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Needham and Quincy Single Parent Resources

The United States Census Bureau reports that as many as 20 million children in the United States live in single parent homes. Although the majority of these children live in a home run by a single mother, homes with a single father also exist.

Living as a single parent is always challenging, and it affects almost every area of life. Most single parents are living with a limited income, which makes it more difficult to provide basic necessities for their children. Single parents may struggle to find housing, afford food, pay for child care and much more.

Below are some resources available to single parents in Norfolk and Suffolk Counties.

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
MassSaveshttp://www.masssaves.orgc/o The Midas Collaborative 18R Shepard Street, Suite 100 Brighton, MA 02135617-787-9804
This non-profit organization has resources that can help state residents with their financial decisions on asset building, car buying and retirement saving, among others. They work with low and moderate-income families and small business owners through their various programs.
Sharon Credit Unionhttps://www.sharoncu.com/personal/loans/auto-and-rv-loans121 Main Street, Unit 510 Foxboro, MA 02035781-784-7725
Sharon Credit Union offers loans for new or used cars with low interst rates and fast approval process. They have low down payment options with low fixed interest rates.
MassMATCHhttp://www.massmatch.org/fund_at/loan/index.phpMassMATCH Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission 600 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111877-508-3974 (Toll Free) 617-204-3851
This resource provides information regarding different loan programs that are publicly and privately funded. The loan proceeds can be used for vehicles and vehicle modification.
Digital Federal Credit Unionhttps://www.dcu.org/loans/auto-loans.html500 W Central St, Franklin, MA 02038508-263-6700
Digital Federal Credit Union offers new and used car loans that have affordable payment schemes. Financing of up to 84 months is available.
Mass Bay Credit Unionhttps://www.massbaycu.org/loans/auto-loans/147 W 4th St Boston, Massachusetts 02127617-269-2700
Mass Bay works with potential car buyers to help them determine the best monthly payment that will suit their budget. They offer affordable financing with loan options of up to 72 months.
City of Boston Credit Unionhttps://www.cityofbostoncu.com305 Turnpike Street Canton, MA 02021781-828-1444
City of Boston Credit Union has various financing options to make car buying easier. They also have tools and resources on their AutoSmart page that can be used when shopping for a car.
Prime Honda – Bostonhttps://www.primehondacars.com/finance-center/1575 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132617-469-7100
Prime Honda – Boston offers affordable financing so individuals can purchase a vehicle regardless of their credit score. They have a free online appraisal tool that can be used to estimate monthly car payments to help plan your budget.
Muzi Fordhttps://www.muziford.com/first-time-car-buyer-program.htm557 Highland Ave. Needham Heights, MA 02494800-296-8380
This dealership has a program that enables first time car buyers to purchase a car even without a purchase history. For this program, they offer a lower downpayment, lower monthly payments and low interest rates.
Good News Garagehttps://www.goodnewsgarage.org/GNG-ProgramsCentral Office 600 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111617-204-3600
Good News Garage works with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to provide refurbished cars to qualified residents in the state. In order to apply to this program, a referral and application must be requested from an MRC counselor.

Child Care Assistance

In order to hold a job and provide for their children, all single parents need access to good quality child care. Unfortunately, the cost of child care is incredibly high. Child care assistance resources are designed to reduce these costs for single parents and make sure their children are in a safe, stable, environment.

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Riverside Community Carehttp://www.riversidecc.org/270 Bridge Street Suite 301 Dedham MA, 02026781-329-0909
They offer various child care services including before birth. They have educational, therapeutic and supportive programs at all levels of development.
Milton Early Childhood Alliancehttp://miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org/495 Canton Avenue Milton, MA 02186617-696-2262
Milton Early Childhood Alliance provides affordable and high quality early childhood care and education in the community. This was started in 1996 and funded by grants from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant Program.
Children’s Learning Centehttps://massachusetts.salvationarmy.org/MA/ChildrensLearningCenter26 Wales Street Dorchester, MA 02124-2104617-436-2480
The Children’s Learning Center has served more than 5,000 families since it opened 86 years ago. This is the oldest child care facility in the Massachusetts division of the Salvation Army. They have an onsite playground and structured field trips.
Department of Early Education and Care : Child Care Financial Assistancehttps://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-child-care-financial-assistance51 Sleeper St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02210617-988-6600
Department of Early Education and Care ensures that early education and care programs are accessible to families in need. There is a criteria that needs to be met to be eligible to apply for this government assistance.
Massachusetts Head Start Association, Inchttps://massheadstart.org/508-561-7965
Head Start was created to help young children of low-income families get ready for school. In the last 45 years, it has provided educational and comprehensive chilld development services. This non-profit organization is composed of 29 Head Start/ Early Head Start grantees in the state.
South Shore YMCA State Street Early Learning Centehttps://ssymca.org/quincy/state-street-early-learning-center/79 Coddington Street Quincy, MA 02169617-479-8500
The South Shore YMCA State Street Early Learning Center provides high quality early education and care programs that are available for toddler, preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. There are full time and part time programs offered at this facility.
Enable, Inc. : Cole-Harrington Family Child Care Systemhttp://www.coleharringtonfccs.org605 Neponset Street, Canton, MA 02021781-821-4422
Cole-Harrington Family Child Care System provides child care services to children from low income families and at-risk children referred by local Department of Child & Family Services area offices. There are no fees collected from those referred by the DCF.
Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. Community Care for Kidshttps://www.qcap.org/our-programs/early-childhood-education-care/community-care-for-kids/1509 Hancock Street Quincy, MA 02169617-657-5305
This child care resource and referral program serves the EEC Metro Boston area. It aims to make child care more affordable for income eligible families and increase the quality and availability of child care services.
Action for Boston Community Developmenthttps://bostonabcd.org/service/head-start-childrens-services/178 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02111617-348-6000
ABCD has Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Early Head Start is for children up to the age of 3 and Head Start is for 2.9 up to 5 years old. These are available to those who are meet the income guidelines including members of the community who are recipients of public assistance and other government benefits.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Centerhttps://bcnc.net/38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111617-635-5129
BCNC provides dual-language child care in the Greater Boston area. They also have culturally competent programs for summer and for after-school.
Child Care Choices of Bostonhttp://childcarechoicesofboston.org/105 Chauncy Street 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02111617-542-5437
Since 1991, CCCB has been providing child care services to the city of Boston. They provide resources and support to those who are looking for quality child care that is affordable and accesible.
Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Bostonhttp://ccab.org/location-bostonLABOURE CENTER – South Boston 275 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127617-464-8500
Offers a variety of social services including child care that is flexible and and reasonably priced. They provide a safe environment for children to learn with the guidance from their professional staff. Subsidies are available for those who are eligible through the Department of Early Education and Care.

