Community Resources

+ Adult Family/Foster Care

Care Giver Homes: Helps you find caregiver services for a frail elderly or disabled adult.
www.caregiverhomes.com

+ Children & Adults with Disabilities Resources

The Association for Community Living: Provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities
www.theassn.org/matriarch/default.asp

STAVROS: Gives people with disabilities the tools to take charge of their life choices, act on their own behalf, and overcome situations that reduce their potential for independence
www.stavros.org

+ Children's Resources

Massachusetts licensed child care providers
www.qualitychildcare.org

Preschool Enrichment Team, Inc: A Western Massachusetts child care resource agency
www.preschoolenrichmentteam.org

Parenting Resource Directory for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties
www.parentingdirectory.org

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC): Provides access to nutritious foods for income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women as well as infants and children up to age five
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic
Phone: 1-800-WIC-1007

+ Clothing, Furniture & Cell Phones

Safe Link Wireless: A cell phone program for eligible low-income households
www.robtex.com/dns/www.safelink.com.html
Phone: 1-800-999-3768

GiftsToGive: Provides families in need with clothing, books, toys, and baby safety equipment (excluding cribs). www.giftstogive.org

+ Food Resources

Getting Food Stamps: Includes a calculator to check eligibility and printable application
www.gettingfoodstamps.org/apply.htm

Fair Foods Dollar-A-Bag Sites
http://fairfoods.org/dollarbag.html

Serve New England: A New England-wide food buying cooperative for people who volunteer at least two hours per month anywhere in their communities. Every month, Serve Food Co-op participants can order frozen meats, vegetarian items, fresh fruits and vegetables while saving about 30% off the retail price of these foods
www.servenewengland.org/about

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC): Provides access to nutritious foods for income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women as well as infants and children up to age five
www.fns.usda.gov/wic
Phone: 1-800-WIC-1007

The Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP): Works with community members to increase participation in both the School Breakfast and the Summer Food Service Programs
www.meals4kids.org

+ Fuel Assistance

Assists eligible Massachusetts residents with fuel assistance
www.magoodneighbor.org

Massachusetts Energy Resource Guide: Provides information on fuel assistance programs available to Massachusetts residents
http://www.mass.gov/Cago/docs/Community/energy_resource_guide_102408.pdf

+ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resources

Life Course Counseling Center: Provides counseling, psychotherapy, consultation and education for GLBT individuals throughout the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts
www.lifecourse.net/index.html

+ General Assistance

Massachusetts 2-1-1: A resource for a variety of needs, including: food; rent, heat, and utility assistance, mental health counseling; and more
www.mass211.org

Massresources.org: A resource for housing, food programs, job training, health programs and more
www.massresources.org

+ Housing Resources

Housing Works: To get housing provider contact information for open wait lists
www.housingworks.net

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership: Helps low-to-moderate income individuals find and keep affordable housing.
www.mbhp.org/index.asp
125 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA
Phone: 1-800-272-0990

South Shore Housing: Assists families in finding affordable housing
www.southshorehousing.org

Hampden Hampshire Housing Partnership: A Western Massachusetts resource to help find affordable housing
www.hhhp.org

+ Job Training

Operation ABLE: Job training, Job Search assistance
www.operationable.net

Employment & Training, Western Massachusetts
www.berkshireworks.org

Latin American Health Institute: Provides job training
www.lhi.org
95 Berkley Street, Boston, MA
Phone: 1-617-350-6900

+ Legal Assistance

Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation: Provides legal representation for housing and public benefits.
Phone:
508-979-7250 or 800-929-9721 (New Bedford)
508-676-6265 or 800-287-3777 (Fall River)

Mass Legal Services: Provides information on laws affecting Massachusetts’ residents along with contacts in your area for legal assistance
www.masslegalservices.org

+ Mental Health & Subtance Abuse Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Provides supports for individuals and family members of individuals dealing with mental illness
www.nami.org

The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline: provides free and confidential information and referrals for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns
www.helpline-online.com

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/New England: A national organization dedicated to suicide prevention education and training. Listing of support groups for families and friends bereaved by suicide
www.afsp.org
Phone: 1-800-273-8255