FirstStop MV is an Island-wide reference guide to support the health and wellness of our community by connecting people to information and critical resources for Islanders of all ages. Search the online database by category or keyword search in order to locate a service provider or other resource that may be able to help you or your loved ones. You may also call the First Stop MV office at 774-549-0555 to speak with a staff person who can give you information about how to locate services.
Provider information is available in both English and Portuguese. Select your preferred language under the keyword search bar.
In the fall of 2013, the Dukes County Health Council invited a group of medical and nursing students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School to Martha’s Vineyard through UMass’s “Rural Scholars” program. The Rural Scholars were commissioned to study demographic projections and future needs of the Island’s aging population.
The Rural Scholars identified as a top priority the creation of an Island-wide, centralized web-based information and referral system to serve caregivers (on and off Island), providers, and seniors.
Following the study’s results and recommendations, the Dukes County Health Council formed the Healthy Aging Task Force (now Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard).
Led by the Information and Resource working group of the Healthy Aging Task Force, community members, providers, and caregivers spent the next two years working together to develop and launch FirstStop MV.
FirstStop MV moved to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) in the Fall of 2016 to eliminate duplicative services, consolidate administrative functions and support staff under the umbrella of an existing non-profit agency. MVCS worked with providers and community members to expand First Stop MV to become an Island-wide reference guide for all social services, programs, activities and opportunities for all ages. In August 2017, the new FirstStop MV website was launched.