Community Resources…

Community Programs

Circle of Tapawingo – A week of free overnight summer camp for young girls who have experienced the death of a parent.

Manitou experience – A free one-week overnight summer camp for boys who have experienced a significant loss.

Western MA Chapter of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention – Suicide survivors support group for adults.

Springfield Family Support Programs – working with families and community providers to help prevent child abuse and neglect by increasing knowledge of parenting and child development, parent resilience, social connections, concrete support for parents, and social and emotional competence for children.


Square One – Nonprofit organization providing education and transportation, at a low cost to parents.

Financial Assistance

Kevin Dansereau, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones –

Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry– Feeding and nurturing those in need throughout Chicopee, MA.

Health Care

New Wave– Substance abuse outreach and HIV/AIDS rapid testing and referral program for adolescents and young adults (13-24).

Kelly Kelly, Community Outreach Representative at HealthNet Plan –

Life Skills

TLC: Teen Prevention Programs, Lifelong Partner Education, and Couples Enrichment– Free program that provides relationship education services to economically disadvantaged teens, individuals, and couples.

Mental/Behavioral Health

Child Guidance Clinic Early Intervention Program– A program of the Behavioral Health Network helping individuals, families, and communities improve the quality of lives for those with behavioral health and developmental challenges.

Community Services Institute– Working with families to manage caretaker stress, help build cooperative links to community resources, offer children therapies to cope with emotional disturbances, improve parenting techniques, take charge of health care, child care, and to maximize children’s learning at school and in general.