...The Vocational Advancement Center (VAC), a non-profit, vocational services provider has been serving the greater Boston community since 1957. VAC was created as a subsidiary of the Greater Boston Arc to provide a sheltered employment site for adults with developmental disabilities. In 1981, VAC became a separate corporation, broadening the population served to include people living with mental health issues, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, learning disabilities or other barriers to employment. It was also during this time that VAC began to focus on community employment and helping those we serve to fully engage with their local community.
Today, VAC serves over 200 program participants annually. Participants are referred through state agencies such as the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or through other community connections.
Our mission at VAC is to provide the supports and services needed to assist those we serve to achieve career goals and improve their quality of life. VAC promotes choice, dignity, respect, and independence while assisting individuals to maximize work opportunities and earnings potential.