I began employment with Tempus Unlimited when it was Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts on August 24, 1992 as the CFO. I successfully applied for the agency to become a Fiscal Intermediary in 1998 and upgraded my role to CFO/FI Director. In July 2012, I was promoted to CEO/FI Director.
Tempus Unlimited: Board of Directors
A. Keith McDermott
Tempus Unlimited History Timeline
The agency was incorporated in June of 1952 with the stated purpose of providing rehabilitative and related services for developmentally disabled children, adults, and persons with neurological dysfunction. Services began in a one room clinic at the Quincy Health Center, where physical, occupational and speech therapies were offered on a limited basis.
The first school program for children with Cerebral Palsy in the United States was opened at the Furnace Brook School in Quincy. Beatrice McHale provided leadership for this innovative program which began with ten moderately to severely handicapped children. Classes were held in one room, with integration of students into other classrooms whenever possible.
The agency concentrated on providing services for adults for whom very little opportunities had existed prior to that time. An Adult Class met at the Furnace Brook School where up to eighty adults at a time participated in arts and crafts, typing on electric typewriters, leather craft, ceramics and a host of other social and recreational activities. This program is ongoing to this day and is currently held at the Lincoln Hancock School in Quincy.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Arthur Ciampa, Cerebral Palsy of the South Shore established the first nursery program in Massachusetts for preschool children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy and related disabilities. This program continued for 40 years.
With a grant from the Hill-Burton Act additional private contributions, Cerebral Palsy acquired the building at 105 Adams Street Quincy. Formal programs, therapy and early intervention services for children were formulated into structured programs that were individualized for each participant.
An independent fundraising campaign over $150,000 to construct an addition named the Roger Pritzker Wing to the 105 Adams Street building. Expansion was deemed necessary to accommodate the expanded services and programs.
The agency opened a staff day care program to care for children of staff employees. This program permitted Cerebral Palsy to retain professional staff who otherwise would have resigned to care for their children at home.
The agency expanded its programs to further meet the needs of an underserved population of adults with developmental disabilities. A Supportive Living Program and a Personal Care Program were established to allow adults to live as independently as possible in their own homes and avoid institutionalization. This innovative program provides services such as; skills training, personal care attendants, case management, transportation and advocacy. Cerebral Palsy continues to explore its role in the provision of services for people with developmental disabilities so that they may continue to live as independently as possible.
The Board of directors voted to change the name of the agency to Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts, Inc. The agency services consumers in over 100 communities in the Commonwealth.
The Options program was created as an approved provider of Adult Foster Care for MassHealth. This program will allow people with disabilities to live with a caregiver in the community of choice with care management and nursing support in the qualified home.
The agency moved into its new headquarters to Stoughton MA. The move more than doubled the size of its facility to 55,000 square feet. The new facility houses agency administration, the Fiscal Intermediary Program and the Options program from our Taunton office. Options is an approved provider of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES). This program offers assessment, job skills training, job placement, and ongoing job supports in a competitive job site.
Options expands CIES program to serve consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Options hires staff who are fluent in American Sign Language.
Options are approved as a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) provider for youth under the age of 24. Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) include: (1) job exploration counseling; (2) work0based learning experiences to include internship opportunities; (3) counseling on post0secondary educational opportunities; (4) workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and (5) instruction in self-advocacy (peer mentoring)
In December 2016, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the agency to Tempus Unlimited, Inc. The agency continues to grow and provide services and opportunities to people with all kinds of disabilities.
Tempus is the Latin word for ‘opportunity’ and ‘time’, reflecting our agency’s mission to provide unlimited opportunities for all people and all disabilities.
The Options Program of Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts becomes Tempus Unlimited Community Services. Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts Fiscal Intermediary becomes Tempus Unlimited Fiscal Intermediary. All of the agency programs fall under one name of Tempus Unlimited.
Tempus Unlimited Employment Services program is approved to provide Pre Vocational and Supported Employment services to those using the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.
Tempus Unlimited is approved to provide Peer Support services under ABI Waiver.