Career Resources Corporation to Merge with Fidelity House

November 27, 2018 — Career Resources Corporation, a Haverhill-based nonprofit that provides family, day, residential, and other services to people with disabilities and other challenges, has reportedly agreed to merge with Fidelity House Human Services in Lawrence, a nonprofit that provides similar services.

The merger, reported by radio station WHAV, will occur at the beginning of 2019, with the merged entity being called Fidelity House CRC.

Bradley Howell, chief executive officer of Career Resources Corporation (CRC), in an email to employees, said the combined organization will, according to WHAV, " have 500 employees, but there may be layoffs due to duplicate positions."

Howell also reportedly noted, that “being a larger organization will qualify us for funding opportunities that were previously out of reach. Being larger also gets us quantity discounts and better rates on things like insurance.”

He also said offering a greater number of services and positions as added reasons for the merger.

Further details were not available from CRC or Fidelity House Human Services.

The merger furthers a trend of mergers between Haverhill nonprofits and entities beyond the city, WHAV noted:
  • Home Health VNA joined with VNA Home Care in 1995.

  • United Way of Merrimack Valley merged with United Way of Massachusetts Bay of Boston in 2006.

  • The Haverhill YMCA merged into the YMCA of the North Shore in Beverly, also around 2006.

  • The Haverhill YWCA merged with the YWCA of Greater Lawrence several years ago and last year changed its name to YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts.
CRC was founded in 1968 as the Work Activity Center and was founded as a division of the North Essex County ARC as a traditional sheltered workshop. It became an independent agency in 1974 in order to focus on the needs of indigent individuals with disabilities in Haverhill.

In 1994, CRC began providing supports within residential settings, and today provides supportive housing for 78 people in Haverhill, Amesbury and Salisbury, and in 2013 opened a home for people with acquired brain injury in Salisbury.

Fidelity House Human Services was founded in 1971 with one group residence for eight people in Lawrence. The agency now provides a home to 140 people in 20 community residences and dozens of apartments. It also provides a variety of support services for more than 700 hundred children, adults, and their families.

For the year ending June 30, 2017, CRC reported $8.8 million in revenue, of which $7.1 million came from contributions and grants, and $8.5 million in expenses, and had net assets totaling $3.1 million, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.