Drugs & Alcohol Prevention/Intervention

The Home for Little Wanderers: Family Resource Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Roslindale (main site)
780 American Legion Highway
Roslindale, MA 02131

Dorchester (satellite site)
Up Academy Dorchester
35 Westville Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Boston (satellite site)
Suffolk County Juvenile Court
24 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114
*check in at Juvenile Clerk’s office, 2nd floor


(617) 469-8501





Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


  • Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fridays 12 noon– 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


  • Mondays 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesdays 12 noon – 5 p.m.
  • Fridays 9 a.m. – 12 noon


  • Mondays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Family Resource Centers (FRCs) of Massachusetts are a statewide network that provides services to strengthen families and keep them connected to resources within their own community. There are FRCs in every county in the Commonwealth. In addition to assisting families, the FRCs support the children of those families that may have behavioral issues and need additional supports.


Up Academy Dorchester
35 Westville Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Roslindale (Main site)
780 American Legion Highway
Roslindale, MA 02131
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For services or to make a referral, please contact:

Amy McCarthy, Program Director
(617) 469-8501

Key Programs Offered: 

How They Can Help
Families come to the FRC for many reasons. The goal of the FRC is to connect those looking for help to the appropriate services, whether they are within the FRC or in the community. Some of the resources the staff at the FRC help families find include:
• Housing support
• Utility assistance
• Legal aid
• Summer camps and sport leagues
• Other family needs

Children who need assistance or are at risk of needing court involvement (Child Requiring Assistance-CRA) can be assessed by an FRC clinician to develop a Family Support Plan to address the child’s and the family’s needs.

Services Offered
The FRC offers an array of services through its experienced staff.
School Liaisons help families with truancy, absenteeism, special education and behavioral issues.

Family Support Workers connect families with resources in the community.
Family Partners help families navigate the child-serving system and use their lived experience as caregivers to partner with other caregivers to help achieve their goals.

Peer Support Workers work with youth to engage them in a process of change by sharing their experiences and struggles
as young adults.

The FRC also facilitates groups and classes for families such as evidence-based parent groups and family enrichment activities.

Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)




Flavio.Daveiga@cityofboston.gov (Bowdoin-Geneva); Walter.Applewhite@cityofboston.gov (Mattapan)


The Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), a cross-departmental group representing Public Works, Transportation, Inspectional Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, seeks to address the local and specific issues affecting Boston's neighborhoods. Meeting with residents, community organizations, and numerous municipal bodies, the Team will focus on basic city services and improvements such as street lighting and sidewalk repairs, prioritizing trash and debris removal, and cracking down on problem properties and health and safety violations.

As of Nov. 2011, there are three regular NRT meetings, to address Mattapan, Codman Square, and Four Corners; Dudley Square and Blue Hill Ave.; and the Bowdoin-Geneva areas. The meetings are co-chaired, with one chair representing an official body (such as the Office of Health and Human Services) and other representing area residents. 

The Mattapan/Codman Square/Four Corners meeting covers city services, with (as of Nov. 2011) a noted emphasis on foreclosure/absenteeism.

Likewise, the Dudley/Blue Hill Ave. meeting covers city services. Prostitution is seen to be particularly bad problem in the area and many interdepartmental actions have worked to address this issue (as of Nov. 2011).

The Bowdoin-Geneva meeting incorporates human services in addition to city services, with an emphasis on youth development and violence prevention -- specifically, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative. See a release on the formation of the Bowdoin-Geneva NRT here.

Key Partners: 

City Agencies:

Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Code Enforcement, Department of Neighborhood Development, Inspectional Services, Jobs and Community Services, Office of Human Services, Office of Neighborhood Services, Mayor's Office, Public Works Department, others?


Community Organizations and Collaborations:

Bowdoin Geneva Violence Intervention and Prevention, Upham's Corner Violence Intervention and Prevention,
United Neighbors Association (UNA), 4-Street Crime Watch, 

Bird Street Community Center, College Bound Dorchester, Family Nurturing Center, Roxbury Resource Center,


Faith-based: First Parish Church in Dorchester, St. Peter's Parish, 


Main Streets:

Bowdoin-Geneva Main Street
Four Corners Main Street


Bowdoin Street Health Center

Partial list!

