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In the late 1960s, while visiting their children at a special needs summer camp, a group of parents discussed the dismal reality facing their sons and daughters as they approached adulthood. Frustrated by the status quo and desperate to find an alternative to institutionalized care for their children, this group of committed parents worked tirelessly to create an enlightened new model of community living for their adult children with developmental disabilities. They formed the corporation New England Village (NEV) in 1966, and three years later they selected the old Sutton Estate in Pembroke as their site to build. In 1972 their dreams became a reality, when the first thirteen residents stepped over the threshold of their new homes at New England Village.

Today, with multiple locations, modern facilities and a specialized team of highly skilled and dedicated human service professionals, New England Village serves more than 180 men and women, through a variety of innovative programs and customized supports. We embrace the philosophy that individual choice and self-determination should direct all of our services, and we are committed to empowering people to reach their full potential and pursue a life that is personally meaningful to them. We are truly a community rich with opportunity, sharing and growth.