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John Mott, Lisa Martin & Kyra Leveridge
njoying a day at the Chatham Fair
 
Lifesharing is a way of living together inspired by the principle of interdependence.
People with a wide variety of abilities and needs can assume an integral part in daily
life, as their strengths and weaknesses permit. Member Households:
 
Buena Vista
Christopher House
Leander House
Magnolia House
North Plain Farm
Orchard House
Scribner Brook Farm
Shadowood
 
"We believe that the most important thing in life is relationships. Everything else is
how we give substance, value, and life to those relationships."
 
Cadmus is an association of lifesharing families in and around Great Barrington,
Massachusetts. The families are extended to include adults with mental and/or physical handicaps. Each family is unique in its lifestyle. The first two Cadmus households (Buena Vista & Orchard) were founded in 1984.
 
Cadmus has grown to a size of 65 people living in eight households. Cadmus provides a forum in which the members work together to support and affirm each other, emphasizing the importance of human relationships and individual
development.
 
We offer people:
respite to lifetime care
arts, crafts, gardening, life-skills training and more
therapeutic workshops
remunerative and volunteer work options
culturally rich Southern Berkshire County locale
privately and state funded
 
Cadmus is certified by the Department of Mental Retardation of the State of
Massachusetts.
 
Our current favorite quote:-
 
"It is madness to settle for reality as it is rather than as it could be"
Don Quixote (Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
 
Our current favorite story:-
 
ON WINNING
 
A few years ago, at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash.
At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back.

Then they all turned around and went back, every one of them.

One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said: "This will make it better." Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line. Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story. Why?

Because deep down we know this one thing - What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course. Pass it on...we need to change our hearts.

 
This story catches some of the most significant ideals of Cadmus eloquently. This website was designed by Lynn Schumann and is maintained by Jennie Reins-Stanton and Nick Stanton. Please address any questions or comments to Jennie or Nick.
 
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