For more information on resources in your community, please contact either the Everywoman's Center (545-0883) or
First Call for Help (256-0121 or 800-339-7779), the two most comprehensive information
and referral services in the area. The following listings are just a selection of the community
resources available. They are listed alphabetically and can be accessed by clicking on their names;
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Abortion Rights Fund
AIDS Care/Hampshire County
Amherst Housing Authority
Amherst Survival Center
ARISE for Social Justice
Berkshire Children & Families
Center for New Americans
Child and Family Clinic
Devereux: Therapeutic Foster Care
The Birth Collective Doula Services
ESL Program - Jones Library
Tapestry Health Systems (Family Planning)
Five-College Women's Studies Research Center
Five Colleges, Inc.
Support Network for Families of Western Mass
Full Cirle Adoptions & Family Building Ctr, Inc.
GLBT Counseling & Psychotherapy Referral Service
Elizabeth Freeman Center
Highland Valley Edler Services
Hospice of Hampshire County
Incourage: Lesbian Survival Support Fund
League of Women Voters
Life Course Counseling Center
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
Mass. Commission Against Discrimination
The Mediation and Training Collaborative
Men's Resource Center
Monadnock Men's Resource Center
Multiracial Family Group
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
Peace Development Fund
Sex & Love Addicts
Stavros Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Valley Women's Martial Arts
Victim Witness Assistance
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Women's Health Network of Western Mass.
Western MA Eldercare Inc.
Wright Home for Women
YWCA (North Branch)
Provides no-interest loans with flexible pay back schedule to women who have no other resources for abortions. Money is sent directly to the clinic or physician providing the abortion. Call and leave first name and number with 24-hour answering service.
Activities include litigation, education, public presentation, and legislative efforts on constitutional, civil rights, and civil liberties issues. Call for appointment - no walk-ins.
AIDS CARE/Hampshire County provides case management and comprehensive support services to people living with HIV infection, their families and friends. It is the lead agency for a consortium of community agencies and individuals, including a Consumer Advisory Board, who care about people living with HIV.
Assists men and women in obtaining and maintaining sobriety while also helping others to recover from alcoholism.
Management of housing complexes for elderly, disabled, and low income families, Section 8 (state funded subsidies) certificates, congregate housing of Jean Elder House. Provides list of other housing in the area.
Services include a drop-in center, free hot lunch, emergency groceries, free health care (Drop-In Clinic Mondays 12-2 and Thursdays 5-6) and the distribution of clothing and small household goods. Provides a noon meal (M, T, Th, F), emergency food, USDA food distribution (once a month per family) . Donations of non-perishable food, casseroles at noon meals, clothing, and small household goods are gratefully accepted.
Community organization for low-income families. Services include: health care access information line, advocacy and organization, community education and speaker's bureau.
Offers victims of domestic violence in-home safety alarms. Participants are allowed priority police response in domestic violence situations.
Services include: individual and group child therapy; family and group counseling for adolescents and adults on family issues, supervised visitation services for non-custodial parent, parent aids for young families where there is a possibility of abuse. Adoption services include: placement of infants for a fee, foster care for infants, counseling for birth mothers, services to those wishing to adopt a special needs child, placement of children with emotional/physical disabilities, support groups.
Administrative offices: 17 New South Street, Suite 301
Classrooms: 42 Gothic Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Greenfield Community Youth Center
20 Sanderson Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
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Education and resource agency for immigrants. Offers free English classes for adult immigrants, refugees, and migrants; citizenship information and preparation; tutors; referrals; advocacy and counseling. Basic computer skills instruction and employment assistance are available to current and former students of our English classes.
Outpatient mental health clinic for children up to 18 years old. Provides therapy for children and parents. Psychological testing of young children, issues of trauma, anxiety and adoption.
A managed care model designed to provide individualized treatment to children and adolescents who have mental health, behavioral, developmental and/or adjustment disorders or difficulties. These services are provided in highly structured home-based settings throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island within the community and are designed both to serve as an alternative to institutionalization or hospitalization, as well as a step down level of care following residential treatment.
Serving families in the Pioneer Valley and surrounding hill towns of Western Massachusetts, as well as the Brattleboro area of Southern Vermont. Experiencing the reassuring and mindful support of a professional labor assistant (doula) enhances the birthing experience for laboring women and their families. Doula-attended births statistically have better social, emotional and medical outcomes.
Services are for anyone whose life is affected by sexual assault: survivors and significant others; referrals for children available; Family Law Project: Free assistance with legal questions, restraining orders, custody issues, visitation, financial support and complex family issues involving the courts; Divorce Workshop; support groups, such as Women's Survivor Group, Men's Survivor Group, Parent's Group, Significant Other Group, Women Who Are Facing Surgery Group, and Teen Support Group; 24-hour hotlines available
ESL Program - Jones Library
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Volunteer one-to-one tutoring for immigrants in English conversation, literacy, citizenship, and cultural orientation. Citizenship application assistance also offered. We also offer free conversation classes for immigrants and visitors.
