Lanewood | Residential program for LGBTQI youth

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.



The Lanewood residence at Glenhaven Academy is uniquely purposed as the only program in the United States that provides comprehensive clinical, educational, vocational, and medical services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI), and allied youth.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: The focus of Lanewood is to provide Inclusive, nondiscriminatory health & mental health care to youth with diverse gender & sexual identities & expressions.
Age: 12-22
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: 12
Let's Connect
Elizabeth Carrigan
Division Director
46 Lanewood Avenue
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 630-4022
Who we are and what we do

The primary goal of Lanewood is to provide opportunities for students who are LGBTQI and LGBTQI allies who would benefit from an environment where they can work through identified treatment goals in a confidential, nurturing, safe, and supportive environment. Lanewood staff are trained in the ARC (attachment, regulation, competency) model and work to support students as they are working through treatment.

We provide intensive, holistic services and resources to students that are welcoming and nonjudgmental, respectful of preferred terms for sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We also offer services and supports to family members to ensure the families/identified supports receive services that will allow for a successful reunification or transition plan to allow for long-term success. Our experienced, appropriately trained, and affirming health and mental health providers address mental health and physical healthcare needs. We provide educational, clinical, vocational, and medical services to all students.

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Vocational and Independent Living Experience

Lanewood offers the unique experience of coupling trauma-informed treatment and care with real world independent living opportunities. Our staff work closely with students to identify individual interest level and talents that would compliment employment and volunteer opportunities in the local communities. We are committed to teaching our students life skills necessary to thrive after graduation. Students learn to plan menus, prepare meals, balance budgets, and self-care.

Specialized Groups

Specialized groups offered cover a wide range of LGBTQI issues including:

Health education

Trauma & family issues

Grief & loss

Body image

Transgender issues

College preparatory classes

Substance abuse education

Overcoming bullying

GLBTQI peer mentoring

Overcoming the past

Lanewood is designed to give students who have faced adverse situations a safe place to heal and develop a healthy sense of self. We work closely with every student to ensure they are able to develop healthy coping strategies, supportive relationships, and exposure to positive life experiences that can be transformative in nature. Every journey is unique; however, with a strong sense of community, Lanewood offers a place to excel.

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