WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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It Takes a Village Will is currently transitioning from school-based support services to the adult service world. He requires support with work/vocational skills, social skills, activities of daily living (ADL), reading, and mobility training — some of which the Faheys hope to have funded by the Department of Developmental Services within the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Liz explains that navi- gating the social services system to get Will his just deserts is mindbog- gling: "Managing the many agencies, understanding how they relate, and getting funding is harder than anything I have dealt with over Will's 22 years," explains Liz. Fortunately, it was much easier for the Faheys to secure one of the five affordable housing units at the Belclare Luxury Condos in downtown Wellesley through a lottery orchestrated by the Department of Housing and Community Development with the Wellesley Housing Development Corporation (WHDC). With no guarantee for group home funding, the affordable condo provides Will with a long-term solution. "The condo is a miracle solution for our family," says Liz. "We are so appreciative of Representative Peisch and the WHDC for advocating for affordable housing solutions in our town." Will's condo has two bedrooms. Will lives downstairs and starting in the fall of 2017 Belclare concierge Bryan Nobile moved in in exchange put it away. Will is a rule fol- lower. Problem was that Will struggles to keep track of time and relies on technology to help. When Will didn't return to his post at the end of his 30-minute break, his supervisor reported that he had missed his shift." Rather than take this mishap as a sign that Will was not well suited for the job, the head of team operations came up with a solution to keep the very conscientious Will on track. She assigned him to another post better suited to his strengths and along- side a co-worker sensitive to Will's needs. left: Will at Fenway park right: Will working at Gillette Stadium 88 Super Sports Enthusiast and Super Mom W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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