Divorce Support Groups

Divorce

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Jane Does Wellhttp://www.janedoeswell.org/Wellesley, Massachusetts781-235-0332
Jane Does Well is a divorce support group for women in Wellesley, Needham, Newton and the greater Boston area. It connects divotced women in the community through social interactions, educational events, newsletters and real-time discussions.
Carrie Vinson: Women in Transition: Reclaiming Self Love & Confidencehttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/groups/women-in-transition-reclaiming-self-love-confid-walpole-ma/134234?sid=1523432427.8393_11817&county=Norfolk+County&state=MA&spec=26&ref=2&tr=ResultsNameSheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio 85 West Street 2nd Floor Walpole, Massachusetts 02081508-886-3023
A group geared towards women who are going through divorce or separation. It offers guidance and support on how to cope with the various emotions that women feel during the divorce process. Also provides resources on parenting and on how to navigate the legal system.
Dr. Rina Coping With Separation, Divorce and Loss Grouphttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/groups/coping-with-separation-divorce-loss-brookline-ma/15829?sid=1523432427.8393_11817&county=Norfolk+County&state=MA&spec=26&ref=6&tr=ResultsName1093 Beacon Street Suite 1A Brookline, Massachusetts 02446978-233-1947
This group provides resources for individuals who are separated, divorced or widowed. Sessions use a Wellness model to provide effective strategies that members can use to cope with the challenges and start a new life.
Door is Openhttp://www.doorisopen.net1245 Hancock Street, Suite 25 Quincy, MA 02169781-925-3500
This center offers counselling for individuals going through divorce. They provide comprehensive behavioral health services to the community. This center was founded by Joyce Dolberg Rowe, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Park Street Churchhttps://www.parkstreet.org/ministries/pastoral-care-counseling1 Park Street Boston, MA617-523-3383
Divorce Care is a 13-week support group for individuals who are divorced or separated. The three key elements in the program are the video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook. Runs during spring, fall and winter.
Blessed Sacrament Parishhttps://blessedsacramentwalpole.org/divorced-separatedBlessed Sacrament Parish, 10 Diamond Street, Walpole, MA 02081508-528-3668, 781-982-6097
The Blessed Sacrament Parish has a Divorced, Separated and Beyond program for those who are going through a divorce or have gone throught it. This is usually offered in the fall and runs for 10 to 12 weeks. Another program is the Step Two, which runs through September until June.
New Beginnings Wellesley Hills, Inc.https://newbeginningswellesley.org/207 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481508-654-4942
New Beginnings Wellesley Hills, Inc. is an organization that aims to help adults heal from the loss of a relationship. This program is supported by a group of volunteers and is not a therapy group, nor a substitute for therapy.
The First Congregational Church in Norwoodhttp://firstcongregational-norwood.com/divorce-recovery/100 Winter St. Norwood, MA 02062781-762-3320
The Divorce Recovery Series provided by the The First Congregational Church in Norwood is aimed at individuals who are considering divorced, already divorced or separated. This support program runs for eight consecutive weeks. They also offer the Moving Ahead program, for those who have completed the Divorce Recovery Program to support divorced individuals in rebuilding their lives.

Drug and Alcohol Support

Single parents in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties sometimes struggle with addictions to drugs or alcohol that can impact the quality of their children’s lives. In such cases, single parents can benefit from seeking treatment and other supportive services that help them overcome their condition and be better caregivers to their children.

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Good Samaritan Medical Center / NORCAP Lodgehttps://www.goodsamaritanmedical.org/services-directory/substance-abuse71 Walnut St. Foxboro, MA 02035508-543-1873
NORCAP Lodge has a team of tenured professionals who offer inpatient and outpatient substance abuse programs. They provide treatment to more than 2,500 patients annually. They accept Medicaid and Medicare insurance.
Phoenix Househttps://www.phoenixhouse.org/43 Old Colony Road, Quincy, Massachusetts, 2171, USA617-607-6351
Offers holistic substance abuse treatment programs that are individualized for each service user. This nonprofit provider also has affordable and unique programs geared towards mothers with young children.
Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recoveryhttp://www.moar-recovery.org/105 Chauncy St. Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02111617-423-6627
Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery was founded in 1991 to support people and their families in recovery from substance addiction. Their programs include helping people in recovery have access to housing, coaching and also education services.
Hope House Addiction Serviceshttp://hopehouseboston.org8 Farnham Street Boston, MA 02119617-971-9360
They have personalized treatment programs to help substance abusers on the road to recovery. They accept public insurance as payment. They also have a sliding scale payment option for those who are qualified.
Bureau of Substance Addiction Serviceshttps://www.mass.gov/orgs/bureau-of-substance-addiction-services250 Washington St., Boston, MA 02108617-624–5111
BSAS is the government agency responsible for overseeing the states’ system of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services for residents affected by substance and gambling addiction.
CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Centerhttps://www.bostonctc.com59 Meridian Street Patient Entrance: 82 Paris Street Boston, MA 02128617-874-4160
“CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Center provides patient-centered treat programs for opioid, alcohol and other drug addictions. They have flexible and personalized treatment plans that are created to meet the needs of the individuals. They have been operational since 2009. “
Boston Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programshttp://www.bostonasap.org25 Kingston Street, 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02111617-482-5292
Boston ASAP provides outpatient substance and gambling treatment services. It also serves as a mental health clinic for all ages. This is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
A New Way Recovery Center (Bay State Community Services)http://anewwayrecoveryctr.org/85 Quincy Avenue, Suite B Quincy, MA 02169617-302-3287
A New Way Recovery Center provides support to individuals who are recovering from drug or substance abuse. They are committed to the continuous support of a strong recovery community. The center is hosted by the Bay State Community Services.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Centerhttps://neaddictions.com36 Miller Stile Rd, Quincy, MA 02169888-560-2872
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center provides high quality treatment for individuals suffering from durg and alcohol addiction. It is run by experienced professionals who and it was formed in July of 2016.
Granada Househttp://granadahouse.org70 Adamson Street Allston, Mass. 02134617-254-2923
Granada house provides a safe and stable environment for individuals who are recovering from addiction. They support residents to live productively and achieve long term recovery. They use a holistic approach with a strong emphasis on social inclusion regardless of race, disability, sexual orientation, health and socio-economic status.
Gavin Foundationhttp://www.gavinfoundation.org675 East 4th Street South Boston, MA 02127617-268-5000
Established in 1983, Gavin Foundation offers substance abuse prevention, treatment and education programs. This non-profit agency serves more than 5,000 individuals per year. They support individuals and their families on the road to substance abuse recovery.
Bay Cove Human Services, Inchttps://www.baycove.org66 Canal Street, Boston, MA 02114617-371-3000
Bay Cove provides substance use disorcer services including detoxification, counseling, short term residential programming and outpatient treatment. These personalized treatment plans are created to help the clients recover and lead productive lives.
My Sisters House at Dimockhttps://www.dimock.org/56 Dimock Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119617-442-8800
Private organization that provides subtance abuse treatment services. They accept federal or government funding as payment option for service users. They accept young adult and adult females.
Victory Programs Incorporatedwww.vpi.org170 Morton Street 11 North, Jamaica Plain, MA, 021301-866-985-0181
Private organization that offers substance abuse treatment programs for men and women. They accept payments through Medicaid and government funding. They also provide assistance with accessing other social services.

