Mission

LifeStream, Inc. provides community-based services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts that promote personal dignity, independence and the removal of barriers through the provision of individualized support and education.

History

LifeStream was founded in 1976 by a group of concerned parents seeking better care for their adult children with intellectual and physical disabilities. There were few options then for quality care, and many remained in institutions with limited services and unfulfilling lives. The establishment of LifeStream created respectful, professional care for those in need.

LifeStream has grown to become one of the premier non-profit human service organizations in southeastern Massachusetts. Despite our growth, we are still committed to the early vision of those parents who fought so hard to enrich the lives of their children.

Guiding Principles

Those we serve have access to quality resources and opportunities to develop their potential and achieve their dreams. Therefore, we actively oppose prejudice and intolerance, celebrating the value in all people regardless of their abilities, appearance or beliefs. LifeStream strives to contribute to each neighborhood where we reside. Furthermore, we work diligently to be a fair, thoughtful and supportive employer.

Core Services

LifeStream offers our participants an array of services and care:

  • Community residences for those needing 24-hour supervision and a greater degree of support
  • Services for those living on their own but requiring individualized support to maintain their independence
  • Residential options for individuals who cannot safely live alone and want the comfort of a home environment
  • Supported Employment/Community-Based Supports providing therapeutic, educational and employment supports for adults with disabilities
  • Employment & Training programs to assist economically disadvantaged people find and maintain career employment
  • Autism Services for children between 3 and 22 years of age
  • Services for those with Acquired Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Clinical Services to optimize the health and well-being of the individuals we serve, including medical, psychological, physical, occupational and speech therapy

Accreditation and Funding

LifeStream is licensed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. LifeStream is also licensed as a private business school by the Massachusetts Department of Education. We receive substantial support from various sources including:

  • Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  • Massachusetts Department of Medical Assistance
  • Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
  • Service fees
  • Private donations

Leadership

LifeStream is led by an experienced team of professionals who are passionate about serving the needs of adults with mental and physical disabilities. Our senior management team includes:

Board of Directors

We are deeply grateful to our Board for their guidance throughout the years. Our success is a result of their dedication, guidance and support.

David Fentress, Chair

Tia Bullard, Vice Chair

Tim Warren, Treasurer

Michele Pratt, Clerk

Eric Braitmayer

Robert Dowd

Kathleen Downey

Pamela MacLeod Lima

Waleed Meleis

Janice Robbins

Jane Ross Stankiewicz

Barbara Weatherford

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