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.