Welcome to Ascentria Care Alliance!

What does "Ascentria" mean? We define it as "rising together." At Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England), we are called to strengthen communities by empowering people to respond to life’s challenges.

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Our goals are big:

To break the cycle of poverty, and build thriving communities where everyone has the chance to achieve their full potential, regardless of background or disadvantage. Through our Equipped to Thrive holistic care model, we are focused on providing wrap-around services that empower vulnerable individuals and families in transition to move forward and thrive – physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually and economically. 

With many locations throughout the region, Ascentria serves children, youth and families; persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness; refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors; and older adults.

Through productive collaborations and partnerships, we create measurable, positive impact that strengthens and enriches our communities. 

Ascentria's bright future would not be possible without the strength and convictions of our past.
LSS Avon Orphans Home
We're here today because of the foresight and generosity of a pious brewer by the name of Gottlieb F. Burkhardt, whose summer farm in West Roxbury would eventually become the Martin Luther Orphan's Home at Brook Farm in 1872. A volunteer organization with a commitment to helping children as well as "aged, weak, and helpless persons," Brook Farm would soon be followed by the establishment of a Lutheran agency to assist lonely seafarers on the busy docks of Boston. Our social ministry had begun!

Over the years, our pledge to provide help, healing and hope to those in need expanded throughout New England. By 1992, the agency had a new name, Lutheran Social Services of New England. Today, Ascentria Care Alliance continues its legacy.
LSS Roxbury Orphanage
Our Vision
We envision thriving communities where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential regardless of background or disadvantage. Together with our partners, we inspire people to help one another reach beyond their current circumstances and realize new possibilities.

Our Mission
We are called to strengthen communities by empowering people to respond to life’s challenges.

Our Values
Faith in action: Courage, Compassion, Integrity

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Financial Overview

The audited financial statements of Ascentria Care Alliance represent the activity of the parent organization and its thirteen wholly owned subsidiaries.

As we reflect back on this past year, it cannot be denied that it was extremely emotional in so many ways. We were, and still are, a nation coping with a pandemic, struggling with racial inequity, and dealing with political divisiveness. 

We’ve felt fear, despair, and uncertainty. But we are also starting to see new possibilities. Possibilities in new conversations, new commitment to change, and not just “returning to normal” but building a new, more equitable, more compassionate, more sustainable future. 

2021 Annual Report

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Ascentria Care Alliance and President/CEO, Angela Bovill, Named one of the Top 100 Women-led Businesses in Massachusetts

Ascentria Care Alliance
Business office
11 Shattuck Street
Worcester, MA 01605
877.500.8263 Toll Free