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Adolescent Services

The mission of Spectrum's Adolescent Division is "to provide at-risk youth a continuum of quality services within a safe environment that fosters respect for self and others by utilizing community resources and providing diverse opportunities for becoming productive citizens."

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Adult Education and Training

ABCD provides a number of programs for low and moderate-income Boston residents who want to further their education, including obtaining high school diplomas, adult basic education, GED preparation, new computer skills, and college preparation and enrollment services.

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Housing

ABCD's Housing and Homelessness Prevention Department works with clients to give them the assistance and skills they need to maintain their households or find new housing that is safe and affordable. The department provides prevention, stabilization, and case management services to ensure that housing is sustained and families can work towards other family career and educational goals.

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The Boston Cares Bed Project

More than 1,500 Greater Boston school children do not have a bed, which affects their self-esteem, ability to learn, and likelihood of graduating from high school. These children are sharing beds with other family members, sleeping on the couch, or sleeping on the floor. There is a similar need for toddler beds, for pre-school age children who have outgrown their crib.

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Boys & Girl's Club of Dorchester

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly – designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day.

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Bridge Home

Bridge Home is a family-focused short-term crisis intervention and stabilization residence for children who have experienced trauma.

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goLead

GenerationOn Leadership, Education, and Development is an innovative solution to equip middle and high school aged youth with invaluable 21st century skills that will allow them to change themselves and the world through service.

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goLearn

Boston Cares Serve & program offers youth aged 13-18 the opportunity to participate in a four-day service-learning experience during summer and school vacation weeks. Each session includes both classroom learning and hands-on service opportunities to immerse youth in the challenges facing Boston residents.

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Youth Programs

ABCD has been helping low-income youth prepare for college and work for 50 years through its signature SummerWorks program. During the school year, youth can also participate in Career Exploration programs, which introduce younger workers to career fields and job skills that teach the importance of work and contribute to family income and stability.

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Endicott College: Keys to Degrees

Keys to Degrees offers young parents ages 18-24 with the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in an environment that supports their needs and the needs of their children. Benefits include campus housing, child care and the full array of support services offered by the college.

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Biomedical Careers

A multi service agency, Just A Start focuses on affordable housing, workforce development, and educational programming to help people gain the skills or get the help they need to secure a home, get a good job, and live a successful and productive life.

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JAS YouthBuild

Just-A-Start is a community development corporation, dedicated to creating opportunity, strengthening community, and improving lives. A multi service agency, JAS focuses on affordable housing, workforce development, and educational programming to help people gain the skills or get the help they need to secure a home, get a good job, and live a successful and productive life.

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Jobs and Job Training

ABCD job training programs and services are available for low and moderate income Boston residents who want to build the skills needed to land and keep living-wage jobs that will support their families.

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Life Skills Development

It takes more than just job skills and education to make a successful and permanent move beyond homelessness. The Life Skills Development Program teaches these skills to the men and women participating in all of the transitional programs.

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MLK Summer Scholars

In response to the urgent need for summer jobs in Boston, John Hancock developed MLK Summer Scholars to provide Boston high schools students the critical work experience they will need in a competitive job market.

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Serving Ourselves Career Program

The Serving Ourselves Career Center assists people in defining and completing their career and educational goals. An intensive sixteen-week program prepares participants for employment and educational opportunities in the community.

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Energy and Fuel Services

ABCD's Energy Department offers a variety of programs to help households pay heating bills, and access weatherization measures and effective and cost- efficient heating systems. Additionally, ABCD works with utility companies, local businesses, and residents to offer green energy services and education. These partnerships ensure that low-income residents have access to the information and services they need to keep energy costs low and help the environment.

The network of ABCD Neighborhood Sites also offer a variety of energy, heating, and utility assistance programs to meet the needs of their communities throughout Boston.

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Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program

Committed to ensuring that every homeless man, woman and child has access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental care to cancer treatment. Clinicians, case managers, and behavioral health professionals work in more than 60 locations to deliver the highest quality health care to some of our community's most vulnerable - and most resilient - citizens.