Food Banks and Food Assistance

Food Banks and Food Assistance

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Greater Boston Food Bankhttps://www.gbfb.org/need-food/70 South Bay Avenue Boston, MA 02118617-427-5200
The Greater Boston Food Bank works with 530 hunger-relief agencies and food assistance providers in the Eastern Massachusetts region. They have resources such as an agency locator to make it easier to find the location nearest to your area. They also assist eligible residents t apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Medway Village Church Food Pantryhttp://medwayvillage.org/food-pantry/170 Village St, Medway, MA 02053, USA508-533-6401
The MVC Food Pantry receives donations from its’ congregation members and from other members of the community. Aside from food, they also give out personal care items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrush.
Medway Village Church Food Pantryhttp://medwayvillage.org/food-pantry/170 Village St, Medway, MA 02053, USA508-533-6401
The MVC Food Pantry receives donations from its’ congregation members and from other members of the community. Aside from food, they also give out personal care items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrush.
Canton Food Pantryhttp://www.town.canton.ma.us/193/Canton-Food-Pantry960R Washington St. Canton, MA 02021781-821-8062
Canton Food Pantry provides free food to eligible individuals and families. It is sponsored by the Canton Area Helpline, a non-profit organization. Aside form food, they also give out other basic necessities such as personal care products and household items.
Foxboro Food Pantryhttp://foxborofoodpantry.com/35 Neponset Avenue Foxboro, MA 02035508-543-5235
” Foxboro Food Pantry is eun by volunteers. They provide food to eligible Foxboro residents who are going through economic hardship.”
Saint Blaise Parishhttp://www.saintblaise.org/foodPantry.php1158 Main Street, Bellingham, MA. 02019508-966-1258
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is run by Saint Blaise Parish. It is open every Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Susan Durkin is the director of the pantry.
Norwood Food Pantryhttp://norwoodpantry.org/150 Chapel Street, Norwood, MA 02062781-291-3663
This food pantry serves more than 350 families in the Norwood and Westwood areas. It opened on May 6, 1989 with 6 clients. To date, it has helped over 2,500 families.
Stratford Street United Churchhttps://www.stratfordstreetunitedchurch.org/food-pantry.html77 Stratford Street West Roxbury, MA 02132617-323-4950
Stratford Street United Church has a food pantry that serves local residents who suffer from hunger and food insecurity. They are open from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. every second Saturday of the month and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the following Tuesday.
Milton Community Food Pantryhttp://miltonfoodpantry.org/Parkway Methodist Church 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, MA 02186617-696-0221
The Milton Community Food Pantry, Inc. provides food assistance to eligible residents in the area. They have programs that are geared towards increasing awareness among the members of the community on issues of hunger, malnutrition and poverty. This 501C3 organization is ran by volunteers.
Interfaith Social Serviceshttp://interfaithsocialservices.org/105 Adams Street Quincy, MA 02169617-773-6203
With the help of the volunteers, donors and community partners, Interfaith Social Services is able to provide client-centered programs with emphasis on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance to families and individuals in need. Its’ Pantry Shelf distributed 800,000 pounds of food last year and is one of Greater Boston’s largest food pantries.
The Marge Crispin Centerhttp://www.margecrispincenter.com74 POND STREET – BLDG #2 BRAINTREE, MA 02184781-848-2124
The Marge Crispin Center pantry provides food to Braintree residents who need help. Aside from the food pantry, they also provide other social services such as assistance for utilities like heating and electricity and adult day care services.
United Church of Christ in Medfieldhttp://www.uccmedfield.org/serve-locally.html496 MAIN STREET MEDFIELD, MA 02052508-359-2351
United Church of Christ in Medfield runs several programs that benefit individuals and families in need. Soup To Go is a UCC Medfield ministry to the homeless. They prepare lunch in their UCC kitchen and bring it to the day center at the Woods Mullen shelter in Boston.
Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc.https://www.qcap.org/our-programs/food-nutrition/1509 Hancock Street, 3rd Floor Quincy, MA 02169617-479-8181
QCAP has been providing food and nutrition services to families in the area for over 50 years. This food pantry is open five days a week with late hours. They also help residents apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Emmanuel Baptist Churchhttp://www.emmanuelbaptistchurch.org/ebc_joomla/ministries/food-pantry63 Rockwood Road (Route 115) Norfolk · MA 02056508-528-5862
The Norfolk Food Pantry is run by volunteers under the direction of the Mission Board of EBC. It opened in September 1992 and continues to provide food to residents of Norfolk.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programhttps://www.mass.gov/snap-benefits-food-stampsNewmarket Square Transitional Assistance Office (DTA) 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118617-989-2200
SNAP also known as food stamps are administered by the Department of Transitional Assitance, This monthly benefit will enable eligible residents to buy nutritious food.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programhttps://www.mass.gov/snap-benefits-food-stampsNewmarket Square Transitional Assistance Office (DTA) 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118617-989-2200
SNAP also known as food stamps are administered by the Department of Transitional Assitance, This monthly benefit will enable eligible residents to buy nutritious food.

Free Legal Help

The Equal Justice Coalition provides resources where eligible individuals can find programs that provide free legal advice and representation to domestic violence victims, families on the verge of homelessness, elder victims of consumer fraud and other similar cases. EJC ensures that low-income people have access to assistance to resolve their civil legal problems.

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
The Equal Justice Coalitionhttp://equaljusticecoalition.org/civil-legal-aid/7 Winthrop Square, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02110-1245617-391-5633
The Equal Justice Coalition provides resources where eligible individuals can find programs that provide free legal advice and representation to domestic violence victims, families on the verge of homelessness, elder victims of consumer fraud and other similar cases. EJC ensures that low-income people have access to assistance to resolve their civil legal problems.
Bet Tzedek Legal Serviceshttps://www.jfcsboston.org100 Washington Street Canton, MA 02021781-419-6777
Bet Tzedek Legal Services works with a network of volunteer sttorneys and law firms to provide pro bono legal representation to clients in need. Their practice areas include housing, family law, public benefits, domestic violence, elder law and probate law. Clients have to meet the income requirements and must be from Greater Boston.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justicehttp://lawyerscom.org61 Batterymarch St. Boston, MA 02110617-482-1145
This non-profit organization provides legal services to individuals in need. They also engage in community economic development, community education and policy advocacy. This was founded in 1968 as an affiliateof the Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
HarborCOVhttps://harborcov.org148 Shawmut St, Chelsea, MA 02150, USA617-884-9799
HarborCOV offers safety and support services to people affected by violence and abuse. This was founded in 1998 and specializes in serving survivors who face additional barriers such as language, culture and economic status.
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violencehttps://www.atask.org/site/our-programs/legal-advocacy.htmlP.O. Box 120108 Boston, MA 02112617-338-2350
TASK’s Legal Advocacy Program provides legal services to victims of domestic violence of Asian heritage. This was launched in 2009, it started with telephone consultations to now providing legal services including representation.
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW : Domestic Violence Institutehttps://www.northeastern.edu/law/academics/institutes/dvi/index.html416 HUNTINGTON AVENUE BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02115617-373‑5149
Northeastern University School of Law has a program where law students volunteer to the Legal Assistance to Victims project. LAV works with Casa Myrna, a domestic abuse advocacy organization in Boston. The LAV project receives funding from the Office for Violence Against Women.
Massachusetts Appleseedhttp://massappleseed.org/about/44 School Street, Suite 415 Boston, MA 02108617-482-8686
Massachusetts Appleseed is part of a non-profit network of 18 public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico. It was incorporated in 1994 and focuses on broad systemic social initiatives rather than the traditional provision of legal services to individuals.
Volunteer Lawyers Projecthttps://www.vlpnet.org99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400 Boston, MA 02111617-423-0648
The mission of the Volunteer Lawyers Project is to increase access to justice by delivering high quality pro bono civil legal services to eligible clients in the Greater Boston area. Some of the people they help include low-income landlords with problem tenants, family members seeking guardianship of minors,workers cheated out of wages and unemployed workers who need help getting unemployment insurance.
Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.http://www.legalservicescenter.org122 Boylston Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130617-522-3003
The Legal Services Center helps more than 1,000 clients each year with various civil legal problems. This community-based center provides civil legal services to low- and moderate-income residents of the Greater Boston area.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institutehttp://www.mlri.org40 Court Street, Suite 800, Boston MA 02108617-357-0700
MLRI is a non-profit legal services organization aims to advance economic, racial and social justice through legal action, education and advocacy. Some of their issue areas incluce benefits, child welfare, family homelessness, housing, hunger & food insecurity, immigration and community justice.
Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporationhttp://mlac.org/7 Winthrop Square 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02110-1245617-367-8544
MLAC provides low-income people with access to legal information, advice and representation. It was established in 1983 and is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the state.
Harvard Legal Aid Bureauhttp://www.harvardlegalaid.org23 Everett St. Cambridge, MA 02138617-495-4408
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is a student-run civil legal aid organization that provides free representation to low-income residents of the Greater Boston area. Individuals should call 617-495-4408, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This resource was included even if this is in the Middlesex County because it serves the residents of Suffolk County

