History

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Dedicated to meeting the unique needs of people with disabilities, BFAIR incorporated in 1994 and opened their first residential home for people with developmental disabilities. Two years later, a Day Habilitation program was launched, offering individualized services for adults with disabilities.

In 2000, the agency was awarded its first vocational contract. Today BFAIR’s Arcadia Employment Services vocational program offers employment, training and job placement services for close to two hundred people with disabilities annually.

Moving forward, the agency relocated its administrative office and Day Habilitation program to a new facility on South Church Street, North Adams. Simultaneously, a satellite office was opened in Pittsfield, offering Individual and Family Support Services to promote semi-independent living for adults with disabilities as well as outreach services to families.

Eleven residences, shared living arrangements and supported apartments provide living assistance for seventy adults with disabilities. BFAIR’s Adult Family Care program provides people with medical, physical or intellectual disabilities in home with a family member or qualified caregiver. Launched as a pilot project in 2009 with North Adams Public Schools, BFAIR’s Children and Adolescent program now offers clinical supports using the principles of applied behavior analysis for students with autism attending schools through Berkshire County and Southern Vermont.

In 2014, BFAIR saw great expansions. A new residence was developed for four women with acquired brain injuries previously residing in nursing homes. Most recently, BFAIR has been awarded contracts through Elder Services of the Berkshires to provide homecare services (licensed practical nursing care and homemaker services) throughout the Berkshires and Franklin County.

BFAIR currently employs over 250 and continues to see expansion for 2015 and beyond.

A member agency of the Northern Berkshire United Way and the Williamstown Community Chest, BFAIR celebrates its 20th anniversary. Over the years, staff and the volunteer Board of Directors take great pride in having received two consecutive state licensing reviews with “Distinction”, the highest level achievable.