Key Programs Offered: 

Biweekly meetings; neighborhood walkthroughts; forum for cross-departmental, cross-sector collaboration and neighborhood improvement.


Partnerships Advancing Communities Together (PACT)


(617) 748-3100 OR (617)343-4410


The mission of PACT is to increase community safety in neighborhoods by developing a comprehensive strategy that improves collaboration and effectiveness among public safety agencies, city agencies, state agencies, social service

In July 2010, the City of Boston announced its new initiative to combat gang violence by working with the families and neighbors of the area’s most dangerous offenders. Partnerships Advancing Communities Together, also known as Boston PACT, arose out of the increase in random, senseless youth violence where more and younger innocent bystanders were being shot and killed in Boston. PACT has identified 200 to 300 of the city’s some 3,500 gang affiliates, and has distributed the list of high-risk individuals to law enforcement and social service agencies so that the groups can work together to support the individuals, their family members and neighborhoods. The hope is that, through social and financial support, the community along with city, state and federal officials can provide incentive to draw people out of gangs or keep them from joining in the first place. 

Key Partners: 
  • Boston Police Department
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
  • Executive Office of Health and Human and Services (EOHHS)
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Mayor's Office
  • Governor's Office
  • Suffolk District Attorney's Office
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS)
  • Probation
Key Programs Offered: 
Youth Outreach
  • 90% of youth identified by BPD as most likely to be a victim or perpetrator of a violent crime are connected to a trained youth worker
  • Targeted outreach focused on PACT youth who are attending an educational program, participating in job training or working.
  • Initial efforts to identify and support younger siblings of PACT youth

Community Safety Task Forces

  • Academy/Bromley/Egleston
  • Dudley Square
  • Grove Hall
  • South End
  • Washington Street Corridor

Other Resources
– Housing
– Training capability
– Funds for programs and activities
– Specialists / technical assistanc 


STEPROX Recovery Support Center


(617) 442-STEP (7837)

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


M-F: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sat: 10:00am-2:00pm
Sun: Closed

2014-2015 Schedule

9:30-11:00am-Women's Relationships
12:00-1:30pm-Free At Last (NA)
12:30-1:45pm-Advisory Board Meeting (bi-weekly)
2:00-3:30pm-Community Meeting (All Welcome)
6:00-7:30pm-NA Sisters In Recovery

10:00-11:30am-Morning Break
12:00-1:30pm-Free At Last
2:00-5:30pm-Recovery Activities (Cards and Games)
6:00-7:30pm-All Recovery Meeting

10:00-11:30am-Morning Break (NA)
12:00-1:30pm-Free At Last (NA)

10:00-11:30am-Morning Break (NA)
12:00-1:30pm-Free At Last (NA)
2:00-5:30pm-Recovery Actvities (Cards and Games)
6:00-8:00pm-Men Supporting Men Group

8:00-9:00am-Stepping Into Recovery (NA)
10:00-11:30am-Free at Last (NA)
4:00-5:30pm-All Veterans Support Group



The STEPRox Recovery Support Center provides a safe place for the recovery community to meet and engage in activities that promote community participation through peer leadership. Those involved make a direct contribution to the community by providing guidance and direction to the community through advocacy, social activities, educational groups, support meetings, and trainings.


9 Palmer Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To get involved in a program, or to volunteer: Drop in or call 617-442-STEP (7837)

Key Programs Offered: 

Narcotics Anonymous, support groups, various recreational activities


Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition


(617) 533-2234


DSAC’s mission is to engage all sectors of the community to prevent substance abuse, reduce harm and promote healthy choices among Dorchester residents through a variety of prevention, education, advocacy, policy, intervention and treatment efforts. We seek to create a healthy environment for our young people to grow and flourish.


