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About Us

About Us

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. For almost 130 years, the Fall River Deaconess Home has utilized the philosophy and practice of structure, consistency and safety to support young women and families.

At the Fall River Deaconess Home, comprehensive treatment services are provided to young women, ages 11-22, and their families.  Qualified personnel deliver Family Support and Stabilization; Residential Treatment; and Group Living services directly to youth and families. Services include community-based family preservation, specialized clinical treatment, comprehensive healthcare, psychiatric consultation, academic instruction, vocational preparation and a therapeutic and engaging program activity schedule. The Fall River Deaconess Home impacts youth by promoting optimal physical, nutritional, behavioral and developmental health.

The Deaconess Home serves racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse youth, ages 11 to 22, and their families. The youth whom Deaconess serve may have a combination of psychiatric, cognitive, and behavioral difficulties including aggressive, self-injurious or high risk behaviors. Some specific issues faced by the youth in care include, but are not limited to; disrupted adoption; trauma; physical or sexual abuse; substance use; acting-out behaviors; mild-moderate cognitive disabilities; as well as personality and character disorders.

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
Bonnie Mello, Assistant Treasurer
Frances L. Tyrrell, Secretary

Board of Managers

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


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

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