Our Culture

Who we are. What we do.

Alternatives was founded in 1976 on the core value of community membership for people with developmental or psychiatric disabilities. From three programs serving 26 people, we’ve grown into one of Central Massachusetts’ leading providers of residential, employment and day services. Today, our staff supports 1,500 people as they enjoy not just superior services, but opportunities to become valued members of their communities.

Alternatives has always been about collaboration, about what we share rather than what separates us. What we all share, no matter who we are, is the desire for three basics that make life worth living: a real home, real job and real relationships. Helping the people we serve attain these is so central to what we do, we put it in our logo.