Community Life For People Of All Abilities

A warm and comfortable home. A satisfying and purposeful job. Friends you can rely on. Thanks to the help and support of Alternatives, hundreds of Central Massachusetts residents with psychiatric or developmental disabilities are leading full and successful lives within their communities- lives that include real homes, real jobs and real relationships. For 40-years, we have been committed to offering not just superior services, but real opportunities for people of all abilities to live, work and learn together. Click here to view our 40th anniversary video.


Founded in 1976, Alternatives has helped individuals of all abilities to live fully in their communities for more than 40 years.
Real Homes
Real Homes

Joe has found a real home with Deb and Brian. They’re sharing all the responsibilities and all the fun of living together. Watch video.

Real Jobs
Real Jobs

Jeff needed a reliable employee. Luke wanted a fulfilling job. They’re working together and everyone wins. Watch video.

Real Relationships
Real Relationships

John thought he was just teaching Sandy Tai Chi. It turns out that he and the rest of the class were learning together. Watch video.

Bringing People Together

Through year-round events, we’re bringing people of all abilities together to enjoy the arts, celebrate the culture of the Valley, and build an inclusive and prosperous future for all. Read more.

Ways You Can Help
Ways To Help

Across Central Massachusetts, the people we serve are enjoying tremendous successes because of community support – your support. Read more.

Look what you did!
Valley Bag Toss

As we kick off this year’s Community Campaign we wanted you to see how your generosity helped Luke beat the odds! Learn More