The Day Services division is comprised of two separate program models. First, there are the Employment Services programs which support individuals with developmental disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful and gainful employment. The second program model are the Day Habilitation programs which offer community based programming, but also offer on-site Physical Therapy , Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. In addition to these therapies each program has a registered nurse available to provide direct nursing support, as well as training for staff. All programs pride themselves on the fact that the individuals who attend are out in the community 75% of the time on average; thus maximizing time to learn community-based skills and to hopefully meet new people. Three of the four programs also operate a Redemption Center staffed by individuals receiving supports at HMEA.

Employment Services Division

Stephanie Guitard is the Vice President of Employment Services and she is located in the Admin Office in Franklin. She can be reached at (508) 298-1135. Or you can e-mail him at sguitard@hmea.org.

Hopedale Employment Services is run by Lynn Lapointe. Many of the individuals who participate in this program have recently graduated from local special education programs. Much emphasis is placed on assisting these young men and women make the transition from the classroom to the work world. The program offers two types of Services Employment program and Community Based Program. The employment program focuses on developing skills to obtain employment and be successful in those positions. We Currently have individuals placed at Sod ex ho at Dean College in Franklin, Green Mountain Chocolate in Hopedale, Robbins Co in Attleboro, Hopedale Community Care in Hopedale, THM in Attleboro, Bright Horizons in Franklin Ma. Eagle Stainless in Franklin, DSS at South Valley and many others. The Community program develops skills on becoming active members in the community. They participate in volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, fire departments, Senior Centers, and Daycares. They obtain part time work in the community at Marshals, Franklin High School, Liberty Tax and Salvation Army. Lynn may be contacted at (508) 422-9550 or llapointe@hmea.org.


Millbury Employment Services is managed by Tara Murphy. The program currently supports 29 individuals who come in from many surrounding communities. The program assists individuals to become active members in the community through volunteer and work opportunities. Currently individuals are employed at local businesses like Price Chopper in Worcester, Apple & Spice junction in Westernization, Auburn, Leicester, Spencer and Millbury, Meals on Wheels, and WCAC Head start in Millbury. Individuals volunteer at the Worcester Farmers Market delivering to Worcester, Webster and Southbridge, Northbridge Senior Center and Riverbend Farm. This program opened its Redemption Center in March of 2013. Tara can be contacted at (508) 298-1716 or tmurphy@hmea.org.

Plainville Employment Services and Plainville Redemption Center are run by Cindy Ridolfi.  The employment program and the redemption center continue to grow. So much so, that in February 2007 both had to be moved to a larger location at 1 George Street Plainville, MA. The redemption center opened in March 2002 and provides employment opportunities for many individuals, some who otherwise might not be working. In addition to the business, individuals attending the employment program work at the food court in the Wrentham Outlet Mall, Stop & Shop, BJ’s, the 99 restaurant and other local businesses. Some of the men and women also volunteer at such places as Saint Vincent’s in Plainville and Mansfield Shredding Company. The program also has a partnership with Willow Tree Chicken Farm and the Hilco Company. Cindy can be reached at 508 695-1889 or cridolfi@hmea.org.

The Sterling Employment Center Coordinator is Cathy Jacques. The Sterling Center assists individuals in finding jobs in the North Central region. Currently there are 35 individuals participating in the program working at a variety of jobs: Atlantic Union College, Developmental Disabilities Services in Worcester, Meals on Wheels in Worcester, Apple spice, junction in Shrewsbury, Mature Living in Leominster, McDonalds in Uxbridge, and Tire Warehouse in Clinton. Also folks volunteer at the Worcester County Food Bank, Salvation Army, River Terrace Nursing Home and Meals on Wheels in Worcester, and Wheat Community Services in Sterling. The Sterling Center also operates a Redemption Center and employs people supported by HMEA> For more information about the Sterling Center please contact Cathy Jacques at (508) 298-1740 or cjacques@hmea.org.


HMEA Administrative Office 8 Forge Park East Franklin, MA 02038
telephone: 508.298.1100 fax: 508.298.1400 email: hmea@hmea.org