The North East Educational and Developmental Support Center

Update From Our President and CEO

Hi all. It has been a crazy couple of months since our last newsletter. Starting in January of 2020 we
began preparing for a new illness that seemed unlikely to cause a major disruption in the United
States. As we are all too aware this illness did in fact hit The US and the rest of the world, and has
disrupted everyone’s way of living.

At the NEEDS Center a great deal of our time and effort has been taken up with addressing this crisis,
and putting safeguards in place to keep the people we support, and all of their staff members as safe and
healthy as was possible. Despite our best efforts we were not able to completely avoid Covid-19, at the
time of this newsletter we have had 4 of our homes have cases of Covid-19 and nearly 20 of our our staff
members. Thankfully all people associated with the NEEDS Center who became ill with Covid-19 have
all since recovered.

During the past few months we have seen first-hand what an outstanding dedicated group of Program
Specialists, and Program Coordinators we have at The NEEDS Center. When this crisis hit, our staff
members stepped up even more than usual, and have truly been an inspiration to me, and the other
members of our Administrative team. We could not be more proud of them, and the work that they have
done during this difficult time.

Likewise the parents and guardians of the people we support have been an immeasurable support to all
of us here at The NEEDS Center. Everyone has rallied together, and made a stressful situation a little
less so. Parents and Guardians have done a number of things to help us including:
• Providing meals to the homes
• Donations of Money and Supplies
• Provided signs and other tokens of appreciation for our staff members
Provided moral support (which was at times badly needed)

Difficult times can either bring out the best or worst in people, and I must say we have seen nothing but
the best from everyone associated with the NEEDS Center especially the parents and guardians, and for
that we are extremely grateful.

We have had to put in place a number of precautions across the NEEDS Center, and many of these are
still in place. In the coming months we plan to loosen many of these restrictions, as we attempt to return
to a more normal way of life. At the same time we will all need to stay vigilant in regards to Covid-19
and be prepared to act should there be a second wave of infections at some point in the future.
Despite the pandemic and the change to our way of living the individuals we support have done quite
well throughout the entire process, and that staff members as mentioned previously have been

There will be more information on our steps to deal with the pandemic, and other non-Covid related
topics as well in the rest of this newsletter.
We hope everyone is staying well throughout this crazy time.

Jim Sperry

President and CEO
The NEEDS Center

Our Staff Are Heroes!

Thank You For The Support!

Here at the NEEDS Center we have been positively overwhelmed by the show of generosity the parents, families, and guardians of the people we support have shown us throughout the pandemic.

One example of this is Lisa Ely. Lisa ordered protective goggles from Amazon for our staff to utilize, Dominos for everyone one night, and last but not least Lisa had a thankful and supportive sign created to display in front of Cedarcrest. Thank you Lisa for your kindness and generosity!

Another example is Cynthia Keefe. Cynthia bought a catered meal from Metzy’s one night, she had masks mailed to the house, another night she had Dominos delivered for everyone, and lastly she dropped off homemade brownies. Thank you Cynthia for your kindness and generosity!

Still another example is Marianne and Robert Smith. The Smith’s dropped off a care package outside of Treble Cove. This care package came along with a cake and an encouraging sign that reads “Treble Cove Rocks!” These are just 3 examples of the many kind things that parents and family members have done.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this time. We couldn’t do it without the support of The NEEDS Center’s families!

We are all in this together!

Thank You!

All of us at the NEEDS Center would like to thank all of our parents and guardians for everything they are doing to support us!

Update From NEEDS President

Letter from The President of The NEEDS Center:


We at The NEEDS Center are currently working to keep the individuals we support, and all of the staff members supporting them safe, healthy and happy during this challenging time.  We have taken a number of steps to keep the people within the NEEDS Center as safe as we can.  We are fortunate that we have an outstanding group of dedicated staff members at every level of our organization, who are committed to one another and to the individuals we support.


If anyone visiting our site would like to help out in any way we would welcome the following:


  • Any Personal Protective Equipment that you may be able to donate to us to keep our staff and the individuals they support safe
  • Note – this would include any hand-made protective equipment
  • Donations of any size are always welcome and we are a 501-c-3 Organization so your donation will be tax deductible.


Please note we have instituted a hiring freeze for the time being, but if you would like to inquire about working with us you can reach out to our recruiter Matt Seidell by email

We sincerely hope that you are well, and appreciate your support of the NEEDS Center.






Jim Sperry , MS, BCBA, LABA

President and CEO

NEEDS Center, Inc. 

1390 Main St. 

Tewksbury, MA 01876

(p) 978-216-0300

(fax) 978-851-1030