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Advocates Announces Affiliation with HMEA


April 26, 2021

Dear Advocates Community,

We are pleased to announce that Advocates will be entering into an affiliation with HMEA, a well-known and widely respected human service agency based in Franklin, Massachusetts. HMEA offers a range of services for people affected by intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism. Some of the people we support are also served by HMEA, and several staff work across both organizations.

HMEA is a wonderful partner for Advocates and we are excited to formalize our longstanding relationship with them. We have known their leaders for many years, and we respect and trust them. Our mission and values are well-aligned, and our services and strengths are complementary.

We believe our partnership will strengthen our mission, create more opportunities for employees, and provide more options for the individuals and families we serve. It will also allow us to strengthen our presence in Central Massachusetts and expand our geographic footprint.

We are excited about our future! Beginning in July, in order to maximize our combined strengths, talents, and technology, our agencies will undertake a planning process to identify and adopt best practices across both organizations. We are enthusiastic about the possibilities ahead to advance our collective mission, and successfully meet the challenges of an evolving health and human services system.

Please read our joint press release here.

Please read our message for families here.

Thank you,


Diane Gould, LICSW
President and CEO