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Dear CHNA 18 Friends,

Fall is here! Many of our community friends and partners have events coming up as well as registration for groups and events happening a few weeks from now.

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.
Free Zoom Events in October for Massachusetts Parents of Teens! Parenting Perspectives on Supporting Teen Mental Health!

Parents and other caring adults in teen’s lives may be hesitant to discuss mental health with each other out of embarrassment or lack of knowledge. This can lead parents to feel isolated—like their family is the only one struggling with these issues. You are not alone! We can join together as parents to learn how to support teens through tough situations such as chronic stress, anxiety attacks, periods of depression, hospitalization, and even suicide attempts. During this free virtual event, Parent Speakers discuss how they recognized that their teen was having mental health problems, what they did to help, mistakes they made, and advice for parents in similar situations. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and engage in dialogue with panelists. Register today,

Social media links: Boston; Waltham; Newton
Free Webinar airing 11/18/2020: Caregiving from a Distance: How to Support Someone Who Lives with Depression

Whether across the country or, in the time of COVID-19, the next town over, caregiving for a loved one living with depression who is not in your household carries special challenges. How can you gauge their wellbeing? Is it possible to provide constructive support from far away, to help them work toward wellness? Are there effective ways to communicate your concerns? The good news is that, yes, you can be a partner in care even when your loved one is physically distant from you. 

In this webinar, presenters Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe and Dr. JaNeen Cross will discuss how you can be an effective caregiver for an adult with depression who does not live with you. You will learn how signs and symptoms of depression may vary according to cultural context, ways to help your loved one find and pay for treatment, and tips for overcoming communication challenges related to physical distance. Register today,
Intergenerational Book club with Arlington High School Students November Meeting!

Please join us for another year of fantastic books, monthly discussions, and getting to know folks of different generations. Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 19th at 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm. We will be meeting remotely, via Zoom, which you can access with a regular telephone line or computer or tablet. Our November book is One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, contact Marci if you would like a copy. Please contact Marci at 781-316-3419 or email her at for more information and to join our Intergenerational Book Club email mailing list. 
4th Annual LGBTQ+ INTERGENERATIONAL SAGE Table meal goes virtual!
SAGE Table is about building real connections IRL (in real life) that can sustain us all as we age. Please join us November 12 at 6:30 for an online event, our 4th year participating in this community building free meal and virtual gathering. We even have a free "Dine & Dash" meal option for local folks. Open to all and all ages. Live entertainment, Special guests and fun games. Please contact Marci by Nov 9 at 781-316-3419 or to reserve your meal and get the link to the event. Co-sponsored by the Arlington Rainbow Commission, the Belmont Council on Aging, and BrightView Senior Living. 
Arlington & Beyond LGBTQ+ Seniors & Friends Zoom meetings
We are still hosting weekly ongoing virtual meetings, every Tuesday at 2 PM. We check in, share our news and feelings, and then discuss a topic that the group has decided upon the previous week. Please call or email Marci for link information. You can join by landline telephone, too, even if you don't have technology at home, just a regular telephone will do! Call Marci for more information at 781-316-3419!
CHNA 18 is excited to see our community partner on Facebook! Like and follow the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership page to stay up-to-date on the latest information on vaping, tobacco, quitting, and the tobacco and vaping industries unjust targeting.”
Want to quit smoking or vaping?

The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline is offering up to $50 in gift cards to Massachusetts residents who use menthol tobacco products and participate in coaching services. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit for help. You can receive free coaching calls, free patches, gum or lozenges and up to $50 in gift cards to support your quit journey. So, call today, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, to quit for good.

Please invite your clients, patients, participants and others to participate in the “virtual” JF&CS Memory Café on Friday, November 6, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Our guest artist will be Jill Braverman, a Kripalu yoga instructor and health coach. Jill will lead us in gentle hatha yoga techniques – great for reducing stress and increasing energy and wellbeing. No experience necessary.
Note that we post recordings from some of our cafés on our website for you to enjoy and share. Art Sullivan’s dance program from the 10/2/20 café is now available here.
Those who are interested in taking part on November 6 should email me at or leave me a voice mail message at 781-693-5628 by November 4. (Email is preferred if possible.) I will send Zoom/call-in information to those who have RSVP’d.
hanks to Assisting Hands Home Care and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund for sponsoring the JF&CS Memory Café.
Many Massachusetts memory cafĂ©s are now offering virtual programs, and we are continuously updating our directory. To learn about other virtual memory cafĂ©s, please visit the Massachusetts directory here: There is also a national virtual cafĂ© directory here: 
FREE! New Babies/New Moms
Bring your infant and meet other new mothers!

Next Series Starts November 6th - Register Soon

Groups for first-time moms with babies up to 6 months.
Choose a 6-week daytime series.

6 week support group for mothers with babies birth to 6 months. The group is facilitated (online) by a professional facilitator who helps guide discussions of developmental issues, expectations of oneself as a new mom, changing relationships with family members, child care options, and much more. This series will provide an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, make new friends, and get some support
November 6 thru December 18, 2020 (no class on November 27, 2020)

And in 2021
  • January 8 thru February 12, 2021
  • March 5 thru April 9, 2021
  • May 14 thru June 18, 202

Stop the Spread
The Commonwealth continues its strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for 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:
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
Waltham Partnership for Youth is looking for a full time coordinator for our Career Exploration and Training programs, which include our Teaching for Social Justice program (in partnership with Waltham High School) and our High School Summer Internship program. More info attached.

Please spread the word and feel free to refer folks to me directly or to Kaytie Dowcett ( if they have any questions. 

(Massachusetts is extending its tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.)

NEW: Resources from the State of Massachusetts, now that the state eviction moratorium has ended: Covid-19-eviction diversion initiative overview
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.