As a boy, award recipient Scott Kruczek observed his grandmother, mother, father and other relatives care for individuals with developmental disabilities in institutions. It was inside the walls of those institutions where Scott first began to ask “why?” and where the seeds for a career dedicated to helping others were sown. While enrolled in college part-time, Scott accepted a job working in a private home caring for John, an autistic man with self-injurious behaviors. He dedicated himself to his job, and never looked back. Today Scott is now the program manager for CCS-New England’s Supported Living Services, where his leadership, creativity and commitment make a difference in the lives of people with brain injuries. With the resources to effect change on a larger scale, Scott has embraced new technology, strengthening oversight of his program’s group homes and developing a new, highly individualized documentation system to track participants’ goals and establish accountability and quality controls to benefit those he serves.
The 2006 Ripple of Hope Awards winners were honored on November 13th, 2006 at the John Joseph Moakely United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.