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For Parents/Caregivers  

At the Charles River Center, we provide a multitude of resources for families who are caring for a loved one with a  developmental disability.  If you are interested in any of the programs below or would like more information, please contact our Family Support Program Director, Renee Scherer at 781-972-1079 or


Parents Night/Afternoon Out

Understanding that parents need a break and some time to themselves, Family Support invites families to drop off all their children for a fun night or afternoon of music, arts and crafts, cooking and games in Natick and in Needham.  Held seasonally.

Workshops/Educational Seminars

Educational seminars are held throughout the year during the evening at our Natick and Needham sites and include such topics as:

  • IPAD applications
  • Guardianship
  • Financial planning
  • Friendship training 
  • And more!

Visit our Facebook page for the latest event listings. 

Weekend Respite

For parents and caregivers who need to travel over a weekend, or who would just like a break while knowing their loved one is in good hands.  The house is a two-bedroom that can accommodate up to four guests, aged 18 and over, who do not have serious ambulation issues.  Drop off is at 4 pm on Friday and pickup is at 3 pm on Sunday.  While at the house, participants take day trips, enjoy meals, watch movies and play games.