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Waltham Creative Start

Community Resource Guide

2009 – 2010



My Own Directory
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August 2009

Dear Parent/Guardian,
This resource guide is designed to help you obtain information and locate resources in your community and in surrounding towns and cities. However, be aware that this list may not include every resource and their may be other services in your areas of which we are not aware. If you know of any information that may be beneficial, please share it with us.
We have organized this directory by alphabetic categories so it will be easy to use. Remember that you can always call us if you need any assistance.
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Table of Contents

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Adult Education 5


Child Care 8
City or Town Office 10
Clothing Assistance 13
Crisis Hotlines 14
Dental Health 18
Disabilities Services 20
Domestic Violence 22
Food Assistance 25
Health 27
Housing Assistance 29
Jobs and Training 31
Legal Aid 32
Mental Health/Counseling 36
Parenting 39
Public Schools 41
Recreation 45
Substance Abuse 47
Translation Services 49
Transportation 49
Utilities 51


Adult Education – Continuing Education Programs
Name: American Red Cross

Description: Citizenship, first aid & CPR, babysitting and a variety of other health and safety service trainings.

Director: Linda Driscoll, Program & Event Manager

Address: 867 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-642-7000

Website: http://www.redcross.org/


Name: Charles River Public Internet Center

Description: CRPIC is a public computer center that offers affordable technology courses, workshops and job training programs. There are also PC training labs available for rent.

Address: P.O. Box 540589, 154 Moody St. Waltham, MA 02454

Phone Number: 781-891-9559 x206

Website: http://www.crpic.org
Name: Middlesex Community College

Description: Liberal Arts College which offers associates degrees in various disciplines. Offers day and evening classes.

Address: 591 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730

Phone Number: 781-280-3708

Website: www.middlesex.mass.edu/

Name: Newton Community Education

Description: Provide educational, social, cultural and vocational programs to adults and children. They provide high quality classes at a reasonable cost. Courses include: jewelry making, pottery, English, computers, stained glass, buying a house and many others.

Director: Ed Hauben

Address: 360 Lowell Ave, Newtonville, MA 02460

Phone Number: 617-559-6999

Website: http://www.newtoncommunityed.org/
Name: Waltham High School Continuing Education Program

Description: Provide educational, social, cultural and vocational programs to adults. Arts & Crafts, finances, computers, languages, photography, music, fitness, travel, ESL, citizenship, Literacy and GED are some areas that they offer classes in.

Director: Sandra Walsh

Address: 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 781-314-5572

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/SCHOOL/WebPAge/cess.htm


Name: Watertown Community Education

Description: The Program offers exciting, low-cost learning opportunities designed to answer the needs and interest of Watertown’s diverse adult population. The WCE Adult Program provides courses for working people and professionals, people new and returning to the workforce, newcomers to the United States, and adults of all ages who seek a fun, active alternative to the usual evening routine. We hope that you will find the offerings valuable and enjoyable. We see the WCE Adult Program as a community effort and we welcome your participation. They welcome non-residents at no additional cost.

Director: Rita Foglia, Coordinator Adult Education – Beth Sahakian, Director Watertown Community Education

Address: 30 Common St., Watertown, MA 02472

Phone Number: 617-926-7764

Website: http://www.watertown.k12.ma.us/wce/index.html

Adult Education- English as a Second Language, Literacy, GED, Citizenship and individual tutoring programs
Name: American Red Cross

Description: Citizenship, first aid & CPR, babysitting and a variety of other health services trainings.

Director: Linda Driscoll, Program & Event manager

Address: 867 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-642-7000 ext. 381

Website: www.bostonredcross.org

Name: English At Large

Description: EMLC targets low reading level adults and recent immigrants to provide free, individual and small group tutoring to adults who are not literate. Services provided Cities and towns serviced by this program: Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Medford, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn. Monday through Thursday 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Address: 400 High St., Medford, MA 02155

Phone Number: 781-395-2374

Website: http://www.englishatlarge.com
Name: Waltham Power Program

Description: Courses in ESOL, Computer, Family Literacy, Health, Citizenship and GED

Address: 510 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Phone Number: 781-314-5586

Website: www.walthampp.org

Name: Waltham High School Continuing Education Program

Description: Provide courses in ESOL, citizenship, literacy and GED

Director: John Kelly Jr. Supervisor: Maureen Taddeo

Address: 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 02453

Phone Number: 781-314-5572

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/SCHOOL/WebPAge/cess.htm
Name: WATCH

Description: Offers a class in English for employment that aids advanced and intermediate English students in improving their English skills with a focus on finding a better job.

