Creating a Community of Caring 

​James L. Maher Center

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​​The James L. Maher Center fosters independence and opportunities, promotes dignity and advances integration in housing, employment and social engagement for individuals with developmental or other disabilities through customized programs in order to meet their diversified needs. 

Our Mission

About Us - Creating a Community of Caring and Growth

The James L. Maher Center fosters independence and opportunities, promotes dignity and advances integration in housing, employment and social engagement for individuals with developmental or other disabilities through customized programs in order to meet their diversified needs. 

The James L. Maher Center embarked on its mission in 1953, when 13 families came together for the common purpose of developing community alternatives for people with disabilities.

The Center was a pioneer in the establishment of community residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities at a time when the only alternatives were nursing homes, state institutions or neglect of the special needs of these individuals.

The Maher Center founders had modest hopes, to provide one or two group homes and a day program for their sons and daughters. The scope of our activity and support has grown dramatically over the years.

Today the Center annually serves approximately 300 families throughout Newport and Bristol counties, operates 11 group homes, a community day program, and supplies more than 2000 rides a week for Maher Center participants and other members of the community.

Yet our purpose remains the same: To support individuals with developmental disabilities by helping them to increase their independence, self-esteem, productivity, integration and participation within their local communities.