Social Services Organizations

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, and the Drop-In
Center.

215 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-7047
http://www.adlibcil.org/
[email protected]

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

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
1-800-LUNG-USA or 413-737-3506
Fax: 413-737-3511

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Email: [email protected]

http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/northeast/

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 a caregivers program. Additionally, they have a food pantry, the Berkshires Bounty perishable food distribution, and international tracing services. They also do work with volunteer development and youth leadership programs.

480 West Street
P.O. Box 644
Pittsfield, MA 01202
413-442-1506
1-800-322-2030

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

www.redcross.org/ma/pittsfield

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/

 

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

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
413-442-4448

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the Month from 4pm-5:30pm

http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/body_depts.cfm?id=1184&action=detail&ref=1234

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 assistance, energy conservation, transportation, shelter, and a food pantry.

85 Main Street (2nd floor)
North Adams, MA 01247
Business Office: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
413-663-3014

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

 

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 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-499-2800

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 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2 PM on weekdays. There are also opportunities for groups to volunteer in the evening or on weekends for special projects. Students can either fill out the online application or contact the BFP directly.

First Congregational Church
134 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247

http://berkshirefoodproject.org/

Contact:
Kim McMann
[email protected]
413-664-7378

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 – 8 pm; Sunday, 1pm – 4 pm.
214 Barker Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-447-7878

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 cultures, to fight racism and discrimination in all forms, and to advocate for the rights of immigrants from all backgrounds. The Center offers comprehensive services for individuals from more than 80 countries to promote civic engagement, facilitate cultural integration, and assist in navigating the complex U.S. immigration system.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/berkshire-immigrant-center/

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 Center
1288 Massachusetts Avenue
North Adams, MA 01247
413-346-4532

Email: [email protected]

http://www.berkshirenursingfamilies.org/

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
413-447-2862

http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/berkshirevna

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 Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bfair

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

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 Center
Williams College Children’s Center
Young Parents Child Care Program

Community Outreach
Healthy Families Program
Childhood Lead Prevention Program

Haskins Community Center
210 State Street
P. O. Box 172
North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-6593

http://ccberkshire.org/

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 youth throughout Berkshire County.

64 Marshall St.
North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-3133

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, The Children’s Medical Security Plan, Medicare Part-D, Prescription Advantage for seniors and the disabled, Medicare premium assistance, reduced fee dental care, and all prescription assistance programs.

71 Hospital Avenue
North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-8711

Contact: Charles Joffe-Halpern

http://ecuhealth.boxcarexpress.com/
http://www.nbunitedway.org/agencies/ecu-health-care

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) and transportation resources. Support group for family caregivers of the elderly.
66 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-499-0524
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Information and Referral: [email protected]
General Inquiries: [email protected]

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 Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-499-0524
www.esbci.org
[email protected]

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 prevention and housing services to over 3,500 individuals and families throughout Berkshire County. Today, FLSC is the only comprehensive homelessness provider in Northern Berkshire County offering both housing services (transitional and permanent) and supportive services for the homeless.

P.O Box 54, 395 Old Columbia Street
Adams, MA 01220
413-743-7957
www.flsclouisonhouse.org
[email protected]

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 and skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts; Linda Manor Assisted Living, a traditional assisted living and specialized memory care community in Leeds, Massachusetts; Kimball Farms, a life care, continuing care retirement community in Lenox, Mass.; and two hospice providers, HospiceCare in The Berkshires and Hospice of Franklin County, for those with life-limiting illnesses. In addition, we own and operate IntegriNurse, our per diem, contract, and permanent nurse placement subsidiary, as well as our own institutional pharmacy, IntegriScript.

877 South Street
Suite 1W
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-2994

http://www.hcib.org/

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 hones our unique strengths by crossing real and artificial boundaries set up by class, race, language, culture and geography. Manos Unidas welcomes help with its outreach work in the community such as a) creating opportunities for community dialogue (such as a “Know Your Rights” Forum), b) helping with program start-up and continuation (e.g., Bilingual Radio Program), c) planning community events such as mural projects, Earth Charter Summit Day, Immigrant Month Conference, etc.

 

P.O. Box 112
South Lee, MA 01260
413-243-9121
Contact: Annaelisa Vanegas-Farrara, Executive Director

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 Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) program, which provides cash assistance and limited medical coverage for elderly, disabled individuals without dependent children and unrelated adults caring for children under 18. The majority of recipients of EAEDC are single individuals with short-term disabilities. Those caring for a disabled household member may be eligible as well.

160 North Street
Suite 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-236-2000

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, a warm smile and a safety check that helps keep 2.5 million seniors healthy, safe and living independently in their own homes each year.

In Williamstown, local churches in walking distance from Williams College organize the collection of baked goods and food preparation.  Meals are prepared on Saturday mornings and delivered on Sundays.  The Methodist and Baptist churches alternate meal duties on the first Sunday of the month, St. Patrick’s on the second, St. John’s on the third, and the First Congregational Church is responsible for the 4th Sunday.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/meals-on-wheels/

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 a major source of support for the individual in their recovery and quality of life. NAMI Berkshire County provides information, referrals, classes, workshops, support groups, and advocacy to family members and caregivers of people living with mental illnesses.

Our office is located on the fourth floor of the State Building across from Pittsfield High School.

333 East Street
Room 417
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-1666
[email protected]

Hours: Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm or by appointment

http://www.namibc.org/

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. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

101A First Ave
Waltham, MA 02451
800-344-4867

[email protected]

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/MAM

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 Program
nb21 Prevention Programs – Our Substance Abuse Awareness Program
Mass in Motion – Our Healthy Eating/Active Living Initiative
The Family Place – Our Family Support Program

61 Main Street
Suite 218
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-7588

http://www.nbccoalition.org/

Soldier On

Soldier On provides three housing locations, a treatment program focused on building social skills, a wide variety of treatment groups range from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous to computer technology and current events, a full time psychologist who focuses on the chronically mentally ill and veterans with dual diagnosis. Furthermore, each veteran is assigned a case manager, an employment program, financial assistance for training and education, resume building, interview preparation, and transportation.

360 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 236-5644

http://wesoldieron.org
[email protected]

 

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 a professional who does. Our team includes clinicians, counselors, case managers, outreach workers, community health educators, nutritionists, and administrative operations staff. Whether through a career, internship, or donation, you can join us in making a difference!

MCLA Wellness Center
289 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 443-2844
(413) 662-5258

100 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-2844

http://www.tapestryhealth.org/

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

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, MA 01247
413-663-7987

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 an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Association.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/united-cerebral-palsy

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 independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.

535 Curran Highway
North Adams, MA 01247
413-664-9345

208 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-1562

[email protected]

http://ucpberkshire.org/

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 meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby, and shopping on a budget.

37 Main Street
Suite 301
North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-3012

BMC Hillcrest Campus
165 Tor Court
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-445-9429

510 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-447-3495

http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/WIC