Waltham Social Services
The text following some of the entries, such as (2000/07/28),
is the date when I most recently updated or verified the data in that entry.
Online Waltham Community Directory
Agape Community Center -
730 Main Street - 781-647-4799, 508-365-9243 -
Agape is a service center sponsored by the Haitian Adventist Church
for the Haitian community, offering job search services, clothing
assistance, academic and professional counseling.
Animal Care Network -
Contact: Betsy Barker - P.O. Box 221, Waltham, 02254-0221 - 781-899-0215 -
The Network arranges free pet food for elderly and low-income pet
owners, free foster homes for ill people's pets, education and information
about pets, spaying, pet adoption services and visits by pets
to nursing homes. The group meets monthly.
Volunteer opportunities: Program planning, education, fundraising,
arranging free food, going to nursing homes with animals.
Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau -
24 Crescent Street - 781-893-4793, 781-736-9006 -
Staffed by Boston College law students, the Bureau offers free legal
aid to indigent and elderly people in the area. Elders can receive free
information, referrals and advice. Indigent people can receive free
legal work in civil (not criminal) cases, such as tenant, unemployment,
Social Security, Medicaid and domestic problems.
City of Waltham Animal Shelter -
92 Felton Street - 781-893-4600
The shelter has animals available for low-cost adoption and tries to
match people with animals they want and can handle. The shelter
also offers education about pet care.
Volunteer opportunities: Please inquire.
Council on Aging -
174 Moody Street - 781-899-7228
The Council offers Meals on Wheels, hot lunch and Sunday dinner
program, drop-in center, free medical and food shopping transportation,
blood pressure screening, minor home repair program, taxi discount
vouchers, tax assistance, visits to homebound elders, classes and activities.
Volunteer opportunities: Meals on Wheels kitchen and delivery, visiting
elders in their homes, tax assistance, shopping, phone reassurance,
escorting people to appointments, delivering newsletters.
Department of Employment and Training -
119 School Street - 781-899-9340 (jobs), 781-899-3316 (claims)
DET helps people search for jobs and file unemployment insurance
claims. The department offers resume workshops, job listings and
personal computers for resume- and letter-writing.
Department of Social Services -
411 Waverley Oaks Road - 781-894-8770
DSS provides supportive and counseling services, including day
care, family planning, adoption, foster care, emergency shelter for
adolescents and protective service for children.
Department of Transitional Assistance -
411 Waverley Oaks Road - 781-893-0146
The department offers food stamps, Aid to Families with Dependent
Children, emergency assistance, and employment support services (such
as training, day care assistance, health insurance and referrals).
Divorced Fathers for Action and Justice -
Contact: Alfred Bonica - 20 Dix Street - 781-891-5746
Divorced Fathers offers support and information at monthly meetings.
FERICS (Fair and Equal Child Support) -
Contact: Ken - 781-899-1944
FERICS is a support group for divorced or separated men and women
who feel the system has mistreated them. The group also deals with
children's issues and the effect of divorce or separation on them.
Fernald Center -
200 Trapelo Road - 781-894-3600, ext. 2656
The Fernald Center is a residential and educational facility serving
adults with developmental disabilities.
Volunteer opportunities: Companions, chaperones, arts and crafts
assistants, recreational assistants, performers.
See listing under Recreational Resources
Greater Waltham Association for Retarded Citizens -
GWARC provides day programs that offer a structured learning environment,
vocational training in a variety of settings, recreational and
educational programs to teach daily living skills.
Volunteer opportunities: Recreation program leaders, camp activities.
Handicap Commission -
Contact: Jerry LeBlanc/Ralph Gaudet - 119 School Street - 781-893-4040, ext. 3140
The Commission handles Americans with Disabilities Act code enforcement.
International Foundation for Gender Education -
14 Felton Street 02454 - 781-894-8340
IFGE is an information center for people dealing with transgendered issues.
Its reference library is available for research. The organization also
offers educational publications by mail and referrals to support groups.
Jewish Vocational Service -
JVS is a non-sectarian organization offering skills-training to adults who
meet low-income guidelines. Courses include: opthalmic assistant; computer
business (with an ESL component); medical business; and customer service.
Volunteer opportunities: Answering phones, job development and
K.H. Spay -
Contact: Roger O-Connell/Jean Burroughs - P.O. Box 1522, Waltham 02254 - 781-893-5963, 781-643-3243
K.H. Spay provides financial assistance in the form of low-cost spaying
as approved vets for people who can't afford the regular fees for spaying
or neutering their cats and dogs.
Volunteer opportunities: Distributing literature, data entry, typesetting, mailing.
Middlesex Human Service Agency -
50 Prospect Street - 781-894-6110
Middlesex Human Service Agency offers a wide variety of housing,
homeless, educational and substance abuse programs. A
partial listing follows.
