Resources

Adult Education

Literacy Network of South Berkshire

100 Main St.
Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-0471

The volunteers of The Literacy Network of South Berkshire provide one-on-one tutoring to adults in need of basic reading skills, GED preparation and English as a second language. New tutors and students are always welcome. Training and materials are provided.

Construct

41 Mahaiwe St.
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-1985
www.constructinc.org

Life skills and adult education. Construct provides adult basic education, HiSET instruction, independent living skills & job finding assistance, transitional housing, emergency housing assistance.

Elder Services

Elder Services of Berkshire County

877 South Street, Suite 4E
Pittsfield, MA 01201
www.esbci.org

Great Barrington Council on Aging ( COA)/Senior Center

917 South Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-1881

Social and meal programs, tax preparation, falls prevention, exercise classes, bingo, movies for people age 60-plus.

Egremont Council on Aging

171 Egremont Plain Road
South Egremont, MA
413-528-3488
www.egremont-ma.gov

Social and/or information for people age 60-plus.

Otis Council on Aging

P.O. Box # 237
Otis, MA
413-269-0100 x107

Social, meal programs and/or information. Transportation services for people 60-plus.

Sheffield Council on Aging

25 Cook Road
Sheffield, MA
413-229-7037
email: jamiller@sheffieldMA.gov

Social, meals, blood pressure and foot clinics, games, movies, transportation, exercise classes and/or information for people age 60-plus.

Social Security Administration

78 Center Street, Suite 101
Pittsfield, MA
toll free: 877-319-5709
www.socialsecurity.gov

Food Pantries/Meals

Peoples Pantry

195 North Plain Road
Great Barrington, MA

Calvary Christian Chapel – Thursdays 10:00am to 1:00pm

The People’s Pantry’s mission is to reduce hunger in South County by distributing free food in a manner which preserves the dignity and self-worth of the shoppers. South County residents who feel they need help in feeding themselves and their families are welcome at the Pantry. There are no income guidelines.

Sheffield Food Pantry

125 Main St.
Sheffield, MA
413-229-8173

Old Parish Church rear entrance – Mondays 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Breaking Bread (American Legion Hall Post 340)

Route 7
Sheffield, MA

Hot meal served every Thursday 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Food

917 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-1881

Food bags on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:30-3:30 p.m. only.

CHP Family Support Network

442 Stockbridge Rd.
Great Barrington, MA
413-644-0104 x1160
email: wic@chpberkshires.org

Project Milk – emergency food package (3 days for 4 people) pick up at GB Price Chopper Food table. Day-old & overstock food delivered on Tuesday.

Guthrie Center

2 VanDeusenville Rd.
Housatonic, MA
413-528-1955
www.guthriecenter.org/programs/

Community lunch – Wednesdays 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving meal

WIC – Women, Infants & Children

442 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA
Berkshire South 413-528-0457 x1146
toll-free: 800-WIC-1007

Nutritional counseling, checks to buy healthy food.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N)

www.berkshiretaconic.org

Neighbor-to-Neighbor provides emergency one-time assistance for local residents who are in economic distress. Neighbor-to-Neighbor makes small grants (generally around $500) to help those with overdue utilities, medical bills, short-term housing costs, and transportation problems.

Employment Services

Berkshire Jobs

www.berkshirejobs.com

Alcoholism/Substance Abuse

Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program (Brien Center)

60 Cottage St.
Great Barrington, MA
24 hr. Crisis 800-252-0227
www.briencenter.org

Assessment, intervention and treatment to adolescents with substance issues.

Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC)

30 Stockbridge Road, Unit 3
Great Barrington, MA
413-445-4503 (Monday-Thursday 8:00-11:00)
toll-free: 866-216-6200
www.bcacinc.org

Fuel & emergency assistance, community programs,heating system and energy conservation programs, volunteer income tax preparation (VITA) – seasonal.

Health Services

The Health Connector

toll-free: 800-277-4232

Health insurance for individuals and small businesses.

www.hcib.org

Porchlight Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. (VNA)

32 Park Street
Lee, MA
413-243-1212

21 High Street, Lee, MA
413-243-1122
www.porchlighthomecare.org

Skilled nursing, intravenous therapy, social work, home health aid, medical social work.

Volunteers in Medicine

777 Main Street, Suite 4
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-4014

Provide free health care to people living and working in the Berkshire Region who are currently uninsured.

Poison Control

800-222-1222
www.aapcc.org

Expert, fast advice about poison emergencies & questions

Heating/Energy

Citizens Energy

877-563-4645

Offers assistance for oil and gas heat

www.cetonline.org

Immigrants

Berkshire Immigrant Center

88 South St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-445-4881

Support, information and referral for immigrants.

Multicultural BRIDGE

17 Main Street, Suite 2
Lee, MA
413-394-4029
www.multiculturalbridge.org

Provides: workplace development and language classes, education, competency & diversity training, interpreting & translation, immigrant support services, facilitated community conversations & a swap shop.

Legal Services

Berkshire Center for Justice

284 Main Street, Suite 7
Great Barrington, MA
413-854-1955
www.flcberkshire.wordpress.com

Legal clinics free and open to the public.

Mental Health/Counseling

Counseling Center of the Berkshires

4 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-499-4090

Counseling resources for individuals and families.

NAMI BC (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)

333 East St.
Pittsfield, MA
413-443-1666

Support and education to families and friends of individuals with mental illness, referral services.

Elizabeth Freeman Center

40 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-429-8190
Hotline 24/7 Confidential toll-free: 1-866-401-2425

Services for survivors of domestic & sexual violence and their families: hotline, safe shelter, court advocacy, counseling/advocacy services, visitation programs, violence prevention center, community outreach, education & collaboration.

Transportation

Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation Corp.

917 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-4773

SBETC provides transportation assistance for elders and disabled persons. Service for 8 towns in Southern Berkshire County (fees/charges).

Veterans Services

American Legion

Post # 68
41 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
413-443-9853

Post #340
Rte 7
Sheffield, MA
413-229-8614

Veterans Affairs

334 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-1580

VFW

P.O. Box # 357
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-9701

P.O. Box # 552
Housatonic, MA
413-274-6300