Making Life More Meaningful

35 Charlestown Street, Somerville, MA 02143 Tel: 617-776-1448 Fax: 617-629-3568


Walnut Street Center, Inc is a nonprofit human service agency that provides comprehensive supports to adults with developmental disabilities in the Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville area.  The agency was founded in 1970 by a group of parents who became frustrated with the lack of services and activities for their children so decided to take matters into their own hands and create a program to fulfill those needs.  Walnut Street Center began as a small agency providing recreational and educational day services and has grown over the years to provide comprehensive services including day programs, employment training programs, residential programs and individual support services. Despite its growth over the years Walnut Street Center continues to provide a family approach to its services, ensuring that all Individuals receive the highest quality of services and are treated with dignity and respect.  Each Individual and each staff member is truly part of the Walnut Street family.

The mission of the Walnut Street Center is to provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live engaged and meaningful lives.  The agency accomplishes this mission by offering a variety of support services that provide the opportunity to live, work, volunteer, and socialize within the community.  Walnut Street treats each person as an individual and recognizes this individuality in its approach to treatment.  Opportunities are developed that reflect personal choice and preference along with individual need.  Walnut Street Center continues to develop and enhance its services to meet the changing needs of the people it serves.