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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.

Time Requirement
NWW Committee's Volunteer Coordinator provides an initial orientation. Direct care staff provides subsequent and on-going training. The weekly commitment is 10 hours per week, usually scheduled on two week days from mid-afternoon until early evening. Each intern works out a regular weekly schedule that is mutually acceptable to him or her and the Program Manager at the house. A full-year commitment is usually required.

Supervision
Each PULSE intern receives direct supervision on a schedule that is agreed upon by the students and the Program Manager at the house. The student is allowed to attend staff meetings and is encouraged to do so. The Volunteer Coordinator oversees the Learning Work Agreement (LWA) and end-of-semester evaluation process; the Program Manager at the residence completes the forms in collaboration with the student.

Addresses
Juniper House
14 Newtonville, Ave.,
Newton Corner, MA 02458

18-20 Coyne Road
Newton, MA 02468

10 Orchard Avenue
West Newton, MA  02465

21 Bontempo Road
Newton Centre, MA  02459

228 Webster Street
Newton, MA 02465