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to provide shelter and a variety of life-sustaining and enhancing services to homeless and vulnerable individuals in Waltham and the surrounding areas including but not limited to access to phones, shelter, assistance in accessing healthcare and housing, job training and placement assistance, computer training, transportation to medical and employment related appointments, and referral to legal, medical and spiritual support services.
The Community Day Center of Waltham (CDC) is a unique place that is open to everyone in need in the greater-Waltham-Metro-West area. We specifically serve the homeless and low-income members of our communities through the provision of a safe, welcoming and nurturing day shelter during the weekday afternoon hours when there is no alternative place to go for many in our community. In this manner, the CDC serves as a community "drop in" center where anyone can come in to get warm, find fellowship, enjoy some coffee, be nourished and find specific assistance. Beyond shelter, the CDC is viewed as a "life-line" that provides many practical resources to help people in need find assistance in making the necessary next steps to improve their life situation. In addition to daily refreshments, we offer telephones with free-long distance, a high-speed Internet café with six terminals, printers, anonymous answering machines, and use of an anonymous P.O. box (especially important for the homeless). We also provide vital information on available social services in Waltham and surrounding areas to our guests. The staff and interns from a local counseling center offer crisis counseling and traditional counseling to those in need. Through helping guests write resumes, locate resources on the Internet, find available jobs and housing, the CDC offers guests direct "next steps" out of homelessness or other challenging situations. We also administer a micro-lending program to help provide emergency aid to those in need of small financial assistance.
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