Our History

For more than 138 years, Saint Vincent’s has provided a safe, nurturing environment for children and families in need. At its founding, Saint Vincent’s Services was an orphanage, established by the Sisters of Mercy serving as a home for children whose parent or parents were unable to care for them due to ill health, death, lack of financial means or other challenges. Over the years, we have adapted our programs and services to meet the changing needs of children, youth and families as they face a variety of issues, including abuse, neglect, poverty, addiction, mental illness, emotional and behavioral problems, domestic abuse and family trauma and learning challenges.

original Saint Vincent's home

Saint Vincent’s Services is a multi-service, behavioral health, child and family serving organization providing direct care, in-home and community-based services, outpatient behavioral health, residential and group living support, many forms of support and stabilization for families, and life skills training for children and youth . Annually, care is provided for over 1,000 children and youth, newborn to 22 years of age, and their families, coping with childhood abuse as well as, neglect, poverty, addictions, mental illness, domestic violence and trauma within the family, emotional and behavioral programs and challenges in learning.

Throughout Massachusetts and indeed across the country, there has been considerable focus on empowering families to remain intact within their communities of origin rather than separating them through long-term out-of-home placements. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and other child-serving state agencies and insurers, Saint Vincent’s Services continues to refine its programs and services to meet the needs of the communities we serve. This has resulted in significant changes in our array of programs as we provide children and families with a continuum of service delivery options. Whether through our out-patient mental health clinic or our in-home clinical services, families can now get the help they need by contacting our Intake Coordinator directly. The Intake Coordinator will then assist in securing the program or level of care that meets the family’s needs. Our clinical team is trained to take into account the emotional, physical and developmental needs of the children, youth and families we serve to ensure accurate assessment and successful treatment.

We work to restore hope and promote growth and change by providing families with comprehensive assessment and treatment services. Our approach to care is non-judgmental, and we honor the cultural diversity that characterizes the children and families we care for.


Our main campus is located in Fall River, Massachusetts.


Most of our services, including our outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic and various group care services, are provided at our Fall River campus on Highland Avenue. in Fall River We also maintain a community residential group home in Fall River off-site and provide community-based and in-home and in-school services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. 

In 1970, the facility moved into a state of the art campus currently composed of nine residential cottages, administrative building and chapel. Presently, Saint Vincent’s Services maintains a variety of campus and community based programs as well as behavioral health clinic. As an agency sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church, the philosophy of Saint Vincent’s reflects the moral teachings of the church. It is a place for individuals to be free from negative, dysfunctional behavior and regain a sense of trust, hope and confidence. We provide a broad range of services and programs which can support children, youth, and families in meeting life’s challenges with a view towards maintaining the stability and permanence of the family, to the fullest extent possible.

Saint Vincent’s Services provides a continuum of residential and clinical services to children adolescents, and their families. We are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. In addition, to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to provide services to youth, families, and adults. Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, we were established in 1885 as an orphanage staffed by the Sisters of Mercy, and accredited by the Council of Accreditation. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. EIN # 04-2106681.

Licenses and Accreditations

  • Accredited by the Council of Accreditation (COA)
  • Licensed by the MA Department of Public Health (PDH)
  • Licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
  • A Mistry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River
  • Member, Children League of MA