Alternatives - Community Life For People With Disabilities

Real Homes. Real Jobs. Real Relationships.

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. Our 35-year-old organization’s staff and volunteers are committed to offering not just superior services, but real opportunities for people in need, including many who were formerly institutionalized.

What can be more real than a home that feels safe and familiar, a satisfying and purposeful job, and companions who share similar interests? Alternatives provides the necessary skills and support for people to achieve these basic human desires. Currently, we serve more than 2,000 individuals in 60 programs in the region, helping them to start each day with a personalized plan for improving their lives. It’s as personal as it can get.

To better accomplish our goals, we engage the participation of our local communities in order to foster a shared sense of community spirit among people of all abilities.


We’re kicking off our
Community Campaign
with local stories that celebrate the
many successes individuals
we serve are enjoying,
thanks to friends like you. 


 Meet Jim.


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Community Life Profiles

  • Ross Applegate

    Ross got a second chance at life...and Alternatives has helped him make the most of it. More

  • Casey Burgoyne

    There’s no question about it, Casey Burgoyne is value-added (That's Casey on the right!) More