Author Archives: Naomi LeBlanc

Connected, Capable, Healthy

Dear friends,

Millions of children and adults are affected by mental health challenges annually. The unprecedented year we have come through has sent those numbers skyrocketing across all age groups. Isolation, family economic struggles, a scary disease spreading rapidly and unpredictably, and loss on so many fronts made existing mental health conditions worse and triggered new cases of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

At Perkins, this trend is unmistakable – we have seen a surge in referrals across our programs as pandemic restrictions have begun to lift and children return to their classrooms. Not only do we know the work that needs to be done, we know how to do it. And we remain committed to providing the essential tools that each of our students and program participants need in order to be:

Connected within their relationships and communities
Capable of pursuing their goals, learning and building skills, and believing in themselves
and their abilities and;
Healthy socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically

Will you partner with us today to help ensure that each and every person we serve has the chance to reach their full potential? With your help, we are building the future by investing in high-impact initiatives that address complex mental health challenges, as well as learning and living challenges. With your investment in Perkins, you are helping to make possible:

• New and Upgraded Facilities to Meet Changing Needs – our multi-year, multi-phase
capital improvement plan will help our students to be academically and emotionally
• Educational Technology Improvements – interactive technology like SMART Boards,
learning tablets, and educational apps transform the learning experience for students and
provide the 21st century tools they require to be successful.
Rein in a Dream (RIAD) Therapeutic Services – serving both Perkins students and local
residents, as well as participants from the surrounding communities, our premier
therapeutic horsemanship program has a transformative impact on many program
• Adult Employment and Vocational Education – we are rebuilding employment
opportunities and welcoming back our vocational clients, providing fulfilling and purposeful
• And More!

Please know that your gift to Perkins today will make a difference for children and adults that are too often overlooked, whose strengths may not be immediately apparent but who can achieve so much when they are recognized, supported, and nurtured. Please join with us to make this possible and to change lives for the better.

Thank you for being an important part of our community and best wishes for a healthy, safe summer.

Michael W. Ames, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Perkins Celebrates Recognition Week

Lancaster, MA – On Thursday, June 11 2021, Perkins held its annual outdoor Senior March on their Lancaster campus, followed by a virtual livestream and modified in-person version of the annual Recognition Day Ceremony on Saturday, June 19. Students from across New England were recognized for their achievements over the past challenging academic year. Similar to last year whenContinue Reading

The Perkins Conroy Speakers Series Presents Dr. Kristen Lee

On Thursday, April 8th, the Perkins Conroy Speakers series held its third virtual event, “Cultivating Resilience in Complex Times” with internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist, Dr. Kristen Lee. We’ve all been navigating this global pandemic and the escalating mental health crises can take their toll on all of us. Resilience isContinue Reading

Perkins Behavioral Health Receives Nashoba Valley Health Care Fund Grant

Perkins Behavioral Health in Lancaster is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Nashoba Valley Health Care Fund to support comprehensive behavioral health services in the Nashoba Valley region. The grant was awarded in February, following a competitive application process. The Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund awards grants annually to area organizations that work to maintainContinue Reading

The Past Year

It’s been one year since the pandemic officially began. On this historic anniversary, we’re sharing an email from Michael Ames, our President & CEO, sent to staff this morning. Over the next week, we’ll also be sharing a few reflections and stories from students and staff about how this challenging (yet sometimes beautiful) year has inspired us andContinue Reading

The 2020 Perkins Annual Report

We’re honored to share our 2020 Annual Report, Resilience, with you. The moment in history we are living through right now is difficult, testing the limits and abilities of humanity – but we remain in awe of the incredible RESILIENCE that our students, adults, staff, and community members have demonstrated. As we turn toward the future during this excitingContinue Reading

The Perkins Year-End Data Summary

  We’re proud to present the Perkins Year-End Data Summary for Fiscal Year 2020! Because of the data presented in this summary, Perkins employees can learn, grow, and improve as an agency as we continue to strive for excellence. Did you know…  100% of family respondents to our adult services survey said that they were satisfied orContinue Reading

Meet Naomi

Naomi, who recently graduated from the Doctor Franklin Perkins School (DFPS), came to us initially because she was out of options. After attending many other schools and experiencing bullying and isolation, she began refusing to attend school to avoid hurt and anxiety. Her guidance counselors and father knew they needed a special place for her as her isolation and detachment grew. Supported by herContinue Reading

Perkins Welcomes 10 New Trustees and Bids Farewell to Two

Since September of this year, Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) has appointed 10 new Trustees through their affiliation agreement with Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and their Annual Meeting on Friday, November 20, 2020. As part of the affiliation agreement with RFK Children’s Action Corps that took effect September 1st, eight Trustees from theContinue Reading

Building the Future Together

Exciting news! We’re growing. As we begin to build for the future, we’ve created a three-phase plan that will maintain the character of our current campus, while building towards the needs of our current and future students and adults. The full project will modernize, enhance, and connect our campus to best serve people today, tomorrow,Continue Reading