About ATW

Anchor to Windward, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing the full potential of adults with special needs by providing social and recreational programming, in-home support services, and daily living skills training. Since 1989, we have been helping adults with developmental disabilities lead independent and fulfilled lives.

Our programs offer a network of support to individuals and their families.  We serve special needs adults from eleven communities located on the north shore of Massachusetts.  As a privately funded non-profit organization, ATW receives no state or federal funding.


Anchor to Windward serves adults with developmental disabilities that stem from early childhood and result in cognitive delays within the I.Q. range of 75 to 95.  Often capable of living independently, our clients are generally a more highly functioning population than is served by state funded programs – some can drive, and most are employed in full or part-time positions.  However, once they reach adulthood and are no longer eligible for services through their local public school district, many struggle to find a support network.  Often, these individuals are disenfranchised and alone.  At ATW, we offer an opportunity to socialize, connect with peers, learn practical skills, and more.

Anchor to Windward is growing, and welcomes new participants!  We offer four program levels:

cooking 2Social Club
Life Skills Workshops & Speaker Series
In-Home ADL Skills by Contract
Independent Living Support

Office location:

Anchor to Windward, Inc.
74 Atlantic Avenue
Marblehead, MA 01945