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Meet Captain Zach

Zach, a Perkins adult resident, is a remarkable young man with a zest for life and a myriad of passions, but he’s not able to be fully independent. So this year we ask you, our supporters, what if your adult child couldn’t care for himself?

Zach, 33, was diagnosed as autistic at an early age. His parents, Mary and Keith, served as strong advocates on his behalf, searching for the best places to serve his complex needs as he grew. He attended middle school at Doctor Franklin Perkins School, returned to his home district to attend high school, and then chose Perkins again for our adult day program when he turned 18.

10 years later, when Zach’s dad passed away, Mary knew then that she needed to make a plan for his future. “As a parent of an adult who can’t live independently, you worry about that time when you’re not here anymore. Who is going to look after every little detail, make sure he eats properly, and goes to the dentist? No one knows what your child needs like you do.”

The day Zach moved into his apartment at Perkins, Mary was prepared to sleep in a chair in his room to be sure he was comfortable. But Zach was home from the moment he got here. “See you tomorrow,” he told his mom.

Captain Zach

Living with special needs is often a lifelong challenge that requires a community of support. As a Perkins supporter, you are already part of that community.

Zach lives in one of Perkins’ independent apartments. He receives support from staff to complete routine activities like grocery shopping, laundry, banking and budgeting, and getting out and about. He also participates in the vocational program as a member of the Clean Team that provides all janitorial services for the adult facility. He earns minimum wage, which he puts towards his expenses. Mary visits him often, logging almost 3,000 steps a day together at the advice of Zach’s doctors.

When he’s not working with the Clean Team or hanging with his friends, Zach’s greatest joy is volunteering one morning a week at the Clinton Fire Department, keeping the floors swept and the vehicles clean. The Firefighters call him “Captain Zach.”

Mary remembers tearing up as Zach belted out “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith at his Doctor Franklin Perkins School talent show in middle school. And she’ll never forget when the Clinton Fire Department made Zach his very own helmet and shield. “I take great comfort in having Zach at Perkins. He’s safe and comfortable, and the staff are very kind. This is his home.”

Your gift today will support us in helping adults with special needs – like Zach – as well as the other children, youth, and families served by Perkins to live fulfilling lives in a safe and caring environment. Together, we can make a difference. Please consider supporting Perkins with your generous gift today.




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Perkins’ Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala Online Auction is Live!

Perkins’ Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala is only a few days away and our online auction is live! Don’t miss out on your chance to bid on some incredible items and unique experiences. New England Patriots tickets, Red Sox tickets, a whisky trio, Magnums of wine, golf foursomes, fine dining experiences, a handful of fabulous getaways, andContinue Reading

Perkins Hires Director of Organizational Advancement

Perkins announces the addition of Naomi Reville LeBlanc as the organization’s new Director of Organizational Advancement. In this capacity, Ms. LeBlanc will steer the organization’s fundraising, communications, and marketing strategies. She joins Perkins with over 10 years of experience working in development and communications within the anti-hunger arena. “Naomi brings an abundance of knowledge andContinue Reading

Perkins Announces 2018 Recognition Day Honorees

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Doctor Franklin Perkins School will hold its annual Recognition Day Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of its students throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.  In addition, the following five individuals will be recognized for their contributions in the fields of education, public and community service, and service to the childrenContinue Reading

Perkins Welcomes Dr. Anne Lutz To Its Team

Perkins announces the appointment of Anne Bodmer Lutz, M.D. as a part-time psychiatrist working with Perkins Behavioral Health and the residential services team. Dr. Lutz is a board-certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a nationally renowned educator and trainer, and the Director of the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy.  She has worked for many years inContinue Reading

Perkins Hires Research and Innovation Director

Perkins announces the appointment of Kathleen J. Savage Mills, Ph.D., LICSW as its Director of Research and Innovation. Dr. Mills brings over twenty years of experience in the fields of child welfare, domestic violence, and early childhood mental health to Perkins. In her new role, Dr. Mills will further expand Perkins’ capability to evaluate itsContinue Reading

Senators and Representatives From Across the State Enjoy Day at Perkins

Senators and Representatives From Across the State Enjoy Day at Perkins Students and staff at the Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) welcomed Massachusetts Legislators to learn about the school’s programming and positive student impact during “Invite Your Legislator to School Day.”  The event provided State Senators and Representatives the opportunity to meet students and staff,Continue Reading

Art for a Purpose

In a throwaway world, a new dogma has taken hold – re-purpose, reclaim, and reuse. There is a new desire to create something new out of that which is old. In other words, create the things you wish existed.  Several of our students took that to heart as they joined a community service program inContinue Reading

Perkins Artist Creates Holiday Card Cover

Being creative is a way of life for Ben Allen, a way to express himself and to portray his thoughts on paper.  He was both honored and surprised to discover that his drawing of a winter scene was chosen to be the cover of Perkins holiday card. “I have always loved art and being creative,”Continue Reading

Music and Magic Bring the Holidays Closer

The stage was alive with the sound of music last Friday, December 15 as several of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School students and staff took to the spotlight for our annual holiday show.  The level of talent was unmatched this year as group after group outdid the performers in front of them. The event opened withContinue Reading