Mission Moments

Gone Fishing: CHD Makes Outdoor Recreation Accessible

More than a few people daydream about going fishing. Jessica Levine, Program Manager for CHD Disability Resources, has a sticky-note on the wall above her desk for a daily reminder about just that topic. That’s because fishing is one of many outdoor activities that Levine and the staff of Disability Resources make accessible for persons […]


Education is critical to sustainable life change

Education is critical to sustainable life change. Just ask the staff at CHD’s Community Adolescent Treatment Program (CATP.) CATP, one of 70 CHD programs and services, plays a vital role in preparing youth in the Department of Youth Services custody for a successful transition back home. Youth typically enter the program facing issues such as […]


Helping Young Men Make Smart Choices

During their teenage years, male youth face a changing array of life challenges. Whether they overcome those challenges and build success in their lives and communities is, in great measure, a function of their choices. “I try to get the young men in secure residential treatment to see how every positive step they take leads […]


A Teenaged Boy, a Climbing Wall, and the Power of Accessibility

Alan is a student at Chicopee Comprehensive High School. He likes to read and enjoys playing video games. In April he turns 16. That’s a hard age by itself – and harder still when a teen is disabled. “Alan is legally blind, has Cerebral Palsy and has mild autism,” his mother Sharon explains. “He has […]


Getting Comfortable with Conversations about Mental Health

“A silent epidemic.” “The great unspoken health issue of our time.” “An invisible illness.” “A hidden crisis.” From the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerald to New York Times Magazine, the issue of mental health and its impact on human lives is getting lots of attention – and it’s well deserved. A […]