Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Community involvement is essential to the mission and goals of Adult Foster Care of the North Shore.

April 2020 -The AFCNS team is hard at work making sure our clients are staying safe and healthy. Care Manager, Lori-ann, recently made a grocery delivery to a family in Salem.


October 2019 - Glenny Lora, Care Manager with Adult Foster Care of the North Shore, spoke with a group at Oasis Adult Day Health Center in Lawrence. She answered questions about who qualifies for Adult Foster Care and the financial reimbursement for caregivers. We are always excited to help educate the public about our services.


September 2019 - On Sunday, September 29th, we were proud to participate again in the annual Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice.  Pictured here are Cynthia & John Bjorlie flying the flag.


August 2019 - We are pleased to share that Adult Foster Care of the North Shore (AFCNS) has recently received a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International.

By pursuing and achieving accreditation, AFCNS has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence.

This decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and reflects our substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.


March 2019 - AFCNS Executive Director, Cynthia Bjorlie MD met with Renee Gauthier LICSW, the Protective Services Director for Senior Care.  Renee and her team receive, screen and investigate reports of suspected abuse of elders including physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.  If you suspect abuse of an elder (over age 60), call their hotline at 800-922-2275.


December 2018 -In early December, we were honored to attend the Care Dimensions and BankGloucester annual tree lighting service in remembrance of lost loved ones.
Pictured (L to R) are Patrick Thorpe, President of BankGloucester, Patricia Ahern, President of Care Dimensions and our own Cynthia Bjorlie, MD.

July 2018 - Kelly Beer RN attended the Gloucester Council on Aging Health Fair and ran into our caregiver Sharon Orlando.

Senior Care Volunteers LuncheonNovember 2017 - Adult Foster Care of the North Shore attended and sponsored the annual luncheon at Danversport to honor the Senior Care volunteers.

In this photo: Cynthia Bjorlie, Scott Trenti (Director, Senior Care) and Kelly Beer

September 2017 - Cathy Fairchild of Northern Essex Elder Transport (N.E.E.T.) pictured here with Cynthia Bjorlie.  N.E.E.T (978-388-7474) is based in Amesbury and provides free transportation for elders.

August 2017 - A wonderful time was had by AFCNS staff at our annual party for all caregivers.  This year's theme was "Mystery and Mayhem."

May 2017 - AFCNS office staffers Deanna Benjamin and Karen Bell sitting outside our office during a well deserved break on a beautiful day.

March 2017 - The Adult Foster Care of the North Shore team was in attendance at SeniorCare's 43rd Annual Meals on Wheels Valentine’s Day Breakfast on March 10th at The Gloucester House restaurant. The money raised at the event supports Meals on Wheels of Cape Ann and the North Shore. Last year 165,000 meals were delivered.

img_0821October 2016 - The Lawrence Senior Center hosted it's 3rd annual Latino Caregiver Event. Rosie McKenna, AFCNS care manager and community relations liaison; Mari Martinez, AFCNS intake nurse, and Kendrys Vasquez, AFCNS care manager were in attendance. They reported back to us that it was a wonderful event!

resource fair - community involvementSeptember 2016 - Rosie McKenna, Community Relations Liaison, hosted a table at the Resource Fair in Winthrop, sponsored by “Those Who Can for Those in Need.”  Rosie is pictured with Congresswoman Katherine Clark.

community involvement - namiJune 2016 - Rosie McKenna, Community Relations Liaison, was the guest speaker at the annual meeting for the Northeast Essex Family Support Group of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She educated attendees about Adult Foster Care of the North Shore.