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Camp Harbor View

Camp Harbor View (CHV) serves 900 young adolescents from Boston's at-risk neighborhoods through two four-week summer camp sessions on Long Island in the Boston Harbor, & offers programs to CHV youth & their families throughout the year.

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Child Care Choices of Boston

CCCB helps low-income families from across the region access quality child care and provider information, and also offers important training services for early care providers.

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Family Services

ABCD offers a variety of services to help families achieve stability and work towards self-sufficiency. From benefits application to emergency clothing services, each of the Family Services listed on this page is intended to help families get by from day to day and overcome obstacles to school and work.

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Father Friendly

Father Friendly Initiative (FFI) is committed to providing opportunities for men living in the city of Boston to become fully involved members of their families and community. Our core principles are based on the overwhelming evidence that "Dads Can Be the Difference" in the life of a child. It is a safe haven for men to get together.

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Healthy Baby Healthy Child

With a team of nurses, advocates, and social workers, the HBHC program provides home visiting to pregnant and parenting families with a child under the age of five who reside in Boston. All services are free, voluntary and confidential.

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Parenting Programs

Families First Parenting Programs is Massachusetts' premier parenting education organization, serving 4,000 families each year through Parenting Education Workshops and Professional Development Trainings. Families First's mission is to promote healthy child development and strong family relationships through parenting education that focuses on positive discipline, communication, and self-esteem.

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Summer Programs

BCYF offers a range of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, youth employment, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment. BCYF's 35 facilities are located throughout Boston.

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Financial Futures Initiative

A variety of financial services are available through ABCD's Financial Futures Initiative Program and the ABCD network of neighborhood sites. These services help low and moderate income Boston families better manage their money, improve their credit, and build savings. Clients will also gain the skills and knowledge to make informed and effective financial decisions and work towards permanent stability and self-sufficiency.

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The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country.

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Nutrition & Food Services

A variety of food pantry, food stamp, and meal assistance programs offered throughout ABCD's network of neighborhood sites makes accessing food easy for families in every Boston neighborhood.

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Health Services

The ABCD Health Services Department is committed to keeping low-income residents and communities in the greater Boston area healthy through local public health disease prevention and health promotion programs. ABCD's programming provides free, high quality care for tens of thousands of clients each year.

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HDAP-HIV Drug Assistance Program

The Massachusetts HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP) helps residents who cannot afford to pay the full cost of the HIV-related drugs and health insurance they need.

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12-14 Wise Street

12-14 Wise Street is helping overcome our community's affordable housing crisis and helping ensure homeless individuals make a permanent move beyond homelessness to independence.

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Crossroads Family Center

A subsidiary of St. Mary's Center located in East Boston, Crossroads Family Center, provides family shelter, case management, housing search, stabilization services and a food pantry to more than 70 families each year.

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GROW House

GROW House is a seven-bed transitional housing program for formerly homeless women who have graduated from residential treatment programs. Residents live in a supportive community where they receive intensive case management and ongoing post-treatment services.

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Housing First Start-up Fund

Housing First is ending homelessness by providing long-term homeless individuals with dignified housing so they are no longer living on the streets or in shelters.

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Housing Services

Just-A-Start is a community development corporation, dedicated to creating opportunity, strengthening community, and improving lives. A multi service agency, JAS focuses on affordable housing, workforce development, and educational programming to help people gain the skills or get the help they need to secure a home, get a good job, and live a successful and productive life.

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Madison Park Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1966, Madison Park Development Corporation is one of the nation's first community-based, non-profit organizations to independently develop affordable housing for low and moderate income residents.

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Margaret's House

Margaret's House is a residence offered to homeless families. Staff have worked diligently to create a full continuum of family-centered, strengths-based, culturally competent programming so that a stay at Margaret's House will lead to meaningful, lasting change for families.

