Social Services Organizations

Alcoholism / Substance Abuse Assistive Technology Blind / Visual Impairment Citizenship Preparation Clinics: Community Health Clothing / Household Furnishings Counseling Deaf / Hearing Impaired Disability Services Discrimination / Fairness Issues Drug Abuse Education/Training for Adults Elder Assistance Employment and / or Career Counseling Food / Meals Health Care Access & Health Insurance Health Care Education

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AdLib, Inc. Center for Independent Living

AdLib is an independent living center for people with disabilities. AdLib provides four core services of peer counseling, advocacy, skills training, and information and referral. In addition, AdLib offers the following specialized programs: Personal Assistance Services, Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Housing Assistance, Transportation Services, Representative Payee Program,

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society offers information and referral, advocacy and direct services for individuals and families facing cancer; they have limited transportation for clients. 59 Bobala Road Holyoke, MA 01040 413-734-6000 www.cancer.org/Myacs/index

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American Lung Association of Western Massachusetts

The American Lung Association of Western Massachusetts offers information on issues regarding the lungs and how to prevent/control lung disease, education materials, counseling, smoking cessation programs, day camp for children with asthma, information on environmental pollutants, and radon testing programs. They also offer Better Breathers and Asthmatic Support Groups. 393 Maple Street Springfield, MA 01105

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers 24-hour assistance for disaster victims, medical transportation, blood services, HIV/AIDS education and assistance for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. They also have services for the military and their famlies, homeless prevention services and sheltering. They offer training for First Aid, CPR, AED, water safety, babysitting, lifeguard education, nurse assistant training, and

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Bennington Area AIDS Project

Information and referral in all areas dealing with HIV/AIDS, errand service, buddy program, hospital equipment, transportation, subsidized housing for persons with AIDS on SSI, home care, financial support, and local support groups for persons with AIDS and their families and friends. 342 Main Street P.O. Box 4264 Bennington, VT 05201 802-447-8007 Fax: 802-447-9738 http://www.aidsprojectsouthernvermont.org/  

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Berkshire AIDS Coalition

The Berkshire AIDS Coalition offers educational outreach, advocacy and emergency funds for persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and their family members. c/o American Red Cross 480 West Street P.O. Box 644 Pittsfield, MA 01202 413-442-1506 1-800-332-2030 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

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Berkshire Area Health Education Center

The Berkshire Area Health Education Center is a countywide consultant and planner for health and human services. They also support continuing education, in-service training, consultation, information and referral. 703 W. Housatonic Street Suite 208 Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-447-2417 Fax: 413-499-0370 Email: [email protected] www.berkshireahec.org

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Berkshire Brain Injury Support Group

There is no fee and all are welcome to the Berkshire Brain Injury Support Group. This is an independent group; however, it is affiliated with the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association. For information, please call Suzanne Doswell at the number below. BMC Center for Rehabilitation Medical Arts Building 5th Floor 777 North Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC)

The Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC), incorporated in 1966 as a non-profit human service organization was designated the anti-poverty Community Action Agency for Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The role of BCAC is to assist the low-income, elderly and working-poor of Berkshire County towards achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency. Berkshire Community Action Council provides advocacy, fuel and utility

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Berkshire County Jimmy Fund

The Berkshire County Jimmy Fund Advocates for and offers support to families coping with cancer. Can provide transportation to medical appointments and assist patients in getting medical evaluations/second opinions at the Dana/Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The Jimmy Fund of Berkshire County P.O. Box 1139 Pittsfield, MA 01202 413-499-1099 http://www.berkshirejimmyfund.com  

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Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc.

Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center provides services to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members. This includes child abuse prevention programs, multi-disciplinary investigation, counseling, family advocacy and follow-up. The Kids’ Place gives children who have experienced violence in their lives a safe place to tell their stories and get help. 63

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Berkshire District Medical Society

The Berkshire District Medical Society provides a listing of physicians in Berkshire County, including specialty; physician referrals for people moving into area; and scholarships for medical school awarded to Berkshire County residents. 85 Post Office Park Suite 8518 Wilbraham, MA 01095 413-596-9231 800-522-3112 Email: [email protected] http://www.massmed.org/berkshire/#.VZRdgflVikp

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Berkshire Food Project

The Berkshire Food Project provides free lunches on weekdays at the First Congregational Church in downtown North Adams. This program creates a great link between Williams College and other parts of the northern Berkshires. Volunteers join the staff of the BFP and help prepare, serve and enjoy lunch with members of the community. Help is appreciated

