children between the age of 4 months to 3 years and their parents. Our playgroups stimulate your child’s development.

Your child will receive a developmental screening prior to enrollment. If a developmental concern is identified, service options are available; otherwise your child can attend the playgroup for FREE.

For more information, or to schedule an assessment, please call Pat Bushika at 508-880-0202, ext. 335.

Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) is a not-for-profit agency founded 41 years ago to meet a wide range of human services needs in the Greater Taunton Area (Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Norton, Attleboro, Lakeville, Middleboro, Seekonk, Berkley), and Norton, Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Brockton. Support services are provided, through a variety of programs for children, adults, and seniors experiencing developmental disabilities or delays, as well as families struggling economically.


July 2, 2015

TASC joins Associates for Human Services, Inc.

Taunton Area School to Career, Inc. (TASC) is joining forces with Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS), combining strengths, to meet more community need. “TASC recently completed a successful year, operating numerous programs to assist local high school students in preparing for careers, such as opening a new career center, expanding staffing, and designing a social enterprise. We have much more to do and look forward to the support AHS will offer” commented Nancy Antonucci, TASC Executive Director. TASC works closely with hundreds of local businesses, including DePuy, General Dynamics, Morton Hospital, G. Lopes and Hannaford Supermarket to provide mentoring, internships and other college and career readiness opportunities to many local students. Mary Ann Jablonski, TASC chair, stated: “The TASC board is really excited about the opportunity to leverage resources with AHS, an organization that TASC has been friends with for years, allowing the TASC staff to focus more on our primary mission of working with students.”

Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) is a not-for-profit agency founded 41 years ago to meet a wide range of human services needs in the Greater Taunton Area (Taunton, Raynham, Dighton, Rehoboth, Norton, Attleboro, Lakeville, Middleboro, Seekonk, Berkley), and Norton, Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Brockton. Support services are provided, through a variety of programs for children, adults, and seniors experiencing developmental disabilities or delays, as well as families struggling economically.

The agency is currently in the process of expanding its corporate location by 5,000 sq feet to better accommodate current needs and future growth. Incorporating TASC’s programs under AHS’ umbrella, over the next few months, creates a more effective overall organization, increasing ability to meet infrastructure needs while serving a more diverse population. “We’re pleased to be adding the teenage population to the continuum of supports at Associates for Human Services. TASC does important work, has an excellent reputation in the community and our missions are a great match! I’m proud to welcome them to AHS,” stated Kit Tunney, AHS President and Executive Director.