Family Resources

Dorchester Playgroup

Parents and caregivers of children under 5 are invited and encouraged to attend the weekly playgroup that meets in the basement of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Church (Dunn Hall). Itís a great opportunity to connect with other local parents and give your child(ren) an opportunity to socialize with other youngsters. Come for support, conversation, even snacks! We have toys and equipment for children from birth to preschool and everyone is welcome. The group meets every Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Please call Cara Gillis, 617-436-8227 for more information.

Child Safety Seats

In our region the Boston Police, Area B-2, conducts free safety checks of your child safety seats installation and effectiveness. To set up an appointment with a certified technician call: Lena Julian at 617-373-4278.

Volunteer Opportunity - Big Sisters

Become a Big Sister by offering support and friendship to girls in our community. To find out more about this rewarding experience call: 617-236-8060

Jewish Family and Children's Service

Are you a mother? Would you and your baby like to make a senior smile while at the same time enjoying the company of other mothers and their babies? Come to one of three residence living rooms with your baby, sit with mothers, babies and seniors to enjoy a cup of tea, friendly conversation and the welcoming warmth of others. When:
Wednesdays, 1-4 PM at The Trilling House in Randolph
Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 PM at the Youville House in Cambridge
Thursdays, 1-4 PM at Cabot Park Village in Newton
Come anytime - Stay as long as you like! Taxi reimbursement is available. For more information call Jennifer Meyerhardt at 617-558-1278, X-226.

Children's Clothing Exchange

Exchange "gently worn, ready to wear clothing" that children have outgrown (birth to pre-teen)! It is located in the basement of the Grace United Methodist Church at 56 Magazine Street, Cambridge. Hours of operation: 10-4 T-W-T and Sat. 9:30 - 3:30.

Women/Infant/Children Program

If you make below $521.00 per week this may work for you. The Mass. WIC mission statement is: "The WIC promotes the health and well-being of women, infants, children and their families by providing quality nutrition information, nutritious food and access to health and social services in a positive environment." WIC is located at 500 Columbia Road. Phone: 617-825-8994.

ABCD Fuel Assistance

The Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. Fuel Assistance Program can help low-income households with paying their home heating bills regardless of the fuel source. For more information about this program call: 617-357-6012.

Food Assistance

Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline for information on FREE and low-cost resources and confidential food stamp eligibility screening. The hotline is open Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM (Thursdays until 8 PM), and Saturdays from 9 AM - 1 PM. Phone: 1-800-645-8333.

Welcome Babies

A Dorchester Cares representative will visit your home bearing gifts for you and your newborn (up to 4 months of age). They also provide most helpful parenting information, support and resource links. Call: 617-474-1143 to learn more about this wonderful FREE service.

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