Our Mission

To promote independence and quality of life for elders and individuals with disabilities by preventing premature or inappropriate institutionalization.


Project Independence, a community-based, non-profit organization, was founded in July 1982 by a group of individuals concerned with the health and wellbeing of the elderly and disabled who needed assistance and support in order to remain independent and live at home.

Since receiving certification from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Project Independence has developed a diverse program that has helped improve the physical and mental health of over 400 adults.

Through our unique, flexible programs, we strive to:

  • Recognize each individual’s unique strengths and weaknesses as well as their potential for growth and development.
  • Assume a holistic approach to well being—recognizing the interrelationship among the physical, social, emotional and environmental factors.
  • Restore and stimulate capacities for independence through promoting positive attitudes toward self-image, while providing supports for functional limitations.
  • Reduce the isolation and prejudice usually associated with the frail and impaired.
  • Ensure continued relationships within the family structure and community by enabling your loved one to maintain those roles for as long as possible.
  • Prevent premature/inappropriate institutionalization by helping families meet and cope with all the physical, social, and emotional needs of your loved one.
  • Become an extended family for participants and caregivers by offering them the resources, education, support, and counseling they need.
  • Affirm the value of human life, dignity, and self worth of your loved one.

Bridging the gap between total independence and long term care.

Founded in 1982, Project Independence provides opportunities for frail and impaired adults to improve their quality of life and ensure them freedom of choice and independence. Serving seniors and disabled people over 18 of the Greater New Bedford area, Project Independence provides a program of services and activities that enable these individuals to remain in their homes and communities—helping to bridge the gap between total independence and long term care. Your loved one will benefit from a safe and reassuring environment where they are treated with dignity and respect. Certified geriatric nurses and a professional, multi-lingual staff provides health care monitoring, challenging activities stimulating social experiences, and good nutrition. We also work with you to help ease the strain that dealing with chronic disability places on a family. We pledge to support the individual and the family with all resources to help maintain the dignity and worth of the each person we serve through:
  • Self-empowerment through participation. Your loved one has the right to participate in their care plan, confidentiality, and privacy regardless of their age and frailty. The right to have a voice in their treatment should not be eliminated because of their limitations or needs.
  • A universal path for growth. Your loved one is unique and has potential for growth and development in spite of their physical, social, or emotional limitations. We will work with them to provide the opportunity to develop their self-worth and image so they can remain active within their community.

My dad was lonely at home. He was able to make friends and socialize at Project Independence.

- Family Member