Polus Center for Social & Economic Development

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victim assistance

COFFEELANDS TRUST

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 people WITH DISABILITIES find meaningful work  

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. Our current projects include:

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

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.  Read more about who we are

 
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news &events

 

Coffee with a Cause

GLOBAL COFFEE REPORT

In his months issue of the Global Coffee Report, Polus Center Executive Director Michael Lundquist and Chief Operating Officer Theresa Kane talk about the coffee farmers biggest threat. click here to read more

From Conflict, to Healing & Hope

Polus Center for Social & Economic Development is working with some of the Syrian war's most vulnerable victims. Children who have experienced multiple traumas are receiving physical and psychological trauma care through our program at the Sir Bobby Charlton Centre for Support & Rehabilitation in Amman, Jordan. Here they are finding hope again by expressing themselves through art. video: Troy Word

Changing Lives Around The World

CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

Cambridge College Magazine profiles the Polus Center and Executive Director Michael Lundquist., in this in-depth article by Jack Curtis. Click here to read

Polus Center Congratulates Asem Hasna

 

Asem Hasna is a 3D software programmer and graduate of our prosthetic training program in Amman. Read more about his amazing story. video: Troy Word

 

Healing is Happening... In the Coffeelands

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

 

In this short video, coffee Farmer Isaac Wetewabo shares his hopes for the future and his daily struggles in the aftermath of a landmine accident. video: Adrien Nzuzi

 
 

Certified Prosthetist Dave Evans is 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 montage, we get a glimpse of this important work. video: Adrien Nzuzi

COLOMBIA

This short film by Roberta Dugan outlines the plight of coffee farmers whose lives have been devastated by landmines and explosive remnants of war. 

Sir Bobby Charlton Center Opens

AMMAN, JORDAN

Polus Center has partnered with UK Based Charity Find A Better Way, and Asia Development Training to provide a permanent home for our long running prosthetic rehabilitation program in Jordan. read more video: Troy Word

 
 

EVENTS


 
 A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA

A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA

 

POLUS CENTER @ NATIONAL COFFEE ASSOCIATION

New Orleans, Louisiana

 In March the Polus Center hosted 5 Industry panelists at the National Coffee Association Conference.  The panel explored the challenges faced by coffee farmers living in conflict zones, and shared how public - private partnerships in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are paving the way for safe sustainable growth in the specialty coffee industry.  photo: Stephen Petegorsky

In March the Polus Center hosted 5 Industry panelists at the National Coffee Association Conference.  The panel explored the challenges faced by coffee farmers living in conflict zones, and shared how public - private partnerships in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are paving the way for safe sustainable growth in the specialty coffee industry.  photo: Stephen Petegorsky


 

Header Photos: Stephen Petegorsky