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Juniper House/NWW Committee

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Nature and Purpose

Juniper House is a group home for seven women who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program is run by the Newton-Wellesley-Weston Committee for Community Living, Inc. (NWW), a non-profit agency based in Newton. Juniper House is designed to operate as much like a normal home as possible while assisting each resident to develop to her fullest potential. Staffing is provided on a 24-hour basis. The house is located in Newton Corner and is a short walk from the Newton campus of Boston College. Juniper House can usually accommodate two PULSE interns.

NWW has four other group homes in Newton. These programs have both men and women. Internships can be arranged in these programs as well, but three of the locations require the students to have independent transportation.  The fourth home, located at Coyne Road in the Waban neighborhood of Newton, is accessible by public transportation and can usually accommodate one PULSE intern.

Each house operates on a team concept, and the intern in considered a part of the team.

Tasks
A student who chooses to work at Juniper House or any other NWW program will be involved in the daily routines of the people who live there. Under staff guidance, the student will assist with home-based activities (such as meal planning, dinner preparation, personal grooming and hygiene, and budgeting), with recreational activities (such as hobbies, exercise, and special events), and with community-based activities (such as shopping, dining out, adult education, banking and using the library).

One of the major attractions of this placement for a PULSE intern is the opportunity to develop strong, mutually rewarding relationships with the residents. PULSE interns often come back to visit, and some have even taken paid positions with NWW after completing their internships.