Somerville Early Head Start 474 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 Somerville Early Head Start is a federally funded child/parent centered organization established to provide support to…More low-income Somerville residents with infants, toddlers and expectant mothers in the family. Services include weekly home visits, play groups, parent education and health care coordination. This is a multi-cultural center with English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole spoken. The emphasis is on health, nutrition, education, social service and housing resources in the community.
Dare is a non-profit social services program, with six regional offices throughout Massachusetts and one in…More Connecticut. Dare provides intensive foster care for children that have been entrusted to them by the state after being separated from their biological parents due to abuse or neglect.
Additionally, Dare offfers an Intellectual Disabilities program and a Newburyport location—in which it houses pregnant and parenting teen girls. The Somerville office is the administrative headquarters.
Walnut Street Center 35 Charlestown St, Somerville, MA02143 Founded in the early 1970s by local parents of developmentally disabled children, the Walnut Street Center endeavors to…More "provide adults with development disabilities with opportunities to live engaged and meaningful lives". The center features a slate of programs such as Day Supports, addressing the recreational and vocational needs; Residential Supports, providing temporary and semi-independent apartments; and Social Service Supports, helping individuals to become more active in the decisions that affect their lives. Consult the website for program details and availability.
Osgood Park 6 Osgood St, Somerville, MA02143 This colorful park and playground spills over onto two sides of Osgood Street. On the right side, you'll find swings for…More toddlers and big kids, as well as a swing seat for children with special needs. Across the street, a large jungle gym with slides and climbing equipment sits next to a water spray n' play area. Picnic tables and benches ring the larger part of the park. Parents can introduce curious kids to the idea of gardening here as well. The Osgood Community Gardens One and "Too" sit next to the park and kids can peek through the fence at the flower and vegetable beds.
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.