Basic Needs: clothing, food, shelter, etc.

DotHouse Health

Phone: 

617-288-3230

Website: 

http://www.dorchesterhouse.org/

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mission: 

To be an essential resource for our community in its efforts to achieve the highest levels of health, well being and quality of life for its residents.

To provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional health care and other essential services in an environment that respects our consumers, our staff and our diverse community.

To be a leading force for change in the health, economic and social well being of our community.

Location

DotHouse Health Center
1353 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Codman Square Health Center, DotWell, SCI

Key Programs Offered: 

DotHouse Health (Formerly Dorchester House) is a federally qualified health center located in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. 127 years ago, our founders had a brilliant vision. They understood that a person’s well-being wasn't just about one facet of a person’s life, but it was about the well-being of the whole person. It’s about taking care of the whole person across their life span. We continue to follow this vision by not only offering healthcare but, also community and social services to the people of Dorchester. We offer our 23,000 patients extensive case management, financial and legal services as well as a number of community programs. By connecting our patients with comprehensive primary care, social services and internal programs – all under one roof – we support the overall good health of our patients and build a stronger, healthier community.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Dot House/Dorchester House

Greater Boston Food Bank, The

Phone: 

(617) 427-5200

Email: 
Mission: 

To help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.

To achieve our mission, The Food Bank feeds more than 320,000 people annually in nine counties in eastern Massachusetts. They're poor to middle-class people who can't make ends meet. They're our friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

Location

The Greater Boston Food Bank
70 South Bay Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
United States

St. Ambrose Family Shelter

Phone: 

617-288-7675

Mission: 

The goal of St. Ambrose Family Inn is to provide shelter, support, and hope for homeless families in transition.

Location

25 Leonard Street behind St. Ambrose Church
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

under Catholic Charities

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call.

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 288-2700

Website: 

http://bostonabcd.org/dorchester-nsc.aspx

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9 AM - 6PM Tue - Fri; 10 AM - 5 PM, Mon.

Mission: 

Since its inception in 1962, ABCD has remained devoted to its mission of promoting self-help for low-income people and neighborhoods. ABCD empowers disadvantaged people by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential. It emphasizes education, skilled job-training and asset development. While ABCD's overall focus remains long-term self-sufficiency, we understand that sometimes, things happen. ABCD offers a number of programs that help families through these times of crisis, including fuel assistance in winter, food pantries, and rental assistance. Once stability has been established, ABCD helps people move forward with a focus on education and skill development. The agency works closely with area businesses and academic institutions to develop programs that educate workers who are consistently applauded for their abilities and commitment to excellence.

Location

Ashmont Neighborhood Service Center
110 Claybourne Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or visit the center.

Key Programs Offered: 



  • Fuel Assistance and Weatherization

    ABCD fuel assistance helps more than 15,000 low-income households in Boston, Brookline and Newton pay fuel bills during the heating season. Applications are taken from November through March at ABCD's offices.

    Eligibility for this program is your maximum income cannot exceed 60% of estimated State Median Income. For more information contact (617) 288-2700x200.

  • Tax Preparation

    January through April. For more information contact (617) 288-2700x200.

  • School Vacation, After-School, and Summer Childcare Programs

    Summer Enrichment Program dates for 2010 are July 6th-August 27th. Program hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM-6PM, Friday 7AM-5PM. Open to children in first grade through age 12. Limited discounts for tuition and EEC slots available. Vouchers accepted. To receive vouchers, call Child Care Choices of Boston at (617) 348-6677. To register or receive more information call (617) 288-2700x206 or x203.

  • Summer Works, Winter Works, and Adult Employment Services

    Employment programs for youth and adults. Summer Works begins July 6 and ends August 13th. Interested participants apply in early spring for Summe Works and in September for Winter Works. For more information call (617) 288-2700 x214 or x216.

  • Food Stamps, Mass Health, Seasonal Programs, and Case Management

    The DNSC can help you apply for Food Stamps and Mass Health, and also offers case management services. Seasonal programs include November and December Holiday Food and Toy Assistance programs. Thanksgiving referrals begin October 25th through November 12th on a first-come, first-served basis. Toy Assistance referrals begin November 29th. For more information on these programs, contact (617) 288-2700x202.

  • Other Services

    The DNSC also offers GED and ESOL referrals, limited translation services, information and referrals on housing and higher education, and referrals to Dorchester Head Start preschool programs. 110 Claybourne Street is also a BPS Summer Feeding Site.

Created: 
11/29/2010

Two locations:

110 Claybourne Street Dorchester, MA 02121

Codman Square Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 825-9660

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Urgent Care: 
Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 10:00pm 
Friday 8:30am - 9:00pm 
Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm

Primary Care:
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday & Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm

Mission: 

To serve as a resource for improving the physical, mental and social well-being of the community. *** We opened our doors in 1979 with a dream: to build the best urban community in America. As part of this dream, we recognized that though health care begins by alleviating sickness, the journey to a true "culture of health" is achieved through the health of the whole person, and through the health of the whole community.  Our two-physician staff that summer of 1979 may have been small, but our mantra was not: while disease is a lack of health, health is not simply a lack of disease.

Today, with a staff of 280 employees, expert clinicians and medical staff, and an astounding depth and breadth of community programs, we believe that we are on our way toward reaching our dream of building the best urban community in America. The Codman Square Health Center is committed to continued progress and we hope you will join us in fulfilling our vision of a culture of health in our community.

