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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Amber Besaw, Executive Director
61 Main Street, Suite 218
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-7588 / (413) 663-9877

(Link to nbCC e-'Zine Newsletter)

Berkshire Community Action Council
Deborah Leonczyk, Executive Director

Berkshire Community Action Council
1531 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Aleta Moncecchi, Deputy Director
10 Ashland Street
North Adams, NA 01247


The role of BCAC is to assist the low-income, elderly and working-poor of Berkshire County towards achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Community Legal Aid
Jennifer Dieringer
61 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 664-4531

• Free legal help for the poor and elderly in civil (non-criminal) legal matters including homelessness prevention, access to benefits programs, and family law issues,
• By appointment only.
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Melissa Helm, Executive Director
333 East St, Room 417
Pittsfield,  MA 01201
(413) 443-1666
(413) 445-1136


The mission of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County, a community based, non-profit organization, is to support, educate and advocate for all those in Berkshire County whose lives are affected by mental illness.

Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires

David Twiggs, Executive Director
158 Tyler Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-0061, fax (413) 499-3756

166 State Street
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 749-8999


At Goodwill, your donations help people find good jobs. Proceeds from your shopping treasure hunt stay in our community supporting job skill training for your neighbors.

  • Vocational rehabilitation/skills training for work performance and job seeking.

Louison House (Formerly Family Life Support Center, Inc.)

Kathy Keeser, Executive Director

395 Old Columbia Street Adams, MA / 149 Church Street, North Adams, MA

P.O. Box 54, Adams, MA 01220

(413) 663-6323


  • Emergency Shelter (currently at 149 Church Street while Adams location
    being rebuilt

  • (following the June 2016 fire) for at-risk and homeless families and individuals

  • Permanent Supportive Housing (6 scattered site housing in North Adams)

  • Preventive Counseling; Crisis Intervention; intake and referral; Case Management; Life Skills Education (financial education, etc.);

  • Social security Representative Payee Services

  • Louison House provided residential, stabilization and preventative services to over 300 area residents last year

Elizabeth Freeman Center

Janis Broderick, Executive Director
24/7 hotline: (866) 401-2425

43 Francis Ave
Pittsfield, MA  01201
(413) 499-2425/(413) 443-3016 FAX

61 Main Street, Suite 202
North Adams, MA  01247
(413) 663-7459

401 Stockbridge Road, Suite 3
Great Barrington, MA  01230
(413) 429-8190


Help, hope, and healing for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Serving over 2,500 survivors every year.  All services are free, confidential, and available in any language:

  • 24/7 hotline for support, shelter, information, emergency response to the hospital or police stations, or just to talk: (866) 401-2425

  • Safe emergency shelter, transportation, food, phones, and pet foster care

  • Counseling and support groups for adults and children

  • Help with court support, housing, medical care, jobs, education, benefits, and more

  • Special services for refugees and immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and those who are homeless

  • Youth violence prevention and training for professionals

Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.

Christopher McLaughlin, Executive Director.
877 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-0524 / (413) 442-6443 FAX
email: CMcLaughlin



The mission of Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. is to provide Berkshire elders, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live with dignity, independence, and self-determination, and to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Elder Services is a private, non-profit organization that provides a wide variety of services to Berkshire County elders and their families.

The Brien Center

Abuse Services

M. Christine Macbeth, CEO
PO Box 4219
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 499-0412
Fax (413) 448-2198

Brien Center-North County
124 American Legion Drive
North Adams, MA
Phone: (413) 664-4541 Fax: (413) 662-3311

The Brien Center is a community-based, non-profit agency with a 90 plus year history of providing a continuum of care for children, adolescents, adults and families who are managing serious behavioral health disorders. We are guided by the belief that everyone in Berkshire County benefits when people are emotionally and physically healthy.

Berkshire Food Project
Kim McMann, Executive Director
Darlene Ellis, Kitchen Manager

P O Box 651
North Adams, MA 01247
(located at the 1st Congregational Church, North Adams)
(413) 664-7378

  • Nutritious meals

  • Cooking/Nutrition Classes

  • Quality of life information/referrals

  • Served over 14,000 meals last year to individuals and youngfamilies who otherwise go hungry

Noon time meals are served each Monday-Friday doors are  open for lunch from  11:30-1:30.

Volunteer hours: Each Monday-Friday between 9-2. Volunteer information and packets can be found on the website.

The Berkshire Food Project open its doors in 1987 and has been providing over 34,000 meals annually.  Based out of the dining hall of the First Congregational Church 134 Main St. North Adams MA the Berkshire Food Project provides free noon time meals, emergency food and online SNAP assistance.   Besides the Director and Kitchen Manager, the agency is sustained by community volunteers and students who share in the daily preparation and serving of each meal. Community members are encouraged to attend and share a meal with those who maybe food insecure, and needing companionship.


Family Services for Western Massachusetts

Colleen Holmes, President & CEO
480 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
1-888-742-7443 ext. 15
(413) 448-8281
(413) 445-5404 FAX



18 DEGREES Family Services for Western Massachusetts launches children and parents toward success, through partnerships with families, communities, agencies, schools and funders, for brighter futures and lifetime success.

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