Sunshine Haven, Inc. - "....never despise one of these little ones....." Matt 18:10
     Sunshine Haven, Inc. is a group home facility, providing temporary or permanent care for special needs children who for varied reasons cannot remain at home. Respite care services, post-hospitalization and transitional services are also provided for families and their children.  In-depth evaluation is made of each child referred to us to determine if Sunshine Haven can meet the needs of that individual child and to access the impact of the child on the others at Sunshine Haven.
     We generally accept children only, up to the age of 22, making no discrimination as to race, color or creed.  Our goal is to provide the best in physical, psychological and spiritual growth of the children.  We feel any child we accept can be helped to achieve his or her own potential.
     Once a child is accepted at Sunshine Haven, a program is developed to help relieve the immediate problems which have caused the referring party to seek our services.  The program is tailored to the individual child utilizing the skills of its child care staff, the resources of the Special Education Department Services of the local school system and the specialized expertise of practitioners in the areas of neurology, orthopedics, physical and occupational therapy.
     Sunshine Haven is a "home" in the fullest and best sense of the word.  There is no feeling of institutionalism common in nearly all child care facilities.  Visitors are at once impressed by the cleanliness and cheerful surroundings.  The 28 room home, 16 of the rooms of which are used exclusively for the children, is located in a suburban setting in the Whitinsville section of Northbridge, 15 miles South of Worcester.  Capacity is currently limited to 14 children from infancy through young adulthood.
     Referrals for children up to age 22 are encouraged from hospitals, pediatricians, state agencies and parents, for long-term or short-term placement or temporary respite care.  Short-term post hospitalizations and short-term medical care options are also available.
For further information please contact:
Sunshine Haven
49 Linwood Avenue
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Telephone: (508) 234-3240
Fax:  (508) 234-3815
Trudy Barnatt, Program Director                          
Brenda Zona, Nurse Manager                              
Mary McCloy-Vono, Social Worker                       
Amanda Scott,  Medical Assistant                        
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