Family Outreach of Amherst

 Helping Struggling Families Help Themselves


Family Outreach of Amherst (FOA) is the safety net for low-income families in Amherst and the surrounding communities. We are unique in our ability to address all the issues struggling families face: mental health, domestic violence, addiction, housing, and life skills. We believe the families we work with are experts in their own lives and should be active participants in creating change in their lives. See below for the services we provide, after a few quick announcements:


Save the Date for the

14th Annual Light Up the Night!


The 2017 Light Up the Night! will take us deep into the transformative magic of a Midsummer’s Night. Lose yourself to an enchanted night of friends, food, and dancing. Over 200 guests will feast and frolic in a captivating garden. One-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, donated by generous local businesses and individuals, will once again be the centerpiece of the evening. Click here for more information.

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Valley Gives Day 2017, May 2nd

Family Outreach of Amherst helps 10-15 families a month maintain stable housing through crisis intervention, landlord-tenant mediation, and client advocacy. Our services to families is essential in preventing homelessness. Please contribute on May 2nd and raise $10,000. These funds will help us ensure 50 families this coming year will not become homeless. Click here to make your donation on May 2nd. 


Family Outreach of Amherst’s Services:

Home Visiting

Our home visiting program helps more than 100 low-income families each year. We stabilize and support families struggling with life skills, help with issues such as parenting, budgeting and conflict resolution, and help parents access services they need.

Crisis Intervention

FOA responds to calls from mothers in crisis, and takes referrals from school counselors, local physicians, and other agencies. FOA caseworkers identify community resources required to resolve the crisis and then help to address the issues that brought about the crisis.


FOA provides short-term assistance on specific issues such as mediation with a landlord or a utility company, access to childcare and assistance with health emergencies.

Case Management

FOA caseworkers provide ongoing weekly support to struggling families. Services include securing financial benefits, providing transportation to doctors’ offices and other appointments, life skills counseling, housing advocacy, parenting support, and accessing proper health care.

Information and Referrals

FOA responds to calls from families seeking help from resources within our community. Caseworkers assess a caller’s needs and then make referrals to appropriate community agencies.

Strive to Thrive Program

FOA’s newest program, Strive to Thrive, helps people create more stable lives for themselves and their families through moving in the direction of their goals. Goals range between employment, education, and/or community engagement opportunities. Click here to learn more.


401 Main Street, Suite 12
Amherst, MA 01002
Main Office Phone: 413-549-5548
Office Fax: 413-549-6087




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