Somerville Homeless Coalition 1 Davis Sq, Somerville, MA02144 The Somerville Homeless Coalition is a private nonprofit organization tackling homelessness and hunger in Somerville and…More the surrounding communities. Started in 1985 as a community response to homelessness following the extension of the MBTA Red Line to Davis Square, the coalition first began with a six-bed shelter at a College Avenue church. More thana quarter century later, the Somerville Homeless Coalition has grown from six to 16 shelter beds, teamed up with one of the oldest food pantries in New England — Project SOUP — and now provides subsidized housing, case management and other services to more than 250 families and individuals. The coalition also hosts several charity events each year, including a 5K road race and a dinner in April.
Somerville Homeless Coalition Family Shelter 59 Cross St, Somerville, MA02145 Located inside the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Cross Street, the Somerville Homless Coalition Family Shelter has…More facilitites to house up to five families. Founded in 1987, this shelter, a branch of the Somerville Homless Coalition, endeavors to carry out their misson "to provide homeless and near homless individual families with induvidualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions." Check its website for programs and availability.
Greater Boston Catholic Charities 270 Washington St, Somerville, MA02143 This local branch of the national social service organization of Catholic Charities is one of the 40 locations in…More Eastern Massachusetts operated by the Archdiocese of Boston. Catholic Charities' Somerville location offers basic needs, emergency services, a food pantry and child care for children aged two months to five years. The Somerville office also runs St. Patrick's Shelter for Homeless Women and organizes a Foster Grandparent program to provide tutoring and mentoring services between elder volunteers and children of all ages.
Over the four decades that CASPAR has provided services to individuals struggling with substance abuse, they have…More earned a reputation as a pioneer in effectively serving this at-risk population. Their services address needs at every stage of what they call the "the substance use/abuse/recovery continuum" "from street outreach to aftercare housing." Each year, they provide treatment—and often life-saving services—to approximately 2,500 adults and youths in Somerville and Cambridge.
Programs include street teams that connect homeless individuals with medical, shelter and psychiatric services, as well as meal programs and substance abuse treatment. A system of pre-treatment transitional housing, long-term treatment residences, and aftercare housing serves men, women, and pregnant or parenting mothers in individual centers. Youth programs combine counseling with positive afterschool activities and volunteer service to address substance abuse.
The organization relies on individual, corporate and foundation support for its funding. Volunteers are welcome to help prepare and serve meals or sort clothing donations at their Emergency Service Center at 240 Albany St., Cambridge.