Welcome to NemasketGroup.org!
Our story began when a group of families came together and made a decision. They wanted their sons and daughters to have a future ‚ÄĒ a future that included working and participating in everyday community life. The Nemasket Group was born from that idea and a lot of effort from families, friends, local officials and other state agencies. Today, we support nearly 125 men and women from the Greater New Bedford and Wareham areas to develop career goals and gain employment. Most are working in local businesses and companies in a variety of jobs including landscaping, medical support services, banking, industrial manufacturing, materials handling and food services. People are earning wages, paying taxes and leading typical lives.
Louis Nisenbaum Memorial Scholarship Fund - April 26, 2013
The Louis Nisenbaum Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to family members of children/adults with disabilities. The goal of the Scholarship Fund is to grant family members the opportunity to attend conferences in which the central theme is inclusion/living in community. Applicants can submit a request to attend either national or international conferences.
Lou's passion and commitment for people with disabilities were woven into the fabric of his being. He was fascinated by people and he truly believed we are our brother's keeper. He absolutely loved connecting people, looking for resources and sharing ideas. He also enjoyed challenging all of us to imagine better! The world he wanted to live in, and worked to create, was really all about community. It was about being there for each other. He often said, “Everyone needs someone in their lives to be unreasonable on their behalf.” Lou willingly took on that role for so many people as do so many other family members. Lou considered himself fortunate to work throughout the state, nationally and internationally. He humbly sought ideas and shared ideas always believing that he had so much to learn. He was besotted by the idea of family support and the potential of families to create change. He was instrumental in the development of our system of family support here in Massachusetts. Lou would be delighted to know that through this scholarship fund he will provide other family members the opportunity to “partake of learning” which might enhance the lives of their family members, others living with disability and our fellow community members.
Donations for this Scholarship Fund are gratefully appreciated and may be sent to The Nemasket Group, 56 Bridge St. Fairhaven, MA 02719. Please write LN Scholarship Fund on the subject line.
“We all know that community must be the center of our lives because it is only in community that we can be citizens. It is only in community that we can find care. It is only in community that we can hear people singing. And if you listen carefully, you can hear the words: “I care for you.” John McKnight
Imagine Better conference, New Zealand, Nov. 20-22 November, 2013 Auckland, NZ
Belonging Matters, Melbourne, Australia One Person At A Time conference August 13-14, 2013
On Monday, August 27th The Nemasket Group held its Annual Golf Tournament at Allendale Country Club - October 9, 2012On August 27th The Nemasket Group held the 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Allendale County Club in Dartmouth. This year`s tournament was held in memory of Louis Nisenbaum. Lou was the founder of The Nemasket Group back in 1984 and the Executive Director of the organization until his passing in October of 2011. Lou`s presence at golf tournament was greatly missed. However, his commitment to the organization`s Mission lives on and his spirit was with us.
On behalf of the The Nemasket Group and the Golf Tournament Committee I would like to thank all of those that golfed in the tournament this year, our volunteers, as well as those that supported the tournament with various donations. Without the support of community members and local businesses this charity event would not have been such a successful fundraiser.
Paradigm Benefits Group
Sylvia Group of Insurance Agencies
Bridgewater Credit Union
BRW Property Services
Corporate Fulfillment Systems, Inc.
Dawson Real Estate, Inc.
Economised Time Services
Fairhaven True Value Hardware
Gaspar's Sausage Co.
H.J. Saulnier Oil
Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness
Hooley, Alan & Beryl
Kenyon, Stephen - CPA
Ketcham Supply Corp.
Lemieux heating, Inc.
Lexus of Northborough
Mandeville, Mary & Hubert
Parker, Randy - Electrician
RBC Dain Rausher
Skip's Marine, Inc.
Smithwick & Mariners Insurance, Inc.
South East Fence Co.
St. Anne's Credit Union
Stephen & Company Hair Design
Tichon Seafood Corp.
Nemasket Group Welcomes New Community Living Program Director - May 25, 2012
TO: All employees of The Nemasket Group, Community Living program participants & family, DDS Service Coordinators and Staff – New Bedford Area, Phil Tully, Barbara Alves
FROM: Dustin Green, Executive Director
RE: Director of Community Living
Please join me in welcoming Karin Bonesteel to the Nemasket Group. Karin has accepted the position of Director of Community Living. In this position she will also serve as a member of our Senior Management Team.
The director of this program is responsible for the supervision and coordination of all aspects of supports and/or services provided to individuals in the Community Living Program. The director is responsible to be a leader and mentor to all assigned staff, leading the services and supports for all persons served, to live an ordinary, full, self-determined life in community membership with others.
Karin comes to us with over twenty years of experience in the field and a vast amount of management experience in residential settings. We are very excited that Karin has accepted the opportunity and we are quite confident that she will excel in the position as she embraces the mission and values of the Nemasket Group.
Please join me in supporting Karin to have a productive and welcoming transition to the position and to our organization. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Karin at 508-999-4436 (extension 139).
Dustin Green Appointed Executive Director of The Nemasket Group - March 8, 2012
March 8, 2012
Dear Friends of The Nemasket Group,
The Nemasket Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dustin Green as the new Executive Director of The Nemasket Group effective March 11, 2012. He is succeeding Louis Nisenbaum who began this organization and served as its Director for the pas t 27 years.
As Executive Director, Dustin will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of The Nemasket Group as we continue to provide quality support and services to members of our community with disabilities and their families. He will have overall responsibility for developing, administering, and monitoring the delivery of services and activities provided by programs throughout the agency.
Dustin brings 20 years of experience working in the field of Human Services, specifically with agencies supporting people with developmental disabilities. For the past 5 years Dustin has been a senior manager with the Nemasket Group developing and implementing innovative community based services and programs.
Please join the Board of Directors in congratulating Dustin on the promotion and welcoming as Executive Director.
Don Fredette, Board President
September 20, 2012
Dear Members of the Nemasket Family,
You may have known that our Executive Director, Louis Nisenbaum, had been fighting a courageous battle with cancer for more than a year. I am sorry to inform you that Lou passed away peacefully at his home on 10/25/2011surrounded by his family.
Lou had a lifetime of helping people. He worked for a variety of organizations over the years including the Paul A Dever State School, Beta Community Services in Attleboro, Independence Associates inBridgewater and the Southeast Massachusetts Educational Collaborative in Fairhaven . Lou helped establish Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, a statewide group that advocates for families who support children and adults with disabilities. In 1984 Lou became the founding Executive Director of The Nemasket Group. Lou loved people and he loved Nemasket.
From Larry Tummino, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services, "Lou was a pioneer in the provision of services to people with developmental disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts . For over 40 years, he helped lead the charge to have individuals be fully included in the lives of their communities. In both his professional and personal life, he represented deeply held values that called for society to see individuals with disabilities for the gifts they have and not their deficits."
Lou's spirit is all around us. His passion, drive and love of people have been an inspiration to the many people who knew him. His legacy will continue to live on through the vision he has given us. We have all been blessed by knowing him.
Don Fredette, President of the Board of Directors
Send check or money order to:
The Nemasket Group
56 Bridge Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719
Since The Nemasket Group is a 501¬©3 organization, your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
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