About Us

Fidelity House Human Services

We’re a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing information, services and choices to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We see ourselves as partners with the people we serve, with their families, with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), community groups and donors…all for the purpose of empowering each individual to live a rich and meaningful life.

In considering what the future holds for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we have developed a strategic plan that focuses on innovation. Special recognition and thanks goes to private foundations such as The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation http://www.thetowerfoundation.org/ and the Cummings Foundation http://www.cummingsfoundation.org/ for investing in our vision.

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President’s Message

Welcome to our website! Whether you are already receiving services or just getting to know us, we hope you will find what you are looking for and perhaps learn something new about our organization. The website contains information and features for individuals and families seeking services, for prospective employees, for volunteers and donors, and for our colleagues in other organizations. We encourage you to engage with our mission in whatever way that you can.

Yvonne M. Allard
Chief Executive Officer

To read our most recent annual report, you may download it here:  Fiscal Year 2016

Message from the Board Chair

Our Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who are committed to the mission of Fidelity House Human Services. They contribute their time, expertise and financial support to ensure the ongoing success of the organization. It is my pleasure to work with this positive, dedicated and thoughtful group of people.

Andrew Novelline, Board of Directors Chair
and President of Abbot Financial Management

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Board Treasurer: Stephen M. Jaskelevicus Vice President of Commercial Lending, Pentucket Bank

Board Clerk: Kara J. Johnson Attorney at Law, Spruce Law LLC

Vice Chair: James Dillon Administrator, The Berkeley Retirement Home and Nursing Center

Carol Curtin, Ph.D., MSW Associate Director, E. K. Shriver Center, Associate Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Claire Firriello Paralegal, Retired

John Lamoureux  Vice President, Information Services, NETSCOUT Systems, Inc.

John LoConte New England Regional Vice President, Winxnet

Nancy McCafferty Senior Relationship Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership

George Moriarty Executive Director, Northern Essex Community College, Center for Corporate and Community Education

Wayne Simmons, Jr. Attorney at Law, Morris, Rossi & Hayes

Gregory Spurr Senior Vice President, Blue Hills Bank

Lisa Staff Owner, Simply Organized

Holly Vietzke-Lynch Attorney at Law, Law Professor, Massachusetts School of Law

Sally Wallace Attorney at Law, Retired

Martha Walters President, Pinnacle Training Systems

Fidelity House Human Services was founded in 1971 by a group of parents who wanted a secure future for their adult children with developmental disabilities. At that time, when parents were no longer able to provide care, the only option was placement in a state institution. Starting with one group residence for eight people in Lawrence, we have continuously expanded housing options and added a wide variety of supportive services. The agency now provides a home to over 100 people in twenty community residences and dozens of apartments. We also provide a variety of support services for over 500 hundred children, adults and their families.

  • Extremely grateful to the entire staff

    Matthew Keamy, Parent and Board Member
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