Basic Needs

2022 Resource Guide

Compiled by the Family Center for our 11th Annual South Shore Leadership Conference on March 19, 2022. View the guide here.

MA Assisted Living Business Partners Directory

COVID-19 Resources

 Filing a New Unemployment Claim

Economic Assistance (Cash) & Food

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance – DTA

The Department of Transitional Assistance assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in eight residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food.

60 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
P: 508.895.7000
F: 617.887.8765

Children with Special Needs

Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities. Website

Handle with Care Massachusetts

Handle with Care is a communication protocol in which law enforcement and/or first responders notify schools when they encounter children at a scene, and schools respond with trauma-sensitive interventions, including behavioral health referrals when necessary.

The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office is committed to providing all the necessary training and materials to ensure that communities are able to implement successful Handle with Care programs. 

Interest Form
Training Video
Massachusetts Homeless Youth Handbook

The Handbook includes over 20 chapters, answering questions on topics such as immigration, the LGBTQ+ community, and getting an ID. A number of these Handbooks have been produced in other states, and we are so excited to bring this resource to Massachusetts. 

Health Insurance

Massachusetts Health Connector

The Health Connector is a state-based health insurance Marketplace that makes shopping for affordable health and dental coverage easier for Massachusetts individuals, families and small businesses. We offer plans from the state’s leading insurers that have been awarded the state’s Seal of Approval, so you can be sure the plan you choose meets both state and national coverage standards.

63 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
P: 800.272.4232

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center is a multicultural organization that collaborates with community agencies and residents to provide high-quality comprehensive health care that is responsive to community health needs and is linguistically, culturally and financially accessible. We are committed to health promotion and disease prevention.

63 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
P: 508.559.6699
F: 508.559.5073

Basic Needs


BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.) is a private, non-profit human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs.

440 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA
P: 508.580.8700

Housing Resources for Hurricane Evacuees from Puerto Rico

Information to assist persons displaced from Puerto Rico who are looking for affordable temporary or permanent housing in Massachusetts. Also included below is a Housing Fact Sheet for Puerto Rican Families in English and Spanish. Click here to access the Housing Fact Sheet for Puerto Rican Families in Spanish and English.

Supervised Visitation

Family & Community Resource, Inc.

Thier mission is “to serve individuals and families whose lives are impacted by trauma at home, school or in their community. FCR, Inc. is committed to providing the highest quality of services including advocacy, support, individual and group treatment, case management and community education and training.”

18 Newton Street
Brockton, MA 02301
P: 508.584.2809
F: 508.584.1030


Community Chest

Free Clothing for all ages. No phone call needed. It is a walk-in service. Sponsored by The Universalist Unitarian Church of Brockton at 325 West Elm Street. The community Closet is accesible every second satuday of the month. The following are the dates: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 4 and May 12. Website

Charity Guild

The Charity Guild, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. They have coats, clothing and shoes for men, women and children, as well as a wide variety of gift ware, housewares, home décor, small appliances, books and jewelry. The Thrift Shop is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

501 Main Street
P.O. Box 4856
Brockton, MA 02303
P: 508.583.5280
F: 508.583.6680

Note: If we are referring the Clients to Chariy Guild, we have to provide a letter stating that she/he is in need of clothing.

Furniture, Food and Christmas Assistance

My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper is a vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry in Easton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts which delivers furniture and food to local families in need.

  • Donations, Volunteering & General Business: 508.238.7512
  • Request Help for Furniture and Food Assistance: 508.238.4416
  • Christmas Assistance: 508.238.2562

Children Activities and Playgroups

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs (CFCE)

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs (CFCE) are locally based programs serving families with children birth through school age.

Contact Person
Peri Ann Jacoubs
P: 508.580.7000 x1251

Mental Health Resources

Presented by: NAMI Plymouth Area

We will continue to add to this resource page as we get new information