Free Local Family Fun Activities

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Wollaston Beachhttps://www.bostoncentral.com/activities/wollaston_beach/p1951.phpQuincy Shore Drive, Quincy, Ma617-482-1722
Wollaston Beach is a free to visit destination in Quincy. Visitors of all ages will never be bored in the more than one and a half miles of its’ shoreline.
Boston Public Libraryhttp://www.bpl.org/700 Boylston St Boston, MA 02116617-536-5400
Whether you are looking for a bestselling book or wanting to visit the exhibition currently running, the Boston Public Library is a great place to visit. Admission is free and there’s plenty to do in this Boston institution.
Boston Harbor Nowhttp://www.bostonharbornow.org/what-we-do/explore/harborwalk/15 State Street, Suite 1100 Boston, MA 02109
The HarborWalk is a 43-mile linear park along Boston’s shoreline. There is plenty to see as you go through the different neighborhoods. From Chelsea Creek it makes its way to South Boston and Dorchester.
Webb Memorial State Parkhttps://www.mass.gov/locations/webb-memorial-state-park371 River St., North Weymouth, MA 02191781- 337-8624
Webb Memorial State Park offers scenic views for visitors to the area. There are plenty of things to do, from biking to fishing, there’s something for everyone. There are accessible picnic areas and there are pavillions for rent for special events.
Institute of Contemporary Art / Bostonhttps://www.icaboston.org/25 Harbor Shore Drive Boston, MA 02210617-478-3100
The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston has some of the most unique modern art displays. Enjoy the dynamic exhibitions in a breathtaking weaterfront setting. There is free four-hour sessions every Thursday after 5 pm.
Boston University Department of Astronomyhttp://www.bu.edu/astronomy/events/public-open-night-at-the-observatory/725 Commonwealth Ave Boston, Massachusetts 02215617-353-2625
Public Open Night at the Observatory gives visitors an opportunity to observe the night sky using telescopes and binoculars. It is held most Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm during fall and winter months and 8:30 om during spring and summer months. This event is open to everyone.
Boston Fire Museumhttp://www.bostonfiremuseum.com/index.html344 Congress Street Boston, MA 02120617-338-9700
The Boston Fire Museum aims to preserve fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area. It also has resources to educate the visitors on fire safety and to support the fire service. Admission is free for visitors.
Boston Harbor Islands National and State Parhttps://www.nps.gov/boha/index.htm15 State Street 11th Floor Boston, MA 02109617-223-8666
The Boston Harbor Islands is located a few minutes from downtown Boston. Within the park are different areas such as historic lighthouses, tide pools, a Civil War-era fort and other unique places. Admission to the park is free.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard Universityhttps://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/visit/125 Arborway617-524-1718
The Arnold Arboretum is a 281-acre is both a research center and a mueum of the Harvard University. This vast and comprehensive landscape is open to the public for free every day. Their expert staff do guided tours that are also free of charge.
Free LINX Camps Tourshttp://www.linxcamps.com/tours45 Dana Road, Wellesley, MA, 02482781-235-3210
In the free live camp tours of the LINX Camps Dana Hall Campus in Wellesley, there is a broad array of camps for children from aged three – 16 years. Programs focus on leadership, fine arts, sports, performing arts and a lot more.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenwayhttps://www.bostoncentral.com/activities/rose_kennedy_greenway_park_boston/p2138.phpBoston Greenway, Boston, MA617-292-0020
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a free to visit park where chilldren and adults alike will enjoy. A relaxing place lined with trees, this 15-acre of vibrant park has tables, chairs and umbrellas for the convenience of visitors.
Boston Public Market Guided Tourshttps://bostonpublicmarket.org/about#tours100 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02108617-973-4909
The Boston Public Market offers a free, one hour guided tour of the area. Individuals and families can explore the space, try out the wide variety of food and learn more about its’ history.
Exhibition: All the Light in a Vivid Dreamhttps://www.bostoncentral.com/events/artsculture/p55681.php106 Central St., Wellesley, MA, 02481781-283-2044
All the Light in a Vivid Dream, an art exhibit that is free to visit. It features the work of Connecticut-based artist Hong Hong. It features handmade paper artwork and is exhibited at the Jewett Art Gallery.
Mite Box Thrift Shophttp://www.stcquincy.org/thrift-shop/1 Linden St Quincy, Massachusetts 02170617-472-0737
St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church runs the Mite Box Thrift Shop. The proceeds from the sales of the shop are used for community outreach programs.

Health Insurance Assistance

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Franklin Food Pantryhttp://www.franklinfoodpantry.org43 WEST CENTRAL STREET P.O. BOX 116 FRANKLIN, MA 02038-0116508-528-3115
This private, non-profit organization provides food assistance and household necessities to residents who are eligible. They have a mobile pantry that delivers food to select neighborhoods. They hold Cooking Matters classes that teaches families how to shop and prepare affordable meals.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Programhttps://www.mass.gov/health-insurance-counseling1 Ashburton Pl Boston, Massachusetts 02108800-243-4636
The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program provides free health insurance information and counselling for all residents who have Medicare and their caregivers. They have counselors who provide information regarding the options that are available and the benefits that come with it.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: MassHealthhttps://www.mass.gov/topics/masshealthMassHealth Program P.O. Box 120045 Boston, MA 02112 – 9912800-841-2900
This government website provides resources on MassHealth, which is a combination of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Its’ health and dental coverage can be availed by individuals, families and persons with disabilities.
The Official Website of the Attorney General of Massachusettshttp://www.mass.gov/ago/doing-business-in-massachusetts/health-care/where-to-buy-health-insurance.htmlOne Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108-1518617-727-2200
This page on the Attorney General’s website provides resources on how low-income families and individuals can avail of health insurance. There is also information on how people with limited income and their children may also qualify for health coverage under one of the public prgrams such as MassHealth and Children’s Medical Security Plan.
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Programhttps://www.bhchp.org780 Albany Street Boston, MA 02118857-654-1000
Since 1985, BHCHP has been providing homeless men, women and children access to high-quality health care. BHCHP’s integrated care model unites clinical and non-clinical staff as they provide regular contact and uninterrupted care to patients.
Health Care For Allhttps://www.hcfama.org/One Federal Street Boston, MA 02110617-350-7279
The Health Care For All Helpline is a statewide phone service that helps Massachusetts residence at all income levels with enrolling into health insurance coverage and other related concerns. Their counselors have up-to-date information that will be helpful for residents who have questions regarding the options available to them.
Massachusetts Health Connectorhttps://www.mahealthconnector.org/about133 Portland Street Boston, MA 021141-877-623-6765
The Health Connector is a health insurance marketplace where Massachusetts residents can shop for affordable health and dental coverage. The options they provide have the state’s Seal of Approval to ensure that the plan you choose meet national and state coverage standards.
Massachusetts Association of Health Planshttp://www.mahp.com/40 Court Street Boston Massachusetts 02108617-338-2244
The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans is a non-profit organization committed to promoting affordable and high quality health care to residents. They represent 16 health plans that provide coverage to over 2.6 million state residents.

