Fall River Deaconess Home was founded in the Spring of 1893 to offer underprivileged women a safe and nurturing environment. Since its inception, Deaconess Home has instilled the value of community to youth and their families and has provided them with 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, that 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 residents and employees, reduce the need for crisis intervention, and strengthen the residents’ interpersonal and daily living skills.
Our Vision is to be the leader and provider of choice for trauma-informed care.
Our Mission is to empower youth and families to develop social, emotional, academic and life skills to engage successfully in the community.
Our Values are:
Equity and Inclusion: Create a fair and equitable environment that promotes a sense of belonging and appreciation for everyone
Safety: Create a culture that is nurturing, predictable and safe
Commitment to Excellence: Provide consistent, high-quality service, care, and support that honors and respects youth, family, staff members and partners
Integrity: Honesty, transparency, and dedication
Collaboration: Cultivate strong partnerships to build relationships and networks to support youth and families
Compassion: Driven by respect and dignity when providing care to youth and families
Maureen K. Philbin, M.Ed.: Executive Director
Hilda Moniz, LCSW: Vice President of Operations
Joy Edwards, MSW: Vice President of Residential Services
Erie Contreras, M.Ed: Director of Community Programs; Support & Stabilization
Pam Gagne, CPA: Director of Finance
Stacy Harris, LICSW: Director of Clinical Services
Amina Serdarevic, M.Ed: Educational Coordinator
PRESIDENT Diana M. Taxiera
1st VICE PRESIDENT Bonnie Mello
2nd VICE PRESIDENT Robert Mendes
TREASURER Jack C. Carey
ASSISTANT TREASURER Laurette A. Shabshelowitz
CLERK/SECRETARY Stephanie Terach
BOARD OF MANAGERS
Jack C. Carey
John V. Carvalho, III
Debra A. Faria
John F. Golden
Pamela H. Mathieu
Laurette A. Shabshelowitz
Diana M. Taxiera
Frances L. Tyrrell
Henry R. Vaillancourt, MD
Karin E. Wood
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!