Basic Needs: clothing, food, shelter, etc.

WIC Program, Dorchester South

Phone: 

617-825-0805 (Fields Corner); 617-825-3822 (Codman Square); 617-265-4380 (Neponset);

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Codman Square Health Center

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Codman Square Health Center

450 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: (617) 825-3822

Fax: (617) 436-4093

Dorchester House-Fields Corner

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Dorchester House Multi–Service Center

1353 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 825-0805

Fax: (617) 825-1109

Neponset Health Center

Wednesday

Thursday

Saturday
8:30 AM — 7:00 PM

8:30 AM — 12:30 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Neponset Health Center

398 Neponset Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 265-4380

Fax: (617)825-1109
Mission: 

The WIC Program improves the health status of families by providing nutrition and health education, nutritious foods and referrals to other health and human services. WIC achieves this by collaborating with community, healthcare,retail food stores, state and federal patners.

You can download a WIC program brochure here.

Location

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Massachustts WIC Program

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call for an appointment and apply.

Key Programs Offered: 

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition consultations
  • Checks to buy free, healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family 

But that’s not all! WIC also offers breastfeeding classes, one-on-one breastfeeding support, as well as immunization screening and referrals. wiC also provides parents with opportunities to talk with other parents about nutrition and other health topics that are important to their families.

Breastfeeding Warmline: Please call us at (617) 533-2243 with your breastfeeding questions or concerns. A breastfeeding peer counselor will contact you within 24 hours.

Free Drop-In Mom's Group: The Mom group offers information and education about parenting and nutrition, breastfeeding support and the chance to connect with other moms. Every Friday 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the WIC room, the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA. For more information please call the WIC office at (617) 825-0805.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/06/2011

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

Phone: 

(617) 524-3950

Mission: 

Mass Energy is a non-profit organization that both advocates and acts in the marketplace on behalf of consumers and the environment. We have offered discount heating oil since 1982 and now serve 8500 households. We also offer green electricity options and solar energy services. Our advocacy work serves all consumers and our charitable programs benefit low-income households and other nonprofit organizations.

Location

Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance
284 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
United States
Key Partners: 

Mass Interfaith, Power and Light, People's Power & Light ( RI), Mass Climate Action Network, MassPIRG, Mass Audubon

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

They can join our discount heating oil program, bio-heat program, recieve heating oil assistance, or join New England Wind Fund our support renewable energy programs.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Project Hope

Phone: 

(617) 442-1880

Fax: 

(617)238-0473

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

Seven days a week

Mission: 

Project Hope works in partnership with families so they can move up and out of poverty. We do this by being a catalyst for change in the lives of families and in the systems which keep them poor; developing and providing family support solutions for homeless.

Locations

Family Residence & Children's Center
45 Magnolia Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Community Building & Main Offices
550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition(DALC): Sarah Bayer (ABE/ESOL) - sbayer@prohope.org; Project Hope provides services in ABE, ESOL, GED, and Job Skills.  They have licensed child care and operate in morning and afternoons.

Adult Educational Services (AES): offers a basic adult education to more than 80 low-income women a year. It combines full time, intensive academics with creative programming to foster each woman's empowerment and self-development in mind, body, and spirit.

Children's Center: a high-quality, nationally accredited child care center for 26 homeless and low-income children, ages 0-6. Eighteen percent of Boston centers achieve this rigorous standard of national accreditation. The center promotes the whole child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth; targets children in crisis and with special needs; involves parents in promoting family literacy and kindergarten-readiness; and works for better access and quality child care in the broader community.

Family Child Care Business Enterprise (FCCBE): an innovative venture that trains 30 low-income women a year for child care careers and oversees a network of 20+ home-based family day care businesses. Trainees take part in college-level child development coursework, internships, and business preparation. The day care providers are assisted with their professional development and business success.

Family Shelter: one of the first homeless shelters for families in the state and remains a model for its respectful and empowering approach. Approximately 20 women and their children are sheltered each year.

Housing Service: assists Dorchester/Roxbury families with various housing issues. A team of experienced staff provides housing counseling, landlord negotiation, housing search assistance, budgeting advice and training, emergency rental funds, and more.

Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships (WDEP): founded to assist women—single mothers predominantly—and other community members in the Dudley neighborhood who found that without adequate training and an accessible path to employers their dreams of living wage jobs were out of reach. Aids in job readiness training, access to career ladder job opportunities, and ongoing case management support during the program and for a full year after job placement.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/29/2011

American Family Child Care Association

Phone: 

Hot Line: (617) 929-0555

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

M-F: 7:30am-6pm

Mission: 

We are an association of licensed family childcare programs in Massachusetts. Our mission is to improve work conditions for in-home Family Child Care Providers, to improve the quality of care for young children, and to advocate for and support families in our Commonwealth.