Housing Assistance

Housing Assistance

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
South Shore Habitat for Humanityhttps://sshabitat.org/20 Mathewson Drive Weymouth, MA 02189781-337-7744
For 30 years, South Shore Habitat for Humanity has been helping families in 35 cities and towns in south and southwest Boston. This faith-based, non-profit group, has built 57 homes in 21 towns and has supported 102 adults and 200 children to have a place they can call their own.
Westwood Housing Authority & Westwood Affordable Housing Associates, Inc.http://westwood-prod.civica.granicusops.com/gov/depts/commdevdepts/hdiv/wha/default.htm580 High Street Westwood, MA 02090781-320-1031
WAHA is a non-profit organization that aims to provide affordable housing in Westwood. It manages and operates 11 units in the area and are only rented out to income eligible -families. WAHA was established in 1994.
City of Boston : Neighborhood Developmenthttps://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development26 COURT STREET 8TH, 9TH, AND 11TH FLOORS BOSTON, MA 02108-2501617-635-3880
This agency works to provide affordable housing options, support tenants, end homelessness and manage the real estate resources of the city. They help first time homebuyers navigate the complicated process of purchasing a home. They also support homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes and assist them with the repairs needed in their properties.
Citizens’ Housing and Planning Associationhttps://www.chapa.org/18 Tremont Street, Suite 401, Boston, MA 02108617-742-0820
CHAPA is a non-profit organization for affordable housing and community development activities. They have programs geared towards making affordable housing more accessible to those in need. They provide resources including trainings, forums and other networking activities to share information in the housing and community development field.
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliancehttps://mahahome.org1803 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester MA 02124617-822-9100
Since 1985, MAHA has been campaigning for affordable mortgages through increased public and private investment in affordable housing. This has resulted in more than 20,000 homebuyers since then. Their homeowner and homebuyer education programs have graduated more than 28,000 residents in the state.
MassHousinghttps://www.masshousing.com/portal/server.pt/community/home/217One Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108-3110617-854-1000
Since MassHousing started in 1966, it has provided over $22 billion dollars for affordable housing programs. It raises capital by selling bonds and lends the money to low-oncome and moderate income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build these houses.
Revere Housing Authorityhttp://www.revereha.com/70 Cooledge Street Revere, MA 02151781-284-4394
Revere Housing Authority assists low income residents with their housing needs through HUD programs such as Low Rent Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program – Section 8. These programs are based on eligibility guidelines set by HUD or DHCD.
Project Placehttp://projectplace.org/housing/1145 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118617-542-3740
Project Place has been providing social services in Boston since 1967. They provide resources for clients who have limited options for employment and housing.
HomeStart, Inc.https://homestart.org/about/services/105 Chauncy Street Boston, MA 02111617-542-0338
One of the programs of HomeStart is assisting individuals in need with searching for housing. Their advocates support clients in the transition from living in a shelter to a permanent home.
FamilyAid Bostonhttp://www.familyaidboston.org/ServicesforFamilies/Housing.aspx727 Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA 02111617-542-7286
FamilyAid Boston offers two permanent housing programs for families, Rapid Re-Housing and Homes. Rapid Re-Housing assists families with sufficient resources to transition back into permanent housing. Homes, on the other hand, helps homeless families by providing affordable housing and support services.
Boston Housing Authorityhttps://www.bostonhousing.org52 Chauncy Street Boston, MA 02111617-988-400
BHA provides affordable housing options for the low and moderate income residents in and around Boston. Being the largest public housing authority in New England, BHA houses close to nine percent of Boston residents.
Massachusetts Housing Partnershiphttps://www.mhp.net160 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110617-330-9955 , Toll-Free 877-MHP-FUND
This non-profit organization partners with the Governor and the state Department of Housing and Community Development to ensure that affordable housing opportunities continue to increase in the state. Established in 1985, MHP is focused on 3 areas, community assistance, rental development and homeownership.
My Mass Mortgagehttp://www.mymassmortgage.org/18 Tremont Street, Suite 401, Boston, MA 02108617-742-0820
The website was created under the Massachusetts Homeownership Compact to guide potential buyers on the process of purchasing a home. They have resources to provide information on mortgage and other important aspects of finding the right place to call your home.
Housing Consumer Education Centershttp://www.masshousinginfo.org18 Tremont Street, Suite 401 Boston, MA 02108617-367-9798
Housing and Community Developmenthttps://www.mass.gov/orgs/housing-and-community-development100 Cambridge St, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114617-573-1100
DHCD provides affordable housing options, financial assistance and other support to residents of the state. They offer various resources on the different housing programs that are available based on eligiblity.

Mens Shelters

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Boston Rescue Missionhttps://www.brm.org/39 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111617-338-9000
Boston Rescue Mission assists individuals needing shelter, food and other social services. This non-profit organization provides training and resources to support individuals in transitioning to independent living.
Boston Public Health Commissionhttp://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/homelessness/emergency-shelter-commission/Pages/Emergency-Shelter-Commission.aspx1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118617-534-5395
The Emergency Shelter Commission works with the City of Boston to prevent and end homelessness and hunger. They partner with community agencies by coordinating services and providing information and referral to individuals in need.
Sojourner Househttps://sojournerhouseboston.org/permanenthousing/85 Rockland Street Roxbury, MA 02119617-442-0590
Aside from shelter, Sojourner House provides affordable housing in Roxbury, Dorchester and Milton. They also have a food pantry that is open to the public. They accept donations to support their cause.
Boston South End Corps Community Centerhttps://massachusetts.salvationarmy.org/MA/BostonSouthEnd?openDocument&charset=utf-81500 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118617-536-5260
The Salvation Army is a non-profit organization that provides a range of community programs including emergency shelters, food and nutrition, day care and case work services, to name a few. They are funded by public and private donations.
Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Churchhttp://www.pilgrimchurch1862.org/ministrytothehomeless/pilgrimhomelessshelter.html540 Columbia Road Dorchester, MA 02125617-282-0456
Pilgrim Church has been operating a shelter for unamccompanied homeless men since 1990. There are 120 to 140 men staying at the United Homes Shelter/Pilgrim Church every night.
Pine Street Innhttp://www.pinestreetinn.org/our_programs/shelter444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118617-892-9100
>The Men’s Inn serves 350 men each night. Aside from a bed, guests are supported towards transitional housing, job training and other social services. They provide 2 meals a day, shower and laundry facilities.
Friends of Boston’s Homelesshttps://www.fobh.org/what-we-support/transitional-housing/12 Wise Street Boston MA 02130617-942-8671, 617-942-8683
Friends of Boston’s Homeless was founded in 1987 to support solution-oriented programs that can help individuals move from living in shelters to living independent lives in the community. Basic emergency services, education, employment resources, life skills development and affordable permanent housing.
Shelter at 112 Southampton Streethttp://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/homelessness/homeless-services/Pages/locations.aspx112 Southampton St, Boston, MA 02118, USA617-534-6100
This shelter is a state-of-the-art facility that only serves men. It can accommodate 400 guests per night and is open 24 hours a day, all year round. Beds are on a first-come, first-served basis.
St. Francis Househttps://stfrancishouse.org39 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116617-542-4211
St. Francis House has been basic care and services since 1984. This non-progit organization offers food, shelter, clothing, mental health counselling and access to medical care to name a few. They have a day center that serves 500 guests each day, all year round.

