Advocates champions people who face developmental, mental health, or other life challenges. We partner with individuals and families to shape creative solutions to even the greatest obstacles.
First, we listen. Then, together, we do what it takes to help people thrive.
Our approach honors individuals’ and families’ needs, wants, and goals. First, we listen. Then we work with the people we serve as full partners—that’s part of our organizational promise. As a result, individuals and families facing serious challenges are empowered to achieve their goals and pursue their dreams.
We bring to our work determination and open minds. Our staff and leaders give their all to shaping creative solutions to even the most challenging obstacles. We champion the individuals and families we serve, and value the opportunity to work with them to find the right solution, no matter what it takes.
We provide a broad range of services for people facing life challenges such as addiction, aging, autism, brain injury, intellectual disabilities, and mental health challenges. At Advocates, thousands of individuals and families living in Massachusetts find the supports they need to lead healthy, productive, and rewarding lives.
Mission & Values
We partner with individuals, families, and communities to shape creative solutions to even the greatest life challenges. First we listen. Then, together, we do what it takes to help people thrive.
We envision communities in which every person has a full life, decent and affordable housing, meaningful work, satisfying relationships, and good health. There will be social, economic, and health justice, a place for all of us to thrive and opportunities for everyone to make a contribution.
Noel had a good job, a college degree, and an active social life. On weekends, he went to clubs with friends. Life was good. Things quickly went downhill when he was arrested and spent six weeks in jail.
MaryAnn is one of the many individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities or autism who attend our Life Skills and Learning Center in Ashland. She has gained confidence from the communication, job, and social skills she has learned there.