Our Story

For five decades we have been developing the means and opportunities for individuals, companies, and communities to discover how well we succeed when belonging and access are opened to us all.

Imagine the best relationships in your life. The relationships in which you feel seen, heard, and valued for who you are. Relationships where you contribute as much as you receive. Just being around these relationships makes you feel more confident, more connected, more yourself; More equipped to contribute your all.

In reality, this community of connection is not accessible to everyone. Some individuals are not yet valued for their strengths, and when this happens, everyone loses out. At Viability, together with our program participants and employer and education partners, we prove daily that embracing different abilities is a super-power where everyone wins.

OUR MISSION

Build a world in which individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages realize acceptance, inclusion, and access.

OUR VISION

Be a community of program participants and staff making inclusion and access of individuals with disabilities or disadvantages a way for people, businesses, and communities to succeed together.

Our network of services are designed to promote access, equity, and inclusion for individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages. Our programs connect individuals’ choices, strengths, and goals with options for employment, job training, skill-building, and community living. The result is a community of connection that is richer for all.

Sum of Our Parts

Our agency’s strength lies in proven approaches for developing each individual’s capabilities while growing the capabilities of communities and employers to thrive through inclusion. Viability comprises 425+ caring, effective staff eager to welcome new program participants and members, alongside 4,000 current members who are served daily across 34 sites throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and New York. As an organization committed to high standards and best practiceswe are GuideStar Gold, accredited by CARF and certified by Clubhouse International.

Featured Staff
Frederick Oballa

Frederick Oballa

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST
"I feel like am part of a family here at Viability. We work together in unity and appreciation no matter the situation."

Our Board Of Directors

Francis Fitzgerald
CHAIR

Vice President, Property Management
Opal Real Estate Group

JONATHAN STEPHEN DEAN (STEVE)
Vice Chair

Operations Manager
Advance Auto

THOMAS BIENKOWSKI
Secretary/Clerk

Retired Engineer

TIMOTHY J. MARINI
CHAIR EMERITUS

Hub International

CHARLENE SMOLKOWICZ
Treasurer

Commercial Credit Manager
Freedom Credit Union

COLLEEN HOLMES
Non-Voting Member

President and CEO
Viability Inc.

AMELIA "LIA" SPILIOTES
Chief Executive Officer
STEPHEN L. SOBEY

Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C.

Melissa English

Senior Audit Manager
MP Group

Make a Positive Change

YOU can be a part of breaking down societal barriers and ensuring opportunities for our program members to live, learn, work, and thrive in their communities and the world by contributing your voice or making a donation.