Other Gov’t Assistant Programs

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
ABCD Central Office : Fuel Assistancehttps://bostonabcd.org/service/fuel-assistance/ABCD Central Office 178 Tremont Street, 4th floor Boston, MA 02111617-357-6012 , 617-348-6411
ABCD follows the government guidelines for LIHEAP. Fuel assistance is given to those who qualify for the program. Gross family income must be at or below 60% of the state’s median income.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts : Low Income Weatherization Assistance Programhttps://www.mass.gov/service-details/weatherization-assistance-program-wap100 Cambridge St, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114617-573-1100
The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)is funded by an annual grant from the Department of Energy. It provides eligible households with full-scale home energy efficiency services.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts : Heating System Repair and Replacement Programhttps://www.mass.gov/service-details/heating-system-repair-replacement-program-heartwap100 Cambridge St, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114617-573-1100
Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP) provides low-income families with heating system repair and replacement services. HEARTWRAP works with heating system companies to provide the service for eligible households.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts : Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)https://www.mass.gov/service-details/check-eaedc-eligibility-and-how-to-apply“Newmarket Square Transitional Assistance Office (DTA) 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118”617-989-2200
Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a cash assistance program through the Department of Transitional Assistance. There are certain criteria that need to be met for eligibility.
Eversourcehttps://www.eversource.com/content/ema-c/residential/my-account/billing-payments/help-pay-my-bill/discount-rateEversource Customer Service 247 Station Drive, NW200 Westwood, MA 02090-9909800-​592-2000
Eversource is an electric service provider in the state. They offer discounted rates for eligible families.
City of Boston : Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programhttps://www.boston.gov/departments/environment/how-apply-heat-assistance1 CITY HALL SQUARE ROOM 709 BOSTON, MA 02201-2031 UNITED STATES617-635-3850
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps eligible families pay for their winter heating bills by paying directly to the utility company. This programs runs from November 1 until April 30. Application is through an Action for Boston Community Development Center.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts : Transitional Assistance to Families with Dependent Childrenhttps://www.mass.gov/service-details/check-tafdc-eligibility-and-how-to-apply80 Everett Avenue, 3rd Floor Chelsea, MA 02150617- 551-1700
TAFDC supports families with children under 18 years old, including teen parents. There are basic requirements that need to be met to be able to apply for this grant. Recipient must live in the state, must be a U.S. citizen or person with cetain legal noncitizen status and must meet income and asset limits.
Department of Early Education and Care : Head Starthttp://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/provider-and-program-administration/head-start.html51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor Boston, MA 02210617-988-6600
Head Start provides a comprehensive approach that involves the child, family and the community. This nationally funded program ensures that young children, despite their economic status, will be prepared for school through their various programs and social services. It is free to all families who meet the eligibility criteria.
Massachusetts Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Childrenhttps://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/12811515 Hancock Street, Suite 105 Quincy, MA 02169617-249-8200
The Massachusetts Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program supports families with children and pregnant women with little or no assets or income. To become eligible for the program, participants may be required to have work and is limited to 24 months of assistance.

Pregnancy Support

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Greater Boston Legal Serviceshttps://www.gbls.org/197 Friend Street Boston, MA 02114617-371-1234
GBLS provides legal advice and representationto low-income individuals. Some of the people they work with include victims of domestic violence, homeless families, elders and individuals with disabilities. They help more than 10,000 low-income individuals and families with their civil legal problems.
Bethany Christian Serviceshttps://www.bethany.org/pregnancy-support40 Kenwood Circle Suite 2 Franklin, MA 02038978-794-9800
Bethany Christian Services has counselors who provide free, confidential support to help pregnant women. They also have training programs to help community members develop the right skills to ensure an independent and hopeful future.
Pregnancy Help Bostonhttps://www.pregnancyhelpboston.org/77 Warren Street Brighton 02135617-782-5151
Pregnancy Help Boston supports those who are facing crisis pregnancy situations. They have a staff of nurses and case workers who provide personalized care. Their services include pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, counseling and other support services.
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children : Pregnancy & Parenting Supporthttp://www.mspcc.org/pregnancy-parenting-support/3815 Washington St, Ste 2 Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130617-983-5800
Healthy Families is a home-based family coaching program that matches trained professionals with families that need support during pregnancy until the child turns three years old. Parents are taught proper baby care, effective parenting skills and an understanding of healthy child development. This is available statewide to first-time parents aged 20 years old and below.
Massachusetts Citizens for Lifehttps://www.masscitizensforlife.org/pregnant-need-helpThe Schrafft Center 529 Main Street, Suite 1M9, Boston, MA 02129617-242-4199
Massachusetts Citizens for Life provides resources for women facing unexpected pregnancy, women in need of shelter or women who want to talk to someone after an abortion. The services they offer are confidential and nearly all are free.
Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancyhttp://www.massteenpregnancy.org/support105 Chauncy Street, 8th Floor Boston, MA 02111617-482-9122
Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy advocates for teen pregnancy prevention. They provide opportunities for youth and young parents and they offer support to young people to help them make healthy decisions regarding relationships, sex, parenting and life. They accept donations that will enable them to continue their work.
Boston Center for Pregnancy Choiceshttp://bostonpregnancychoices.org120 Lincoln Street, Suite 1A Boston, Massachusetts 02111617-420-5285
Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices was opened in 1984 to help women make informed decisions regarding unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. This faith-based organization helps anyone regardless of age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability and other arbitrary distinction.
Friend’s of the Unbornhttp://www.friendsoftheunborn.orgP.O. Box 692246, Quincy MA 02269617-786-7903
Friends of the Unborn is a private home and Christian ministry founded in 1984. They support women with unplanned pregnancy with counsel, shelter and guidance. This non-profit organization does not accept state or federal funding.