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One Wise Street

One Wise Street, located in the community of Jamaica Plain, is a nine-unit substance-free transitional house for working, formerly homeless men. Wise Street helps men gain the skills necessary to achieve housing independence and lead independent lives in the community.

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Valentine Street Women's Housing Program

Valentine Street fills a gap in vital services by providing supportive housing to formerly homeless women whose children are temporarily in the state foster care system or residing with friends and family.

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Immigration Services

ABCD's network of neighborhood sites offer a variety of immigration services for low and moderate income Boston immigrants, including Immigration and Citizenship services, Translation and Interpretation, and ESOL courses. These services help non-native Boston residents adjust to their new homes, find assistance with school, work, and access the services they need to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

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Barbara McGuinness House

BHCHP, at the Barbara McInnish House, provides "medical respite care" - short-term medical and recuperative services, for homeless people who are far too sick for life in shelters but not sick enough to occupy a costly acute care hospital bed.

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Mental Health Services

Spectrum's outpatient treatment centers provide a range of mental health services, including clinical assessment, treatment planning, counseling, and medication management. Spectrum also offers specialized domestic violence and anger management programming for court-referred clients.

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Boston ElderInfo

Boston ElderINFO is a program of the Elder Care Alliance, is a not-for-profit collaboration of three Boston home care agencies, also known as Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs): Boston Senior Home Care, Central Boston Elder Services and Ethos.

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Central Boston Elder Services

The mission of Central Boston Elder Services is to provide high quality, responsive, supportive services and programs to the elderly and the disabled in need of health and human services.

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Elder Services

ABCD's Elder Service programs assist senior citizens in maintaining healthy, financially secure, and independent lifestyles. A wide array of programming is accessible to elders across Boston and several programs are offered in-home.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through our network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. While the diversity of each program's services and operations may vary based on the needs and resources of their communities, they are all committed to supporting their senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.

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Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration is a voluntary program that helps elders and people with disabilities who want to move from facility-based care back to the community.

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Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is administered by MassHealth and Medicare to provide a wide range of medical, social, recreational, and wellness services to eligible participants. The goal of PACE is to allow participants to live safely in their homes instead of in nursing homes.

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Baldpate

Provides medically assisted detox from substances including alcohol, heroin, cocaine, stimulants, benzodiazepines and other prescribed or illegal drugs. Also, specializes in treating the dual-diagnosis patient, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, schizophrenia and most other major types of mental illness.

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Boston Treatment Center (CAB)

Trained addiction treatment counselors available 24/7.

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Casa Esperanza Incorporated

Casa Esperanza, Inc. is a bilingual/bicultural behavioral health facility that specializes in serving the Latino community in Massachusetts. The mission is to empower individuals and families to recover from addiction, trauma, mental illness, and other chronic medical conditions; overcome homelessness; and achieve health and wellness through comprehensive, integrated care.

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Community Substance Abuse Centers (C-SAC)

Community Substance Abuse Centers (CSAC) is a private, outpatient program which provides humanistic treatment for those who abuse drugs. The program specializes in the treatment of narcotic addiction.

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Emergency Service Center and Shelter

CASPAR's Emergency Services Center (ESC) is one of two shelters in Massachusetts that accept people who are using drugs and alcohol and are homeless.

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FirstStep

FirstStep Street Outreach offers life saving alternatives to unsheltered homeless men and women who are affected by substance abuse, mental illness and medical complications associated with life on the streets. FirstStep staff engage homeless people where they are and build trusting relationships.

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Gavin House

Gavin House is a recovery home for adult men seeking to recover from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Accommodating up to 33 men at a time, for six months, Gavin House aims for restoration of dignity and self-respect in an understanding, supportive, and home-like environment. Residents acquire and/or renew skills needed for mature and responsible lifestyles free of alcohol and other drugs within a structured program using the Twelve Steps as the core of recovery.

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Habit OPCO

Habit OPCO is a methadone and suboxone clinic that offers opiate addiction and opiate withdrawal treatment in Boston, MA.

