LifeStream provides community-based services that support individuals in attaining greater independence, promising opportunities, and lives that are meaningful and fulfilling on their own terms.


We envision a world where people of all abilities are embraced, supported, and celebrated. All people live and work in communities in which they meaningfully contribute, continuously grow, and lead the life they choose.

Values – The Three C’s

Community – we value the people we serve and the communities they are a part of. We strive to ensure every person lives a full life in engaging and supportive communities.

Commitment – we are committed to being a cohesive, diverse team. We provide high-quality resources and support to maximize independence for those we work with, ensuring they can thrive in their everyday lives.

Continuous Learning – we give our full effort in all aspects of our work and throughout our organization, investing in our growth and development every step of the way.


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.

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
  • Autism Services for adults over the age of 22. Services are highly individualized and may include any of the above-mentioned services as well as social skills training.
  • Outpatient ABA services for individuals with autism 3 to 26 years of age, accepting all medical insurance plans
  • Day Habilitation services designed to specifically support individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injury and autism.  This is a full day program focused on developing skills in self-help independent living, socialization and therapeutic services.
  • Services for those with Acquired Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • AT and Remote Services
  • 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
  • Public and Private Insurance


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:


Bonnie Mello Bonnie Mello,
President & Chief Executive Officer

D-Hughes-smDoug Hughes,
Vice President, Clinical Services

Lori KyddLori Kydd,
Vice President, Operations

H-Tuttle-smHelen Tuttle,
Vice President, Accounting and Finance

R-Baptiste-smRhonda Baptiste,
VP of Employment and Staff Development



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.


Tim Warren, Chair

Michelle Neves Hantman, Vice Chair

Michael Fitzpatrick, Treasurer

Melissa Desroches, Secretary

Jan Baptist

Melissa Bessey

Rod Campopiano

Melissa Desroches

Michael Kehoe

Suzanne Kokkins

Debra Lee