Scholarships/Grants

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Boston Collegehttps://www.bc.edu140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467617-552-8000
Boston College offers different types of financial aid based on various criteria. Each year they award millions of dollars in need-based scholarships from generous benefactors.
City of Boston Scholarship Fundhttps://www.boston.gov/education/city-boston-scholarship-fundCity of Boston Scholarship Fund Attn: Cathy Downey Boston City Hall 1 City Hall Square, Room 608 Boston MA 02201617-635-4476
To be eligible for the grant, one must be a resident of Boston for at least two years. The fund relies on donations from corporations, organizations and individuals. In the last 20 years, the scholarship has helped more than 2,000 residents.
Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inchttp://phillips-scholarship.org/The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 870 Salem, MA 01970978.744.2111
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship helps recepients with financial awards ranging from $3,000 to $18,000 early. Though the organization is not based in the Suffolk or Norfolk counties, eligible residents from the state of Massachusetts can apply for the scholarship.
Quincy Collegehttps://quincycollege.edu/tuition/scholarships/#college-scholarships1250 Hancock St Quincy Center, Massachusetts 02169800-698-1700
Quincy College offers various scholarship opportunities to students based on different eligibility criteria. Their competitive financial aid packages aim to make education affordable.
Alray Scholars Programhttp://alray.org/PO Box 960400, Boston, MA 02196617-395-6862
The Alray Scholars Program aims to help students who stopped going to college because of various economic reasons. These low income students not only receive financial help, they also attend one-on-one mentoring sessions.
Lost Coin Women’s Fund, Inc.http://www.lostcoinwomensfund.orgLost Coin Women’s Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 82 Milton, MA 02186
Started in 1992, LCWF provides academic opportunities for low-income Massachusetts women for undergraduate studies or vocational training programs. Since its founding, they have given out $400,000 in grants for women who have gone into various fields such as nursing, teaching and social service, among others.
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authorityhttps://www.mefa.org/60 State Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02109800-449-6332
MEFA has been helping families pay for college tuition with their loan offers for more than 30 years. They provide low-cost fixed interest rate loans and they have several repayment options available.
University of Massachusetts Bostonhttps://finaid.umb.edu/apply100 William T. Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393617-287-5000
University of Massachusetts Boston offers financial aid to students who qualify based on the eligibility criteria. There are several options that they give out including Freshman Student Aid, Transfer Student Aid, Graduate Student Aid, International Student Aid and Current Student Aid. Financial aid funds are awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
Office of Student Financial Assistance : Massachusetts Part-Time Granthttps://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/massachusetts-scholarships/massachusetts-part-time-grant/454 Broadway Suite 200 Revere, MA 02151617-390-6070
Part-Time Grant Program assists adults that are going back to school on a part-time basis due to changes in demographic and economic reasons. There are certain eligibility conditions that need to be met to receive the grant.
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education : Massachusetts Cash Grant Programhttps://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/massachusetts-scholarships/massachusetts-cash-grant-program/454 Broadway Suite 200 Revere, MA 02151617-391-6070
The Cash Grant Program compliments the Need-Based Tuition Waiver Program. It supports needy students by granting cash to cover additional charges like mandatory fees and non-state supported tuition.
Edwards Scholarship Fundhttp://edwardsfund.org/89 South St, Suite 603, Boston, MA 02111617-737-3400
The Edwards Scholarship Fund offers college scholarships to men and women of good character that need financial assistance. This was started by Grace Edwards in 1939. Per year, grantees receive an average of $2,500 and are renewable as long as requirements are met.
Office of Student Financial Assistancehttp://www.mass.edu/osfa/programs/massgrant.aspOffice of Student Financial Assistance 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148617-391-6070
MASSGrant is a state-funded program for undergraduate students to help them finish their studies at a tertiary institution. Though the Office of Student Financial Assistance is outside of the Norfolk and Suffolk counties, all permanent legal residents of the state of Massachusetts can apply for this program.
One Family Scholarshttp://www.onefamilyinc.org/Watermill Center 800 South St, Suite 610 Waltham, MA 02453617-423-0504
One Family Scholars is a scholarship program for low-income single parents to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Alhough the organization that runs the program is outside Norfolk and Suffolk counties, all Massachusetts residents who meet the criteria can apply.
Agnes M. Lindsay Scholarshiphttps://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/massachusetts-scholarships/agnes-m-lindsay-scholarship/Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance 454 Broadway, Suite 200 Revere, MA 02151617-391-6070
The Agnes M. Lindsay Scholarship is provided to students from rural areas of the state who need financial help in order to attend public institutions of higher education. There are certain criteria that should be met for one to be eligible for the shcolarship.

Single Parent Support Groups

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Family Nurturing Centerhttp://www.familynurturing.org/200 Bowdoin Street Dorchester, MA 02122617-474-1143
Family Nurturing Center has neighborhood-based and city-wide programs to support all parents in their challenging and important role. They offer home vists, play groups, workshops as well as connect families with each other for support and interaction. They work with the Department of Children and Families and other agencies for social services.
Jeremiah Programhttps://jeremiahprogram.org/about-us/130 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119617-245-6549
Jeremiah Program helps single mothers pursue a college education and eventually join the workforce. They provide quality early education, affordable housing and life skills training to reduce dependency on public assistance.
Roca Inc.http://rocainc.org/work/young-mothers-program/101 Park Street Chelsea, MA 02150617-889-5210
Roca was started in 1988 to help young mothers, including single mothers, to rise above poverty and get out of violence. They have individualized programs and they work with community partners to help them transform their lives and be able to provide a better future for their children.
Metro Housing|Bostonhttps://www.metrohousingboston.org/1411 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02120-3401617-859-0400
Metro Housing Boston has programs to prevent eviction and homelessness. They also provide resources for single mothers to have access to housing they can afford.
Mama & Mehttp://www.mymamaandme.com/284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130617-477-3432
Mama & Me has various prenatal classes and portpartum support groups and classes for families. They have a network of professionals and educators to help parents navigate the early years of parenting.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Programhttp://www.singlemomassistance.org/details/ma_02111_south-cove-wic-program145 S St Boston, MA – 02111617-521-6777
WIC is a nutrition program for families who qualify including single parents in Massachusetts. This is for free and includes other resources such as breastfeeding support and referrals to other social services.
Boston Breastfeeding Coalitionhttp://bostonbreastfeeding.weebly.com/88 E. Newton Street Vose Hall, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02118617-414-3674
The Boston Breastfeeding Coalition was started in January 2016 under the umbrella of Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village Network. The group meets every six weeks with more than 60 members. It provides breastfeeding support to parents around Boston.
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Childrenhttp://www.mspcc.org/3815 Washington Street, Suite 2 Boston, MA 02130617-983-5800
MSPCC runs a a program called Healthy Families that supports young, first time parents by matching them with professionals who visit them in their homes to provide support during pregnancy until the child is three years old. Home visits are spent teaching these young parents baby care, parenting skills and healthy child development.
Family Service of Greater Bostonhttp://www.fsgb.org/31 Heath St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130617-523-6400
FSGB provides social services that support family formation and family wellness at the same time help mprove family coping skills. They support children and families going through difficult challenges.
Quincy Family Resource Centerhttp://quincyfamilyrc.org1120 Hancock Street, 1st Floor South Entrance (off Johnson Avenue) Quincy, MA 02169617-481-7227
QFRC receives funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services in cooperation with the Department of Children and Families. It’s goal is to assess the needs of services users and provide them with the appropriate resources, programs and support groups.
Mama & Mehttp://www.mymamaandme.com284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130617-477-3432
Mama & Me has a wide range of parenting support groups classes and newborn care services. They have experienced educators who offer resources, support and skills training needed for parenthood.

