You can make a difference!

Help over 5,000 people with disabilities in Northeastern Massachusetts live independently in the community of their choice!

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You helped Mary move into her new home

Mary was struggling living in Boston on $700 a month. As an older person with a disability and without family involved in her life, Mary needed help. She reached out to our Community Supports program. We worked side-by-side with Mary researching housing options, helping her with complex applications, and being a source of support as she anxiously waited to hear back.

When Mary found out she received affordable housing in the community of her choice, she was thrilled! But, she was immediately faced with a new challenge. She only had two weeks to move into her new apartment or else she would lose it. Mary didn’t know what to do. Her physical disability prevented her from lifting anything heavy and she had no one to help her move. She needed to hire a moving company, but she couldn’t afford it. The minimal funds she had, she needed for a deposit on the apartment.

Mary reached out to several places to see if they could help her with moving expenses, but none of them had funds available. Because of you, we were able to cover the cost of a moving company for Mary. After moving into her apartment, Mary sent us a letter expressing her sincere gratitude. Her “thank you” belongs to you. 

How to Give

  • Mail a check to Northeast Independent Living Program, 20 Ballard Road, Lawrence, MA 01843
  • Give online here
  • Ask your bank to issue automatic monthly checks to NILP

NILP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible. Our tax id number is 04-2701631.

Questions? Contact Candice Pechilis, Director of Development, at (978) 687-4288 ext. 165 or

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What is the NILP Independence Fund?

An emergency fund for people with disabilities who are facing an undue financial hardship and have no other means of support.

The NILP Independence Fund pays for things like:

  • First month’s rent, furniture or moving expenses when transitioning from nursing homes and other facilities into home or community-based living.
  • Assistive technology such as power wheelchairs, prosthetic devices and computer software.
  • Home or vehicle modifications such as ramps, chairlifts and other adaptive technologies.
  • Other emergency situations for which no other sources of support exist.

Ways to Give

One-time or Monthly Gifts: provide essential resources and services for consumers who don’t qualify for other sources of support or have unmet needs.

Memory or Honorary Gifts: honor a loved one, friend or colleague by donating in their memory or honor. Your gift will be acknowledged to the individual and/or family.

Events: sponsor, volunteer or donate (in-kind or financial) at one of our events.

Matching Gifts or Workplace Giving: some employers will match your donation or offer to withhold a portion of your paycheck and donate it to a nonprofit. Ask your Human Resources department if they participate in matching gift or workplace giving programs. 

Planned Gifts: leave a legacy by including NILP in your will or trust or naming us as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, retirement account, charitable gift annuity or donor-advised fund. These gifts can be arranged through your financial advisor or attorney.