Chesed Resource Guide


Welcome to the TEMPLE BETH SHALOM COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE.

Many times in our lives we need support and guidance beyond what our own family and friends can offer. Temple Beth Shalom's Rabbis, professional staff, and fellow community members are often able to provide that additional support but sometimes even more is needed. Finding the right resources can be daunting. This Community Resource Guide was designed to be a starting point for finding information about local service providers for issues around Aging, Food Assistance, Parenting, and many other concerns you may have. While by no means exhaustive, we hope it is helpful -- additional information about specific health concerns and other topics can usually be found through a Google search. For corrections or suggested additions, please contact Sarah Keselman at [email protected].

Multi-Service Organizations

Temple Beth Shalom's Chesed/Caring Groups

Our own congregation is a wonderful resource and can provide assistance during many different phases of our lives. Our Rabbis are available to provide counsel during difficult times and our members support one another through the Chesed/Caring groups of TBS. Assistance offered includes but is not limited to:

Meals and Transportation

The volunteers of Bikkur Cholim can provide meals for those in our community who are experiencing an illness or long-term health care issue. Other members provide much needed transportation to medical appointments. If you are in need of assistance or know someone who would benefit from these services, please contact the temple office at 781-444-0077.

Career Support

TBS CareersConnections offers assistance for Temple members who are looking for employment or considering a career/life-style change. In addition, CareerConnections runs several informative workshops throughout the year on employment-related topics such as How to Use LinkedIn Effectively. CareerConnections also provides opportunities for Temple members to build their professional networks. If you are interested in these services, please contact the temple office at 781-444-0077.

Children's Center Caring Team

The CC Caring Team provides meals, babysitting and other help when Children's Center families experience the birth of a new baby or another life cycle event. Please contact the Director of Early Childhood Learning at 781-449-3016.

Jewish Family and Children Services (JF&CS)

The mission of JF&CS is to care for individuals and families by providing human service and health care programs, guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community. All JF&CS services can be reached at 781-647-5327 or visit their website at www.jfcsboston.org. Below is a listing of some of their primary service areas.

Seniors

JF&CS offers an extensive continuum of services for seniors throughout Greater Boston. Their services include support and education for the transitions of aging as well as short and long-term care, geriatric care management, mental health counseling, and support for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers.

People with Disabilities and Mental Illness

JF&CS provides services and support for people with special needs and their families, including those with developmental disabilities, mental illness, autism, and other disabilities. Services include information and referral, care coordination and coaching, behavior therapy for children, mental health counseling, day and employment services, supported housing, social and recreational groups, and Jewish programming.

Parents and Children

JF&CS provides support for parents and children through personalized, comprehensive services. They are committed to helping new mothers and fathers, and those hoping to become parents, get the advice and encouragement they need. They also provide support to families with school age children through their School-Based Consultation program.

Community Services/Life Transitions

JF&CS programs are designed to strengthen families and support individuals with hope and dignity through life transitions. Their services are lifelines that help people feed their families, heat their homes, keep roofs over their heads, adjust to changes in the family, assist immigrants, and so much more. JF&CS can give you the tools you need to make changes, become self-sufficient, and meet your basic needs independently.

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

The JCC's mission advances the aspirations of families and individuals to enrich their lives, bodies and spirits, by providing the best in contemporary programs and experiences, informed by Jewish values for today's Jews and the people in their lives. Programs at the JCC include health and wellness classes, child care, and cultural and performing arts. The JCC can be reached at 617-558-6522 or visit their website at www.bostonjcc.org.

Massachusetts Governmental Services

Massachusetts' own website at www.mass.gov provides links to a wide range of services provided through the state directly or through partnerships with other organizations. Available information or services include assistance with Housing, Family & Veterans Affairs, Education, Career/Training & Unemployment, Healthcare, and Insurance.

Needham Community Council (NCC)

The NCC supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs and promotes volunteerism, community and a sense of shared responsibility. Contact the NCC for information about their food pantry, courtesy van and medical appointment transportation, medical equipment loan program, and ESL tutoring. The NCC can be reached at 781-444-2415 or visit their website at www.needhamcommunitycouncil.org.

The VNA Care Network

The VNA Care Network, Inc. & Hospice assists members of the community so that they can remain as safe and healthy as possible in the comfort of their home. VNA Care Network & Hospice uses a comprehensive approach with more than 70 home health care, palliative care, hospice, wellness, and community-based services in Eastern and Central Massachusetts. The VNA Care network can be reached at 800-728-1862 or visit their website at www.vnacarenetwork.org.

