45 Stories of Inspiration: Residential Students and Families

One of our residential students, Sam, working at a lemonade stand set up at his facility during the summer.

NECC opened its first residential home for students in 1987. In the 33 years since, the program has expanded, now serving over 200 students at 15 residences. These facilities are crucial to providing our students with the type of specialized care (24 hours/day, 7 days/week) they need to grow and learn. This year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, residential students and families were faced with a new set of challenges.  

While NECC did not close the program, to keep students safe, they were quarantined in their residences throughout much of the spring and summer. This was difficult on staff, students, and their families, but their collective perseverance allowed all parties to get through this difficult period successfully. Whether it was in finding new, fun activities to pass the time, or adjusting to remote learning and visits, the students and families showcased incredible resolve.