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Berkshire Humane Society

Takes in surrendered animals, offers adoption services, food bank, obedience classes, resource for educational material, and financial support for spaying and neutering. Not associated with MSPCA. Welcomes volunteers in a variety of capacities. Check the organization’s website for volunteer opportunities and orientation information. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Thursday, 5 pm

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Berkshire Humane Society

Berkshire Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization with a twofold mission: 1. to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and whenever possible, placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation, and 2. to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/berkshire-humane-society

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Berkshire Immigrant Center

The mission of the Berkshire Immigrant Center is to assist individuals and families in making the economic, psychological and cultural adjustment to a new land, not only by meeting basic needs, but also by helping them to become active participants in our community. The Center also aims to build bridges of understanding and cooperation across

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Berkshire Nursing Families

Berkshire Nursing Families offers comprehensive lactation support program. They provide services to breastfeeding women in northern Berkshire as well as all nursing mothers who deliver at North Adams Regional Hospital, regardless of where in the county they reside. The also offers hospital, home and phone consultation, as well as classes and support groups. The Blackington

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Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association

Home health and support care to persons in their homes: nursing, intravenous therapy, maternal and child health care, home health aides, homemakers, physical, speech, and occupational therapy, medical social work, Board of Health and prevention clinics. Services provided throughout Berkshire County. 165 Tor Court Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-447-2862 75 South Church St. – Clocktower Building Pittsfield, MA 01201

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BFAIR

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) is a national and state accredited human service agency responsive to the unique needs of people with disabilities and their families through: A Dedication to Excellence Diverse Service Options Safe and Healthy Environments Fiscal Responsibility Community Partnerships Career Opportunities and Advancement Inspiring Abilities, Creating Limitless Possibilities Additional Information & Current

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Breakin’ Bread Kitchen

The Breakin’ Bread Kitchen offers a hot meal for anyone in need on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Sheffield American Legion 340 US-7 Sheffield, MA 01257 413-329-3031 Contact: Suzann Laverack Ward

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Child Care of the Berkshires

Child Care of the Berkshires consists of five centers that provide weekday child care for children five weeks to fourteen years old. It is a family/child system with the following programs. Day Care Family Child Care Magic Seasons School Age Program Monument Square Early Childhood Center Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center Southern Berkshire Early Childhood

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COTY Youth Center, Inc.

The C.O.T.Y. Youth Center has seventeen programs which provide recreational, educational, athletic, social, international and service learning opportunities for youth between the ages of 6 and 22. Adventure based camping and biking programs operate throughout the summer. C.O.T.Y. sponsors the Haiti Plunge, KUB Academy, Cub Scouts, Young Life and CYO Basketball. Programs are open to

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Ecu-Health Care

Ecu-Health Care is the designated outreach and enrollment site in northern Berkshire County for all of the Massachusetts health programs and we also help residents enroll into all supplemental programs associated with Medicare.  The programs we help residents access include: The new subsidized and unsubsidized Qualifed Health Plans implemented under national health reform, ConnectorCare, MassHealth, the Health Safety Net,

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Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.

Services for elders 60 years and older. Case management, information and referral, homemaker/personal care, home health services, nutrition, “Meals on Wheels” program, housing, adult family care, ombudsmen (advocacy for elderly patients in long term care facilities) and money management program. Nursing home prescreening, protective services, employment opportunities for elders, volunteer opportunities (transportation, shopping and companionship)

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Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.

Services offered to elders include information and referral, care management, respite care, homemaker and home health assistance, Healthy Aging Programs, and MassHealth nursing home pre-screening. The agency also offers Housing Options, Adult Family Care, Group Adult Foster care, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Money Management, and oversees the Senior Community Service Aide Employment Program. 66 Wendell

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Elizabeth Freeman Center

In the name of Elizabeth Freeman and countless women who have struggled before us, and for the sake of their families and the generations yet to come, the Elizabeth Freeman Center commits to working toward a world free from violence and all forms of oppression. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/elizabeth-freeman-center/

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Family Life Support Center Louison House

Family Life Support Center (FLSC) is a private, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was established in 1990 by local agencies to address the issue of homelessness that had become more pervasive as a result of the economic decline in Northern Berkshire County during the 1980’s. Over the past twenty years, FLSC has provided homelessness

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Hospice Care in the Berkshires, Inc.