Aging

AAA — Driving Safety for Seniors

AAA has a special website, seniordriving.aaa.com, to provide information and self-evaluation tools to help ensure that you or your parent can continue driving as safely possible.

800Age Info

800Age Info is a joint effort of the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Mass Home Care Association. This website (and information and referral hotline) provides information about a wide array of services for seniors including Energy Assistance, Transportation, Food and Nutrition, Housing, Assisted Living, Legal Aid, etc. They also offer a Family Caregiver Handbook that can be accessed through their website. To reach an information and referral specialist call 800-243-4636 or visit the website at www.800AgeInfo.com.

Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts

The Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts provides specific information about Alzheimer's Disease including information about diagnosis, medications, caregiving, research, and advocacy. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or go to www.alz.org.

CJP Senior Direct

CJP SeniorDirect is a professionally staffed telephone information and referral service, augmented by a website. The telephone line is staffed by experts knowledgeable in eldercare issues and conversant with the full range of Boston's eldercare services and government-subsidized programs and benefits. They answer questions, analyze, and determine needs, direct callers to appropriate agencies and follow up with families. They can assist with issues specific to Jewish elders as well as services for all seniors. The website provides information about each agency and answers callers' most frequently asked questions. For more information, call 1-800-980-1982 or go to www.cjpseniordirect.org.

The Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, managed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is a nationwide toll-free service and website which helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors. For more information, call 1-800-677-1116 or go to www.eldercare.gov.

Hebrew Senior Life

Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of elder care in the Boston metropolitan area, is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization devoted to innovative gerontology and geriatric research, senior health care, long-term nursing home care, and Greater Boston senior housing communities that improve the lives of older adults. From independent living to assisted living, Hebrew SeniorLife provides retirement communities in Massachusetts that are designed to help older adults live healthy independent lives. For more information, call 617-363-8000 or go to www.hebrewseniorlife.org.

Jewish Family and Children Services (JF&CS)

JF&CS offers an extensive continuum of services for seniors throughout Greater Boston. Their services include support and education for the transitions of aging as well as short and long-term care, geriatric care management, mental health counseling, and support for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers. For more information, call 781-647-5327 or go to www.jfcsboston.org.

Massachusetts Aging and Disabilities Information Locator (MADIL)

The MADIL, a public service of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, is designed to help find information on services and programs that support seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. For more information, go to www.madil.org.

Needham Council on Aging

The Needham Council on Aging, a department of the Town of Needham, is dedicated to serving seniors and assisting their families and friends with aging issues. In cooperation with other organizations, the Council on Aging serves both elders who are well and those with some degree of frailty. Their services include outreach and counseling, creative and social classes, daily meals, transportation, special events, and more. You can reach the Council on Aging at 781-455-7555 or go to www.needhamma.gov.

Springwell

Springwell is a private, non-profit agency that has been creating, managing, and coordinating services for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and those who help care for them for more than 30 years. They serve all elders, individuals with disabilities and their families regardless of financial situation or level of need. You can reach Springwell at 617-926-4100 or go to www.springwell.com.

West Suburban Alzheimer's Partnership

This regional partnership works with healthcare facilities, community organizations, and families to support the needs of individuals affected by Alzheimer's Disease. They have created A Guide to Alzheimer Services.

Alcoholism

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. To access more information, or find local meetings, go to www.aa.org.

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon provides strength and hope for friends and family of problem drinkers. For more information, go to www.al-anon.alateen.org.

Bereavement

The Children's Room

The Children's Room offers hope and healing to children after the death of someone close to them, typically a parent or sibling. Additionally, they provide a place for parents to meet with each other and talk about their own experiences parenting a grieving child, and to give and receive support around their own grief. Their services include ongoing support groups, educational series for parents, programs for teens, and family consultations. They also provide referrals and resources to families who are unable to travel to The Children's Room or are looking for additional services. For more information, call 781-641-4741 or go to www.childrensroom.org.

Local Support Groups

A free bereavement support group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. on alternate Thursdays at the Stanley R. Tippett Home, 920 South St., Needham. The group is open to adults who are coping with the loss of a loved one due to death. For more information, contact Ms. Webb Brown, hospice chaplain, at [email protected] or 781-455-6661, ext. 4263

Many area hospitals offer support groups. Contact the hospitals directly for more information.

