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
Erie Contreras, M.Ed: Director of Community Programs; Support & Stabilization
Joy Edwards, MSW: Director of Operations & Professional Services
Pam Gagne, CPA: Director of Finance and IT Services
Stacy Harris, LICSW: Director of Clinical Services
Hilda Moniz, LCSW
Amina Serderavic, M.Ed: Educational Coordinator
Catherine Voltas, FNP-BC: Nurse Practitioner
Grace Williams, M.Ed: Director of Administration and Development
PRESIDENT Laurette A. Shabshelowitz
1st VICE PRESIDENT Karin E. Wood
TREASURER Jack C. Carey
ASSISTANT TREASURER Bonnie Mello
CLERK/SECRETARY Frances L. Tyrrell
BOARD OF MANAGERS
John V. Carvalho, III
Diana M. Taxiera
Peter C. Bogle
Thomas A. D’Ambrosio
Mike J. McNally
John F. Golden
Arthur M. DeAscentis
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.
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!