398 Neponset Ave
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

Carney Hospital
Cedar Grove Civic Association
Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester
Close to Home
Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association
C-11 Boston Policy Department
The Bay State Banner
The Dorchester Reporter
The Irish Immigration Center
Maureen Feeney
Massachusetts Alliance of Portugese Speakers
Massachusetts State Police
Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery
New England Policy Advocates
Popes Hill Neighborhood Association
St. Ann's Church
St. Marks Area Main Street
State Representative Martin Walsh
Boston Public Health Commission
Thang Long Newspaper
The Medical Foundation
Boston Mayor's Office
Murphy Community Center
Project D.E.E.P.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
The Institute for Health and Recovery
BPS-East Zone Family Resource Center
Dorchester Youth Collaborative

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

DSAC is always in need of good ideas and volunteers to carry them out. If you are interested in sharing your suggestions of how to reduce substance abuse among youth join us at our quarterly meetings:

The 3rd Tuesday of each March, June, September and December

6-7:30pm at the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Aliance(MAHA)
1803 Dorchester Ave. (2nd Floor)

Key Programs Offered: 

-Capacity building programs to non-profits and community based organizations
-Community Surveys / Needs Assessments
-Collaborative Program Planning
-Health Education and Prevention Programs
-Facilitation of support groups and information sessions for youth and adults
-Supportive referals to substance abuse treatment programs
-Community Outreach


On The Rise


(617) 497-7968


(617) 492-9814




To create a community where women have the relationships safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness. On The Rise engages with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.


341 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

On The Rise gives volunteer opportunities to come in for a Day of Service, coordinate a drive, make lunch, host an event and to fullfill a woman's wishlist. You can find out how to get involved by clicking here

Key Programs Offered: 

The Wellness Program includes a variety of activities such as a weekly writing group. There are also regular opportunities for women to get a massage or a hair cut. Staff and women also go on community outings together to cultural events, the movies, theatre, and local parks.
Keep The Keys offers housing search and move in support, home visits, personalized goal plans, and many other resources for social support and early intervention.
Safe Haven is a community of safety and trust for women where women are known holistically by others beyond specific "issues." The rules of the Safe Haven are based on safety and respect. There is no clean and sober policy and participation is always voluntary.


Jubilee House




Myron.Smith@use.salvationarmy.org (OR) Kimberly.Smith@use.salvationarmy.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office Hours: 9am-2pm, Mon-Fri Every Sunday 11:00 am - Sunday Service Children's church available for those age 2 - 10 Last Sunday of Each Month 6:00 pm - "Shabach" Praise and Worship Celebration Tuesday Evenings Sister's @ Heart - a Women's Bible study group Men's Bible study group The Well - a Bible study group for college students


The Jubilee House is a 23-room mansion located in Dorchester's Codman Square, at the heart of Boston's most diverse community. Jubilee House is designed as an intentional living community, fostering Christian growth and personal transformation through everyday involvement in the urban environment. What We Do: The Salvation Army Jubilee House is a community based ministry on various levels. It is a church with Sunday worship services and Bible studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Its position within the Salvation Army also involves it in many seasonal assistance and outreach programs: i.e. Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, a wide variety of summer enrichment programs for children and teens. More recently we have been involved in serving the evacuees of the Katrina disaster. Why Jubilee House? The name “Jubilee House” is derived from the Biblical concept…the Year of Jubilee. This festival was prescribed by God in the book of Leviticus. Celebrated every fifty years, it was to be a year of rejoicing when every debt was cancelled, every slave set free, every prison opened and every lost heritage restored. Our credo quoted from the prophet Isaiah ( in Isaiah 61:1-4) speaks of one to come who would bring about a more universal Jubilee. It is our mission to let those of our community know that there is hope, joy, victory, freedom, and deliverance in Jesus Christ, our Jubilee!


