Tom Morris, Director of Developmental Disabilities
I have laughed more and learned more from people with developmental disabilities than almost anyone else. It is an honor to work at Dimock as the Director of Developmental Disabilities Services. Dimock operates five group homes serving twenty-five residents in the neighborhoods of Roslindale, Hyde Park, Dorchester and the South End. We seek to provide homes where residents can learn to live as independently as possible and become active, engaged citizens of the community. All residents work or attend a day program Monday through Friday. We encourage residents to explore their interests and pursue what they like. Chris loves music and takes keyboard lessons at the Community Music Center of Boston. Ben loves to dance and has been a featured dancer in shows at the Strand Theatre and Roxbury Community College. Barry and Bill enjoy bowling and regularly beat staff members.
Almost all the residents love to see their friends and dance at the monthly dances held at Dimock. Bobbi Teamer, Program Coordinator, has organized and overseen the dance for ten years. It is the only dance in Boston geared towards persons with developmental disabilities and is attended by approximately seventy-five people each month. All the residents enjoy going on vacation. Dimock staff members have taken our residents to Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Acadia, Maine, and on cruises to Bermuda and Nova Scotia. Our group homes are funded by the state Department of Developmental Services. As such, we are licensed by this department. Licenses may be issued for one year or two years. A two-year license is a sign that the program is well thought of by the state agency. Dimock's group homes have received five consecutive two-year licenses. A comment in the most recent licensing survey in March, 2010 reads, "Due to the longevity and familiarity of staff, there was a sense of "family" noted across all homes." This is so because of the caring dedication of staff members such as Edith Desrosiers, Senior Residential Counselor, start date: 3/3/1983. It is a privilege to work with all the staff members of the residential programs. I am grateful as well to work with Ruth Ellen Fitch and Ruth Kelley who have provided the leadership that supports our group home residents to grow and thrive and enjoy life.