About Us

The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. is an international non-governmental organization based in Massachusetts that has worked since 1979 to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Our international efforts have included the development of prosthetics clinics, physical rehabilitation programs, vocational training, psycho-social trauma counseling, agricultural and agronomical assistance to coffee farmers. In the U.S., the Polus Center designs and implements innovative, person-centered work readiness and job-driven employment initiatives for adults and young people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.


The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. strives to create opportunities for persons with disabilities and members of other vulnerable groups to become valued citizens within their communities. We are a non-profit umbrella organization that designs and implements community-based programs in the United States and around the world.

“Polus” is of Latin origin, meaning “looking towards the heavens.” It suggests searching and working toward an ideal. This means not only the best for people who are poor, disabled or in some way disenfranchised, but the best for all of us. Polus, the highest point, represents everyone’s search for the best of who and what we are.