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.
Windsor House Adult Day Health Program 75 Myrtle St, Somerville, MA02145 Bryant Manor at 75 Myrtle Street, is part of the Windsor House consortium, a group of properties catering to the…More elderly, the disabled and those with a history of homelessness. This large facility is located on a quiet residential street a good distance from the nearby highway overpasses. Windsor House is committed to identifying and coordinating appropriate community-oriented services aimed at helping those who have been pushed to the margins of society. Call ahead for an appointment with a residential manager.
Established in 1987, Redbones is known for its Southern-style cooking. The most popular items are the ribs, and side…More dishes include cornbread, collard greens, fried okra and corn fritters. Any of the bar's 24 microbrews can wash down the barbecue, and you can choose from 28 brands of beer on tap for special events. A late night menu of snacks and appetizers is also available every night until 12:30am.
Owner and chef Robert Gregory has made Redbones an established part of the community, donating food to local charities like Coalition for the Homeless. He also frequently provides catering for local events and for larger events throughout New England. Delivery is available for Somerville, and for parts of Arlington, Medford and Cambridge.
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.
Housed in a yellow Victorian on College Ave., Havurat Shalom is an egalitarian Jewish community that is not…More affiliated with the reform, reconstructionist, conservative or orthodox movements of Judaism. In their own description, "The Havurah tends to be hard to label."
Services are led by members and they describe them so: "The singing is spirited, the prayer is focused, and the Torah discussions are thought provoking. Services often include extra readings, discussion, meditation, and other creative additions. We read from the Torah on Shabbat mornings." Twice monthly, Shabbat services are followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner.
A strong emphasis is placed on social justice, with members working to address issues such as homelessness and disability rights. Services, talks, classes and social gatherings fill their busy calendar. Newcomers are welcome, and High Holiday services are free and open to the public.
The United Church of Christ was founded in 1957 as a union of the evangelical and reformed branches of the protestant…More church and now comprises 6,100 churches and 1.4 million members—including President Barack Obama. The Somerville UCC states that members "believe many different things about God, and about the person of Jesus Christ. Many of us hail from other traditions…We find common ground in our yearning to build beloved community."
The church is noncreedal, stating "there is nothing you have to believe in order to belong," and also has a strong commitment to diversity. Rev. Molly Baskette is pastor and Ian Holland is support pastor, but nonordained persons also lead prayers and sometimes preach as part of the church's commitment to share everyone's religious experience.
Music is a key part of services. In addition to adult and children's choirs, members also play in the Strings of Glory bluegrass band, the First Church Marching Band, the Project SOUL funk band, and occasional brass or classical ensembles. A coffee hour and potluck follows Sunday services. Nursery and Sunday school are offered, as are Night Outs, where parents drop off kids for evening activities at the church so they can have a free evening.
Events and volunteer activities are strongly focused on social justice issues. The church participates in and supports a number of efforts to help feed the homeless and others in need.