Welcome to the Restoration Project
Restoration Project started as a mother’s effort to employ her mentally ill son. She believed work was what he needed to recover; she was a teacher who had seen adults return to school to restart their lives and knew woodworking was a rewarding vocation. Within four months, with the encouragement of his Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission counselor, Restoration Project was incorporated and members of the local Department of Mental Health clubhouse were coming by vans to work in their home shop.
Winner of the 2001 Lilly Reintegration Award for Occupational Therapy, Restoration Project remains an independent, single-service program—serving an average of sixteen participants from Boston Metrowest, a total of more that three hundred since we began—that is recognized and respected among larger state mental health providers.
In 2017, we moved to Belmont to be more accessible to the people we serve and to open a thrift store.
Our Mission and Philosophy
Our mission is ‘to restore neurologically impaired individuals to self-sustaining lives by offering them challenging transitional employment and facilitating their return to the community.’
We hold that Recovery is possible. At Restoration Project, individuals with mental illnesses and brain injuries are valued for their strengths and potential. A creative endeavor in a congenial atmosphere, individually chosen and self-paced, challenges and nurtures their abilities.
The goal of rehabilitation is reintegration. People of all disabilities are beneficial to one another and to the community.
Our dedicated staff of four includes the founding director, office administrator, store manager, and the employment specialist, who is a registered nurse. Our director is a former teacher and a certified Peer Specialist. The office administrator and employment specialist are former participants of Restoration Project, showing that peer counseling a vital part of our services. Our store manager managed a Goodwill Store prior to joining our program. Our woodworkers, and finishing and upholstering teachers are skilled community volunteers as are many in the retail program.