Contact: New England Village
New England Village
664 School Street
Pembroke, MA 02359
Phone: (781) 293-5461
Fax: (781) 294-8385
While visiting their children at a special needs summer camp, a group of parents discussed the reality of their children approaching adulthood. At the time, few residential options were available for adults with mental retardation. Those five couples envisioned creating an appropriate and stimulating residential community for their sons and daughters, and in 1972 they formed New England Village, incorporating it as a charitable non-profit corporation. The Village grew and prospered due to the many efforts of our founding families and thanks to the extraordinary fundraising skills of the New England Village Women's Committee. Their inspiring commitment continues undiminished today.
The construction of the Village's initial three homes and a community building took place between 1971 and 1972. Three years later attractive townhouse style apartments were built for individuals with more highly developed daily living skills.
The Village's community building was designed to also serve as a sheltered workshop facility. However, as enrollment expanded the space available was inadequate and during much of the 70s and early 80s additional space was leased in close proximity to the Pembroke campus. Desiring a custom designed site, in 1986, New England Village built its modern vocational center in Hanson, MA. Today it is a thriving workplace consisting of a light manufacturing area, a classroom used by the Pathways program, a kitchen and lunchroom, staff offices and warehouse space.
The Village's residential campus also continues to evolve. A home for individuals with more severe developmental disabilities was constructed in 1980, two homes were built and occupied between 1994 and 1996, and two additional homes were completed in the fall of 2002.
In 1993 an attractive bicycle pathway and walking trails were paved and linked throughout the campus. The Village's community building was completely remodeled and expanded in 1997. It was named the Sheingold Community Building in honor of one of the Village's founding families and the Village's first board president. In the fall of 2005, the Village dedicated the Sollar Wellness Center on our campus. This 14,000 square foot building includes a swimming pool, fitness and exercise rooms, a massage therapy room, an art room and a wellness education center.
Thanks to the generosity of Village families and other benefactors the Village's endowment, first established in the mid-70s, has grown into a significant fund. Income from the endowment enhances all the Village's programs and enables New England Village to sustain an unparalleled level of care in highly maintained and continuously improving facilities.
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