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Congratulations, Nancy!

CE would like to introduce Nancy and more proud of her accomplishments, we could not be. For the last 3-years, Nancy has been living in a nursing home because her home was not well-equipped to handle her physical needs.  Thanks to the state of CT, Community Enterprises (East Hartford office) and most of all Nancy's personal efforts, as of January she is living back at home with her loving husband and her happily chirping birds. Her home is now equipped with ramps and the proper accessibility to make her life easier. We stop in twice a day to ensure that she's eating healthy, socializing, getting out of house, moving around and most of all... to make sure she's happy. Nancy visits her senior program 5-days per week and absolutely loves it. She worked for what she wanted and never gave up. She is now living well back in her own home.  Congratulations, Nancy!

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Free As I Want To Be; An Amazing Event!

Last summer, Greenfield Energy Park in Greenfield, MA held an amazing festival-event called "Free As I Want To Be." Community Enterprises' own Matthew Robidoux organized this event to showcase the artistic output and creative capabilities of the people that CE serves as well as numerous other local companies who assist people with disabilities. Planning the event wasn't an easy task, but with the assistance of the clients from creating radio ads and obtaining permit approvals, the event proved to be a success! Read more about it in the Daily Hampshire Gazette article here -

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In the News

Community Enterprises Welcomes New Board Member

NORTHAMPTON, MA- Richard W. Venne, President/CEO, announces the election of Julia Powers of Somers, CT, to the Community Enterprises Board of Directors. Julia has previously served on the Board of Directors for Mental Health Association, Inc., as well as ACTS.

Julia Powers R.N., M.S.N. is currently the Medical Team Leader at Behavioral Health Network in Springfield, MA and has over 40 years of work experience in nursing, social work, and psychiatric nursing.  

Ms. Powers received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA; her Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/ Social Work from Elms College, Chicopee, MA.

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Community Thrift & Gift Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Enid, OK- Robin Pokorny, Director, would like to thank everyone in the Enid community that came out to support Community Thrift & Gift and its mission at the 1 Year Anniversary Celebration on First Friday, August 5th.

The store was open from 6-9 pm with refreshments, gift card giveaways, and a live remote from KOFM. During this time, the ENTIRE store was 50% off, allowing customers the opportunity to start back to school and college dorm room shopping at bargain prices. Patrons can continue to support Community Thrift & Gift by taking advantage of the 25% off Daily Discounts or by making a tax deductible donation for a 20% off coupon.

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Community Enterprises Hires New Director of Employment and Day Supports Programs in Islandia, NY

ISLANDIA, NY- Richard W. Venne, President/CEO, announces the appointment of Brenda Catalano to the position of Director of Islandia Community Employment and Day Supports Programs. The Director is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of programs for adults with developmental disabilities. The Director maintains full management control for all aspects of the Islandia operations in accordance with agency mission, leadership objectives, policies and practices, program funding, regulatory agencies, licensing and accreditation standards.

 Brenda Catalano LMSW, CDP was previously the Program Administrator for the Suffolk Chapter of AHRC. She has eight years of experience in program management and working with individuals with disabilities.  Prior to entering the non-profit field, Ms. Catalano spent over ten years in the distribution and logistics industry.

 Ms. Catalano received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.


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Community Enterprises Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Community Enterprises celebrated 40 years of empowering individuals with disabilities to live, learn, work and thrive in the community at a luncheon on May 12th, 2016 held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. 

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