Venture & Wayside Partner

August 26, 2015
Posted By: Kerrie Mason

Venture Community Services Partners with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

Partnership brings Youth & Family Supports to Southern Worcester County

Sturbridge | Framingham – Venture Community Services, one of Massachusetts’ leading providers of services for people with disabilities, recently partnered with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network of Framingham to provide home-based services for children and families in need of support.

“We are very excited about having the opportunity to partner with such an accomplished provider of family and children’s services,” said Venture President & CEO Mike Hyland. “Through community based programming, this collaboration with Wayside extends a vital safety net for families in need of supports in south central Worcester County.”

The home based services will be provided through The Child Behavior Health Initiative (CBHI), Department of Mental Health (DMH) and Department of Children and Families (DCF).  This collaboration increases the availability of high quality community connected mental health and child welfare services for children and families of Southern Worcester County.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Venture Community Services who has such long-standing ties to this community,” said Eric Masi, President and CEO of Wayside.   “Enhancing and fostering community connections for youth and their families is a key component in effective community-based clinical services.  We look forward to continuing to build this partnership.”


Venture Community Services is committed to providing compassionate, person-centered services that assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. What began as an organization with two small group homes has grown into one of the largest human service providers in Massachusetts, and with almost 700 employees, one of the largest employers in the Sturbridge area. Venture encourages independence through a continuum of support which includes community residential services, day programs, supported employment, transportation, adult foster care, and shared living.


Founded in 1977, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is a non-profit, nationally accredited human services agency dedicated to Building Strength, Hope and Resiliency through its family-based outreach services, residential treatment programs, and community-based counseling services to more than 5,000 children, youth and families throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Wayside’s mission: Empowering children, young adults and families to achieve greater independence and emotional well-being. For more information, visit

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