Elderly/Senior Citizens

Caribbean Foundation of Boston, Inc

Phone: 

(617) 445-1228

Mission: 

The Caribbean Foundation of Boston is a nonprofit agency that was established in 1973. The organization was founded by a group of Caribbean women who wanted to expand home care for their culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged community.

Location

Caribbean Foundation of Boston, Inc
317 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Homemaking & Home Health Aides, Friendly Visitors Progam, Training Apartment Program

Urban Community Homemaking

Urban Community Homemaking was founded in 1973 by a group of women united in their desires to offer improved and expanded home services to members of their community. The program provides homemaking, home health aide, chore, and friendly visitor services to people who are disabled, frail or elderly in Boston's urban neighborhoods.

Our goal is to prevent unnecessary institutionalization and assist and support families with care giving. In addition, our staff who are local residents, receive training and stable employment which contributes to the economic health of our community. Over 250 people receive services monthly. Nearly all are low-income clients who require ongoing home care support to remain safely in their homes.

Homemaking & Home Health Aides

In its training and employment practices, the agency has developed and uses a unique concept, "Peer Homemakers and Home Health Aides." These are trained employees attuned to the language and culture of the people with whom they work. Familiar and reliable assistance is particularly important in serving a frail population that is constantly dealing with the multiple losses of functional ability, independence, and friends.

Our employees receive ESL training so that they are fully equipped to meet the needs of the people we serve. They are trained to teach efficient household management techniques and encourage family members to assume responsibility for the client whenever possible. Our staff are also encouraged to help ease the loneliness and isolation many of our clients experience by being empathetic.

Friendly Visitors Program

While many public and private agencies have formed over the last two decades to provide home care services to the elderly, state cutbacks have significantly decreased both the number of people served and the hours of services offered. To solve the problem, Urban Community collaborated with Senior Companions of Boston and the Massachusetts Association for the Blind to create the Friendly Visitors Program.

The program is designed to address the support and social needs of vulnerable, low-income elders and disabled citizens who are not eligible for adequate home care, particularly on weekends and holidays when isolated people feel most alone. We assist disabled and elderly people with shopping and errands, accompanying them outside for visits and light exercise, provide light homemaking, help to organize activities of daily living, and encourage hobbies, interests, and outside contacts.

Cushing Manor Rest Home

Phone: 

(617) 288-0400

Mission: 

Cushing Manor is a private-owned rest home providing elder care.

Location

Cushing Manor Rest Home
20 Cushing Ave
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States

Cradles to Crayons

Phone: 

617.779.4700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-5pm 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saturday every month, 10am-4pm 3rd Sunday every month, 10am-4pm

Mission: 

Our Mission: To provide, free of charge, low-income and homeless children from birth to pre-teen the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. We also set a foundation for lasting change through the meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities we provide to thousands of youth and adults each year. Our Model: We're the glue between communities that have and communities that need. We make it simple for children, families, corporations to give their time, treasures and talent to benefit other children in their community. By partnering with social service agencies for distribution, we have a direct channel to serve tens of thousands of children in need each year.

Location

155 North Beacon Street
Brighton, MA 02135
United States
Key Partners: 

Our work relies on adults and kids, coming together in their neighborhoods and in our warehouse

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Close to Home Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative

Phone: 

(617) 929-5151

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

M-F: 9am-5pm Saturdays: varies

Mission: 

Close to Home is a resident-driven domestic violence prevention and community organizing campaign based in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Close to Home aims to prevent domestic violence and get help for those affected by educating, supporting, and developing leadership from the existing network of friends, family and neighbors. Close to Home is also working to mobilize the neighborhood's civic life, through dialogue and problem solving, to address domestic violence as a priority community issue in Dorchester.

Location

Close to Home
42 Charles St. Suite A
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Tieng Xanh Voice, Inc., SCI Dorchester, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (Viet-AID), Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA), All Dorchester Sports League, Boston Police Dept. District C-11, Fields Corner Community Network

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

By contacting us and/or coming to our meetings and events.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
04/23/2010

Dorchester Community Center for the Visual Arts (Dot Art)

Phone: 

617.905.7432

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office: M-F, 10am - 5pm Program times vary

Mission: 

To make exemplary visual arts education available to everyone in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods.

Location

18 Samoset Street 3rd Floor
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact us! Stop by our office/gallery space Monday Through Friday, any time between 10am and 5pm. We offer classes and workshops year round, and seek to employ teachers for our programs who are from the Dorchester community.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Classes, School Residencies, Public Art Programs, Events and Parades, Art Parties for Children and Adults. Classes offered with sliding scale pricing. See here for program and service specifics.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Dorchester Arts Collaborative

Phone: 

(617) 822-8278

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

Weds, Thur, Fri open 1 pm to 5 pm

Saturdays open 12 noon to 5 pm

Mission: 

Dorchester Arts Collaborative is a non-profit organization that develops and facilitates arts programming in Dorchester MA to cultivate and stimulate the social, cultural, and economic enrichment of Boston's largest, most diverse and most historic neighborhood.

Location

Erick Jean Center for the Arts
157 Washington Street Unit A
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

ArtMorpheus

Codman Sq Neighborhood Development Corp.

Codman Sq Health Center
 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please visit the website for information on how to get involved - http://dac-line.org

Key Programs Offered: 

The Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is located in Dorchester's first arts center, the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. DAC created and runs an annual Dorchester-wide Open Studios event for local artists which has taken place in multiple locations throughout the community during October each year since 2002.

New events and programs are developed each year - please check DAC's website for the latest. 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
02/14/2013

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.

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