Road to Responsibility (RTR; http://roadtoresponsibility.org), one of the region’s largest and most successful nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is excited to announce that Erin Cohen, Director of Development, was the inaugural guest of the recently launched Marshfield Community Television program “The Non-Profit World” hosted by Jonathan Grabowski.
During the segment, Cohen, who joined RTR in 2019, addressed the challenges faced and surmounted by Road for Responsibility over the past year as a result of COVID-19.
From the transition to virtual learning programs to holding the organization’s annual gala remote-style, the staff at Road to Responsibility met each challenge with positivity intact, continuing to serve 1,300 individuals in 2020 as it has in the past. What did not change, said Cohen, was the support RTR received from the community and its staff members. All 49 residential programs remained open and fully staffed 24 hours a day, with some staff staying on shift for 2 weeks straight during a quarantine.
“Unfortunately, our visitor policy was impacted,” said Cohen, noting that “it’s been hard on the individuals we serve and their families, but our staff members have done a tremendous job continuing to make lives better amidst the pandemic.”
Cohen also spoke to the mission of RTR, which is to provide the means, the opportunity and the support necessary to allow citizens with disabilities to take their place as productive members of the community.
“It was an honor to be Jonathan’s first guest on ‘The Non-Profit World,’” added Cohen. “We were grateful for the invitation, and are grateful for the continued relationship with MCTV, providing this platform for RTR and other non-profit organizations.”
About Road to Responsibility, Inc.
Celebrating over 30 years of making lives better, Road to Responsibility, Inc. (RTR) was established in 1988 with the overarching belief that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve to have full, rich, and rewarding lives in the community, and therefore works to provide the means, the opportunity, and the support necessary to allow citizens with disabilities to take their place as productive members of the community. RTR offers residential, work/employment, day habilitation and other day supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. RTR supports individuals with very diverse needs, including those with significant challenges who would otherwise go unserved if not for RTR. It succeeds where other organizations often fail, through the use of an integrated clinical behavioral approach. This model has proven successful and yielded positive results for the organization and the individuals served.
Road to Responsibility offers services to almost all the towns and communities throughout the South Shore and South Coast of Massachusetts, operates 49 residences as well as co-operative and supportive living apartments, and manages nine day-service locations that focus on education, employment, and community enrichment. Road to Responsibility’s main office is located at 1831 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA. For more information, please visit www.roadtoresponsibility.org.
About Marshfield Community Television
Marshfield Community Television is a non-profit community access organization serving the Marshfield community. MCTV serves anyone who lives, works or has taxpayer status in Marshfield. MCTV provides access to the communication medium of television while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech.