History of South Shore Support Services
The vision of two women, Mary Burt and Jeanne Hamilton, became a reality as South Shore Support Services was incorporated. Mary and Jeanne saw a need for individualized services for people living on the South Shore and together they started an agency that would grow from being a subcontractor that provided skills training to 15 individuals with 2 employees to an agency with over 100 employees that assists individuals in all facets of life.
After skills training the next leap was to residential services for a young woman graduating from Crotched Mountain School in New Hampshire. With the assistance of South Shore Support Services that young woman was able to transition to her own apartment with support workers, personal care attendants and a roommate. As her needs changed the agency was able to meet those needs and she is still living in a SSSS group home. Individual Supports evolved from skills training to a program which currently serves 32 individuals living on their own with varying degrees of independence.. For many of these individuals the assistance provided by SSSS is the helping hand they need to remain living in the community.
In addition to the need for residential support the agency identified the need for family supports. To meet those needs SSSS began an Adult Family Care program. The AFC program provides an alternate means of support for individuals living with a family care giver or a trained provider in the home.
The Jeanne Hamilton Adult Day Health Center was opened in Scituate to provide day supports to seniors. Activities focused on the mental and physical well-being of the participants. Unfortunately the center had to be closed but the participants all found alternative programming.
The further needs of families were met when SSSS opened the Family Support Center and Library at our Libbey St location. The Family Support Center provides families with activities and assistance in a system which can be difficult to navigate.
Although SSSS has always provided small jobs around the agency for individuals the formal start to our vocational program was Launch in Cohasset in May 2014. The program is designed to create individualized vocational options based on the participants’ strengths and preferences. Participants are encouraged to create small businesses focused on their skills.