Amego History

Founded by the Sangree Stokes family, Amego has been helping Massachusetts families since 1971.

Amego History


Katharine Sangree and Henry Stokes
Our Founders



Amego has paved the way for the development of services for all individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our work began before Massachusetts landmark Chapter 766 special education legislation. Amego's story begins with one adolescent diagnosed with autism whose parents refused to accept an institutional placement. In 1971, the Sangree Stokes family founded Amego.

Amego's work continues by:

  • Serving those with the most difficult challenges
  • Providing educational opportunities with the premise that all can learn
  • Focusing on the strengths of relationships, families and community

Amego Milestones

50-Years-Timeline (1)
Amego History

The “Mansfield Mothers”

1971   Founders Katharine Sangree and Henry Stokes’ vision to develop an “education for life” for those with autism came to fruition, and Amego, Inc. was created.

1972 The Amego School in Quincy, Massachusetts, welcomes its first students.

1976 Amego opened a children’s year-round residential home and respite facility for six students in Hingham, Massachusetts.

1984 The three “Mansfield Mothers,” Mrs. Ervena Belcher, Mrs. Thelma Wright, and Mrs. Marion Muller, joined Katharine Sangree’s pursuit to secure services and financial support and build a better life for their sons.

1987 Amego opened two additional adult residential homes in Plainville, Massachusetts.

1989 Amego opened a second children’s residence in Norton, Massachusetts.

1994 Dr. Barbara Brown is named President and Chief Executive Officer of Amego. Throughout her thirteen-year tenure, she initiated strategic growth and expanded the agency to sixteen residential homes.

2003 Amego serves seventy-three children and adults in sixteen residential homes, the Amego School, and the Adult Day Program.

2008 Amego welcomes John Randall, MPA, M.Ed., LABA, BCBA, as President and Chief Executive Officer.

2009 Amego purchases 33 Perry Avenue in Attleboro, Massachusetts, home to the Amego School, an Adult Day Program, and administrative offices.

2011 At the request of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Amego assumes leadership of an additional seven homes and a Day program in the Metro Region of the State.

2012 Amego assumes operations of BEST Clinical Network, providing insurance-based services, consultative services, and Clinical support to children and adolescents with autism.

2016 Amego’s BEST Clinical Network opened a center-based facility in Norton, Massachusetts.

2018 Amego’s BEST Clinical Network expanded to Melbourne, Florida, providing clinical support to children and adults with autism.

2019 Amego School moved to a state-of-the-art space for our students in Franklin, Massachusetts.

2019 Amego’s BEST Clinical Network division opens a third center-based facility providing clinical support to children and adolescents with autism in Franklin, Massachusetts.

2020 Construction begins on a campus of six new homes, a community building, and a park/recreational area in Franklin, Massachusetts.  

2021 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requests Amego to assume operations of thirty adult residential programs and eight apartments.

2021 Amego celebrates fifty years of Care, Support, and Lifelong Learning.

2022 Amego proudly serves twenty-eight communities in Massachusetts’s Southeastern, Central, and Metro areas and supports more than six hundred individuals, ninety residential homes for children and adults, and eight independent living apartments.

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