Naomi and Lia are two loyal friends that have been supported through North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy (NQCA) since 2015. They do many fun things together, including going on vacations and going out to eat. Naomi, the advocate, loves having Lia over and says that she is so much fun! Naomi has also been there to support, and advocate for, Lia through a sickness, the sudden loss of her father and changing group homes and day programs.
NQCA is the only non-profit organization in the area that recruits, matches and supports over 200 local people in voluntary advocacy relationships. NQCA’s mission is to develop and support relationships for people in need of guidance, companionship, and/or advocacy. The friend/advocate helps out free of charge because they care about the person, not because it’s their job.
People who live with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health disorders have historically been devalued in society. They are typically more isolated, have fewer resources, more often live in poverty and have smaller social networks and informal support. They also more often struggle to meet basic needs of safe housing, access to food and medical care. Social isolation correlates with higher mortality rates and poor health.
The world has changed radically, intensifying the vulnerability of people with disabilities. NQCA encourages the advocates to be there for the long-term, to offer practical help and to advocate on behalf of their friend. These inspiring relationships are meaningful for both partners. NQCA’s work simply would not be possible without the generous donations of friends and neighbors like you. To sustain the program, the annual campaign must raise $20,000. Will you please join us and make a donation today?
Your support makes a profound difference. One relationship at a time, NQCA fosters a genuinely caring community where all are welcomed, included and valued. NQCA continues to make matches and support these relationships. An additional coordinator was hired this summer to
increase the capacity of the program. Their commitment to this work is strong and their ability to do good work is strengthened by your contribution.
Thank you for your support!