Women living in a staffed residence in Middlefield are back to enjoying their home inside and out, thanks to work funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC).

The $3,000 award from CFMC helped replace an outdoor deck at a residence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities operated by Aspire.

Aspire Living & Learning Program Director, Mike Hall, reports, “The old deck was the original wood, and it was starting to rot. The women living there couldn’t use it. Now they can sit outside again and enjoy the deer and wildlife that come into the yard. They’ve missed that.”

The home is operated by Aspire to provide everyday supports to the women who live there.  These services include opportunities to learn independent skills, develop relationships, and maintain mental and physical health. The grant and the replacement of the deck enhance all these aims by providing a safe and pleasant space for residents to relax, socialize, and enjoy the benefits of being outside.

“The support of CFMC means the world to the people we serve and to Aspire. Being included in the community is central to Aspire’s mission, and we are incredibly grateful to CFMC for this grant,” says Lou Giramma, CEO.

This CFMC grant was made possible by the generosity of the Herb and Ellen Patterson Memorial Fund.


Aspire Living & Learning is a private, non-profit human service and educational organization, serving individuals in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maryland. We serve neurodiverse people who are discovering their passions, unlocking potential, and thriving. Media Contact: Judy Stermer | 802.505.0699 | jstermer@allinc.org

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County  (CFMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County, and to help Good People Do Great Things.  CFMC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Middlesex County now and in the future by developing endowments, making grants that have impact, and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives. Our interests are your interests, including animal welfare, arts and culture, health and social services, education, history, the environment, civic improvements, recreation, and economic security and opportunity.  We welcome conversations with good people who want to do great things. For more information, contact us at 860.347.0025 or info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org


Community Foundation of Middlesex County Awards Grant to Aspire Living & Learning