Family Childcare programs offer care for children ages 0-12, full time, part time, drop-in, before and after school, evenings and overnight, during summer and school vacations, as well as event care.

Location

American Family Child Care Association
33 Peacevale Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Community Partnerships, National Association of Family Child Care, The Department of Early Education and Care, Center For Women; Enterprise, Boston High Risk Youth Network, American Family Child Care Cooperative

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call (617) 929-0555 or visit us at www.myafcca.org.

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Hot Line: A referral line for parents to find a family childcare program anywhere in Massachusetts.
    There are over 8000 license programs with AFCCA. All program costs are on a sliding scale or accept vouchers or scholarships.

  • Advocacy and referrals for parents and family members looking for housing, employment, and other resources.
  • Advocacy and support for family childcare providers and employees
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/02/2010

Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center (ABCD)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-288-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am - 5pm

Mission: 

To expand resource access for family members and individuals in Dorchester.

Location

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

Multicultural Independent Living Center of Boston Family Inc., National Community Action Programs, City Action, City of Boston Department of Community Development

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk-in or apply for afterschool and the summer program

Key Programs Offered: 

ABCD Dorchester neighborhood service center provides: fuel assistance for low-income families, free tax preparation, an after school program from 2pm-5pm,  help with food-stamp and Mass Health applications. ABCD also has a job development program that helps individuals with resumes and job searches, and has a summer works program for youth ages 14-21. Most of the services and programs are free but some go by a sliding scale and/or vouchers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/05/2010

Kit Clark Senior Services

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 825-5000

Fax: 

(617) 288-5991

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8am-4pm

Mission: 

Since 1974, Kit Clark Senior Services has been committed to helping our community's older adults live with dignity and independence. Founded in response to the Federal Older Americans Act, Kit Clark has grown to offer over 30 programs at over 40 locations in Greater Boston. In order to better serve the community, our professionally staffed multi-service agency conducts many of its programs in five different languages, ensuring these much needed support services reach elders with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Locations

Kit Clark Senior Services
1500 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Kit Clark Senior Services
645 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Field Corner Community Development Corporation, Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 825-5000 or stop by at 1500 Dorchester Avenue or 645 Washington Street to find out about our programs.

Key Programs Offered: 

Drop-In Senior Center, Meals On Wheels, Transportation, Foley Assisted Living, Cardinal Medeiros Homeless Shelter, In Home Services, Adult Day Health, Memory Loss Programs, Mental Health, Health Center, Exercise, Homeless Prevention Case Management, Senior Home Repair, and much much more.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/04/2009

A Division of Bay Cove Human Services.

Log School

Phone: 

(617) 288-6683

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

M-F, 7:00 am-9:00 pm

Mission: 

The Log School, founded by Joe Carpineto in 1974, is a settlement house which offers Dorchester an array of educational and social services. The goal of our dedicated staff is to provide services that will improve the lives of local residents and strengthen the community as a whole by implementing programs based on changing neighborhood needs.

Location

Log School
222 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

College Bound Dorchester (formerly Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses), United Way Massachusetts, Department of Education, Alternative Education Alliance, Boston Youth Service Network, Mass Attorney General's Office, X-CEL Adult Education Services, Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition, MCAE, Dorchester Cares, Catholic Charities Teen Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

By calling (617) 474-1232

Key Programs Offered: 

After School Program This program provides 6-12 year-olds with a safe haven after school and helps them advance in school through intensive academic assistance. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Ensuring children's safety aids families by giving their parents peace of mind to focus on work and education. Participants in this program and their parents are connected to additional support services within and outside of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses' extensive system. Altogether, the Log School After School program offers a potent combination of academic encouragement, family support, risk reduction, and violence prevention.

Drop-In Child Care Center A drop-in childcare center for infants to children up to age 6 years old is available to parents enrolled in ESL classes, GED classes, or other activities at the Log School during the day.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes are available days and evenings, at all skill levels. Adult basic education and literacy classes are also available. Upper level classes include computer instruction.

Food Pantry The Food Pantry at Log School provides free weekly staple groceries on Fridays from 8 am to 9 am. Emergency food is available by appointment. There is no eligibility criteria or costs.

GED Preparation Classes Students from any neighborhood in Boston over the age of 18 can enroll in classes. Instruction is available daily at all skill levels.

Preschool Program Log School offers a fully licensed day care center providing children, ages 2.9 - 6 years, an innovative, multi-cultural curriculum.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Log School Family Education Center

Created: 
04/19/2011
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