Syrian and Jordanian Technicians Working Together to Provide Prosthetic Services


Building Rehabilitation Capacity for Syrian Refugees


Mark Sullivan, Polus volunteer, training rehab technicians to construct wheelchair cushions in Jo


Landmine Risk Education


International rehabilitation


Landmine Risk Education


Helping People to Help Themselves


Promoting Entrepreneurship


Training and Consulting


Providing Access to International Markets


Mine Risk Education


Training and development, economic opportunity


Vocational Skills Training


Coffeelands World Gifts Cafe


Community-Based Rehabilitation

Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, Inc.

Mission Statement

The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development strives to create opportunities for persons with disabilities and members of other vulnerable groups to become valued citizens and live meaningful and productive lives within their communities.

Established in 1979, the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that designs and implements community-based programs in the United States and throughout the developing world. The Polus Center supports people with disabilities, landmine victims and other vulnerable groups throughout the world by providing quality rehabilitation services and tools for empowerment. 

Our programs and services include:

International Development 

In 1997, the Polus Center began working in Central America to improve national rehabilitation capacity for people with disabilities, particularly those individuals who lost limbs due to acts of war, landmines and disease.

Over the past fifteen years, Polus has worked in many countries around the world to promote social and economic justice for some of the world’s most vulnerable groups. The Polus Center has an established track record for creating innovative and flexible person-centered victim assistance programs, including prosthetic and wheelchair seating and fitting workshops, capacity building for rehabilitation services, accessibility and barrier reduction projects, and trainings on wheelchair fitting and community based rehabilitation. We have helped build prosthetic clinics and a wheelchair manufacturing facility in Nicaragua, provided victim assistance services to hundreds of people throughout the country of Peru, and are currently working with Syrian refugees and victims of conflict in Jordan and Iraq.  Polus also provides workshops for program design and implementation of human service for both government and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Click here for more information about the Polus Center's international projects. 

“Shared Living” homes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

The Polus Center helps to establish and support households where people with and without disabilities live together based on mutual respect and loyalty to one another. Shared Living provides an opportunity for each person to live a rich and meaningful life. Homes are supportive, safe, and comfortable. In Shared Living homes, people live together as equals, involve each other in family relationships, and participate in activities both inside and outside of the home and together share in life’s joys and challenges. Click here for more information about Shared Living and Adult Family Care.


         Innovative Employment and Community Integration

The Coffeelands Café promotes global fair trade standards by offering organic fair trade coffee from Dean’s Beans and unique items handcrafted by people living in coffee growing regions around the world. Built on universal design principles, the Café provides employment opportunities in a fully accessible high-end espresso café.



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