Community Resources

+ Adult Family/Foster Care

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

+ Children & Adults with Disabilities Resources

The Association for Community Living: Provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities

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

+ Children's Resources

Massachusetts licensed child care providers

Preschool Enrichment Team, Inc: A Western Massachusetts child care resource agency

Parenting Resource Directory for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties

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
Phone: 1-800-WIC-1007

+ Clothing, Furniture & Cell Phones

Safe Link Wireless: A cell phone program for eligible low-income households
Phone: 1-800-999-3768

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

+ Food Resources

Getting Food Stamps: Includes a calculator to check eligibility and printable application

Fair Foods Dollar-A-Bag Sites

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

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
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

+ Fuel Assistance

Assists eligible Massachusetts residents with fuel assistance

Massachusetts Energy Resource Guide: Provides information on fuel assistance programs available to Massachusetts residents

+ 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

+ 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 A resource for housing, food programs, job training, health programs and more

+ Housing Resources

Housing Works: To get housing provider contact information for open wait lists

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

South Shore Housing: Assists families in finding affordable housing

Hampden Hampshire Housing Partnership: A Western Massachusetts resource to help find affordable housing

+ Job Training

Operation ABLE: Job training, Job Search assistance

Employment & Training, Western Massachusetts

Latin American Health Institute: Provides job training
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.
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

+ Mental Health & Subtance Abuse Resources

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

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

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
Phone: 1-800-273-8255