16 Center Street, 4th Floor
Northampton, MA 01060
27 Pray Street
Amherst, MA 01002
296 Nonotuck Street, 2nd Floor
Florence, MA 01062
Medical/counseling services include: birth control, pap smears and breast examinations, STD screening/treatment, pregnancy testing and counseling, referrals, routine lab work, pelvic exams and pre-natal care. Information/referral services for: fertility and genetic counseling, adoption, abortion, prenatal care, sterilization for men and women. Other services: comprehensive exams, education, & preventative health services for women at menopause, including mammograms and screenings for heart disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Educational services: speakers, films, and literature covering all human sexuality topics. Sliding scale fees.
Five Colleges, Incorporated is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions, which include four private, liberal arts colleges and the Amherst campus of the state university. The consortium is an outgrowth of a highly successful collaboration in the 1950s among Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and vthe University of Massachusetts Amherst, which resulted in the founding of a fifth institution, Hampshire College, in 1970.
Supports scholarly activity and creative work in Women's Studies through residencies, seminars and events. The faculties of the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith College and UMass) comprise one of the largest concentrations of Women's Studies scholars in the country.
The Support Network works to support the needs of families in Western Massachusetts who have a child age 19 or younger with behavioral or emotional challenges. Each family determines its own needs. The Network's mission is to support the unique strengths, insights and skills of families so they may best achieve their individual goals. Family Support Specialists staff the Network in the Berkshires, Franklin, Hampshire, N. Quabbin and Hampden Counties.
Provides adoption related services to birth-parents and prospective adoptive-parents. Full services (home-study through finalization) for MA residents, and free counseling to MA birth-parents are provided. Offers co-parent and stepparent adoptions. Provides resource referral and networking for outreach clients of other states where allowed by the laws of their states. Fee-based service.
Free and confidential clearinghouse for issues of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in Western Mass. Services are designed to help ease the search through the often confusing process of finding the services and providers needed.
Protective Services and Elder at Risk programs offer a range of comprehensive case management services to elders who are at risk of abuse and neglect. Services include: referrals to a variety of home-care services, crisis case work, and interventation, legal advocacy, Senior Companion Program, information and referral services. Serves Hmpshire and West Hampden counties.
Services for terminally ill patients and their family, including: home health care, nursing home and hospital hospice service, community education for professionals or general public on hospice program or on issues dealing with life-limiting illness, bereavement support and counseling to help patient and family (includes spiritual support and counseling), support groups including AIDS-related groups.
Incourage is a non-profit, volunteer grassroots lesbian organization that provides money to local working class and poor lesbians for survival needs such as rent, health care, food, and transportation. Provides a safety net where none otherwise exists.
Language Bridge acts as a bridge between different cultures providing clients with high quality, around the clock professional translation and interpretation services. Services include written translation, oral (verbal) interpretation (including medical, legal, technical, and other fields), training for interpreters, training for providers, training on how to order and use "Language Bridge" services, document editing, document proofreading, and language consulting.
4 Evergreen Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
P.O. Box 39
Leeds, Mass 01053
Non-partisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. Provides information and discussion forums on political candidate and issues for Amherst and Northampton, the state, and the nation.
Services include: individual and couple counseling for lesbians, gays and bisexuals on a variety of issues, including self-esteem, relationships, incest, drugs, alcohol and AIDS. Comprised of lesbian and gay clinicians. Support groups include: "Out Now Teen Group" of Springfield; Teen Group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning - Coming Out Group; Transgender support and therapy group; Lesbian and Bi-Women's Group.
Western MA Office
140 High Street, 5th Floor
Springfield, MA 01105
MARE exists to find "a place to call home" for children in foster care including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place by recruiting, educating, supporting and advocating for families throughout the adoption process. MARE focuses on waiting children who are ages six and older, children of color of all ages, sibling groups, children with emotional, physical and intellectual challenges, and children who are at legal risk.
One Ashburton Place, Room 601
Boston, MA 02108
455 Main Street, Room 100
Worcester, MA 01608
436 Dwight Street, Room 220
Springfield, MA 01103
800 Purchase Street, Room 501
New Bedford, MA 02740
A non-profit program of Franklin Community Action Corporation, TMTC is a comprehensive conflict resolution, mediation and training organization, serving western MA. TMTC mediates a broad range of disputes including consumer, housing, divorce and family, workplace and neighborhood.
Its mission is to support men and to develop men's leadership in challenging all forms of oppression. The programs support men in overcoming the damaging effects of rigid and stereotyped masculinity, and simultaneously confront men's patterns of personal and societal violence and abuse toward women, children and other men.
