Mission and History

To empower individuals in need of human services to experience full lives in their communities with supports that are innovative, personalized, and valued.

Our organizational foundation was built by families for families. We offered support and services even before there was a formal option available for families and before there was a formal state-funded mechanism for service provision. Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, LARC provided services and supports to children and families seeking community-based, home-centered options. In the 1970s we championed group home placements for families who were choosing community living over institutions. During the 1980s and 1990s, we experienced significant growth, oversaw the development of state-funded contract programs, and expanded our service base to well over 500 individuals served per year. By 2000 we began to move toward the agency we are today, and in 2019 we merged with CLASS, Inc. and launched our interim brand: LifeLinks CLASS. Over the next year, we worked behind the scenes on our next big project. In October 2020, we launched Incompass Human Services, serving individuals in Greater Lawrence and Greater Lowell. 


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Incompass Human Services has built a reputation for serving those who often are forced to the fringes of society and the service network: medically fragile individuals with complex medical conditions, court-involved, clinically, or behaviorally complex individuals, and elders who are frail and compromised in memory and cognition. Our vision is to continue to build on the foundational underpinning of our founding families:  to offer the best services in the most optimal manner for the most effective results: enhancing the life of the person with a developmental disability – “The Incompass Way”.

The Incompass Way

  • To be the premiere, preferred and quintessential provider of services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities that live, work and play in Greater Lowell and Greater Lawrence.
  • To ensure that our service offerings and support services are and will remain of the highest quality as viewed by the persons we currently serve, by those who fund and evaluate our programs, services and supports, and by the community at large.
  • To offer individually focused and clinically sound supports to persons who have been labeled as “difficult” to serve.  We will go the extra mile needed to ensure their individual and collective success and to assure that their ability to achieve a full life is recognized and supported.
  • To provide to our staff challenging and rewarding work, coupled with opportunities for professional growth and development.  We will be viewed as one of the best places to work.
  • We are a valued resource in our community and we value the importance of our history as the foundation for the work we do today.
  • We will always be a trusted partner with our funders and supporters, a careful steward of the resources entrusted to us, and a devoted friend to those whom we support with care, concern, and comfort.