January 19, 2020
Two Worcester Family Services Nonprofits Agree to Merge

November 25, 2019 — Two Worcester nonprofits that provide a broad range of support and counseling services to individuals and adults with significant life challenges last week announced that they will merge.

Seven Hills Foundation, which offers program sites at 160 locations employing 3,800 people, announced that Family Services of Central Massachusetts (FSCM), which provides family counseling, homemaker services, and child care resources, will become an affiliate on Jan. 1.

The affiliation will enable both organizations to build stronger programs for children, adults, and seniors that utilize the strengths and resources of both organizations, Seven Hills Foundation said in a statement.

Jim Regan, executive director of FSCM, will continue leading the organization as vice president of the new affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation.

“After an extensive and thorough process, it was clear that Seven Hills Foundation offered the best path forward for FSCM to continue to fulfill its mission," Regan said. "This affiliation will ensure that Family Services of Central Massachusetts will have the financial stability and programmatic capacity to continue providing our current services to people in central Massachusetts for years to come.

"This affiliation will also provide the leverage to expand into other areas of need in the community as they arise, preserving FSCM’s legacy of responsive service provision.”

David A. Jordan, president of Seven Hills Foundation, commented, "Family Services of Central Massachusetts will continue to provide exceptional services to the central Massachusetts community, as it has for the past 130 years. Their services for children through seniors help those most vulnerable in our community, and together we will expand programming so that more individuals and families are strengthened and valued."

For the year ending June 30, 2017, FSCM reported $3.2 million in revenue and $3.1 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

Since its founding in 1889, FSCM has provided guidance and counseling services. Regan noted in the organization's annual report last year that FSCM operates "in inadequate space to meet the full demand for our services. As a result, we have lost revenue and opportunity."

The challenges FSCM faces are compounded, he noted, by aging Baby Boomers, who will create growing demands for home health care services>

Seven Hills Foundation, founded in 1951, reported $13.9 million in revenue and $12.5 million in expenses for the year ending June 30, 2017. It operates 160 locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and seven countries abroad. FSCM will become the thirteenth affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation.

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