A food pantry run by Catholic Charities serves 250 families weekly.  Open Mon, Wed, Fri from 11 am to 3 pm.

Free health services through the Cathedral Cares Clinic

Help to homeless families transitioning from shelters to permanent housing

​St. Helena House - housing for low-income seniors administered by HUD.

An off-site shelter for victims of human trafficking in collaboration with the City of Boston

Weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Homeless outreach, where members bring water, clothing, and human interaction to the streets. 

St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Bridge Home serves as a  short-term crisis intervention residential program providing children who have experienced trauma the skills and tools to better cope with challenging life circumstance. Crossroads Family Center provides families with shelter and support as they transition from homelessness to independent community living. GRLZradio.org offers an after-school and summer program for at-risk girls, operates a web-based broadcasting station and builds competencies through media literacy and community outreach. Margaret’s House prepares women and their families to move from transitional housing to permanent housing by offering skills to overcome obstacles, manage finances, and pursue education and employment. Massachusetts Maternity First Home is a transitional housing program that provides 12 homeless families with the tools, experience and learning opportunities to secure permanent housing. Our program offers case managers, social workers and external resources. St. Mary’s Home equips pregnant and parent teens with skills to improve their emotional, educational and economic well-being. Women’s Learning Center provides women with classroom instruction and tutoring to earn their high school credentials. Women@Work Plus offers women course curricula, including college credit courses, and a real job to learn and practice work readiness skills that lead to a permanent job.

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Need help staying warm in winter? Finding a summer job? Becoming a U.S. citizen? Training for a promising career? The Action for Boston Community Development organization provides assistance in education, finances, energy, health, food, housing, and immigration. ABCD addresses the needs of children, elders, and youth, and it can help you transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success.

United South End Settlements aims to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Early Childhood Education serves children between 3 months and 5 years old. club48 serves children between 5 years to 12 years old. Camp Hale is in Squam Lake in NH and serves 225+ boys and girls each summer, ages 6-15 years, Cost is based on household size and income to determine affordable camper fees, ranging from $100 to $1850 for a 2-wk session. The Power of Parenting program is 12-wk series of classes for parents with kid’s age 3-8 years old in partnership with Families First. It offers facilitated conversations around developmental milestones of their kids, management of stress, and building relationships with other parents. Child care and a catered meal are provided, and the course is free. The One-on-One Coaching program assists participants find strategies to building success in five areas: career, finances, family, education and training, and community connections.

St. Francis House serves free breakfast and lunch 365 days/year. For clothing: Fresh Threads, our Clothing Distribution Center. You are eligible to receive a new ‘head-to-toe’ outfit, outer-wear, and footwear. If you need a shower, toothbrush, or toiletries or to apply for Next Step Housing, go to the Resource Center. If you need a mailing address, we can provide that. If you need a case manager or mental health counselor,  our Counseling and Mental Health Department can help. If you’d like to paint or draw: Go to our Margaret Stewart Lindsay Art Studio. For medical care, go to the Marie L. Arky Medical Clinic, run by Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. HIV testing, counseling, and women’s health care are available. For housing, we assist in reviewing your housing options and provide suggestions and limited housing search support. If you need food stamps, we can help you fill out an application. Our Moving Ahead Program is a 14-week job-readiness program. 

Crossroads Family Center

Bird Street Community Center is a hub for children and youths who seek intellectual, physical, emotional, and personal growth and well being.  Courts, social service agencies, schools and families trust Bird Street to help the community's low income/high risk children achieve important life goals and grow into young adults, change-makers, and leaders. Bird Street is a  provider of intentional programming for out-of-school and after school activities where generations of children have found a safe and caring place for growing and developing character and skills.

The Samaritans' goals are to reduce the risk of suicide, provide support for those who have lost someone to suicide, and increase awareness about suicide prevention. Our services are free, confidential, and anonymous.Our Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer free support to loss survivors, people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Our services focus on non-judgmental listening, compassion, and peer support. Learn how to help someone in crisis by hosting a suicide prevention workshop at your school, workplace, or organization.

