Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Services

Willow Tree Day Habilitation

Willow Tree in Natick and Northboro, Mass., provide active treatment through small-group community activities to help you gain new abilities and enhance rehabilitative outcomes. Our programs for transition-aged adults; people with ASD, people with chronic health conditions or mobility needs, people with visual impairments, and people with dementia are often successful where others have failed.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: Innovative active treatment day supports provided in small groups of active adults engaged in community activities such as volunteering at local farms and working out at nearby fitness clubs.
Age: 22+
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: Willow Tree Natick and Willow Tree Northboro each have a capacity of 55.
Let's Connect
Carol Wade-Lam
Director of Day Habilitation Services
JRI Developing Abilities
1671 Worcester Road., Suite 100
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 872-0669, ext. 2218
The Willow Tree Approach

We help people with significant learning needs develop valuable skills and meaningful adult roles. Creative and personalized practices combine frequent integrated community activities with a range of ancillary therapies to improve your function and enjoyment of life. We partner with you, your family, and other service providers to integrate our supports and help you reach your goals.

 

Willow Tree Participants

People come to Willow Tree to improve in important life areas including social skills, self-care, positive behavior, communication, physical health, and mobility. They appreciate our small size, our focus on providing community-integrated activities, and our experience with transition-age adults, autism, and chronic health conditions. People are referred by friends and family, secondary schools, the Dept. of Developmental Services, and Mass Rehab. Commission. Basic services are funded through MassHealth Insurance.

 

Willow Tree Services

A rich schedule of activities includes:

  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech and Language therapies
  • Self-advocacy training
  • Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Studio arts, animal therapy, music, swimming, yoga, and fitness

Innovations in:

  • Technology and communication
  • Transitioning people to employment
  • Supporting people with ASD
  • Improving the independence of people with health, behavioral, and mobility needs

Our Resources

  • Engaged program staff, nurses, and clinicians
  • Friendly environments
  • Accessible vehicles for daily community activities
  • Relationships with local organizations
Request More Information

For assistance determining which programs or services will meet your individualized need, please fill out the form below. If you have a question regarding a particular program, please contact the Program Director listed in the “Let’s Connect” box above.

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