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A New Playbook for Early Intervention

Joanne Sweeney, Director of Riverside Community Care’s Needham-based Early Childhood Services for 20 years, is admired as a passionate advocate for the babies and toddlers served in our programs.  And now she’s recognized as a powerful voice who captured the attention of those in high-level state government.  This is the story of her relentless pursuit of f… read more >


Welcome Home! Riverside Opens New Residence Despite Pandemic

In late July the first resident settled comfortably into Riverside’s newest home, a warm and welcoming apartment on Centre Street in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The residence is designed to accommodate women with acquired brain injury and staff will be on site 24 hours a day to manage the home and provide a pleasant and safe environment where the … read more >


CJ’s Riverside Journey

Written by CJ Pyne, recent Riverside School graduate:  When I started in the Needham Riverside School in 2017, I was struggling with a multitude of personal struggles that prevented me from thriving in my education. My headspace, at the time, was in turmoil and I lacked the skills to better myself without support. From the first day at the Riverside School to… read more >


Behind the Scenes: Opening Up the Virtual Life Skills Center

By Lacey Cukier, LICSW, Program Director, Riverside Life Skills Center Somerville: Just as we were preparing to open our new Life Skills Center in our renovated building in Somerville, the pandemic swept our country, leaving us with very few conceivable options. That’s when we decided we had to take our program virtual. It was no easy task, but the talented … read more >


Clearing the Way for Recovery

Riverside Community Care has united many of the services needed for a successful recovery from substance use into a single program: Connect2Recovery.  Recently we spoke with Michael Leslie, Recovery Support Navigator, who has a key role in guiding clients through the process of achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some of his thoughts.    … read more >