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Director's Corner

Guest Survey Results Announced

Over the last couple of months, we have been conducting surveys of our guests, as well as other homeless or displaced persons that we have met around Waltham. We asked about our programs and how we could better serve the community.

Click here for a summary of the results.

A Poem Written by one of Our Guests "Heavens Grocery Store"

Click here to read the poem


Watch an Interview with Marilyn Lee-Tom about the Photo Exhibit "Homelessness From Our Eyes"

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Faces Exhibit

Watch an Interview with Marilyn Lee-Tom about the Exhibit

Services We Provide

At the Community Day Center, the guests value friendships and provide support to each other. They are surviving in what seems like hopeless situations. 

Men and women at the Day Center face complex challenges including physical and emotional abuse;  domestic violence; physical disabilities and mental illness; poverty; homelessness, joblessness; and  the destructive coping dependencies that lead them into alcoholism, drug addition and legal issues.

Services

  1. Day-time drop-in center
  2. Internet and Phone Access
  3. Advocacy and Referral
  4. Health Access
  5. Legal Access
  6. Housing Referrals
  7. Job Search Assistance

Click here for a list of other places to get help in and around Waltham

Service Areas

We serve all who seek help. We tend to serve people located in Waltham and the surrounding cities and towns, but we see guests from as far away as Boston.

Demographics

Race and Ethnicity (2009 - statistics change from year to year):

  • 60 percent Caucasian
  • 30 percent Hispanic
  • 9 percent African-American
  • 1 percent other

Gender (2010):

  • 65 percent men
  • 35 percent women

Major Challenges

In a typical, recent month we helped forty guests, each facing an average of two major challenges:

  • Homelessness: About 65 percent are homeless, and of these, 80 percent are in shelters, and 20 percent are on the streets.
  • Poverty: All of our guests have low or no incomes.
  • Mental illness or other disability.
  • Alcohol or substance abuse issue.
  • Unemployment/Underemployment: About 35 percent are employed, mostly part-time.

 We are building a community to remove barriers and provide resources so that our Guests can realize their full potential. Come join us!

 

Announcements

We Are In Our New Home!

Just before Christmas we moved into our new home on Felton Street! Thank you to all our supporters who made this happen, tboth with their labor and with their donations. We could not have done it without you!

We still need things to set up our offices and kitchen. Please click here to learn how you can help

Our new home!

 

Our Supporters:

Village Bank The Jones Partnership   Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation  First Commons Bank   The Cipper Ship Foundation      The Cabot Family Charitable Trust    Watertown Savings Bank    Bird Precision  Yankee Fleet - Providing ocean adventures since 1944