January 2019

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Our Mission: To empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their potential and pursue their dreams through innovative programs and community living.

Next meeting of the NEV Family Association will be on Saturday,
January 12th at 11 am in the
Sheingold Community Building.
The focus will be on establishing
by-laws for the new association.
All family  members/guardians
are welcome.
Please RSVP to Lisa Hannahan
if you plan on attending.


Happy New Year!

We wish you a year filled with
good health, lasting friendships
and, always, love.

There’s still time to give to our
Annual Appeal. Make a donation
by 1/21 and you’ll be listed in
2018’s Annual Report of Giving.
On behalf of the amazing men
and women we support,
thank you for believing in us.


A New Year... A New Village Connections

By Mary Stanley
Welcome to Village Connections. As we usher in the new year, we decided to give VC, as we call it, a bit of a face lift.  In this new version of our electronic newsletter, we will now include an article or two updating you on any news related issues pertaining to New England Village and the important work we are doing here.  There will also be a slide show of pictures summarizing all the activities that have occurred in the last month.
And just for fun, we will include a “recipe of the month,” that we hope you will try.  As always, we will include our monthly blog, which, for the past several months, has been written by Wellness Manager Kim Lowman.  If you have not had the chance to read Kim’s musings on health and wellness, please do so—she has quite a way with words and some interesting perspectives on life. Happy New Year to all of you and we hope you like Village Connections 2.0.

Spirit of the Holidays

There was plenty of holiday cheer in the air at New England Village during the month of December. Always eager to give back to their community and to others, NEV members happily volunteered their time ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, collecting Toys for Tots, decorating wreaths for the entrance to New England Village and decorating the Christmas Tree in Ray Assembly Hall. Participants also helped to paint a snowman for Pembroke’s Snowman Contest—this year’s design capitalized on the home team’s World Series win!
The individuals also celebrated Hanukkah, lighting the Menorah and making latkes. But it wasn’t all
work for the participants.  There were also lots of parties, such as one with the Aktion Club.  Several local groups, including members of the Pembroke Middle School band and choir as well as the local Girl Scouts, performed holiday songs for the individuals at New England Village. Employees also got into the spirit of the holidays with a luncheon, that included some very fun party games.

Click here to see slideshow

Job Well Done!

New England Village received the ultimate recognition just before the holidays—a three-year accreditation from CARF International.  The accreditation is for our Adult Services programs, including the Day Enrichment Program in Pembroke, and the Efron Center for Enrichment in Kingston.  

A three-year accreditation represents the highest level that can be given to an organization and it shows NEV’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.  An organization receiving this level of accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. “This accreditation is a true reflection of our quest for excellence and I am so proud of the staff members who have
worked so hard to make this possible,” said Executive Director Gail T. Brown.
Among the areas of strength noted in CARF’s findings were NEV’s upper management team, the use of the NEVweb for knowledge sharing, our HR initiatives, including increases in starting wages, the communication and engagement between management and direct support staff, and the wealth of continuous learning opportunities for staff. Also noted in the findings was the strong relationship between the individuals served and staff and the compassion displayed at the day programs. CARF surveyors were most impressed with our video, “Peter’s Story,” which highlights a day in the life of Peter Burbank. According to CARF’s findings, “New England Village’s program has created an environment where members form friendships with other members and staff and become involved in meaningful activities.”
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served.
Congratulations to all who worked so hard to achieve this impressive status.

Enrichment Calendar  Click  here  to download this month’s calendar.

Recipe of the Month

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Nothing is better on a cold Sunday morning in the winter than a hot, steaming cup of coffee with something delicious to start the day off. Try making this delicious coffee cake from onceuponachef.com; it is sure to get accolades from family friends and friends. Its alias name of Boy Bait comes from a 15-year-old girl from Chicago named Renny Powell who, in 1954, submitted a blueberry coffee cake recipe to the Pillsbury $100,000 Recipe & Baking Contest (the precursor to today’s Pillsbury Bake-Off). Renny took second place in the junior division for her recipe, cleverly named “Boy Bait” for its habit-forming effect on young men. Try making this cake for your next Sunday Brunch get together or any Sunday morning, for that matter.


For the Streusel Topping

  • 6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch chunks


For the Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon packed lemon zest, from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (frozen may be used but do not defrost)


1. Make the Streusel topping: Combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Using your fingers, mix until no lumps of brown sugar remain. Rub in the butter with your fingertips or cut it in with two knives or a pastry cutter until it reaches a crumbly state. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch square pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.

5. Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, beating on low speed to combine. Add the berries to the batter and fold gently with a spatula until evenly distributed. Do not over-mix..

6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the batter. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a rack for about 20 minutes, then serve right from the pan.

7. This cake is best served on the day it is made. Leftovers will keep well for a few days wrapped in foil and stored at room temperature.

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