OverviewThe Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC) was founded in 1969 with a three-year demonstration grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation. The impetus was a wish by Rose Kennedy that her daughter could someday live a typical family life. Luella Hennessey Donovan, the Kennedy family nurse, and KDC founder, embarked on a new career providing educational, therapeutic, and community-based programs for young children with special needs. Luella's single program, run with just three staff, has expanded tremendously over the last 40 years.
Today, KDC continues its legacy as a recognized leader of flexible, creative, community-based human services.
With a diverse and dedicated staff of 400 employees and 300 respite home care providers and foster parents, we serve over 4,000 children and nearly 1,000 adults with (or at risk for) developmental disabilities or delays, and their families. We meet the needs of disabled individuals and their families throughout their life from pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, into adulthood and senior years. We operate a range of programs, including many in-home services, from eight community offices and 10 residences, to thousands of families in 150 communities across southern New England.