Temple Beth Shalom's Shiva Guide 

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence SafeLink

1-877-785-2020 (24-hour hotline)

Jane Doe, Inc.

Jane Doe, Inc is the name for the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. They are not a direct service provider but their website has a wealth of information, as well as links to find a service provider near you. For more information, go to www.janedoe.org.

Jewish Family and Children's Services

Journey to Safety (JTS) is the domestic abuse program of Jewish Family & Children's Service. They offer support and assistance to all survivors of domestic abuse regardless of a person's religion, beliefs, culture, background, or country of origin. They provide culturally-competent and religiously-sensitive services specifically for Jewish abuse survivors in addition to services in English and in Russian. All of their services are free and confidential. For more information, call 781-647-5327 or go to www.jfcsboston.org.

Employment

JVS

JVS assists individuals from diverse communities in finding employment and building careers, and partners with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces. JVS provides help with resume writing, interview preparation, and job searches, among many other services. For more information, call 617-399-3131 or go to www.jvs-boston.org.

TBS Career Support

TBS CareersConnections offers assistance for Temple members who are looking for employment or considering a career/life-style change. In addition, CareerConnections runs several informative workshops throughout the year on employment-related topics such as How to Use LinkedIn Effectively. CareerConnections also provides opportunities for Temple members to build their professional networks. If you are interested in these services, please contact the temple office at 781-444-0077 or click here.

Food Assistance

JF&CS Family Table

Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. For more information, call 781-647-5327.

Needham Community Council Food Pantry

The Food Pantry program is based on income eligibility as determined by the Needham Housing Authority or the Needham Board of Health. For more information, call 781-444-2415 or go to www.needhamcommunitycouncil.org.

Project Bread

Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline—a toll-free hotline that is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger—can connect you to food resources in your community. Call the FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

Additionally, Project Bread runs gettingsnap.org, an online resource to help answer your questions and determine your eligibility for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP was formerly known as the Food Stamps Program. Go to www.gettingsnap.org to learn more.

Hearing Loss

(additional resources available through many of the organizations that serve the needs of seniors -- found under the topic heading "Aging")

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

HLAA is a national organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. For more information, go to www.hearingloss.org or call 301-657-2248.

Hebrew Senior Life

The Outpatient Care division at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (part of Hebrew SeniorLife) includes an Audiology Clinic offering all-inclusive services to help you overcome your hearing loss. Services include hearing testing, hearing aid fitting and follow-up, education concerning the use of proper instrumentation such as hearing aids, telephone amplifiers, and TV/movie aids, and follow-up care, including professional support and hearing aid modification. To schedule an appointment, call 617-363-8539.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

The NCOA has also created an informative brochure which can be accessed at Hearing Loss: It's a Family Affair (Brochure).

Hospice - End of Life Care

Good Shepherd Community Care

Good Shepherd, based in Newton, provides access to skilled, comprehensive care to all people with life-limiting illnesses living in their homes, nursing homes, and in assisted living facilities, while also providing support to their families. For more information, call 617-969-6130 or go to www.gscommunitycare.org.

Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice

HSL Hospice aims to provide quality hospice services that is responsive to the diverse needs of Jews of all backgrounds and religious or secular predilections, along with people of all faiths and cultures. The hospice seeks to work in partnership with the Jewish community and its many agencies and synagogues to provide thoughtful understanding of the spectrum of planning and choices for end-of-life care. For more information, call 617-363-8000 or go to www.hebrewseniorlife.org (Hospice information can be accessed by selecting HEALTH CARE, then Health Services, then HSL Hospice Care.)

Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home

VNA Care Network & Hospice's Stanley R. Tippett Home in Needham cares for terminally ill individuals who want hospice care but are unable to continue living in their own homes. Hospice is provided in a warm, supportive environment with all the related amenities and comforts of home. Nurses are on-site around the clock. For more information, call 1-800-521-5539 or go to www.vnacarenetwork.org.

VNA Care Network

See VNA under Multi-Service Organizations

Housing

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly

JCHE provides safe and affordable independent rental housing where older adults of all backgrounds can "age in community." JCHE has four communities located in Greater Boston. While each community has unique characteristics, all offer affordable, non-sectarian independent living. JCHE buildings include common space with interesting and engaging programs, and courtyards and grounds that are beautifully maintained. JCHE offers a full range of supportive services and life-enhancing programs that facilitate healthy aging. For more information, call 617-912-8400 or go to jche.org.

