History

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 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 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.

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 Counties.

Launched as a pilot project in 2009 with North Adams Public Schools, BFAIR’s Clinical Department offers clinical supports using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for students with autism attending schools through Berkshire County and Southern Vermont, as well as in-home ABA services that are covered by major insurance providers.

In 2014, BFAIR saw great expansions. A new residence was developed for four women with acquired brain injuries (ABI) previously residing in nursing homes. This initial home has led the path for four additional homes dedicated to the care of people living with ABI.  Presently, BFAIR has homes throughout the Berkshires, as well as Northampton and Westfield.

With continued growth and need for services, BFAIR opened a second day habilitation and community based day services center in 2015 on Roberts Drive in North Adams. In 2016, our Pittsfield administrative offices found a new home on Willis Street.  This second administrative office houses our individual and family support program, several employment program staff, and has a full kitchen and conference spaces for the use of the entire organization.

With over 320 staff, serving nearly 600 member of our communities, BFAIR operates on a $13 million budget annually.

Additionally, BFAIR is supported as member agency of the Northern Berkshire United Way and the Williamstown Community Chest. Our community support is tremendous.  As a result, BFAIR is a member of the 1Berkshire, North Adams Chamber of Commerce, Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, and Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.