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The PLUS Company

The mission of the PLUS Company, an acronym for People Learning Useful Skills, is to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their independence. We serve over 400 individuals and families with offices in Nashua, New Hampshire and Lawrence and Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Our goal is to provide a supportive, innovative, and creative environment that assists individuals with disabilities to develop useful skills, increase self-reliance, and become vital, productive members of their communities.  What makes us unique is that our services allow individuals to explore Home and Life skills, along with Educational/Social and Work Skills all in ONE agency. Programs are created with the vision that all people with disabilities have the confidence, dignity, and skills needed to lead quality lives.

Established in 1972, The PLUS Company, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit entity in 1978.  In 1981 Chief Judge Shane Devine of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire issued an order which mandated that residents of the Laconia State School be de-institutionalized and then implemented a process by which those residents were allowed to return to and live in their communities. This greatly increased the need for community-based services for people with developmental disabilities and resulted in the rapid growth of The PLUS Company, Inc.. Several group homes were established in the Greater Nashua area, and an emphasis was placed on vocational training and skill building.  Over the years, The PLUS Company, Inc. has continued to grow, creating innovative, individualized programming to serve the changing needs of individuals with disabilities and their communities. The PLUS Company expanded into Massachusetts in 1988 with its first office in Andover, MA and eventually moving to Tewksbury and Lawrence. In 2005, The PLUS Company, Inc.’s Progress Center opened its doors, making way for more Adult Education classes and enrichment programs.  In 2010 The PLUS Company, Inc. purchased 19 Chestnut Street in Nashua, which will allow for even more growth and opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the Nashua area.

Through the years, the goals and objectives of The PLUS Company, Inc. have evolved to maximize options for vocational, social and financial independence, and integration for adults with disabilities. Today, the vocational focus of The The PLUS Company, Inc. has shifted away from sheltered workshops to inclusive employment opportunities with the community. Group homes are giving way to individually supported home environments. The result has created dramatic improvements in the lives of the people served.

To learn more, please visit www.pluscompany.org and www.facebook.com/pluscompany.  You can also call us at 603-889-0652.

Posted on: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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