Director: Erica Schwarz, exclusive director

Address: 517 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453

Phone Number: 781-891-6689

Website: http://www.watchcdc.org/




Child Care
Resource and Referral Agency
Name: Child Care Resource Center

Description: Provides parents, child care providers, employers and community groups with information, referrals, education, training, technical assistance and resource development. Provides information about OCCS licensed child care providers and programs, will provide parents with referrals and counseling on how to identify and select quality child care.

Director: Gloria Franqui, Executive Director

Address: 130 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone Number: 617-547-1063

Website: www.ccrcinc.org


Name: Child Care Search

Description: Provides parents, child care providers, employers and community groups with information, referrals, education, training, technical assistance and resource development. Provides information about OCCS licensed child care providers and programs, will provide parents with referrals and counseling on how to identify and select quality child care.

Director: Kimberly Kinsella and Mary Laughlin, Associate Exclusive Directors

Address: Concord Office Center, Suite 102, 2352 Main St., Concord, MA 01742

Phone Number: 978-897-6400 or 800-455-8326 Fax: 978-897-0442

Website: http://www.comteam.org/childcare.html

Name: Newton Child Care Commission

Description: Provides scholarships for children ages 3 years old until they go to Kindergarten, if family meets eligibility requirements.

Director: Stuart Cleinman, executive director

Address: 225 Nevada Street, Newtonville, MA 02460

Phone Number: 617-332-6723

Website: http://www.newtonchildcare.org/index.html


Name: Waltham Community Partnership for Children

Description: Provides scholarships for children ages 3 years old until they go to Kindergarten, if family meets eligibility requirements.

Director: Eileen Schwalm

Address: 573-B Washington St., Newton, MA

Phone Number: 617-581-6780

PLAYGROUPS- HOME VISITING


Name: Parent Child Home Program

Description: Offers a free home visiting program.

Director: Debbie Brush

Address: 492 Waltham St., West Newton, MA 02465

Phone Number: 617-969-5906 X 113

Website: www.ncscweb.org


Name: Waltham Parks and Recreation Department

Description: Offers a variety of programs for preschoolers including playgroups. Offer a variety of other programs throughout the city. Call for a brochure. Open to Waltham residents only.

Director: Sandra J. Tomasello

Address: 314 Totten Pond Rd., Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-314-3475

Website: www.city.waltham.ma.us/parks/htm


Name: Waltham Public Library

Description: Offers story times and playgroups and a very interactive children’s area.

Director: Nancy Rea, Children’s Room Director

Address: 735 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-314-3435 ext. 4

Website: http://waltham.lib.ma.us


Name: Waltham Public Schools- Parent Information Center

Description: Offers story time, story craft, play time and provides parents with information relative to educational opportunities available for children and themselves in the Waltham Public Schools and the community at large. Brochures and pamphlets from community agencies are available.

Director: Lisa Compana, coordinator

Address: 14 Ash St., Waltham, MA 02453 (in the Fitch Elementary School)

Phone Number: 781-314-5672

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/School


Name: Warm Lines Parent Resource and Child Care Connections

Description: Are a source to meet others, locate resources, learn more about parenting or find programs for children. It is a centralized source of comprehensive information, which supports parents by connecting them to each other and to resources in their communities. Fee assistance is available.

Address: 225 Nevada St., Newtonville, MA 02460

Phone Number: 617-244-INFO (4636)

Website: www.warmlines.org
If you need information on group child care programs and family child care programs in Waltham please ask the social worker for the current listing.
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City or Town Offices
Name: Waltham City Hall

Description: The Mayor’s office is located at city hall. The Assessor’s, Auditor’s, offices are all located in City Hall. Some departments are located on 119 School St., Waltham, MA

Director: Mayor Jeannette A. McCarthy

Address: 610 Main St., Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 781-314-3120

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/


Name: City Clerk Department – Waltham

Description: The City Clerk maintains records including City Council documents, birth, marriage and death records, fishing, hunting and dog licenses, birth certificates (DBA), Uniform Commercial Code and federal and state tax liens.

Director: Rosario C. Malone

Address: City Hall Second Floor, 610 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 781-314-3120

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/

Name: Department of Public Works – Waltham

Description: to get a list of approved contractors, snow emergency information

Director: John Tashjian

Address: 167 Lexington St, Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 781-314-3855

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/


Name: Fire Department – Waltham

Description: The fire department provides services including putting out fires, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, vehicles extrication, technical rescue, fire education, inspections, and fire prevention.

