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Perkins is now RFK Community Alliance

The wait is over! Allow us to reintroduce ourselves…

Starting now, we are the same organization, people, and programs you have known – just with a different name and look.

Our new name carries forward the work and life of Robert F. Kennedy, a legacy defined by his commitment to serving people who are vulnerable. It also highlights that everything we do is in alliance with people and community. Our new logo modernizes Perkins’ blossom flower logo. Together, the new branding represents the rich histories of these two organizations, as well as an exciting future growing together.

At a time when human service organizations are seeing an unprecedented need in the communities they serve, RFK Community Alliance aims to provide high-quality care and support to people and families facing complicated challenges across New England, and nationally.


Leominster Credit Union Donates 14 Computers to Perkins

Lancaster, MA – Local business, Leominster Credit Union, donates 14 laptop computers to Perkins in Lancaster, MA. Perkins and Leominster Credit Union’s team members met safely outside on the Perkins campus in Lancaster, MA for the donation. Leominster Credit Union (LCU) has been a friend of Perkins since the 1990s, providing much-needed support throughout the years. In September 2020,Continue Reading

Connected, Capable, Healthy

Dear friends, Millions of children and adults are affected by mental health challenges annually. The unprecedented year we have come through has sent those numbers skyrocketing across all age groups. Isolation, family economic struggles, a scary disease spreading rapidly and unpredictably, and loss on so many fronts made existing mental health conditions worse and triggeredContinue Reading

Perkins Celebrates Recognition Week

Lancaster, MA – On Thursday, June 11 2021, Perkins held its annual outdoor Senior March on their Lancaster campus, followed by a virtual livestream and modified in-person version of the annual Recognition Day Ceremony on Saturday, June 19. Students from across New England were recognized for their achievements over the past challenging academic year. Similar to last year whenContinue Reading

The Perkins Conroy Speakers Series Presents Dr. Kristen Lee

On Thursday, April 8th, the Perkins Conroy Speakers series held its third virtual event, “Cultivating Resilience in Complex Times” with internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist, Dr. Kristen Lee. We’ve all been navigating this global pandemic and the escalating mental health crises can take their toll on all of us. Resilience isContinue Reading

Perkins Behavioral Health Receives Nashoba Valley Health Care Fund Grant

Perkins Behavioral Health in Lancaster is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Nashoba Valley Health Care Fund to support comprehensive behavioral health services in the Nashoba Valley region. The grant was awarded in February, following a competitive application process. The Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund awards grants annually to area organizations that work to maintainContinue Reading

The Past Year

It’s been one year since the pandemic officially began. On this historic anniversary, we’re sharing an email from Michael Ames, our President & CEO, sent to staff this morning. Over the next week, we’ll also be sharing a few reflections and stories from students and staff about how this challenging (yet sometimes beautiful) year has inspired us andContinue Reading

The 2020 Perkins Annual Report

We’re honored to share our 2020 Annual Report, Resilience, with you. The moment in history we are living through right now is difficult, testing the limits and abilities of humanity – but we remain in awe of the incredible RESILIENCE that our students, adults, staff, and community members have demonstrated. As we turn toward the future during this excitingContinue Reading

The Perkins Year-End Data Summary

  We’re proud to present the Perkins Year-End Data Summary for Fiscal Year 2020! Because of the data presented in this summary, Perkins employees can learn, grow, and improve as an agency as we continue to strive for excellence. Did you know…  100% of family respondents to our adult services survey said that they were satisfied orContinue Reading

Meet Naomi

Naomi, who recently graduated from the Doctor Franklin Perkins School (DFPS), came to us initially because she was out of options. After attending many other schools and experiencing bullying and isolation, she began refusing to attend school to avoid hurt and anxiety. Her guidance counselors and father knew they needed a special place for her as her isolation and detachment grew. Supported by herContinue Reading