Update from Life-Skills, Inc. on COVID-19 Outbreak

Effective March 17, all Life-Skills, Inc. day habilitation programs will be closed from March 17 – April 17.  We are committed to staffing the Life-Skills, Inc. residences in our north and south central areas, and we greatly appreciate the assistance offered by our day hab employees in maintaining the safety and well-being of the day and residential individuals we serve.  Day program employees are being reassigned to residences on an as needed basis.

The senior management team continues to work closely as developments and state directives are updated.

We are taking precautionary measures and following the directives from the Governor of Massachusetts.

**Visitors will not be allowed at our residences until further notice.**

Life-Skills, Inc. will maintain administrative coverage at the main office located at 44 Morris Street in Webster, as well as electronic communication to manage the crisis on behalf of all our employees and individuals.

We welcome and advise any applicants to apply online through our website or Indeed site.  Applications will NOT be available at our programs.

We will continue to update our Facebook page and website with any new and developing information.  Thank you!

Important Notice from Life-Skills, Inc. on COVID-19 Outbreak

Due to the growing health and safety concerns due to COVID-19, Life-Skills, Inc. is taking precautionary measures to keep all of the individuals we serve and our employees safe.

We have assessed our level of risk to be Lower Exposure Risk (Caution) as defined by OSHA 3990-03 2020.

Life-Skills, Inc. is closely monitoring any new developments on the spread of COVID-19, and we have taken a number of steps to protect our workforce and our individuals.

  • We are actively monitoring information and following guidelines from mass.gov/2019coronavirus and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC.
  • Our Senior Leadership team has convened and is working together to assess proactive and preventative measures regarding the best course of action to be taken to keep our workforce and individuals safe, and monitor daily official updates to determine if additional steps will need to be taken.
  • We are restricting access to our facilities and are implementing a new screening protocol for visitors who will need to complete a questionnaire.
  • We encourage all individuals within our facilities to practice proper hygiene and prevention measures as advised by the Mass Department of Public Health. Our facilities are stocked with adequate supplies.
  • We are encouraging employees who are sick to stay home.
  • We continue to perform routine workplace cleaning and disinfecting.

We will update our page as new information becomes available.

Life-Skills, Inc. welcomes new board members!

Life-Skills, Inc. is pleased to announce three new additions to our organization’s Board of Directors.  We welcome new members:

* Marc Martin – Treasurer
* Kara Westerman
* Sandi Durand

Life-Skills, Inc. is fortunate to have a diverse group of board members and we look forward to working with you and the value your leadership will bring to our organization.

Marc Martin got his undergraduate degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) in 1979, and worked for Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto during the early boom times in Silicon Valley.  He moved back east to Rhode Island, got his graduate degree in Ocean Engineering/Acoustics at URI and spent 2 years doing research projects for the navy (mapping the north wall of the Gulf Stream and tracking submarines and torpedoes in the arctic).

Marc then moved to Massachusetts where he worked for two different start-up companies (1 successful) in the semiconductor equipment field (non-contact measurements and x-ray lithography), and ran his own consulting business.  In the early 90’s, Marc began a 20+ year career at Bose Corporation, managing the test group, and retired from there in 2015.

Throughout his career, Marc has been involved in many aspects of running successful businesses (and in some cases, not so successful businesses), and has traveled extensively in his work.  He is presently retired and living in New Hampshire with his wife Janice.  Hobbies include skiing, hiking, chopping down trees for the wood stove, and baking bread and treats for both Janice and his favorite stepson Sean, who is a resident at one of the Life-Skills, Inc. group homes.  Marc joined the board in December 2019.

 

Kara Westerman has over ten years’ experience working in public education, specifically in the area of Special Education.

Currently, Kara is the Director of Student Services for the Spencer East-Brookfield Regional School District.  She directs and supervises all of the special education programs, services, and personnel in the district.  Before the Director role, she has worked in several different educational capacities, such as; instructional assistant in the area of applied behavioral analysis (ABA), preschool teacher, speech-language-pathologist, and evaluation team chairperson.  The previous school district she worked at was Auburn Public Schools and Worcester Public Schools.

Kara holds two master’s degrees from Worcester State University in Speech-Language Pathology (2012) and Educational Leadership (2016).  Additionally, Kara is completing her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction at Capella University.  Kara is also a graduate adjunct professor for American International College in the School of Education.

Kara has lived in Auburn her entire life.  She has twin thirteen-year-old girls.  She has participated on several boards and committees in her home town such as; Parks and Recreation, School Buildings Committee for the new Middle School Project, Keeping Auburn Warm, and a volunteer at the Auburn Senior Center.

 

Sandi Durand is currently the Director of Operations for the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.  She has worked with the Health Center for over 16 years, serving a diverse patient population.  She is responsible for organization-wide operational support services.  Sandi is committed to the Health Center mission, which believes that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care.  As a community health center, Kennedy CHC serves a patient population that is inclusive and is ethnically, culturally, linguistically diverse and populations with special needs.

Sandi is a member of the Greater Worcester Employment Resource Collaborative, which assists individuals with disabilities re-enter the work force.  She also works with Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to host student interns to introduce them to a collaborative work environment that is supportive and inviting, teaching basic work ethics, and skills.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Nichols College, double majoring in Psychology and Social Services.  She completed graduate level certificate in Community Health Center Management from Suffolk University and Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

Sandi has dedicated her 30-year career to working in the non-profit sector.  She was the Director of Finance and Administration for the Grafton Job Corps, a residential trade school.  She was responsible for all financial and operational performance of the center.   Prior to that, she was the Regional Director for Fellowship Health Resources, providing residential programs for adults with behavioral health challenges.

 

It is the mission of Life-Skills, Inc. to provide person-centered supports, services, and advocacy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and to actively assist them in the pursuit and achievement of their goals and interests while encouraging independence, personal growth, and self-determination to enhance their overall quality of life.