About Us

North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been making friendship and practical help matches between people with and without developmental disabilities or mental health issues since 1986.

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Mission

North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy is an association to develop and support relationships for people who will benefit from guidance, companionship and/or advocacy.

 

Our objective is to provide protection and advocacy for vulnerable people with mental impairments and disorders by fostering one-to-one personal relationships between people living in the North Quabbin Community.

Pictured: NQCA Executive Director Nate Johnson and

Board of Directors President Kimberley A. McConnell

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Our Work is Vital

We are being challenged in ways we have not known before.

  • Survival - Work - Family - Home - Food - Safety

  • Where is community with physical distance?

  • We need each other.

  • Communities work best when the web of relationships include us all—the poor, elderly, and disabled side by side with the rich, young, and able-bodied.

  • The informal network of mutually beneficial relationships defines community.

  • Disabled people are often not included.

  • NQCA invites ordinary citizens to reach out and  include our disabled neighbors, and in doing so strengthens the web for us all.

Our Process

  • NQCA recruits and supports unpaid advocates to be helpful friends to disabled people.

  • NQCA, through the relationships it supports, helps disabled people, their advocates, and the entire community as neighborly caring increases.

Our Impact

  • Through newsletters, presentations, and discussions, NQCA’s work invites others to call forth more neighborly caring in other communities.

  • Lessons from working with hundreds of people in caring relationships serve as a guide to others on the “how to” questions of initiating and supporting freely-given relationships.