Karl and I are thrilled to receive a contract from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services to further develop and implement our inclusive memory café. Please enjoy reading the letter below that we received just yesterday. It appears that we are the only Ma & Pa provider on the list (MaryMac Missions, Topsfield).
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
To Memory Café Submitters:
The Department of Developmental Services is very pleased to announce the 13 providers that received contracts to develop and implement an inclusive memory café:
1. BFAIR, Berkshire or North Adams
2. Cambridge Family and Children’s Service, Cambridge
3. Conch Shell Counseling, Falmouth
4. Division of Andover Elder Services, Andover/Lawrence
5. Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, Martha’s Vineyard
6. MaryMac Missions, Topsfield
7. Middleborough COA, Middleborough
8. New England Village, Pembroke
9. People, Inc., Fall River
10. RTR (Express Yourself), Marshfield
11. Sunshine Village, Chicopee
12. The Arc of Bristol County, Attleboro
13. UCP of Metro Boston, Watertown
A Memory Cafe is a regularly-scheduled time and place for individuals with memory issues AND their care partners (both informal and formal caregivers) to meet together for socialization, fellowship, community-building and information. Typically, Memory Cafes include light refreshments, an ice breaker and conversation and activities such as games, physical exercise and/or an artistic/creative pursuit such as a musician, dancing or painting. There are already several Memory Cafes in Massachusetts.
Thank you to all of the 31 providers that submitted proposals. Given the high quality of proposals DDS received, it was a challenging task to decide on the 13 providers to fund for this fiscal year. These 13 providers represent different geographic areas, interesting collaborations, unique uses of volunteers, DDS and elder providers and innovative approaches to activities. DDS hopes by presenting this list, these providers, DDS staff, other providers and stakeholders will take the opportunity to reach out to contracted providers to learn more about their memory café, refer individuals that DDS serves who also have memory issues to memory café in their area and even collaborate/volunteer! Each café will have at least one meeting by June 30, 2016.
In the coming fiscal year, DDS anticipates additional funding for more memory cafés; providers that were not funded in this current year are encouraged to resubmit should the RFP be opened again. Additionally, new providers will be urged to learn more about memory cafés and draft a proposal.
~ Laney Bruner Canhoto, Department of Developmental Services