Thrift Stores

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston ReStorehttp://habitatbostonrestore.org/about.html1580 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA, 02132617-327-1170
This Habitat for Humanity ReStore is run by the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Boston, Inc. The proceeds made from the sales of the shop are used to build homes for families in need. They have served over a hundred families since 1987.
Thrifty Threadshttp://www.unitedparishbrookline.org/get-involved/outreach-social-justice210 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446617-277-6860
The United Parish in Brookline runs Thrifty Threads, the only thrift shop in Brookline. This shop is run by volunteers and the proceeds are used for the outreach and social advocacies of the United Church.
The Salvation Army of Quincyhttps://massachusetts.salvationarmy.org/MA/Quincy?openDocument&charset=utf-86 Baxter Street, Quincy, MA 02169-6932 617-472-2345
The Salvation Army helps individuals and families in need through their various programs that support the community. One such advocacy is helping low-income families including single parents with child care so they are able to maintain steady employment.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Bostonhttp://www.svdpboston.com/18 Canton Street Stoughton, MA 02072781-344-3100
THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL, Serving Those In Need. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a non-profit organization that runs thrift shops selling clothes, furniture and other household goods. Revenues from their sales are used to fund their local outreach programs.
Buffalo Exchangehttps://www.buffaloexchange.com180 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134180 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134
Buffalo Exchange is a thrift shop in Boston that sells new and recycled clothing and accessories for men and women. Aside from selling, they also allow shoppers to selland trade their items. It supports local non-profit organizations that benefit food pantries, animal shelters, children and family funds, women’s support shelters and many more.
Thrift Shop of Bostonhttp://www.thehome.org/site/PageServer?pagename=give_other_thriftshopThe Thrift Shop of Boston 33 Corinth Street Roslindale, MA 02131617-325-5300
The Thrift Shop is a non-profit organization that has been helping children and families for more than 90 years. It has raised nearly $1 million in funds through their sales.
Needham Community Council, Inc.http://needhamcommunitycouncil.org/570 Hillside Avenue, Needham, MA 02494781-444-2415
“The Needham Community Council is a non-profit organization that helps residents in Needham who have health, ecudational or social needs. Among the various services that they provide is a thrift shop which is a fundraiser for their programs. “
Yard Sale Storehttp://theyardsalestore.org/24 North St Lower Level Randolph, MA 02368
The Yard Sale Store is a thrift shop in Randolph that is run by volunteers. The proceeds from the sale benefit poor communities. They are open Mondays to Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Savershttps://stores.savers.com/ma/westroxbury/savers-thrift-store-1065.html1230 VFW Parkway West Roxbury, MA 02132617-323-9213
Savers is a thrift retailer selling used clothing, accessories and household items. They help more than 120 non-profit organizations and support their community programs and services.
The Bethany House Hope Chesthttp://www.bethanyhouseministries.org/the-hope-chest/1134 Main St Millis, MA 02054-1473508-376-0824
The Bethany House Hope Chest is a thrift store in Millis that is run by volunteers and staff. Proceeds from the shop are used for the mission of the Bethany House Ministries. They also accept donations of small furniture, antiques, household items, kitchenware, jewelry and more.
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industriehttps://www.goodwillmass.org1010 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02119617-445-1010, 1-888-828-GIVE (4483)
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries helps individuals and families achieve independence and self-sufficiency through work. Each year they serve almost 8,000 low-income, unemployed and underemployed adults in their job training and career programs.
Hope’s Closet Boutiquehttp://www.hopesclosetboutique.com810 Broad St. Weymouth, MA781-331-HOPE (4673
Hope’s Closet Boutique aims to help women succeed and value themselves more. They teach women how to dress, how to do their hair and how to put on makeup to complicate their looks. The proceeds of the shop goes to feed, clothe and house women and children in the areas of Weymouth and Quincy, Ma.

Women’s Shelters

Single mothers may become homeless for a variety of reasons. For example, some homeless single mothers may be fleeing an abuse partner, or they may simply not be able to afford housing. Suffolk and Norfolk Counties are home to several women’s shelters that provide temporary housing for homeless single mothers.

Business NameWebsiteAddressPhone
Circle of Hopehttps://www.circleofhopeonline.org65 Rosemary Street, Needham, MA 02492781-449-3700
Circle of Hope provides toiletries and clothing to 21 homeless shelters in the Boston and MetroWest area. Their Welcome Baby Program gives diaper bags packed with essential baby items to mothers with newborn children who are in shelters they serve.
Crossroads Family Centerhttp://www.ebcrossroads.org56 Havre Street East Boston, MA 02128617-567-5926
The shelter program of Crossroads Family Center provides a home to 27 families referred by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Aside from shelter, they also have a food pantry called, Our Daily Bread, which supports 400 East Boston individuals and families a year.
Casa Nueva Vidahttps://www.casanuevavida.org/53 Glen Rd, Boston, MA 02130, USA617-524-6332
Casa Nueva Vida is a non-profit agency that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Aside from shelter, they run an educational program for children which includes tutorials and a variety of activities such as arts and crafts and outdoor games.
Friends of the Unbornhttp://www.friendsoftheunborn.org/P.O. Box 692246, Quincy MA 02269617-786-7903
This private home and Christian ministry was started in 1984 for women with an unplanned pregnancy who need shelter,support and guidance. This non-profit organization receives donations to support their advocacy. Residents are required to participate in their educational agenda including parenting, child development and Bible study to name a few.
Woods-Mullen Shelterhttp://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/homelessness/homeless-services/Pages/locations.aspx794 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118617-534-7101
Woods-Mullen Shelter only serves women aged 18 and older. It has 200 beds that are on a first-come, first-served basis. They provide additional beds during the winter months.
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Childrenhttp://stmaryscenterma.org90 Cushing Avenue Dorchester, MA 02125617-436-8600
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children supports women and children who are living in poverty. Their services include shelter, job training, employment placement and clinical and educational programs to advocate emotional well-being and economic independence.
Project Hopehttp://www.prohope.org/programs/#shelter550 Dudley Street Roxbury, MA 02119617-442-1880
The Family Shelter of Project Hope provides a safe environment for 11 single mothers and their children. They also offer resources for mothers to find affordable housing and access to educational and workforce development programs.
Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliancehttp://www.mhsa.net/7 Bulfinch Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114617-367-6447
MHSA works to provide innovative solutions to homelessness and the effects that it has to individuals and families affected by it. MSHA membership includes nearly 100 community-based agencies that work with homeless families and individuals in the state.
Heading Homehttp://www.headinghomeinc.orgThe Schrafft Center 529 Main Street, Suite 100 Charlestown, MA 02129617-864-8140
They offer shelter and transitional housing programs for single mothers, disabled individuals and families who are in need. They serve 1,600 people annually, with various programs in the Greater Boston area.
Elizabeth Stone Househttp://www.elizabethstonehouse.org/8 Notre Dame Street, Roxbury, MA 02119617-427-9801
The Elizabeth Stone House offers various services including the Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter, Transitional Housing Program and Help with Housing. They support adult and child survivors of domestic violence.
DOVE Inc.http://dovema.orgP.O. Box 690267 Quincy, Massachusetts 02169617-770-4065
DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended) started as a crisis hotline in 1978 but now offers comprehensive services for women and their children who suffer from domestic abuse. Aside from providing shelter, they offer crisis intervention, danger assessment and supportive counselling. The shelter comprises of 6 rooms with 18 beds.
Rosie’s Placehttp://www.rosiesplace.org889 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118 Directions617.442.9322
Founded in 1974, Rosie’s Place provides a safe and nurturing enviroment for women to help them maintain their dignity. They rely on generous donations from corporations, individuals and foundations to continue working on their mission.
Father Bill’s & MainSpringhttps://helpfbms.org/Father Bill’s Place 38 Broad Street Quincy, MA 02169617-770-3314
The first order of business is to prevent homelessness. If they are unable to prevent individuals from losing their current housing, they provide a safe and secure shelter. This includes food, health services, job training and other basic needs.
Women’s Lunch Placehttps://womenslunchplace.org/67 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116617-267-0200
Since 1982, WLP has been caring for Boston’s most vulnerable women to help restore their dignity and hope. Aside from the meals they provide, they offer medical care and resources for women who are looking for employment and housing opportunities.