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A Message from BHMA


Hello everyone,


There is no doubt in our minds that 2020 is a year for the record books! A global pandemic, protests across the country, and political campaigns the likes of which we have never seen were headlines every day. They painted a dismal and sobering note.


We, however, would like to offer you a different perspective, a look at a community that rallied and became stronger in spite of the challenges it faced. BHMA, like so many organizations, closed the doors of its day program on March 17. We weren’t able to reopen until August 10, 145 days later, to a hybrid model of in-person and remote programming.


Two weeks after our closure in March, we began offering remote services. These online classes continue to expand and capture, alike, the creativity of our staff and individuals! They provide structure, connection, and engagement for our community. During the early days of the shutdown and even now, remote programming is a lifeline for those who are unable to join us in-person.


Our community is truly committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy. Personal protective equipment, staff surveillance testing, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and spaces and activities modifications are now standard procedures. Everyone has jumped in to go above and beyond to ensure, as paramount, the health and well-being of our individuals.


We hope that this newsletter finds you and yours healthy, safe, and well. May the stories shared here bring some light to your day during a time when we need it the most.


With warm regards,



Michelle N. Theroux Elizabeth Scheibel

Executive Director Chair, BHMA Board of Directors



48 Woodbridge Street

South Hadley, MA 01075

413-540-9720