About New England Village

In the late 1960s, while visiting their children at a special needs summer camp, a group of parents discussed the dismal reality facing their children as they approached adulthood. Frustrated by the status quo and desperate to find an alternative to institutionalized care, this group of committed parents worked tirelessly to create an enlightened new model of community living for their adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 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 13 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 150 individuals with IDD, including autism and Down syndrome, and sensory disabilities such as hearing and vision impairment. We provide a variety of innovative programs and customized supports.

Our Mission

New England Village’s mission is to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their potential and pursue their dreams through innovative programs and community living. We embrace the philosophy that individual choice and self-determination should direct all of our services, and we encourage the people we support to pursue a life that is personally meaningful to them.


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Core Beliefs

All of New England Village’s services including our staff’s approach to their work, are based on NEV’s core beliefs regarding the best way to support people with disabilities.


People thrive when they make their own choices; people with disabilities are capable of, and have the right to, make their own decisions – where they live, work and recreate

Engaging and participating in community life with an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with friends, volunteers, and co-workers has a positive impact on people with disabilities and on the greater community.

Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, including the staff we employ. We are committed to equity and inclusion across race, gender identity or expression, age.

Supports and services are designed first and foremost for people with disabilities – not the organization, the staff, or loved ones.

All NEV services will be integrated, and NEV-run property will be used as a center for programs, services, and recreation for participants and members of the broader community.

People with disabilities should have the same access to education, jobs, recreation, housing, and transportation as other members of the community.

Well-trained and motivated employees make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and ensure a high quality of life.

Governance and Funding

Governed by a board of directors which is strengthened by the active participation of many NEV family members, New England Village is managed by a Chief Executive Officer and senior leadership. Our services and programs are funded through private fees, state agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, MassHealth, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, private insurance companies, and philanthropic gifts. New England Village is financially stable and will remain so over the long term due in part to The New England Village Endowment Fund, which continues to grow thanks to the generosity of our families and friends.

Board of Directors