MMRC is committed to providing all men with a safe space for growth, sharing, connection, and community building with other men. It is committed to challenging and promoting an understanding of interpersonal and institutional violence, sexism, homophobia, racism and other forms of oppression, and to promoting and supporting healing and empowerment for all people. Toward this end, it strongly support the insights and social changes the civil rights movement, feminism, and the gay liberation movement have stimulated for both women and men.
Network of multiracial families including lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, single-parent, and adoptive families. Activities for children and adult/parent potlucks to discuss issues, educational events, and resources.
National advocacy group for blacks and other minorities. Articulates grievances and protests rights by whatever legal means necessary.
Shelter in safe house for women and their children who are in danger of assault by a domestic partner. Legal assistance with restraining orders, divorce, separation and counseling. Public awareness and community education on issues of domestic violence.
479 Main Street
PO Box 520
Greenfield, MA 01301
131 N. Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
or toll free: 888-249-0806
NELCWIT offers services for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Franklin County-North Quabbin area of Massachusetts, including a 24-hour hotline, counseling, support, and advocacy for adults and children, and safe houses. Services are available in both English and Spanish. We also offer prevention education programs for youths and adults. All of NELCWIT's services are free.
Services include: individual, couple, family, and group counseling; psychological assessment and evaluation; educational talks and workshops for community groups. Accepts Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance with referral from primary physician (if required).
The Peace Development Fund works to build the capacity of community-based organizations through grants, training, and other resources as partners in human rights and social justice movements. As a public foundation, we nourish, foster, and encourage the diverse, self-sustaining and economically viable communities that are essential to building a peaceful, just and equitable world.
PDF is more than a grantmaker: our model of philanthropy involves direct funding, advocacy where appropriate, and partnerships built around mutual respect, sharing of resources, and transparency of planning and decision-making. We endeavor to be a key “go-to” foundation on issues of peace, human rights, social justice and environmental protection. We work to counter-balance dominant power structures by moving resources and sharing decision-making with activist groups and communities.
Support for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered and their families and friends.
Advocates community education regarding LGBT issues. Call for more information.
Services include: Abortion Services, Birth Control Services, Emergency Contraception, HIV Testing, HPV & Hepatitis Vaccines, LGBT Services, Men's Health Services, Patient Education, Pregnancy Testing, Options & Services, STD Testing & Treatment, and Women's Health Services.
A 12-step program for people who are recovering from sex and love addictions. Meetings and counseling are available to friends and family of recoverers as well. Call for schedule.
Stavros Center is dedicated to helping people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. Stavros maintains offices in Amherst, Springfield and Greenfield. Services include: information and referral, peer counseling, skills training, advocacy, personal assistance service, assistive techonology, assistance with housing and accessibility, equipment loan, and other services. Serves Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin County.
1 Cottage Street (Rt. 141)
Easthampton, MA 01027
VWMA/ HAVPS offers programs at the school and throughout the region in self-defense/ safety strategies, and the movement and meditation techniques of Okinawan Karate, Filipino Stick Arts, and Tai chi/ Qigong, healing and strengthening methods. VWMA/ HAVPS holds classes and workshops for women and girls, as well as those for women, men, and children. Full sliding scale for payment. The school space is wheelchair accessible.
Provides information regarding court proceedings, victim rights information and assistance, compensation information and abuse prevention (restraining order) petitions. Social service referrals.
The nearest offices are:
150 Fearing St.
Amherst, MA 01002
300 High Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. For more information or to see if you qualify, please call WIC at 1-800-WIC-1007 or visit www.mass.gov/wic
Provides mammograms, pap tests, diabetes and cholesterol screenings to mainly uninsured women between
the ages of 40 and 64 and to younger women if they are at a greater risk of ovarian or breast cancer.
Counseling, advocacy, 24-hour support and emergency shelter for battered women and children. Provides
legal services and community awareness programs. Support groups, teen services and volunteer
opportunities are available as well.
Serving Belchertown, Chicopee, Granby, Holyoke, Ludlow, South Hadley, Ware and beyond; Since 1974 Western Mass ElderCare has existed to serve the needs of older people. A private, non-profit agency that offers a diversity of programs and services to preserve independence and the family network. Meets the individual needs of the elder at the different stages along the continuum of care, ranging from information services to inhome support, to crisis prevention and nursing home advocacy.
The Wright Homestead is a private, nonprofit residence open to a maximum of 13 women from this area. For the older woman who would like freedom from household cares and responsibilities, with home-cooked meals served family style in an attractive dining room; independence to come and go as desired: privacy in a pleasant, private room with own furnishings; companionship with congenial residents in a homelike atmosphere.
Services include: individual/group counseling for young parents 12-22 years of age; workforce development, school and community-based services for low-income youths 14-22 years of age; support/education for pregnant and parenting mothers age 12-22.