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A leader in supporting people with developmental disabilities



Employment & Day Services

Assisted by job counselors, participants are placed individually or in crews within a variety of community businesses.


Residential Services

Charles River provides housing to adults with developmental disabilities in Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Natick and other MetroWest communities.


Family Support

Offering a broad range of recreational programs, advocacy services, educational seminars and a multitude of resources to children and families.


Day Habilitation

For adults with complex needs, we provide physical, occupational, speech and music therapies with full-time nursing supervision.

Featured News  

Rain, rain, go away

The weather is iffy for our Ellie Bloom Olympics this Saturday.  We will make an announcement as to whether or not we will hold the. . .


Freia David in the Boston Globe

Read the Boston Globe article about Freia David's retirement from McDonald's in Needham after 32 years. 


The Charles River Center Announces New President, Anne-Marie Bajwa

Philip V. Robey, Chairman of the Board at the Charles River Center, has announced that Anne-Marie Bajwa has been selected as the organization’s next. . .


New Program: Adult Family Care

We are pleased to announce that the Charles River Center’s Adult Family Care program is up and running, and we are seeking referrals to the. . .



Ellie Bloom Special Olympics

10/01/16 @ 10:00 AM
DeFazio Park, Needham
The 28th annual Ellie Bloom Special Olympics will be held on Saturday,. . .