10 Melville Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

The Salvation Army; Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester Center for the Visual Arts, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Codman Square Youth and Family Coalition, the Home for Little Wanderers, DSS and DYS, the Greater Boston Food Bank, as well as many churches and faith based ministries. Some of these local ministries are The Boston Project, Emmanuel Gospel Center, Ten Point Coalition, Black Ministerial Alliance, Quincy Street Missional Church, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and numerous others. Has hosted students from Gordon College, UMass Boston, Harvard University

Key Programs Offered: 

Jubilee House The Salvation Army's Jubilee House in Dorchester opened its doors in June of 1997. The house was original built in 1880 and in recent years was the home of Jonathan and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block musical fame. The Salvation Army purchased the home from the Knight's mother in 1996. For six years, Jubilee House officers and staff have ministered to the members of the Dorchester community through a number of programs: Brengle Academy - alternative Christian middle school After-school Homework Club - recreational and educational activities, including homework assistance, held three days a week Community food co-op Emergency and Holiday assistance Higher Ground - a summer camping program for urban teens Summer Enrichment Program - fun and games during the summer

Community Meeting Space Available: 



Centro del Cardenal (Cardinal Cushing Center)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 


(617) 506-6600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


Centro del Cardenal is committed to providing young men and women, ages 14-20, with the opportunity to earn either a high school diploma or a GED in a nurturing environment that values and supports them.


185 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Key Programs Offered: 


This GED program helps out-of-school and high-risk youth—who did not thrive in the public school system—earn earn their GED

Boston Hamilton Recovery Home

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 


(617) 288-1584





Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


"Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. But if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime"
Hamilton House was founded as a “half-way” house for recovering alcoholics in 1974. Today the Hamilton house makes Relapse Prevention the foundation for recovery, striving to make every resident build a truly satisfying and addiction free life.
Hamilton Recovery Home offers Substance Abuse Treatment Services and Halfway House/Sober Living facilities.


Boston Hamilton House
25 Mount Ida Road
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Key Programs Offered: 


Six (6) month program.

Codman Square Health Center


(617) 825-9660

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Urgent Care: 
Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 10:00pm 
Friday 8:30am - 9:00pm 
Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm

Primary Care:
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday & Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm


To serve as a resource for improving the physical, mental and social well-being of the community. *** We opened our doors in 1979 with a dream: to build the best urban community in America. As part of this dream, we recognized that though health care begins by alleviating sickness, the journey to a true "culture of health" is achieved through the health of the whole person, and through the health of the whole community.  Our two-physician staff that summer of 1979 may have been small, but our mantra was not: while disease is a lack of health, health is not simply a lack of disease.

Today, with a staff of 280 employees, expert clinicians and medical staff, and an astounding depth and breadth of community programs, we believe that we are on our way toward reaching our dream of building the best urban community in America. The Codman Square Health Center is committed to continued progress and we hope you will join us in fulfilling our vision of a culture of health in our community.


Codman Square Health Center
637 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Clinical Services
Primary care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Women’s Health)
Urgent care
Dental care
Eye care
Behavioral Health 
Specialty care (Podiatry, Cardiology, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Dermatology, Smoking Cessation, WIC office) Pharmacy (w/ Eaton Apothecary, 617.265.7400)

Full Service Laboratory 
Diagnostic Care (X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, radiology) 

Case Management: Asthma, Diabetes, Pre-natal, HIV Client support: insurance services, interpreter services, on-site childcare, financial counseling, legal advocacy, multilingual staff, referral management

Civic Health through DotWell

Public Health Services: Cooking Classes & Nutrition Programs Healthy Eating for Diabetes Eat Green, Save Green HIV counseling, education, outreach, support Support groups for new parents, dads, moms (drop-in!), as well as AA, & HIV

Food Security:
DTA Food Stamp program: There will be a representative at the Health Center on Fridays from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm in the Nutrition Office in the first floor lobby. Half hour appointments can be made in MSI. Walk-ins also encouraged.
Food Pantry: Pantry will reopen at Greenwood UMC. Details forthcoming. MORE!

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