Rosie's Place offers free meals; a food pantry with non-perishable items and fresh produce; showers, laundry and lockers; overnight beds for up to 21 days; and providers who offer health and wellness care. We offer English as a Second or Other Language, Literacy and computer classes and find assistance with job and housing searches. Multi-lingual Advocates assist women; attorneys provide holistic legal services. We provide ongoing follow-up to newly-housed guests, oversight of women who have complex physical and mental health issues and home visits to isolated women.  We reach women beyond our walls through a satellite office at Franklin Field and collaborations with Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Trial Courts.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES' programs include: Basic Needs (food; rent; utilities; clothing; infant supplies; holiday assistance; and information and referrals). In addition, our services include Child Care, Children and Youth, Counseling, Community Interpreter Services, Education programs, Elder Services, Family Support, Mentoring and Tutoring, Nurse Assistant Training, Post-Adoption Search, Refugee Services, Shelter, Sunset Point overnight camp in Hull, and a Teen Center at St. Peter's in Dorchester.

BOSTON HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS PROGRAM offers the following services:  behavioral health, dental, eye care, family services, HIV care, medical respite care, pharmacy, primary care, substance use disorders, and a transgender program. Call 857-654-1600 to make an appointment or drop by our walk-in clinic, where you can get assistance signing up for health insurance and set up appointments.

Services provided by Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Crossroads Family Center provides emergency shelter and supportive services to 27 families; around 60 families pass through our shelter program each year. Our rooms are dedicated to families referred to us by the state’s Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). Our Daily Bread food pantry at Crossroads Family Center (56 Havre Street, East Boston) is open on Sunday and Wednesday 3-4 pm to East Boston residents in need of food.

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS is an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive relationships and  services guiding youth (14-24 yr old) towards self-sufficiency.  Its services include  street outreach, a mobile medical van, a runaway hotline, counseling and support, transitional day and welcome center programs, education and career development, and housing.

The EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP (at 434 Massachusetts Avenue in the South End) offers Beginner (free) and Intermediate intensive English classes ($150 per semester). We provide 4-week Orientation Workshops to introduce immigrants to the U.S. and Boston community and information on how to apply for a job or college. Please call us at 617-357-5717 to register for our classes.

THE ELDERS LIVING AT HOME PROGRAM focuses primarily on improving the quality of life of vulnerable elders and preventing homelessness. The program has expanded into emergency shelter and helping homeless elders find housing, but stabilization remains at the program's core. We provide supportive services to elders with a history of homelessness and those whose chronic disabilities put them at risk for losing their housing and becoming homeless. We provide: Intensive Case Management, Nursing Assessments, Home Monitoring, Medication Management, and Crisis Intervention.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mission Church

The Women's Lunch Place strives to restore a sense of dignity to  guests with unconditional love; offering immediate support; and providing them with basic necessities, delicious meals, hot showers, laundry, and a bed to rest on in a safe nap room. We offer emergency seasonal clothing, and medical care is provided free by Healthcare Without Walls. Advocates and support staff assist women in crisis, struggling with domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, or the stress of being homeless.  Women interested in pursuing employment, housing, and other opportunities use our resource center and library with access to computers and phones, free Wi-Fi, the Internet, and office supplies. The Creative Expression Program offers classes in painting and drawing, photography, sewing and knitting, and writing. Classes in yoga, meditation, and wellness  provide women the chance to heal and respite from the stressors of poverty and loneliness.

826 BOSTON is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.

City Life/Vida Urbana is a community organization against the forces that fuel displacement in our city. We believe that the right to housing is a basic human right, and that prioritizing the needs of people is more important than the needs of profit-making institutions. We build strong tenant associations that work together to bargain collectively with corporate landlords to demand policy change. Are you a tenant of a Corporate Landlord?  Learn about your rights as a renter at MassLegalHelp, a free public service of the legal aid agencies. Come to one of our weekly meetings to learn about your rights and talk to an attorney at no charge.

​​​Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

CAREER COLLABORATIVE serves unemployed and under-employed adults (age 19 to 55) with low-income jobs in the Boston area. Our participants are diverse, with some coming from countries. Most of our clients' previous work experience consists of minimum-wage jobs. They are ready to start building a career, and benefit greatly from formal classes, one-one-one coaching, and learning from peers about the job application process, workplace culture, and how to continue advancing and building their career after landing a job.

