Center for Living and Working (CLW)

""Contact Information

Dedholm Building, 484 Main Street
Suite 345
Worcester, MA 01606

Phone: (508) 798-0350 (General) (voice)    (508) 755-1003 (TTY)
Fax: (508) 797-4015

View the CLW website

Information Specialist: Monica Polanco

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM

Additional Locations: Fitchburg, sattelite office

Organization Narrative

Established, in 1975, Center for Living & Working, CLW is a nonprofit (C) (3) independent living center located in Worcester, Massachusetts. CLW’s service area covers sixty-three inner city and rural towns in Central, Massachusetts. CLW encompasses the independent living philosophy which states that individuals with disabilities whould have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do persons without disabilities.  CLW’s innovative programs and services support independence as a fundamental factor of the social fabric of society. Since CLW’s inception,the primary mission has remained unchanged, though programs and services have constantly evolved and improved to meet the changing needs of the individuals we serve.

At CLW, independent living means encouraging people with disabilities to take full control of their lives by: learning daily living skills; learning to live in their own apartments; advocating on their own behalf against discrimination; managing their personal needs by hiring and training their own personal care attendants; arranging their own transportation; and having happier; more fulfilling lives.

Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, people who are deaf or hard of hearing


American Sign Language, Portuguese, Spanish


  • Information and referral
  • Advocacy
  • Peer counseling
  • Skills training
  • Independent Living Services
  • Personal Care Management Services (PCM)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
  • Transition to Adulthood Services
  • Nursing Facility Transition Services
  • ADRC Options Counseling
  • Americans w. Disability Act Accessibility Services
  • Other unique programs that enhance independence in the community


Eligibility, Criteria, and Enrollment are determined by the type of service requested.


Services provided at no cost.