See Health Resources
for additional entries.
Bristol Housing Services -
300 Moody Street - 781-891-9510
Bristol Housing Services assists families at risk of homelessness,
helping them secure permanent and safe housing.
Bristol Lodge Men's Shelter -
Bristol Lodge Men's Shelter offers 45 beds for homeless men. Those
seeking shelter can be referred by the Soup Kitchen staff.
Volunteer activities: Maintenance and repairs.
Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen -
Immanuel United Methodist Church
- 545 Moody Street - 781-893-7250
Bristol Lodge serves a daily hot
meal from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, 364 days a year, to those in need.
Volunteer opportunities: Maintenance and repairs.
Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter -
Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter offers 12 beds for homeless women.
Those seeking shelter can be referred by the Soup Kitchen staff.
Volunteer activities: Maintenance and repairs.
Mary's House Family Shelter -
Mary's House is a shelter for homeless families. Families must be
referred by the Department of Transitional Assistance.
Volunteer opportunities: Maintenance, babysitting.
Meadowhouse is a diagnostic residential treatment center and shelter
for adolescents. A "community bed" is available for local runaways.
Project Outreach offers in-school education and counseling, support
services, and information and professional development to school
personnel on drugs, alcohol, HIV, violence prevention, abuse and
respect. The Project also has court diversion programs, counseling,
community educational forums, and street outreach.
Parent Helper -
Contact: Karen Zimmers - 781-736-1803
The Parent Helper is a free information line which offers referrals,
information, resources and exchanges on a variety of topics, from
health care and schools to safety and support groups and more.
Parents Anonymous -
Parent Anonymous offers weekly confidential support groups for
parent who feel isolated or overwhelmed or who don't want to repeat
the cycle of abuse that may have happened to them. The organization-
which is not a 12-step group- also offers phone support.
Charles Webster Potter Place -
15 Vernon Street - 781-894-5302
Potter Place, named after Charles Webster Potter, offers a work rehabilitation program and social programs
for people with mental illness.
Volunteer opportunities: Help members with programs.
Project Safe Rides -
Contact: Dawn McPhail - 155 Lexington Street - 781-893-3700 ext. 3366 (Spanish)
Project Safe Rides' safety belt/safety seat education program teaches
parent, child care providers and children through speaking engagements,
handouts and brochures.
Volunteer opportunities: Equipment set-up and dressing up in
costumes for school outreach.
Prospect Partners -
Contact: Pam Penton - Prospect Terrace Children's Center, 44 Hansen Road - 781-899-6574
Prospect Partners is a group of volunteers who each work with one
or two children a few hours each week at the Prospect Terrace
Children's Center for children from pre-school age to 10.
Working with children weekly on activities.
Protestant Guild for Human Services -
411 Waverley Oaks road - 781-893-6000
The Guild runs residences for children, adult residential and employment
services, and a learning center for developmentally-disabled
students, and offers some counseling services to the blind.
Volunteer opportunities: Serve as a mentor (helping with budgeting,
cooking, etc.), work on events, become a board member, work in the
learning center as a big brother or sister.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc. -
P.O. Box 24, Waltham 02254 - 781-891-0724 (office), 1-800-899-4000 (hotline, & TTY 9-5)
The Support Committee offers a 24-hour hotline assistance, referrals,
an emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and support groups (including
one in Spanish). All services are confidential.
Volunteer opportunities: Hotline and shelter staffing, child care, legal
advocacy, administrative work.
Sacred Heart Parish Food Pantry -
309 River Street - 781-893-8461
The pantry supplies food staples to those in need.
Volunteer opportunities: Donation of non-perishable food.
Salvation Army -
33 Myrtle Street - 781-894-0413
The Salvation Army provides a food pantry, family dinner, fuel
assistance and clothing room for those in need.
Volunteer opportunities: Work at the food pantry, during family
dinners, in the clothing room or doing office work.
Contact: Julie Love - 781-894-2985
SHARE members volunteer two hours of their time doing community
service (such as helping elders, babysitting, volunteering for a social service
organization) and receive substantial discounts on groceries in return.
Shriver Center -
200 Trapelo Road - 781-642-0001, 1-800-642-0248 (TDD)
The Center provices services for special-needs students, their families and
schools, including evaluations, referrals and testing for genetic diseases.
Social Security Administration -
50 Prospect Street - 1-800-772-1213, 781-894-9632
The office processes retirement, disability and survivor benefits, Social
Security card requests, benefit estimates and related information.
Special Connection -
Contact: Jane Ambash - 781-965-9810
Special Connection provides telephone information and support
services for children with learning, medical, behavioral, emotional or
developmental problems and their families.