Director: Chief Richard Cardillo, Chief of department

Address: 175 Lexington St. Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 911 cell phones use, 781-893-4100 non-emergency, 781-314-3710

Website: www.walthamfire.com


Name: Health Department – Waltham

Description: To protect the health, safety and well-being of the occupants of housing and of the general public. Provides tobacco related and cessation education, issues burial permits, investigates animals bites. Annual Flu Immunization Program, Rabies Clinic (Dog Officer)

Address: 119 School St, Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-314-3305 Animal Control: 781-893-4600 (Dog Officer)

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/
Name: Housing Department – Waltham

Description: Down payment assistance, lead paint abatement, rehabilitation loans

Director: Deborah Flanagan (Program Contact)

Address: Top Floor, 119 School St, Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-314-3380

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/


Name: Parks and Recreation Department – Waltham

Description: Offers information on community events, responsible for city leagues, and city parks, offers a variety of program activities throughout the year for all ages.

Director: Sandra J. Tomasello

Address: 314 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-314-3475

Website: www.city.waltham.ma.us/PARKS

Name: Police Department – Waltham

Description: The police department maintains order, innovatively resolves problems, actively prevents criminal acts, and aggressively apprehends criminals. Also handles all safety and law abiding situations, provides resources, protection and awareness to the community.

Director: Chief Thomas M. Lacroix

Address: 155 Lexington St, Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 911 Non-emergency: 781-314-3600

Website: www.city.waltham.ma.us/wpdweb/WalthamPDWeb/home.htm


Name: Recycling Department – Waltham

Description: The Waltham Recycling Department works to develop programs for the safe disposal of trash, recycling, yard waste and hazardous product. Our goal is to be as cost-effective as possible while protecting the environment.

Director: Eileen Zubrowski

Address: 119 School St, Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-314-3390

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/


Name: School Department – Waltham

Description: Provides information on school zoning, on the referral process for children who may be in need of extra school services, school scheduling and other matters related to the Waltham Public Schools.

Director: Dr. Peter J. Azar

Address: 617 Lexington St, Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 781-314-5400

Website: www.city.waltham.ma.us/SCHOOL


Name: Transportation and Parking Department – Waltham

Description: This departments deals with all aspects of parking, where you can park, meters, etc.

Director: Franklin G. Ching, PhD, P.E.

Address: 119 School St, Waltham, MA 02451

Phone Number: 781-314-3400 X 3404

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/


Name: Treasurer and Collector’s Office – Waltham

Description: Collection services include real estate, personal property and excise taxes, water & sewer bills, police and fire detail bills, parking tickets and various miscellaneous invoices billed throughout the city.

Director: Thomas J. Magno

Address: City of Waltham Treasurer’s Office, City Hall First Floor, 610 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

Phone Number: 781-314-3250

Website: http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/




Clothing Assistance
Name: Salvation Army Corps Community Center - Waltham

Description: The Salvation Army provides a food pantry, family dinner, and fuel assistance and clothing room for those in need.

Director: Captains Richard and Lolita Sanchez, Corps officers

Address: 33 Myrtle St, Waltham, MA 02453

Phone Number: 781-894-0413

Website: http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_mas.nsf


Name: United Way of Massachusetts Bay

Description: Works on strengthening the family and community by addressing basic needs, assisting people in finding long term employment and building financial assets and helping people finding permanent housing, parenting information.

Address: 51 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210

Phone Number: 1-800-231-4377 OR 617-624-8000

Website: www.uwmb.org


Crisis Hotlines
Name: Alcoholics Anonymous

Description: A fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism

Address: 12 Channel St, Suite 604, Boston, MA 02210

Phone Number: 617-426-9444

Website: http://www.aaboston.org
Name: Al-anon Family Groups of Massachusetts

Description: A fellowship group of family and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hop in order to solve common problems.

Address: 57 East Main St, Suite 109, Westborough, MA 01581-1457

Phone Number: 508-366-0556

Website: www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org
Name: Battered Women’s Hotline

Description: Hotline open 24 hours a day, dedicated to the prevention of women being battered

Phone Number: Boston Area 617-661-7203 or National Number 1-800-992-2600
Name: Child Abuse Reporting Hotline

Description: Hotline open 24 hours a day, dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Can report suspected child abuse or neglect in Massachusetts.

Phone Number: 1-800-792-5200
Name: DCF Child at Risk Hotline

Description: Answering service for DCF. Can give referrals to services in the area. Can help caller determine the need to file a 51A report.

