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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

Shared Living

JRI's Shared Living Program carefully matches community caregivers with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who want to live together in a private home environment.  

two men on a swing, one with developmental disabilities
At a Glance
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Focus:Matching is a key component of the Shared Living Program. We focus on matching Caregivers and Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to create long-standing relationships and community inclusion.
Age: 22+
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Let's Connect
Alyssa Altrui
Shared Living Director
1671 Worcester Road, Suite 100
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 942-0570
Shared Living Arrangements

A shared living arrangement provides individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities with the opportunity to grow and build confidence while they integrate into the community and live more independently than they would in other situations.  Individuals are able to live in a private home environment while being included in family activities, hobbies and even vacations.  Providers are passionate about caring for others as well as helping individuals reach their fullest potential.  

JRI carefully aligns the interests, values and lifestyles of the individual with those of the Shared Living Provider.  

Share Your Home

Two females and a catShared Living Providers, which can be an individual, a couple or a family open their home to a living arrangement with an individual with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  They support the individual with their daily tasks, such as meal preparation, medication management, household chores, transportation to a job or day habilitation site and community involvement.  

JRI carefully matches the interests, preferences, and needs of both parties. We provide support, training, and consultation over time to ensure that formal Shared Living arrangements continue to meet the needs and enhance the lives for both the provider and the person with disabilities.  Providers receive a tax-free stipend for their time.

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Living Provider, please complete the inquiry form below or call Alyssa Altrui, Director of Shared Living, (508) 942-0570.

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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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