Incompass Human Services was pleased to receive a grant of $9,000 from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) towards the purchase of rapid test kits at the height of the Omicron surge. The immediate availability of this critical resource made a world of difference for both our direct care staff and the vulnerable population of individuals that they are supporting in our programs and residential homes.
Without the generosity of funders, such as GLCF, we would not have been able to sustain an essential workforce comprised of direct support professionals, program nurses, and managers over these past two years. Looking back to the late summer of 2020, we were in the midst of a sudden suspension of day programs and community-based activities. GLCF stepped in during that time, allowing us to continue to provide high-quality residential care and virtual supports to our community.
“Throughout this pandemic, we have managed to keep the number of positive cases relatively low. Just as we were settling into the idea that we could return to some type of normal within programs, Omnicron unexpectedly overwhelmed us. Knowing that we have the support of an incredible partner like Greater Lowell Community Foundation has provided a tremendous amount of relief. Their continued support of our mission does not go unnoticed. ” says CEO Jean Phelps.
For more information on GLCF’s mission and its open grant cycles visit www.glcfoundation.org.
Incompass Human Services was extremely grateful to receive a grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to provide funding for their expanding Strive2Thrive Program. Strive2Thrive is an Incompass program designed to serve individuals on the autism spectrum without intellectual disabilities. Established with the intention of being a peer-mentoring program with social and recreational activities, Strive2Thrive has evolved to become so much more. The program now offers coaching and service navigation, including college navigation services, to help these individuals access more unique areas of interest.
Through this graciously awarded Flutie Foundation grant, program staff can now allocate funding towards additional staff time with our Autism Specialists. This will allow the Strive2Thrive manager to allot more time prioritizing outreach to recruit new participants, aiding in the expansion of the Strive2Thrive program.
Funding that comes from our grant, like the Flutie Foundation, allows us to develop the service offerings to meet the needs of the individuals who are in the programs, without worrying about fitting into a state-funded bucket,” says Michael Bloom, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer. While “the idea for Strive2Thrive is to help the individuals develop or articulate a vision for what living a full life in the community means to them,” says Bloom, “we want to help them assemble the tools, the resources, the supports necessary to make those goals a reality.”
As the Strive2Thrive program tackles the ever-changing obstacles of operating during a pandemic, the support of the Flutie Foundation allows us to continue to meet the needs of program participants in innovative ways.