Hebrew Senior Life

Hebrew SeniorLife offers a variety of options for senior housing in Massachusetts. Older adults can choose from a network of five senior housing communities in Massachusetts, each with their own unique character, from the multi-generational approach of NewBridge on the Charles to the waterfront apartments at the Jack Satter House. For more information, call 617-363-8000 or go to www.hebrewseniorlife.org.

Living with Disabilities

The Charles River Center (formerly ARC)

The Charles River Center provides advocacy and a variety of services — including vocational training and job placement and therapeutic day programs, to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. For more information, call 781-972-1000 or go to www.charlesrivercenter.org.

INDEX

Contact INDEX's information and referral specialists with any questions about finding disability-related programs or services in Massachusetts by calling 800-642-0249 or conduct your own search by www.disabilityinfo.org.

Jewish Family and Children Services (JF&CS)

See JF&CS under Multi-Service Organizations.

Massachusetts Aging and Disabilities Information Locator (MADIL)

The MADIL, a public service of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, is designed to help find information on services and programs that support seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. For more information, go to www.madil.org.

Mental Health Issues

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI provides the latest information on mental health illnesses, medication, and treatment and resources for support and advocacy. Other features include online discussion groups and fact sheets. For more information visit www.nami.org or call 800-950-6264.

Parenting

Baby Basics, Inc.

Baby Basics provides free diapers to eligible families in Needham and Dedham. To learn more about this service, call 617-305-6899 or go to www.babybasicsinc.org.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media provides information and education around issues of media and technology that affect children and families. They are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that offers reviews and ratings of movies, books, apps, TV shows, video games, websites, and music to help families find age-appropriate material. More information is available at www.commonsensemedia.org.

Jewish Family and Children Services (JF&CS)

JF&CS provides support for parents and children through personalized, comprehensive services. They are committed to helping new mothers and fathers, and those hoping to become parents, get the advice and encouragement they need. They also provide support to families with school age children through our School-Based Consultation program. For more information, call 781-647-5327 or go to www.jfcsboston.org.

Keshet

Keshet's Parent & Family Connection is comprised of parents and family members of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Jews who are working to transform the Jewish community through peer support, public events, and advocating for institutional change. They welcome participants from all streams of the Jewish world, participants with children of all genders and sexual orientations, and offer a range of opportunities to share personal journeys of struggle and celebration. For more information, call 617-524-9227 or go to www.keshetonline.org.

Parent Talk

Parent Talk helps families with young children connect, learn, play, and grow together. Parent Talk members enjoy numerous benefits including playgroups, newsletters, lectures, free access to an indoor playspace, free museum passes, retail discounts, reduced rates on select children's classes, family activities, and social events for children and parents. In addition, Parent Talk offers clubs and committees designed to engage members in the community and develop life-long friendships. To learn more, go to www.parenttalk.info.

Temple Beth Shalom's Bumps, Babies, & Beyond

TBS's own BBB classes provide the tools and resources to help raise healthy, successful children. These classes are designed to guide you through the joys and challenges of parenting and support you along this important journey...all with a Jewish twist! For more information, call 781-449-3016, email [email protected] or click here.

Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases

The Victor Center offers accessible genetic counseling and screenings. They work in partnership with healthcare professionals, clergy and the community to create awareness and organize screenings for the 19 preventable genetic diseases for which 1 in 4 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier. For more information, go to www.victorcenters.org or call 617-636-7721.

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Vision Loss

(additional resources available through many of the organizations that serve the needs of seniors -- found under the topic heading "Aging")

Perkins Scout

Perkins Scout is a searchable database of carefully evaluated online resources related to blindness and visual impairment. The website mascot, a dog guide named Scout, helps retrieve the information that has been reviewed by Perkins experts. Scout will guide you through a range of topics, including general information on blindness, help for families with relatives who are visually impaired, and resources for educators and other professionals. There is a special section with resources for seniors who are suffering from vision loss. For more information, go to www.perkins.org/resources/scout/.

Additional Resources

Jewish Lights Publishing

Jewish Lights Publishing describes its work as publishing books that reflect the Jewish wisdom tradition for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Their books focus on the quest for self and seeking meaning in life. For more information, go to www.jewishlights.com.

Cleaning For a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason is a national non-profit that pairs cleaning service providers with women undergoing cancer treatments. New service areas are constantly being added. For more information, go to www.cleaningforareason.org.