Alternatives’ History

40 Years Of Building Stronger, More Inclusive Communities


In 1976, Alternatives was a three-program agency with 15 employees serving 26 people. Today, we operate 60 different programs with a $40 million dollar annual budget. On any given day, our 600 dedicated professionals serve about 2,000 individuals with disabilities.

From our founding in Uxbridge, we have evolved into a major provider of services throughout the Blackstone Valley as well as the Greater Worcester, Greater Milford, Fitchburg/Leominster, and Wrentham/Plainville areas. We offer an unparalleled slate of services to hundreds of people with developmental or psychiatric disabilities.

Many of our staff members have been with us since our early years, facing the challenges of growth with an unwavering commitment to the people we serve. We are proud of our record of integrating people with disabilities into the community by giving them the skills and support needed to achieve success. With our help, they attain real homes, real jobs and real relationships in the communities in which they live, work and play.

Our rapid expansion proves to us the need for Alternatives’ services and underscores the success of our vision of redefining community. Despite our size, we have retained the core values of compassion and community involvement on which we were founded.