Location

Codman Square Health Center
637 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Clinical Services
Primary care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Women’s Health)
Urgent care
Dental care
Eye care
Behavioral Health 
Specialty care (Podiatry, Cardiology, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Dermatology, Smoking Cessation, WIC office) Pharmacy (w/ Eaton Apothecary, 617.265.7400)

Full Service Laboratory 
Diagnostic Care (X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, radiology) 

Case Management: Asthma, Diabetes, Pre-natal, HIV Client support: insurance services, interpreter services, on-site childcare, financial counseling, legal advocacy, multilingual staff, referral management

Civic Health through DotWell

Public Health Services: Cooking Classes & Nutrition Programs Healthy Eating for Diabetes Eat Green, Save Green HIV counseling, education, outreach, support Support groups for new parents, dads, moms (drop-in!), as well as AA, & HIV

Food Security:
DTA Food Stamp program: There will be a representative at the Health Center on Fridays from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm in the Nutrition Office in the first floor lobby. Half hour appointments can be made in MSI. Walk-ins also encouraged.
Food Pantry: Pantry will reopen at Greenwood UMC. Details forthcoming. MORE!

Created: 
02/07/2011

United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

Phone: 

(617) 624-8000

Mission: 

United Way was built on the idea that if we are to make meaningful, lasting change, we have make it easier for these efforts to come together. To make the greatest impact possible, United Way aligns a network of more than 200 independent health and human service under the same set of community goals.

- Children will be nurtured and enter school ready to learn.
- Youth will have adult guidance and positive options for the future.
- Families will have safe permanent homes, and the skills and opportunities to build better futures.

United Way also supports 2-1-1, a free and confidential helpline for people looking to connect to health or human services. Need help with basic needs, mentoring or other services? Dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

Location

United Way of Massachusetts Bay
51 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

Phone: 

(617) 825-5897

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:00 - 5:00
Wed, Fri: 9:00 - 8:00 PM (for youth program activities)

Mission: 

To improve the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families from Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining strong ethnic identity and a sense of community.

MAPS works with and for the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership and community development.

Location

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Dorchester Branch
1 Stoughton Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

Pilgrim Church

Phone: 

(617) 282-0456

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Worship Sundays @ 11:00am
Office 9-5pm

Mission: 

True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant.
It clothes the naked,
It feeds the hungry,
It comforts the sorrowful,
It shelters the destitute,
It serves those that harm it,
It binds up that which is wounded,
It has become all things to all people.

Location

Pilgrim Church
540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Project Care & Concern
The Pilgrim Woman's Club
Ministry to The Homeless
Community Lunch
Holistic Health Center
Bible Study & Sunday School

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/02/2010

Catholic Charities Greater Boston at the Yawkey Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 506-6600 (ESOL Counselor)/ (617)506-6627 (ABEGED Counselor)

Email: 

sara_jorgensen@ccab.org/christine_doret@ccab.org/michelle_perry@ccab.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Day care opens at 7 a.m. and building at 8 p.m. Haitian Multi-Service Center open 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Yawkey Konbit Creole open 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mission: 

Catholic Charities Greater Boston is a community service center of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. Catholic Charities Greater Boston provides direct service in Dorchester at the Yawkey Center, in Somerville, and in other Boston neighborhoods through an array of programs and services including Basic Needs Services, parenting programs, an after-school program for teens, a summer camp for inner-city children, elder social services, and a variety of residential programs. All are designed to address the complex issues that many individuals and families face today. More than 38,000 are served each year.

Location

Catholic Charities Greater Boston at the Yawkey Center
185 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or visit.

Key Programs Offered: 

ABE/ESOL-Program offers Pre-ESOL Literacy Classes for Haitian Creole Speakers. All Students receive employment and computer skills training.

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Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/29/2011

Boston Project Ministries, The

Phone: 

(617) 929-0925

Email: 
Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Mission: 

We are a community-based organization of committed Christian staff and volunteers whose faith inspires us to engage actively in service to people and organizations in underserved neighborhoods of Boston. We seek to renew urban neighborhoods physically, socially, and spiritually. We build mutually caring relationships with our neighbors. We partner with local churches, community groups, and service organizations to realize a shared vision for the neighborhood. The Boston Project invests in at-risk children and youth by providing programs that address their educational, social, and spiritual needs. The Boston Project assists low income homeowners and non-profit organizations by making urgent repairs and im-provements to their properties. We accomplish our mission by mobilizing, training, and equipping volunteers. We engage people of all ages from urban, suburban and rural communities in compassionate service characterized by giving to and receiving from those served. We multiply our efforts by promoting leadership development. We provide staff training, internships, networking opportunities and technical assistance to individuals, groups and churches engaging in urban service ministries.

Location

The Boston Project Ministries
670 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Global Ministries Christian Church, Second Church of the Nazarene, Codman Square NDC, Talbot-Norfolk Triangle Neighbors United

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact our office directly for volunteer opportunities, community meetings, and outreach events.

Key Programs Offered: 

After-School Homework Center & Tutoring
Gr. K-5, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Gr. 6-12, Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 - 5:00pm

Real Life Teen Bible Study
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Ages 14+

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
10/19/2009
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