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Mission Statement
To empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their potential and pursue their dreams through innovative programs and community living.

Photo of New England Village apartmentIn the late 1960’s, while visiting their children at a special needs summer camp, a group of parents discussed the reality facing their sons and daughters as they approached adulthood. At that time, before the deinstitutionalization movement fully began, few acceptable residential options were available for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. These pioneering families envisioned creating an appropriate and enriching residential community for their sons and daughters, and in 1972 they formed New England Village (NEV), a charitable non-profit corporation.

The Village campus, which is located on a beautifully wooded 80 acre site in Pembroke, MA, has grown and changed since the first 13 residents moved into their newly constructed homes 41 years ago. Today, there are 17 free-standing, impeccably maintained houses, where 79 people with varying degrees of developmental disability live and call home.

Each Village resident is supported by direct care and health care professionals at a level that is most appropriate for their disability and in the least restrictive, most nurturing environment possible to ensure lifelong learning and the development of skills and abilities to allow for self-sufficiency.

Since our inception, the Village has also provided a wide range of opportunities for individuals supported to participate in meaningful day and enrichment programming. Today, more than 150 people are served through a highly individualized approach to residential living, day services and community programming.

Exterior photo of the Sollar Wellness CenterThe Village is proud of its long history of consistently providing the highest quality care and innovative, customized programming for the adults we support. NEV maintains CARF accreditation and licensing/certification from the Department of Developmental Services. We have remained one of the most sought after communities for individuals with developmental disabilities; a true testament to the quality of the Village’s programs and staff.