Day and Employment Services Charles River Center

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Contact Information

Charles River Center
Contact: John Byrne, Sr. Director of Day and Employment Services
Email Address:
Phone: 781-972-1076
Fax: 781-444-0754

989 Central Avenue Needham, MA 02492
Area Served: Central

Map Location Day and Employment Services


Employment and Day Services is funded through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Mass. Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Mass. Commission for the Blind (MCB), and private funding.

For adults over 22, we provide job development based on the interests and needs of individuals. Professional counselors use a variety of models to evaluate skills and desires to help each person obtain meaningful, paid employment. Once evaluated, a job counselor provides one-to-one job coaching and training to make sure the individual is prepared and can comfortably and successfully perform the job independently. After placement, our skilled job counselors provide ongoing support to make sure each person progresses and reaches his or her full potential.

We offer a variety of programs within 3 different tracks to fit the needs and desires of each individual:

Employment: The goal for people on this track is to find and maintain individual paid community jobs. Trainings and groups are focused on the development of work ability, resume building, and professionalism.  For those who are not quite independent, we offer a variety of skill building activities and community based opportunities to help prepare the Individual for competitive employment.

Life Skill Development:  For Individuals who want to improve life skills, continue education, and be active members of their community. The goal is to provide a wide variety of curriculum and community volunteer activities which will encourage new and improved experiences for individuals.   The Individuals focusing on this track may not be fully interested or ready for employment, and may require some additional supports in their quest for independence.

Leisure/Retirement: This track is focused on Individuals who are looking for a less intensive program experience, focused on volunteering, social relationships and having fun, both within the community and at the program.

All of the above programs include:

  • Life/social skills development
  • Educational groups
  • Health and wellness education
  • Individualized goal development
  • Community volunteerism and recreation
  • Positive behavioral support
  • Horticulture

Service Types

  • Community Based Day Program
  • Disability Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Job Counseling
  • Job Placement
  • Job Seeking
  • Job Skills
  • Job Support
  • Job Training
  • Relationship/Friendship Support
  • Skills Training
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Counseling
  • Day/Work Activity
  • Jobs
  • Recreation/Arts/Social and Leisure
  • Relationships/Friendships
  • Self-Advocacy Training
  • Vocational

Populations Served

  • All Disabilities
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyper Activity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Behavior Disorder
  • Birth Defects
  • Blind
  • Brain/Head Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deaf
  • DeafBlind
  • Developmental Disability
  • Dual Diagnosis - ID/MI
  • Eating Disorders
  • Epilepsy/seizure Disorder
  • Growth Disorders
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Language Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Illness
  • Multiple Disability
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Speech Impairment
  • Spina Bifida
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Visual Impairment

Ages Served

  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Elevators
  • Services at Work
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Fees: Personal Funds
  • Licensed By: DDS