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Hagan Manor

Hagan Manor is a six bedroom congregate living suite for men with disabilities in addition to their substance abuse history. Located in a Somerville Housing Authority building in Union Square, this unique partnership between the City of Somerville and CASPAR originated as a pilot program that has been widely replicated statewide.

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Hello House

Hello House Residential Recovery Program for Men is a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program for men attempting to cope with drug and alcohol addiction. The program is designed to take from three to six months to complete with an average length of stay of 95 days.

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High Point Treatment Center

High Point Treatment Center's (HPTC) mission is to prevent and treat chemical dependency and provide therapeutic services for mental health issues.

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Hope House

Provides individualized treatment to those living with a substance use disorder (SUD).

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Men's Residences

CASPAR Men's Residences provide a six-to-nine month residential experience for 42 men experiencing the struggles of early sobriety. Clients receive the building blocks necessary for long-term sobriety through individual and group counseling and community-based self-help groups.

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New Day Program

New Day was one of the first residential substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women with their newborns. Offers a supportive, clean and sober treatment experience in an effort to improve birth outcomes for infants, and to support these mothers in leading a sober and healthy life.

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PAATHS

The Boston Public Health Commission's PAATHS (Providing Access to Addictions Treatment, Hope and Support) Program is a one-stop shop for anyone (individuals, families, community partners, other treatment providers) looking for information about, or access to, addiction treatment services.

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Phoenix House

Phoenix House understands that addiction is a chronic disease not a moral failing. Individuals suffering from substance use disorders deserve and require evidence-based treatment in settings that offer privacy and dignity.

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PROJECT SOAR

Project SOAR stands for Stability, Opportunity, Achievement and Recovery. SOAR provides safe, supportive transitional housing to people in the Serving Ourselves Vocational Training Program and those who are already working in permanent jobs in the community but are still in need of other services before moving into their own housing.

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Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor is a nationally recognized model for innovative and compassionate treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS who are also struggling with addictions and are homeless.

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Shattuck Clinical Stabilization Services

Spectrum offers clinical stabilization services at two locations: a 31-bed program for men and women in Westborough and a 14-bed program for men in Weymouth.

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Womanplace

Womanplace is a 20-bed residential program for women in need of six months of gender-specific residential treatment in a safe and nurturing environment where they learn to live clean and sober.

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Acquired Brain Injury Waivers

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and MassHealth, in conjunction with UMass Medical School, offer two home- and community-based services waivers to help Medicaid-eligible persons with acquired brain injury (ABI) move to the community and obtain community-based services.

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Healthcare Financial Assistance

Assistance in completing MassHealth application.

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Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is committed to giving survivors and their families and friends the resources they need to reclaim their lives and begin healing, to raising awareness of the issues survivors face, and to ending sexual violence through healing and social change.

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Boston Partners Advancing Communities Together (PACT)

​The Boston Partners Advancing Communities Together (PACT) Initiative is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive service delivery strategy to increase positive outcomes for youth who are the most at risk of being victims or perpetrators of gun violence. Partners work together to connect youth to long-term, meaningful relationships with trusted adults and to education and employment services.

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National Human Trafficking Resource Center

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.

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Youth Connect (Boys and Girls Club of Boston)

YouthConnect is an advocacy and intervention program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston that helps the most at-risk young people make positive life choices through trusting relationships with skilled and compassionate social workers.

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Boston Healthy Start Initiative

​BHSI is a free program that serves Black and Latina women living in Boston who are either pregnant or parenting children up to 2 years of age. BHSI sites are located in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

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Head Start & Early Childhood Education

ABCD's Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide high-quality early education. Children ages 3-to-5-years-old attend 31 Head Start sites across the city.

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St. Mary's Home

St. Mary's Home provides residential services to 17 pregnant and parenting teenagers and their infants/toddlers at any one time, making it the largest program of its kind in the city of Boston.

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Welcome Families

Welcome Family is a free program offered to all moms with newborns. Welcome Family provides a one-time visit from an experienced nurse who will help with feeding, answer questions, and connect new moms to resources they might need.

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