Berkshire Healthcare is a midsize healthcare, senior care, and senior living company. We are proud to be a leader among non-profit, post-acute care providers in Massachusetts. Large enough to have all of the services you need, yet small enough to care with that personal touch that makes all the difference. We own or operate 14 rehabilitation

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Manos Unidas (Hands United)

A multicultural community empowerment organization that strives to uplift all of the Latino, immigrant and minority members of our community through a sustained exchange of shared resources, participatory education and living arts. Manos Unidas seeks not only to provide the opportunity for empowerment but also foster the creation of a diverse culture of community that

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Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

They offer state-sponsored employment training program for those currently receiving transitional aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); provides formal education skills training, on-the-job training, direct job placement, food stamps and emergency assistance. Child care services are available for those who qualify. Caseworker assistance may involve shelter and housing placement. Also offers Emergency Aid to the

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Meals on Wheels

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest membership organization supporting the national network of more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The tireless work of these programs – supported by a dedicated army of 2 million volunteers – delivers a nutritious meal,

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NAMI-BC National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Berkshire Co.

We assist children, adults and families with mental health questions by accessing resources and services that promote understanding and recovery. That may mean referrals to the local agencies, support groups and classes for family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illnesses. We believe that with treatment recovery is possible and that families are

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New England

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters.

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

The mission of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) is to improve the quality of life for people in northern Berkshire by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/northern-berkshire-community-coalition

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in Northern Berkshire by organizing, supporting and empowering the community. We achieve this mission through the following programs: Coalition Core – Our Community Organizing Program Northern Berkshire Neighbors – Our Neighborhood Organizing Program UNITY Youth Programs – Our Youth Development

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Pittsfield Prevention Partnership / Berkshire United Way

The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership unites the community in order to produce positive youth development by reducing youth substance abuse rates in Pittsfield. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/pittsfield-prevention-partnership-berkshire-united-way

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Offers a food distribution program to anyone in need; available at 8 a.m. every Wednesday. 414 North Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-445-5789 www.stjoepittsfield.com/index.cfm?active=1 Contact: Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovich, [email protected]

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St. Joseph’s Kitchen at South Church

Provides a hot meal each Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Also operates a food pantry Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. c/o South Congregrational Church 110 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-7357 www.southchurchpittsfield.org/ [email protected]

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St. Mark’s Rectory

Offers bags of groceries to anynoe in need of food the last two Fridays of the month, from 9 am to 11 am. 400 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-447-7510 stmarkschurchpittsfield.wordpress.com

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Offers a free hot meal at 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays to anyone in need.Lunch on saturdays at noon (except the 3rd Saturday of each month). 67 East Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-448-8276 www.ststephenspittsfield.org/

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State Clinics in the Berkshires

Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the State Clinics at Berkshire Medical Center provide several vital services to the community. They include an HIV testing clinic, tuberculosis clinic, STD clinic, and a hepatitis prevention program. 510 North Street Suite 6-B2 Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-447-2654 http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/StateClinics

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Tapestry Health

Tapestry Health offers confidential family planning counseling, birth control, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing at all of our clinics. Regardless of your situation, we are here to help you.In addition to family planning, Tapestry Health offers female and male reproductive health care. If we do not provide a particular service, we will refer you to

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The Caleb Group

Provides the following services for residents of Mohawk Forest in North Adams: Safe and affordable housing for the elderly, disabled and families; a computer laboratory with Internet access; an after school program serving first through twelfth grades; a seven-week summer camp program. 201 Mohawk Forest Blvd North Adams, MA 01247 413-663-6900 x203 www.thecalebgroup.org/wp1/find-housing-2-2/massachusetts/mohawk-forest-north-adams/ [email protected]

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The Salvation Army

Grocery items for anyone in need, referrals for emergency housing, budget counseling, counseling for families, marriage counseling, and counseling for victims of domestic violence. Also handles Pittsfield Area Council of Churches (PACC) emergency funds. 298 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-0624 http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/use/locations

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The Salvation Army Gateway New Life Center

Services include emergency transportation, emergency assistance for disaster victims, food pantry, fuel assistance (Good Neighbor Fund, December-April), free bread, free clothing, furniture (when available), senior citizens activities, social recreation, ans education programs for children. Saturday breakfast for children and a Tuesday and Wednesday feeding program are planned for the year. 393 River Street North Adams,

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Turner House

Residence for 10 homeless veterans.  Program is a case management model working toward helping vets overcome what caused homelessness so that they can live independently after graduation. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/turner-house/

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United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Association of Berkshire County has dedicated itself to offering supports and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life – a life without limits.  The UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and citizenship of people with disabilities. UCP of Berkshire County is

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United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Association of Berkshire County — an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Association — was established in 1961. UCP of Berkshire County offers support and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life — a life without limits. The UCP mission is to advance the

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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

Berkshire North WIC is a Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, breastfeeding education and support and other services free of charge. WIC also offers immunization screenings and referrals, breastfeeding support and nutrition and health workshops on a variety of topics including

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