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CHAI Works

JF&CS is a licensed and certified community-based day service vendor of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS, formerly DMR).

At CHAI Works, most of our programming takes place in the community and we maintain strong relationships with organizations in need of our volunteer support. We weave positive socialization interactions and opportunities with peers, staff, and the community into everything we do. Our successes are dependent on having all activities based in an inclusive setting, providing enrichment programs that match our participants’ choices and interests, and meeting participants’ goals.


CHAI Works participants and staff volunteer in groups and contribute more than 600 hours of service per week at more than 27 community partner organizations. Our participants are social activists helping their community in the areas of interest they choose. New areas are added as the interests of our participants grow and change.

Creating these partnerships with community organizations gives our participants a chance to shine and to showcase their skills, talents, and abilities. It provides a variety of experiences that help our participants learn about themselves, connect with possible job leads, and improve their resumes. Community partners count on CHAI Works to help them serve the community while JF&CS staff assess participants’ learning styles, focus, job skills, soft skills, and interests on an ongoing basis.

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness activities are offered through our corporate membership at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center of Newton (JCC). Participants have access to the facilities on a daily basis and can attend trainings and groups about fitness, health, and safety. We also run a comprehensive sexuality training series annually led by a professional educator.

Lifelong Learning

We offer morning and afternoon classes and groups that focus on participant interests including self-advocacy, job skills, academics, and interpersonal skills. Other classes and groups include voting education and registration, reviewing news and current events, money and math skills, book club, gardening, Jewish/spiritual life, and more. Technology is used whenever possible to increase participation and comprehension.


Participants eligible for the CHAI Works Day Program are generally funded by Department of Developmental Services (DDS, formerly DMR) although private pay options are available. To keep all participants safe, participants must be able to be successfully supported in a 1:6 staff to participant ratio in the community, our vehicles, and our program settings without the need for frequent direction. Participants need to be able to use the bathroom on their own and complete other activities of daily living, stay with the group, and not aggress toward others. Participants utilize the RIDE to get to and from our program; our staff can help participants obtain approval.

To take a tour or for more information about our programs, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

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Waltham, MA 02451

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