Tenants United For Fair Housing -
Contact: Jean-Marie Clerveau/Isabel Vasquez - 144 Moody Street Building 24 - 781-891-6689
TUFFH is a South Waltham tenant organization which helps low-income
tenants from Waltham's many ethnic communities work
together to solve housing problems.
Waltham Alliance for Youth -
Contact: Sally Collura/Susan LaFreniere - 80A Taylor Street - 781-891-8313, 781-891-5031
WAY sponsors summertime social activities for teens, including trips,
dances, museum visits, as well as prizes for youth community service.
Volunteer opportunities: Chaperoning, fundraising, organizing antique
show and garden tour.
Waltham Babysitting Coop -
Contact: (I'm unsure if this organization still exists)
The Coop is a group of families who exchange babysitting hours using a
paper money token system. Informal group meetings, parties and kids'
play-groups are formed as a way to meet and get to know other families.
Participants choose who they would like to exchange sitting hours with.
Waltham Committee Incorporated (WCI) -
135 Beaver Street - 781-899-8220, 781-899-0214 (TTY)
The Waltham Committee offers residential and employment services for
developmentally and physically disabled adults. It also runs a gift shop
(Absolute Necessities) at 150 Lexington Street to benefit the program.
Volunteer opportunities: House repairs.
Waltham Community Policing Project -
300 Moody Street - 781-894-6366
Community policing is a partnership between police and the community
which takes a proactive approach to policing, relying on citizen
input and resolving problems, rather than just responding to calls. Its
activities include a youth job program and beautification program.
Volunteer opportunities: Chaperones, coaches, employment
opportunities for youth.
Waltham Fields Community Farm -
- 240 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA 02452 (@ U/Mass Extension)
This farm promotes local agriculture through growing and distribution practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. They focus on forging relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows. Core programs include hunger relief donations and other food access initiatives; education for children and adults, centering on 3-seasons of Children's Learning Garden programs, school/community group visits, workshops and service learning opportunities; farmer training; and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiative with 350 shares for residents of Waltham and surrounding cities/towns.
Volunteer opportunities: Farm production tasks, distributing produce to hunger relief programs, organizational/non-field projects.
Photos of the farm
Waltham Group -
Brandeis University, P.O. Box 9110, Waltham 02254 - 781-736-3235, 781-736-3009 (TTY)
The Waltham Group is a student volunteer community service organization.
Its programs include an Afternoon Enrichment Group and Language and
Cultural Enrichment ESL tutoring for middle school students,
general tutoring for all school-age children, Big Siblings mentor program,
Companions to Elders, and Prospect Terrace/Dana Court Recreation program.
The group also provides volunteers for other agencies.
Waltham Homebuyers Downpayment Assistance Program -
Contact: Marc Williams - 119 School Street - 781-893-4040, ext. 3113
The City of Waltham receives federal HOME funds, some of which
are used to provide downpayment assistance to qualified low- and
moderate-income homebuyers. By utilizing a no-interest, deferred-
repayment 20-year city loan, potential borrowers may be able to
qualify for a first mortgage they might otherwise be unable to obtain.
Waltham House -
Waltham House is a long-term group home for adolescents in crisis.
Volunteer opportunities: Big Sister/Big Brother mentors, helping with
homework, activities, maintenance and shopping.
Waltham Partnership for Youth -
Contact: Tom Neville - City Hall, 735 Main Street - 781-893-8858
The Partnership is a consortium of businesses, educators and civic leaders
whose mission is to identify the needs of Waltham's youth, bring resources
together to meet those needs and help establish programs.
Volunteer opportunities: Youth services, career awareness, academic
enhancement, tutorials, career advice, internships, recreational activities.
WATCH, Inc. (Waltham Alliance To Create Housing) -
517 Moody Street, 02453 - 781-891-6689 (Spanish), fax 781-891-1703
WATCH is a community-controlled development organization
providing services and opportunities for low- and moderate-income
residents. WATCH specializes in solving tenant-landlord problems,
developing affordable housing and creating job opportunities.
Waypoint Adventure -
34 Alder St. Waltham, 02453-0504 - 781-454-5297
Waypoint Adventure specializes in custom tailored, transformational adventure experiences.
Wheels of Happiness
See listing under Recreational Resources
Wide Horizons for Children -
38 Edgehill Road - 781-894-5330
Wide Horizons is an adoption/child welfare agency that supports
orphanages overseas, places domestic and international as well as
special-needs children in homes, provides counseling, support groups,
symposia and cultural programs.
Volunteer opportunities: Fundraising.
Youth Opposed to Using (YOU) -
Contact: Steve Goodwin, adviser - Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street - 781-893-8050
YOU is an organization for high school age youth from Waltham.
Incentives, such as half-price trips and events, are given for young
people who voluntarily test drug-free.
Volunteer opportunities: Fundraising.
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Created: March 8, 1997. Updated: 04 January 2012
...always under construction!