Berkshire County, MA Assistance Programs

Berkshire County Housing Assistance Programs

Our housing assistance programs include HUD, housing assistance, Section 8, subsidized housing programs in Berkshire County.

Ralph J. Froio Senior Center

330 North Street
Pittsfield, MA - 01201
In 1993, the Council on Aging moved from Bradford Street to 330 North Street upon completion of the reconstruction and renovation of the former Capitol Theater. The City of Pittsfield renamed and dedicated the building "The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center " in honor of this long time civic leader who spent countless hours in volunteer service to his community, especially in senior citizens affairs. Through his many years of service, Ralph J. Froio served as Chairman of the Council on Aging as well as for countless other charitable organizations and causes. The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center is a handicapped accessible facility in that is within walking distance of several housing projects and is available by bus. The facility is 15,000 square feet in total area and consists of four floors. In the basement, there is a woodworking shop, ceramics shop and a board room. Just beyond the lobby on the first floor, you will find a coffee shop and lounge area, a computer lab and our administrative offices. The Supportive Day Program and the main meeting room are located on the second floor along with the kitchen. The third floor accommodates a craft room, a game room, two classrooms and the Group Office...

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Lee Senior Center

21 Crossway St.
Lee, MA - 01238
The Lee Senior Center is on the corner of Crossway and High Streets in Lee. As one enters Crossway St., the first door on your left is the entrance to the Senior Center. Although the Senior Center is located in the Elderly Housing, Crossway Village, it is available to all the elderly in Lee as well as the residents of the Village. Our rules consider anyone over 60 years of age to be a Senior citizen. In the Center we have computers, a pool table, an organ, a piano, tables, and comfortable chairs. Puzzles are available as well as books to read. Lunches are also served at the Center. We encourage small groups who might like to play cards, knit, have a place to meet, chat or whatever to join us at the Center. We can assure you that you can not find a more comfortable and welcoming place. The Council is committed to providing services and programs to community elders 60 and older. The many and varied services and provided by this office include transportation, nutrition meals and education, exercise programs, and social programs. Health clinics are offered through the Porchlight VNA/Home Care, and a state trained Health Insurance Counselor is available to help with Medical insurance assistance. The COA works with Elder Services of Berkshire County and networks with other organizations service to the elder community and their families. The Council operates with a Director, Secretary, transportation driver and Board along with volunteers to provide services to the community..

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Berkshire County Food Assistance Programs

Our list of food assistance programs includes: food pantries, soup kitchens, congregate meal programs in Berkshire County.

Friendship Center Food Pantry

45 Eagle St
North Adams, MA - 01247
(413) 664-0123
Hours: Wednesday from 10a-2pm, 3:30p-5:30pm. All are eligible. You must be 18 years of age to register. In order to receive USDA foods you need to be enrolled in one of the following government programs: SNAP, WIC, MassHealth, SSI, Welfare, Fuel Assistance, Vets Aid, Head Start, AFDC, or fall into USDA income guidelines. However, there are plenty of other foods available even if you do not meet the USDA requirements . Please register in the basement of the First Baptist Church on the corner of Main and Eagle Streets. We also host many local social service agencies that can determine if there are other resources that could provide additional assistance. As a client-choice pantry, we encourage you to take only what you need. There are quantity guidelines based on the size of your household...

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Berkshire County Health Care Assistance Programs and Clinics

Our list of clinics and healthcare assistance programs includes free and income based clincs: dental and medical, health care assistant payment programs, etc.

Lenox Council on Aging

65 Walker Street
Lenox, MA - 01240
The Council on Aging strives to identify the needs of elders in the Lenox community and develop programs and services to meet these needs. Office space and activities are maintained at the Lenox Community Center. Programming includes health clinics, exercise classes, special events and lunches. A monthly newsletter is produced and distributed to many Lenox locales; places of worship, grocery stores, banks, Library, Post Offices just to name a few. The COA Van provides handicapped accessible transportation to doctor appointments M,T,& F. Shopping excursions on Wednesdays. Our Outreach Worker is available for home visits and consultations...

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Berkshire County Various Assistance Programs

Below we list an array of other helpful resource programs we have found in Berkshire County.

Williamstown Council on Aging - Harper Center

118 Church Street
Williamstown, MA - 01267

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Stockbridge Senior Center

50 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA - 01262

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Sheffield Senior Center

25 Cook Road
Sheffield, MA - 01257
Our goal is to facilitate seniors' ability to live independently and enjoy a high quality of life; our mission, to provide life-enriching activities, relevant information on issues that affect them and assistance in obtaining services...

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Otis Council on Aging

1 North Main Road
Otis, MA - 01253
The Otis Council on Agings mission is to provide activities and services for the senior citizens of Otis. Come in anytime the room is open. The coffee is always on and we would be happy to have your company. We would like to extend an invitation to any and all seniors to join in our activities. Otis seniors have FUN - from gathering in the center on Monday and Wednesday 10 AM - 2 PM for conversation and friendship to our many in-house activities and trips. There is no sign-up cost involved in joining us We welcome one and all to just drop in. We would love to see you...

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North Adams Council on Aging Mary Spitzer Center

116 Ashland Street
North Adams, MA - 01247

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Dalton Senior Center

40 Field Street Ext.
Dalton, MA - 01226
Staffed by full time Director, Kelly Pizzi, full time office assistant, Dorin Middlebrook, and part time Outreach/Wellness and SHINE Counselor, Patricia "Pattie" Pero, our goals are to identify community needs, coordinate existing services or develop new ones in response to identified needs. An additional goal is to inform the community at large about our programs and services through press releases, presentations, personal contact and our web site...

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Clarksburg Senior Center

712 West Cross Road
Clarksburg, MA - 01247

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Claire Teague Senior Center

917 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA - 01230
The Claire Teague Senior Center serves the needs of the elderly population of Great Barrington by providing resources such as recreational, educational, social, and nutritional, entitlement assistance and transportation through the Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation Corporation (SBETC)...

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Adams Council on Aging

3 Hoosac Street
Adams, MA - 01220
The Adams Council on Aging (COA) is a town department. It was organized to develop a comprehensive network of in-home and community-based services and supportive programs for people sixty years of age and over in the Town of Adams...

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Berkshire County Assistance Locations

Government and Private Assistance Programs

Housing Assistance

There are many non-profit and government based organizations dedicated to providing housing and support. We find them for you.

Food Pantry Assistance

Food pantries, soup kitchens, food baskets. We find these local resources and list them.

Free clothing assistance

Thousands of churches and religious organizations offer low-cost or free drug and alcohol treatment as part of their missions.