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Our Commitment to Promoting Inclusivity and Fighting Racism

To the Perkins Community,

In coordination with the Perkins leadership team, I feel compelled to share some brief thoughts with you. Over the last 3 months, we have been battling the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. However, as the recent killing of George Floyd brought to light once again, another pandemic, one defined by racism, inequality, and police violence targeting people of color has gripped our nation and consciousness. As I think about this, the words don’t come easily. The issues are not new, but more than ever, I find myself saddened and angry. There is so much pain and suffering. I know that my words alone cannot heal or change that. However, I want you to know that at Perkins we are committed to doing what we can – as individuals, advocates, service providers and as a community – and to opening a dialogue within the Perkins community.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are just the most recent men and women of color killed because of racism and police brutality. Their deaths are unjust and unfathomable. I say their names because they matter greatly. And the protests in support of their lives are also valuable and just.

At Perkins, where our tagline is, “a chance to blossom” and our mission is to promote meaningful and sustained well-being, we know that no child or adult can thrive in a world where they don’t feel safe. Racism is harmful and insidious. It affects every person of color – students, adults, family members, staff – in our community. And police brutality and inequality across this country adversely affects our Black community members.

But for all that I’ve just stated, we have so much to learn. As an organization we are not experts at dismantling racism, setting aside bias, or acknowledging privilege. We can do better and are committed to addressing these issues and doing the work associated with this. We are listening, learning, and we will make progress.

Our hearts are heavy and we are thinking about all of our colleagues and those affected by recent events and by acts of racism, discrimination, or violence.

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or resources to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always better and more whole because of our community.

Sincerely,
Michael W. Ames, PhD President & CEO

Executive Functioning for Beginners

A piece by Nicole Bediako, Doctor Franklin Perkins School Occupational Therapist. Hello! My name is Nicole Bediako and I’m an occupational therapist here at DFPS. I am also a mother of two small children, one toddler and one very active third grader. These times have shaken us to our very foundation. As an OT providing virtual sessions,Continue Reading

Perkins COVID-19 Emergency Fund

We’re so grateful to be able to count on our strong and resilient Perkins community and we hope that you and yours are healthy and well as we all navigate these unsettling times. Our 24-hour residential programs for children, adults, and elders remain open, operating with caution and care to protect our residents and staff. They areContinue Reading

Online Family Resources

The following list of resources for families is a mere sample of the many wonderful options available online for children and adults of all ages and abilities to learn, engage, stay active, and be healthy during this unusual time. We have chosen them based on their fit for the students, adults, and families in our Perkins community, but weContinue Reading

Perkins CDC to Offer Free Emergency Child Care

Perkins Child Development Center to Offer Free Emergency Child Care Drop-in Child Care for Essential Employees and First Responders Starting Wednesday, April 1st (2020), the Perkins Child Development Center has been approved by the Department of Early Education and Care to open as an Emergency Child Care Program. This is a FREE drop-in program for those who meet the essential personnel qualificationsContinue Reading

As I See It: Power, strength of human spirit on display at Perkins School

Op-Ed by Perkins President & CEO, Michael Ames, published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The stock market has dropped by over 30% since its peak in mid-February, schools have shut down, Gov. Charlie Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory and a mandatory shutdown of non-essential businesses, and confirmed cases of Covid-19 are increasing atContinue Reading

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 Updates for the Perkins Community (Last updated April 23, 2020) As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread rapidly across communities and is an evolving situation for all of us, including Perkins, we have been and will continue to consult with State officials and our medical advisors to ensure the best and safest care for all that we workContinue Reading

2019 Annual Report – Enjoy!

We are honored to share our 2019 Annual Report, Working Together, highlighting the power of collaboration at Perkins. We are so proud of the people, teams, and programs described within. As we reflect upon another great year, we are –as always– especially appreciative to the individuals we serve, as well as their families, for their partnershipContinue Reading

Perkins Rein in A Dream to Upgrade and Expand Facilities

“They have amazing patience, caring, and understanding for each child that walks into the barn. I am thankful to Perkins for all they have done for my son.” Rein in A Dream has big news! We are excited to announce that we are planning to expand and upgrade our Rein in A Dream facilities in orderContinue Reading

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday.

Please consider a #GIVINGTUESDAY gift to Perkins today. Together, we can help the children and adults Perkins educates and cares for grow strong, develop independence, and discover joy in environments that nourish minds, bodies, and souls. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals by enhancing the programs and services they count onContinue Reading