Let’s Dance Couples: Titus & Margaret

Get to know Titus Barklow and Margaret Lenihan, one of our Let’s Dance couples!   Pathlight Dancer: Titus Barklow “I like to dance, meet new people, and have fun!” Community Dancer: Margaret Lenihan, Senior Vice President, PeoplesBank “I truly appreciate how important Pathlight is to so many families in our community, and so I couldn’t pass up […]

Let’s Dance Couples: Dan & Joan

Get to know Dan McHugh and Joan Holliday, one of our Let’s Dance couples! Pathlight Dancer: Dan McHugh “I first came to Whole Children for Hip Hop classes and it was so much fun! Now I attend Milestones Day Program and take more classes and have been in the theater productions directed by Matt and […]

Let’s Dance Couples: Lucie & Alex

Get to know Lucie Pasche and Alex Morse, one of our Let’s Dance couples!   Pathlight Dancer: Lucie Pasche Lucie is a sports lover (especially the Boston Red Sox) and natural athlete and has been involved with Special Olympics since she was eight years old. She was elected a co-captain of her high school track […]

Let’s Dance!

Our premier Let’s Dance! competition and benefit is set to take place at Gateway City Arts on November 18th! This will be a night of dancing and celebration to support enrichment programs for people with intellectual disabilities. Think “Dancing with the Stars,” only in this case, the stars are people served by Pathlight. Do-si-do or […]

Purgatory in Our Back Yard

“There is a hell on earth, and in America there is a special inferno. We were visitors there during Christmas, 1965.” by Valle Dwight Beat that for a first sentence. It’s from a book published in 1966 called Christmas In Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation that details two reporters’ visits to state institutions […]

A Win-Win Situation: Gerry and Edwin

Edwin first met Gerry nearly 20 years ago through his cousin Carlos, who often brought Gerry along to summer softball games, where he enthusiastically cheered on the team. “When Carlos told me that Gerry was looking for a new home, I applied for the position and got it. And here we are today. It will […]

Erasing the Lines of Differences

In this time of fear and uncertainty, where seemingly impassable lines have been drawn in the sand between different groups, ideologies and perspectives, it is refreshing to experience the magic that happens when those lines are erased. My son Alex is 20 years old and has Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that can result in […]

The Pathlight Challenge
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Pathlight was conceived 65 years ago by five mothers who wanted a different life for their children with developmental disabilities. That forward-thinking spirit laid the foundation for many Pathlight innovations. We were the first to: offer a developmental day school in western Massachusetts create community homes in Massachusetts develop the pioneering Shared Living model in […]

Donor Highlight – February 2017

Jon D. Lumbra, CFO and Vice President of Administration at The Dowd Agencies, jumped in in with both feet to support the mission of Pathlight and its programs. In just a few months, Jon demonstrated what a motivated volunteer can accomplish, starting with helping to  secure a leading sponsorship for one of our premiere galas […]