2017 YEAR-END FUNDRAISER

You can provide DIRECT ASSISTANCE to coffee farmers whose lives have been devastated by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

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The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development Inc.

striving to create opportunities for persons with disabilities and members of other vulnerable groups to become valued citizens within their communities.

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victim assistance

FAMILY CARE

REHABILITATION & TRAINING  FOR Victims of Conflict

Specializing in prosthetic rehabilitation and support, we help victims of conflict. Working closely with community based  human service professionals and international experts, we believe in building strong partnerships.  We strive to create person centered victim assistance programs that bring a full range of rehabilitation services, economic opportunities, and health care to each individual.  

HELPING THOSE WITH DISABILITIES TRANSITION INTO THE WORKFORCE  

For most people, work provides a source of identity, life meaning, and the ability to provide for themselves and their families. The quest for these “good things in life” does not end because a person has a disability, Through innovative person centered programs,  Polus Center has been supporting people with disabilities to find meaningful work for more than 30 years.

SUPPORTING a family's decision to care for their loved ones at home

Family Care at Home connects families with a  network of home-based supportive services for those facing the need to care for loved ones at home. This Polus Center sponsored program provides an option for at-home family care if an elder or a person with disability is enrolled in Mass Health Insurance, or qualifies for Mass Health.

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direct support for coffee farmers and their families

Throughout the world, coffee and landmines overlap. From countries as diverse as Ethiopia, the "birthplace of coffee," to Colombia, landmines impact the lives of coffee workers, their families and their communities. The Coffeelands Landmine Victims' Trust is a vehicle for coffee corporations to give something back to the farmers who sometimes risk their lives to pick the crop to support their families.

 
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" Polus, the highest point, represents everyone's search for the best of who and what we are."

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"We Strive To Create Opportunities For Persons With Disabilities And Members Of Other Vulnerable Groups To Become Valued Citizens Within Their Communities."

One of the Polus Center’s first international projects in 1997 was the establishment of Walking Unidos, a small prosthetic clinic in Leon Nicaragua, which continues to operate today.

One of the Polus Center’s first international projects in 1997 was the establishment of Walking Unidos, a small prosthetic clinic in Leon Nicaragua, which continues to operate today.

Polus Center for Social & Economic Development INC.

ABOUT US

The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. is a Massachusetts based non-profit with more than 35 years’ experience designing human service programs and promoting new opportunities for persons with disabilities and victims of conflict in the United States and throughout the world.

The Polus Center began by contributing to the development of innovative alternative models to support people with disabilities here in the United States. This helped many individuals who would have spent years in institutional care become competitively employed and have homes in the communities of their choice.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Rooted in the constructs of Social Role Valorization theory, we believe in a person-centered, holistic approach to  assistance. By considering emotional and social factors in addition to physical symptoms, we provide assistance based upon a complete picture of an individual’s actual needs as opposed to addressing the perceived needs of a larger group or target population. This process begins with extensive interviews with potential service recipients in order to gain a deeper understanding of their lives . Read more about who we are

 
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news &events

Healing is Happening... In the Coffeelands

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Dave Evans sends greetings from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Right now he is on the ground there working as part of a Polus Center effort in the DRC  - one of the countries where funds from the Coffeelands Trust are most needed. He is providing direct assistance to coffee farmers and their families, and upgrading the skills of local technicians who are to care for them. In this short video montage, we get a glimpse of this important work.

 

COLOMBIA

This short film outlines the plight of coffee farmers whose lives have been devastated by landmines and explosive remnants of war.  This Giving Tuesday join the Polus Center as we launch our year end online fundraising campaign to benefit COFFEELANDS TRUST  Read more

Syrian Refugee Expressive Art Exhibition

Dark to Light: A Syrian Child's Journey.  is the expressive art of Syrian refugee children participating in the Polus Center's expressive arts therapy program in Amman, Jordan. Read more

Child refugees of the Syrian civil war are expressing themselves and sharing their stories through paint. Daniele Hamamdjian of Canadian National News covers the story. 

The Sir Bobby Charlton Centre for Support and Rehabilitation Opens in Jordan

The centre will provide a wide variety of much needed physical,  psychological, and training services to civilian victims of conflict across the region.  read more

Syrian refugee children participating in the trauma therapy services at the Sir Bobby Charlton Centre in Jordan. Film by Troy Word

 

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Header photo Courtesy of Stephen Petegorsky

Event photos courtesy of  Stephen Petegorsky, Adrien Zuzi, and Worcester Telegram

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Office

6 North Main Street

Petersham MA 01366

Ph (1) 978-368-1550

Ph (1) 978-724-3342 

EMAIL

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