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About Us

About Us

The Fall River Deaconess Home is a private, non-profit, community-based agency offering residential education, group home services, and pre-independent living programs to young women ages 11-22, with an emphasis on family engagement and reunification. Deaconess extends full time into the community by providing comprehensive, step-down, mentoring and transitional age youth support & stabilization services to adolescent young women, their siblings, and identified family. These program aides in the process of reunification as well as acts as a diversionary program, maintaining youth within their home.

As a Caring Together provider, services at the Fall River Deaconess Home are youth-driven, strength-based, and family-centered. We meet clients where they are at the time of referral in order to offer choices of levels of care provided by the agency.

Youth served through the Fall River Deaconess Home are racially, ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse. Young women in our care may be diagnosed with or face some of the following issues: conduct disorders; disrupted adoption; sexual and physical trauma; special medical needs; mild-moderate cognitive disabilities; problematic sexual behaviors, abuse reactive behaviors; substance abuse and learning disabilities. Most come from hardship and difficult socioeconomic circumstances, and, along with their families, struggle with financial insecurity and adversity.

Our Mission

Our goal at the Fall River Deaconess Home is to develop in each young woman the social and academic skills necessary to engage fully and freely in the traditional life systems of family, community, school, and work.

Services Provided:

Residential Education

Intensive Group Home

Group Home

Pre-Independent Living

Support & Stabilization

Day School

Board of Managers

Laurette A. Shabshelowitz,  President
Kathleen Driscoll, 1st Vice President
Karin E. Wood, 2nd Vice President
Jack C. Carey, Treasurer
Aileen Mack, Assistant Treasurer

Board of Managers

Frances L. Tyrrell, Secretary
John V. Carvalho, III
Beverly Letendre
Carol McShane
Kevin Phelan


Peter C. Bogle
Thomas A. D’Ambrosio
Mike J. McNally

Of Counsel

Arthur M. DeAscentis


  • The short period of time that I spent at the Fall River Deaconess Home taught me invaluable life-skills. I was surrounded by a caring staff who were always supportive and willing to help me any way possible. I am currently an employee here and take pride in being able to return the service that was provided for me to other young women.

    - Lindsey B -
    Current Case Aide, Support & Stabilization Program
  • The older you get the more you appreciate Mr. Golden and his committed staff. Deaconess showed me it was okay to love myself and I did deserve to be loved.

    - Brandy -
  • The Deaconess School saved my life. I think about my blessings and what has been important to me in my life, and the first thing that comes to mind is Deaconess Home.

    - Shannon T -
  • I would not have made it this far in life without you all being there for me through ups and downs. Thanks and God Bless.

    - Loretta M -
  • Deaconess empowered me to believe I was good, had good to offer and to make the most of what I had. Staff supported me in independently accomplishing my goals; graduate high school, maintain my job, obtain my own apartment and begin college classes. The genuine compassion from staff allowed me to trust. I could open up and begin to heal. Now I utilize my coping skills to stay a productive part of society. I am now honored to be able to give back as a proud staff member of the Fall River Deaconess Home.

    - Dee Dee -
    Former Resident, Current Staff Member