Department of Development Services Commissioner Elin Howe and Christine Griffin, Asst. Secretary for Disabilities Programs, met with the family for two hours Wednesday afternoon.
“We all have Mark’s best interests at heart, and after meeting with his family today we arrived at a resolution that will allow Mark to stay in a position at the Wyndham while we work with the family. We will continue our discussions with Mark’s family to determine the appropriate supports and services that fit his current needs,” said spokesman Alec Loftus.
Stanganelli's mother said while there was no promise of a long-term job at the Wyndham, she is satisfied, for now.
"Gerry (his father) and I both feel they heard our concerns. Even though we hoped to have a commitment for Mark to stay at the Wyndham with job training, they heard our concerns and are willing to work with us. We hope it works well," said Beverly Stanganelli.
Beverly Stanganelli said their phone has been "ringing off the hook" with offers of help for Mark since WCVB-TV and wcvb.com first reported their story Tuesday.
One woman offered to underwrite a program specifically for Mark, she said.
In a statement Tuesday, GLEC spokeswoman Kim Oliveira said, "The Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative provides quality programming for individuals with special abilities. While we can't comment on individual cases, we assure you that all programming decisions are made in partnership with collateral agencies and with the intent to bring joy and fulfillment to the individual. Enhancing the quality of life for those we serve is our primary goal."