Phone Number: 1-800-792-5200

Name: Department of Children and Families

Description: Offers services related to foster care, adoption, adolescent services, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, Baby Safe Haven

Address: (Central Office: 24 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210)

Phone Number: 617-748-2000 (operator), 617-748-2400 (attendant), Fax: 617-261-7435

Address: (Area office) 30 Mystic St, Arlington, MA 02474

Phone Number: 781-641-8500, 1-800-769-4615, Fax: 781-646-5172

Website: www.mass.gov/dss



Baby Safe Haven Phone Number: 1-866-814-SAFE (7233)
Name: Elder Abuse Hotline

Description: Hotline open 24 hours a day, dedicated to the prevention of elder abuse. Can report suspected elder abuse or neglect.

Phone Number: 1-800-922-2275

Resident/long term care facility number: 1-800-462-5540


Name: Massachusetts Statewide Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Line at DSS

Description: For reporting suspected child abuse or neglect in Massachusetts during business hours

Phone Number: 1-800-KIDS-508
Name: Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Description: Services include child abuse and intervention programs, mental health treatment and adoption. Support services, training, daycare and more are offered through community based centers.

Address: 99 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110

Phone Number: 617-587-1500, Fax: 617-587-1582

Website: www.mspcc.org
Name: Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline

Description: Trained volunteer referral specialists who listen and help find the right services for you situation. Helpful services are free and confidential.

Address: c/o Medical Foundation, 95 Berkley St, Boston, MA 02116

Phone Number: 1-800-327-5050

Website: http://www.helpline-online.com/
Name: Narcotics Anonymous

Description: Establish, coordinate and maintain a region wide source to provide accurate information about narcotics anonymous to addicts, professional and the general public with the ultimate goal of directing those seeking recovery to Narcotics Anonymous

Address: P.O. Box 472, Quincy, MA 02169

Phone Number: 1-866-624-3578 (1-866- NA HELP U)

Website: www.newenglandna.org

Name: National Child Abuse Hotline

Description: 24 hour support and referral line. Deals with issues of parental stress and abuse; able to refer people to appropriate services.

Phone Number: 1-800-422-4453


Name: National Domestic Violence Hotline

Description: Get support, and help for violence in the home.

Phone Number: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Name: RAINN Hotline

Description: Rape, abuse, incest National Network will transfer you to the rape crisis center nearest you, anywhere in the nation. It can also be used as a last resort if people cannot find a domestic violence shelter.

Phone Number: 1-800-656-HOPE
Name: Rape Crisis Hotline

Description: Two 24 hour hotlines, that provide counseling for sexual assault survivors and referrals as needed. They also provide community education for Spanish speaking clients.

Phone Number: 1-800-870-5905 / 1-800-223-5001
Name: Safelink

Description: MA statewide Domestic Violence hotline support line for those experiencing violence within relationships. Callers can be connected directly to shelters for in-take, if appropriate.

Phone Number: 1-800-792-5200 National number 1-800-422-4453
ADOLESCENT SERVICES
Name: Covenant House Nineline

Description: Hotline open 24 hours a day, provides crisis intervention, referral and information services to homeless, runaway and other troubled youth and their families throughout the U.S.

Phone Number: 1-800-999-9999
Name: National Runaway Hotline

Description: Hotline open 24 hours a day, dedicated to help youth that runaway from home.

Phone Number: 1-800-621-4000
Name: Samaritans (Teen Line)

Description: 24 hour crisis hotline for teens. Available for those who may be feeling lonely, depressed, hopeless, stressed, or overwhelmed. Calls are free and confidential, between 3 pm and 9 pm calls are answered by volunteer teens; outside these hours adults answer calls.

Phone Number: 1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

BASIC NEEDS


Name: Heatline

Description: Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Massachusetts fuel assistance and weatherization program

Phone Number: 1-800-632-8175
Name: Project Bread Foodsource Hotline

Description: Hotline open 24 hours a day, food stamp assistance

Phone Number: 1-800-645-8333
PARENTING

Name: Parental Stress Line

Description: 24 hours a day, dedicated to assisting parents with support and guidance for the preservation of families

Phone Number: 1-800-632-8188


Suicide Prevention

Name: National Suicide Hotline

Description: Provide support, assessment, and referrals to community services that can provide assistance in a crisis situation.

Phone Number: 1-800-SUICIDE


Name: Samaritans

Description: 24 hour suicide prevention hotline, assist those who may be feeling, depressed, alone or overwhelmed.

Phone number: 617-247-0220, 508-875-4500 or 877-810-HOPE (4673)


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