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About Us

Our History
Mission & Philosophy
Meet Our Team
Board of Managers

The Fall River Deaconess Home was founded in the spring of 1893 to offer under privileged women a safe and nurturing environment. Since its inception, the Deaconess Home has instilled the value of community to young women and has provided for them education, recreation, vocational training and a place to call home. Medical, psycho-social and psychiatric services were added in 1941 and in the 1960s, Deaconess opened its first site for Group Home services. Today, the Deaconess Home is a vibrant, dynamic agency, which provides cutting edge, comprehensive treatment services to youth and families in need and remains true to founding principles. Our transparent and predictable behavior support system is designed to maintain the safety of the resident and employees, reduce the need for crisis intervention and strengthen the residents’ interpersonal and daily living skills.

Our goal at the Fall River Deaconess Home is to develop in youth, the social and academic skills necessary to engage fully and freely in the traditional life systems of family, community, school, and work.  For almost 130 years, the Fall River Deaconess Home has utilized the philosophy and practice of structure, consistency and safety to support youth and families.

Maureen K. Philbin: Executive Director
Email: mphilbin@deaconesshome.org

Erie Contreras, M.Ed: Director of Community Programs; Support & Stabilization
Email: eriec@deaonesshome.org

Joy Edwards, MSW: Director of Operations & Professional Services
Email: joye@deaconesshome.org

Pam Gagne, CPA: Director of Finance and IT Services
Email: pamg@deaconesshome.org

Stacy Harris, LICSW: Director of Clinical Services
Email: stacyh@deaconesshome.org

Hilda Moniz, LCSW
Email: hildam@deaconesshome.org

Amina Serderavic, M.Ed: Educational Coordinator
Email: aminas@deconesshome.org

Catherine Voltas, FNP-BC: Nurse Practitioner
Email: catherinev@deaconesshome.org

Grace Williams, M.Ed: Director of Administration and Development
Email: gracew@deaconesshome.org

PRESIDENT Laurette A. Shabshelowitz
1st VICE PRESIDENT Karin E. Wood
CLERK/SECRETARY Frances L. Tyrrell

John V. Carvalho, III
Beverly Letendre
Carol McShane
Aileen Mack
Robert Mendes
Diana M. Taxiera
Stephanie Terach
Irene Borum

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

Arthur M. DeAscentis

Services Provided:

Residential Education

Intensive Group Home

Group Home

Pre-Independent Living

Support & Stabilization

Day School


  • Deaconess has helped me have a fresh start and a better version of myself. I have gone on many outings and activities that I have never done before and I am thankful for that.

    Liana R,
    Resident, 2021
  • I guarantee you will leave Deaconess with at least two new life skills. Deaconess staff are the most persistent people I have ever met when it comes to advocating for their residents. Overall, Deaconess is benevolent!

    Luci M.
    Resident, 2021