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Dear CHNA Friends,

The summer is flying by - as it always does. We are grateful for our community partners and the services and events they have offered all summer long. As we head into the fall and returning to work and school, CHNA 18 will continue to spread the word of these important happenings through our newsletter and website. Thank you to all our CHNA 18 contributors and the resources you provide for our community.
Families for Depression Awareness is presenting our free Navigating Teen Depression and Substance Use as a Family webinar on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:15 PM ET/ 4:00 to 5:15 PM PT.

In this webinar, David Blair LCSW, CACIII, AAMFT, and Jamie Blair Echevarria, LCSW, LMFT, CACIII, cover how caring adults can fully engage in the process of prevention and treatment for adolescent substance use and depression. This program is designed for parents, guardians, family members, youth workers, and any caring adults interested in teen mental health. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion or watch on demand after it airs. 
After the webinar, complete our online evaluation and you'll be entered for a chance to win a free educational book on the topic of teen depression.
Can't attend the live webinar? Register today to submit your questions and watch the recorded webinar after it airs.
Please share information about the free webinar!
If you are new to the topic of teen depression or in need of a refresher, please watch our Understanding Teen Depression as a foundation to this upcoming webinar. 
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about this upcoming webinar.
Please invite your clients, patients, participants and others to participate in the “virtual” JF&CS Memory Café on Friday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. 

Please note that this is the SECOND Friday of the month. We are postponing the café by one week from our usual “first Friday” because of the Labor Day holiday.
I am thrilled to welcome Cornell Coley, M.Ed. for an exploration of African-roots rhythms, songs and culture from Brazil, the Caribbean and Latin America. Cornell is an award-winning percussionist, dancer, teacher and public performance artist. He uses various instruments from his collection and encourages our guests to participate from home.
Those who are interested in taking part on September 11th should email me or leave me a voice mail message at 781-693-5628 by September 9th. (Email is preferred if possible.) I will send Zoom/call-in information to those who have RSVP’d.
Feel free to enjoy and share recordings from some of our previous café gatherings here. Thanks to Assisting Hands Home Care and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund for sponsoring the JF&CS Memory Café.
Many Massachusetts memory cafés are now offering virtual programs, and we are continuously updating our directory. To learn about other virtual memory cafés, please visit the Massachusetts directory here: There is also a national virtual café directory here:
Stop the Spread
The Commonwealth is launching a strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for COVID-19.

This program will support the testing of asymptomatic individuals in these communities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are a resident of one of these communities, even if you have no COVID symptoms, please get tested to help stop the spread.

The Commonwealth urges residents of these communities to get tested for COVID-19:
Agawam, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Springfield, Taunton, Winthrop, and Worcester. 

This testing will be provided at no cost. Click Here for more info.
Needham Center at The Heights (Needham's Aging Services) sends out daily highlights with a wide array of resources, zoom/facebook programs for free of charge, and other new and information as we go though the pandemic.

To receive the highlights, email Assistant Director of Programming and Transportation, Aicha Kelley:
The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Information Hub is a resource that helps people across Massachusetts connect with resources for support during COVID-19.

The Hub includes up-to-date information and support for adult and child mental health, substance use, health insurance, and related social services – like housing, food security, financial security, transportation, and domestic violence services.

The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Information Hub is a part of Network of Care Massachusetts – an online directory of more than 5,000 behavioral health and related social services agencies across Massachusetts that individuals can use to find support in their area. The Massachusetts Association for Mental Health hosts free virtual demonstrations of the site on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM. You can visit the MAMH website to learn more.
Online Chat- A New Option to Support Survivors of Abuse

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is excited to announce it is now operating an “Online Chat” as an alternative to calling the hotline. The Online Chat will be available for limited hours this summer, with hopes of expanding this fall. Online Chat is available to survivors of domestic violence, and to those who are concerned about someone in their life, such as friends, family, and neighbors.

The Online Chat will be available Tuesdays-Thursdays from 2:00-4:30pm.
REACH decided to launch this new initiative in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few months, the agency has seen a reduction in the number of phone calls we have received from survivors. As physical distancing and staying at home remain standard recommendations, speaking on the phone may be too risky for survivors who are in need of support. The Online Chat option will provide an alternative that may prove safer for some survivors. This format will also allow those who are uncomfortable speaking on the phone or survivors who are hard of hearing to access support.

As with all of REACH’s services, the online chat is open to all survivors of any gender identity, sexual orientation, financial background, or immigration status. This service is free and confidential, and friends, family, and professionals supporting survivors are welcome to utilize the online chat as well.
To learn more about Online Chat with REACH, visit support outside of chat hours, please call REACH’s 24/7 hotline at 1-800-899-4000.
Women with Infants & Children UPDATE

We are doing WIC appointments over the phone and we are loading WIC Cards with food and formula benefits remotely.

Our current Participants should call the following locations, leave a voicemail and we will return their call as soon as possible:
Framingham WIC, 508-620-1445
Marlboro WIC, 508-481-1605
Waltham WIC, 781-642-7194 

If someone HAS NEVER BEEN ON WIC BEFORE, they can call the above numbers or apply for WIC online at and we will call them to finish their appointment
Last month we announced our partnership with Jon Mattleman for his new video series BURSTS.

Bursts is a series of five-minute videos, breaking apart our thoughts and feelings on the impact of the Coronavirus Epidemic.

We hope they are helpful to you - and that you will share broadly within your networks.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is excited to announce their new video series to help bring information and dialogue about domestic violence prevention into homes, schools, workplaces, community groups, and faith communities.

Check out this introduction to domestic violence video to help deepen and broaden your understanding about what domestic violence is and make sure to like REACH on Facebook (@reachma) to watch the latest videos in the series.

(Massachusetts is extending its tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.)
The Foundation for MetroWest, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has created two emergency funds designed for rapid response funding.

F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill (NYT March 26, 2020, should be available to read w/out subscription)

Restaurant Strong Fund: The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams* to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Together, and with the insights of notable Boston-area chefs Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon), Ken Oringer (Little Donkey) and Chris Coombs (Boston Chops), we will be raising awareness and funds to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families. Our goal is to provide $1,000 grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible

The Boston Foundation: COVID 19 Response Fund and other links

United Way COVID -19 Fund to will help hourly, low-wage workers weather the losses from this epidemic.

Housing Assistance: Are you Impacted by COVID-19 and Need Assistance?

Waltham's Housing Division has set up a COVID19 Emergency fund. Please call 781-314-3386 and leave your name and phone number on the voicemail and you will be contacted. Residents may also email

The goal of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program is to ensure that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have access to food, with a special focus on food that is produced locally and equitable access to food. The program also seeks to ensure that farmers, fisherman and other local food producers are better connected to a strong, resilient food system to help mitigate future food supply and distribution disruption.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities

EOS: Community-Wide Emergency Children’s Meals Grant Program
To help ensure the nutritional safety net for children during school closures, school districts are eligible to apply for emergency grants of up to $10,000. Monies may be used for equipment and supplies necessary to increase the numbers of meals served, including mobile and delivered meal solutions. Click here for the simple application.