Helping Struggling Families Help Themselves
“As we enter the holiday season, be thankful for all you have – family, friends, the necessities of life. Share the joy of the season with those who are working towards the same by caring and sharing with them.” – President of the Massachusetts Senate, Stan Rosenberg
About Family Outreach of Amherst:
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. Services we provide:
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.
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.
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