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Mission Statement

The mission of the Walnut Street Center is to empower adults who have developmental disabilities to make meaningful life choices. The agency accomplishes this mission by offering a variety of support services that provide opportunities to live, work, volunteer and socialize in the community. The walnut Street Center is currently developing and enhancing support services to meet the changing needs of the people who are served by this agency


Walnut Street Center, Inc. is a nonprofit, human service agency that provides comprehensive support services to adults who have developmental disabilities and their families. The agency was founded in 1970 by parents who wanted supports for their children, and other adults who had similar needs, in their community. The Walnut Street Center now provides services to people who live in the communities of Somerville, Cambridge and Arlington.

The Walnut Street Center's community-based services include day and employment training programs, residential and respite programs, social service and clinical supports and specialized services including assisted living, Alzheimer's and day habilitation programs. The goal of all of these services is to provide the resources and support that will enable the people we serve to live rewarding and productive lives in the community.

An important program at WSC is Boston Buddies.

Boston Buddies Fitness Program pairs volunteers with adults who have developmental disabilities to increase opportunities, access, and motivation for exercise. Creating fitness opportunities is especially critical for this population because of the higher susceptibility to obesity and secondary health problems. Poor fitness impacts quality of daily life, prevents enjoyment of leisure activities without fatigue, and creates barriers to successful employment. Our mission is to help adults with developmental disabilities integrate physical fitness into their daily lives and achieve a higher standard of healthy living. Teams coordinate their schedules and meet for moderate cardiovascular activity (running, jogging, walking, biking, basketball, swimming, taichi, etc).

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