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.


41 Mahaiwe St.
Great Barrington, MA

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

Great Barrington Council on Aging ( COA)/Senior Center

917 South Main Street
Great Barrington, MA

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

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

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

Food Pantries/Meals

Peoples Pantry

5 Taconic Avenue

Saint James Place
Great Barrington, MA

Open to shoppers Mondays 4:00-5:30 PM and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the Pantry offers a wide selection of foods including shelf stable items such as pasta, rice, and cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna fish and toiletries. Frozen meats and fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, milk and cheese, are also available.

The People’s Pantry is open to all residents of South Berkshire County. There are no income guidelines and shoppers are welcome to visit once a week all year.

Sheffield Food Pantry

125 Main St.
Sheffield, MA

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

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

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

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)

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

Alcoholism/Substance Abuse

Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program (Brien Center)

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

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

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.

Porchlight Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. (VNA)

32 Park Street
Lee, MA

21 High Street, Lee, MA

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

Volunteers in Medicine

777 Main Street, Suite 4
Great Barrington, MA

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

Poison Control


Expert, fast advice about poison emergencies & questions


Citizens Energy


Offers assistance for oil and gas heat


Berkshire Immigrant Center

88 South St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Support, information and referral for immigrants.

Multicultural BRIDGE

17 Main Street, Suite 2
Lee, MA

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

Legal clinics free and open to the public.

Mental Health/Counseling

Counseling Center of the Berkshires

4 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA

Counseling resources for individuals and families.

Great Barrington Family Resource Center

141 West Avenue

Great Barrington, MA

(413) 834-1128

Provides free multi-cultural parenting resources, support groups, early childhood services, information and other education and referral programs.

NAMI BC (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)

333 East St.
Pittsfield, MA

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

Elizabeth Freeman Center

40 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA
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.


Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation Corp.

917 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA

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

Post #340
Rte 7
Sheffield, MA

Veterans Affairs

334 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA


P.O. Box # 357
Great Barrington, MA

P.O. Box # 552
Housatonic, MA