THE ITALIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN has residential programs in Jamaica Plain and East Freetown to provide community-based treatment services for children, with a variety of individual and family therapies. Home and Community Based Programs provide mental health services, including individual, group, milieu and family therapy, to children, adults, and families in clinic, community, and home settings. The Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center in Jamaica Plain is an approved K-8 program for children ages 4-13.

Jewish Vocational Service in Boston (JVS) serves a diverse clientele representing over 90 nations, and speaking 50 languages, and helping people secure financial independence through educational and employment services. Their programs include immigration and citizenship services, support for refugees, refugee employment services, and free English classes and job coaching.

​​RAFT is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Eligible expenses include moving cost assistance, rent and utility arrears, rental stipends, and utility bills.
RAFT helps families who must move but do not have enough money to pay a security deposit, utility startup costs, or first/last month’s rent, and furniture. Families cannot get more than $4000 within a 12-mo period.

Every week, Greater Boston Legal Services provides free legal assistance and representation on civil (noncriminal) matters to hundreds of the neediest residents in the city of Boston and 31 surrounding cities and towns. When they have nowhere else to turn, low-income families and individuals, elders, and people with disabilities look to GBLS for help to secure the most basic necessities of life.

The mission of the EAST BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER is to provide easily accessible, affordable, appropriate, high-quality, personalized primary care for all who live and work in East Boston and the surrounding communities, without regard to age, income, insurance status, language, culture, or social circumstances. Our Neighborhood PACE program helps seniors in our community stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Our Education & Training Institute provides our present and future employees, many of whom are also neighbors and patients, with skill training and career paths.

Pine Street Inn partners with homeless individuals to help them move from the streets and shelter to a home, and assists formerly homeless individuals in retaining housing. We provide street outreach, emergency services, supportive housing, job training and connections to employment. We tirelessly advocate for collaborative solutions to end homelessness and provide permanent housing to our clients.  Pine Street Inn's Street Outreach teams offer clothing, food, blankets, health care referrals and human contact to homeless men and women who - often struggling with mental illness and addiction - choose not to come into shelter.

St. Mark Community Education Program (SMCEP) provides adult immigrants and their families in Dorchester, MA and surrounding towns with English classes and support in attaining citizenship. SMCEP provides 8 English classes at 4 levels –  taught by experienced, professional instructors. We offer a Conversation groups, facilitated by volunteers and open to the community, where adult learners can practice listening to and speaking in English.We provide English for Citizenship class  that prepares applicants with the knowledge of U.S. history and government and with the literacy and oral skills necessary to pass their citizenship interviews.

HALEY HOUSE has Four Branches. Direct Services: The soup kitchen, food pantry, elder meal, and clothing room in the South End is run by residential volunteer staff. They serve meals in the soup kitchen and distribute meals through the food pantry.  Housing: The housing program includes >100 units of permanent, affordable housing units scattered throughout our South End neighborhood. Urban Farming:  Community and school-based garden partnerships aim to encourage healthy lifestyles, build community, and contribute to healthy and local food access. Haley House Bakery Café: A social enterprise encompassing a full-service café, catering, and wholesale business, offering healthful, organic, affordable fare.

The Irish International Immigrant Center provides expert legal staff and pro bono attorneys and offer free legal consultations at our weekly legal clinics to immigrants, refugees, and asylees, and provide full case representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. We help low-income and under-served immigrants to gain legal status, work authorization, and to reunite families so they can reach stability, and move out of poverty.We assist eligible immigrants in becoming U.S. citizens, guiding them throughout the application process and representing those with complex cases. We offer classes in computer literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages. We offer Wellness support to immigrants from around the world.

Victory Programs serve people who are facing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness or chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS and provide them with the tools needed to support healthy, self-sufficient lives. Our Health Programs focus on the pressing needs of vulnerable men and women who are coping with substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health concerns, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other chronic conditions. Victory Housing Programs offer a range of housing options and supportive, individualized residential treatment programs that enable people to stabilize their lives and regain their health, continue their recovery efforts and move toward self-sufficiency. Victory Prevention includes the Boston Living Center, non-residential community and resource program for folks living with HIV/AIDS; it provides meals, support groups and other resources to its 1,300 members. The Mobile Prevention Team

provides testing and counseling for  HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted diseases; overdose education and naloxone distribution; health navigation to primary care, substance use disorder treatment, housing advocacy; transgender peer support; street outreach and drop-in services.