Success Stories

An 18-year- old high school student with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder enrolled in BCIL’s Transition Internship Program (TIP), landing a paying job with a state agency for the summer.  She was charged with expanding the agency’s social media presence and doubled the number of Twitter followers.  She’s now attending her first year of college at Mt. Ida.

A 62-year-old man who’d had a stroke was stuck in a nursing home, actually indicating he wished to die, until a team of BCIL staff worked with him to find housing and access benefits.  He was finally in charge of his goals, which greatly improved his mental health, and he became determined to live in the community.  Despite numerous setbacks, BCIL staff assisted him to find housing in Boston, and he’s now active with a senior group.

A 21-year-old man with learning disabilities was provided peer support around housing, education, and employment goals.  He’s now attending Roxbury Community College, found housing in Dorchester – he had been homeless – found a more hands-on job in a restaurant, and is participating in the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, where he had been an intern through BCIL’s paid internship program.

A 47-year-old woman with chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, and depression would not invite people to her home because she was unable to clean it, a situation increasing her isolation and putting her at risk of eviction.  After peer support and intervention with her landlord, BCIL helped the woman to avoid homelessness by arranging for homemaking services in a manner that accommodated her unique needs.

A 17 year-old student with autism and significant anxiety worked at a human services agency in Boston through BCIL’s TIP initiative.  He became an office go-to person for a range of office tasks while also developing phone and email skills, which he used to contact clients on various matters.  He’s now in his senior year of high school and is working with BCIL staff to find a job to help advance his independence.