Employment Options’ rich history goes back to 1967 when we operated as a sheltered workshop addressing the needs of adults with mental illnesses.
In 1988, the clubhouse model, built around voluntary community-based programs, began in Massachusetts.
In 1990, two former service agencies – Better World, and Inman Rehabilitation merged all their sites, rented a new 6,000 square foot facility in Marlborough, and named it Employment Options.
In 2002, as the agency grew, it reached beyond its original mission of serving people with mental illnesses to help all who face barriers to employment by supplying critical workforce development services.
In 2012, our social enterprise, Catering Options launched, and through this innovative program, we provide professional training and work experience to unemployed and underemployed individuals with a passion for food.
In 2022, Employment Options was awarded the Department of Mental Health contract for Compass Clubhouse (Fitchburg, MA), serving 13 towns in North County.
Today, the agency also serves young adults, families, and job-seekers who need career mentoring.
Although our service models and agency name have changed over the years, what has remained constant is the belief that employment is an essential tool for successful mental health recovery.