About Us

We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting people with disabilities and those with significant challenges. We see ourselves as partners with the people we serve, with their families, with our funders, community groups and individual donors…all for the purpose of empowering the individuals we serve to pursue their goals and live a fulfilled life.

In considering what the future holds for human services organizations, we have developed a strategic plan that focuses on innovation. To view a summary of our 2019 Interim Strategic Plan, click here. Special recognition and thanks goes to private foundations such as the Cummings Foundation http://www.cummingsfoundation.org and the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation http://www.thetowerfoundation.org. for supporting two important strategic initiatives.

You can view our most recent Annual Report here.

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.

Brad Howell 
President and CEO

Message from the Board Chair

Our Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who are committed to the mission of Fidelity House CRC. 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
President of Abbot Financial Management

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Andrew Novelline (Chair) President, Abbot Financial Management
Walter Meyer (Vice-Chair) Tax Executive Director, Ernst & Young, PC
Chuck Walker (Treasurer) President, Pentucket Bank
Kara Johnson (Clerk) Attorney at Law, Spruce Law LLC

Carol Curtin Associate Director, E. K. Shriver Center, Associate Professor, UMass Medical School
Darlene Beal Executive Director, Haverhill Community Television
Firouz Tehrani Owner, Abol M. Tehrani – Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry
George Moriarty Executive Director, Northern Essex Community College, Corporate & Community Ed., Retired
Gregory Spurr Senior Vice President, Blue Hills Bank
Holly Vietzke-Lynch Attorney at Law, Holly Lynch Law, LLC
James Manfield, Entrepreneur and Consultant, Retired
James Smith Office Manager, Commercial Collision Services
Janet Odenwelder Vice President, Haverhill Bank
John Lamoureux Senior Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations, Akermes, Inc.
Lisa Staff Owner, Simply Organized
Nancy McCafferty Senior Relationship Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Stu Davis Vice President, Fred C. Church Insurance
Thomas Sullivan Attorney at Law, Law Office of Thomas J. Sullivan
Wayne Simmons, Jr. Attorney at Law, Morris, Rossi & Hayes

Fidelity House CRC began in 1968 when an agency that would later evolve into Career Resources Corporation (CRC) opened a traditional sheltered workshop, providing meaningful work activities for adults with developmental disabilities. In 1971, Fidelity House, Inc. was founded as a single group home in Lawrence, an alternative to placement in a state institution for eight adults with disabilities. Both agencies have continuously expanded services, creating new housing options and providing a wide variety of supportive services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or other significant challenges. In 2019, Fidelity House, Inc. and CRC merged into one organization for the purpose of further enhancing services, improving efficiency and increasing the capacity for future innovation.

Highlights:

  • In 1991, Fidelity House established the Latino Medical Program to increase access to medical care for Spanish speaking families caring for someone with disabilities.
  • In 1994 Fidelity House was chosen to provide intensive in-home support for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • From 1994 to the present, Fidelity House and CRC have gradually expanded residential programs for adults with disabilities, now managing 26 homes in the Merrimack Valley.
  • In 2008, Fidelity House became the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Family Support Center for the Merrimack Valley, providing service navigation, support groups, respite, and a wide variety of therapeutic, recreational and educational activities.
  • In 2009, CRC implemented Day Habilitation services and introduced Community Based Day Supports. This created more options for work and other activities in the community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • In 2011, CRC created a unique employment program for veterans.
  • In 2013, CRC opened a home for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) in response to the growing need for housing that is affordable and wheelchair accessible.
  • In 2014, CRC completed a transition from sheltered workshops to community-based employment programs.
  • In 2016, CRC started a pre-employment internship program for teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • In 2017, Fidelity House opened a new residential program for young adults who have aged out of the special education system require 24/7 support.
  • In 2018, Fidelity House created a community residence program for adults with disabilities who require 24/7 nursing support.
  • As of January 1, 2019, Fidelity House CRC serves 1,200 individuals with disabilities or other challenges.
  • "Your team is compassionate, thorough, and tenacious."

    Carmen Fulchini, Home Depot Manager

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