Human Services

Community Day Center of Waltham

  • Waltham, MA
  • www.communitydaycenter.org

Mission Statement

The Community Day Center of Waltham supports homeless individuals and those in need to shape and meet their life goals. We accept and respect people where they are, and seek to help them access the necessary tools and services to move toward stability. Core Values of the CDCW: Creating a place which: offers safety, trust and a sense of belonging offers people who are struggling, another chance offers people hope offers community and acceptance Seeking to: offer acceptance and respect hear those who feel unheard create accountability to our guests foster inclusiveness and mutual respect work with the community to remove barriers

Main Programs

  1. Day Shelter
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The Community Day Center of Waltham mostly serves the Greater Boston and Metro-West areas, but our Day Center is open to all.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Marilyn Lee-Tom

Keywords

Self-reported

homeless, social services, shelter, low-income, job training,

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Also Known As

Community Day Center of Waltham Inc.

EIN

56-2325323

 Number

8474654575

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (L19)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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"Homelessness is dire. It's not a comfortable situation, it's frustrating." -Ron , a guest At the Day Center, we provide a safe and welcoming place for our guests and an effective approach to build relationships with them and address their needs. In the past year we served 675 different individuals at the Day Center. In addition to our Day Shelter Program, we have Case Management, Job Readiness and Micro-loan Program. We have helped 375 guests access social services, advocacy, case management, and health and legal referrals. Last year we initiated our Jobs Readiness Program to provide job skills with pre- and on-going employment support. We have helped 75 guests for job assistance and 40 guests with resume writing. In our Micro-loan Program we extend small loans for prescriptions, transportation, food, etc. to maintain stability in the guests' day to day lives. The third achievement is in the area of community education. It is our goal to inform and educate the community, our partners, social and business groups, schools about the connections of homelessness, trauma, domestic violence, and mental illness. We have created two art exhibits to show the complexity of homelessness. Our five goals for the current year are to:increase visibility in the great Boston/MetroWest communities in order to build a wider base of donor support and diversify our funding sources'creation of a five year strategic planincrease hours up to full-time for current staff and hire other staff as needed,partner with community organizations and/or hire part-time support teams, including healthcare coordinator, housing coordinator, and a social worker with expertise in basic healthcare, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment, andmove the Day Center our of its current shared space and limited hours into its own space with expanded Shelter hours during the weekdays and the inclusion of weekend hours.

Programs

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Program 1

Day Shelter

The Community Day Center of Waltham achieves our mission through our programs that have a significant impact on our individual guests and our larger community. Day Shelter Program: Providing a safe and welcoming place for our guests and an effective approach to build relationships with our guests and address their needs.Case Management: Continuing to increase the guests' access to social services, advocacy, case management, and referral to achieve sustainable resultsJob Readiness Program: Providing practical job skills with pre- and ongoing employment support that achieves demonstrable resultsMicro-loan Program: Extending small loans for prescriptions, transportation, food, etc. to maintain stability in the guests' day-to-day lives. Community Education: Informing and educating the faith communities, community partners, social and business groups and the community about the connections of homelessness, trauma, domestic violence, and mental illness.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$115,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The Community Day Center of Waltham mostly serves the Greater Boston and Metro-West areas, but our Day Center is open to all.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Capital Campaign - To raise $50,000 by end of October for down payment, purchase and initial build-out of new center. $479,000 by the end of 2014.Health census/needs assessment for the homeless, uninsured and under-insured in order to direct and build sustainable health programming ($12,000) - Creation and analyses of data from implementation of bilingual (English/Spanish) questionnaire ($3,000) - Health programming intern's partial stipend, one year ($8,000) - Printing and office supplies ($1,000) 3. Part-time substance abuse intervention coordinator, 90-minute sessions, twice weekly, @$70 per week =$3,500 4. Due to ongoing service demand levels which we are currently unable to meet in their totality, we are in need of increasing our staffing hours for our three part- time staff up to full-time hours (Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Bilingual Program Coordinator) ($60,000 ) 5. Part-time housing special caseworker for one afternoon a week ($3,500)

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COMMUNITY DAY CENTER OF WALTHAM INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Community Day Center of Waltham

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Marilyn Lee-Tom

BIO

:The CDCW is staffed by a part-time (30 hours per week) Executive Director Marilyn Lee-Tom, Esq. who reports to the Board of Directors. Ms. Lee-Tom has over thirty-years working in the non-profit sector as an attorney and in management. Her duties are comprehensive, including supervising her staff to ensure smooth operation of the Center, counseling and referral for guests, and day-to-day administrative and financial oversight

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As the Executive Director, I have come to appreciate the many needs of our guests. While helping the guests to meet their needs, at times, has been quite demanding, I have also realized the rewards of helping them to rebuild their lives. The Community Day Center is more than just providing shelter; it has programs that have real and lasting impact. We do our job well when we build relationships with our guests, and create a comprehensive plan of services for each of them. Many times this plan helps them to navigate through the highly specialized and fragmented social services, health, and legal systems. Here is one example: A guest was having a seizure. We called for an ambulance which took him to a local hospital. After he was stabilized with anti-seizure medication, he was released from the hospital with only two days' worth of medication. We found a short-term shelter for him, but he was denied a bed because he didn't have enough medication prescribed by a physician. By the time we could find him a doctor, he lost his bed. A week later he had another seizure, and around we went again. In this story, the providers did their job and were true to the mission and values of their programs. However, the Day Center believes in a ""holistic"" approach to services as a way to minimize the confusion and chaos resulting from different treatment cultures and conflicting systems. Importantly, this will also save money from the ""revolving"" door practices often found in the medical system. Recognizing this problem, our Case Management Program, as well as new initiative the ""Job Readiness Program"" treat the whole person. This program will not just center on getting guests jobs but will also focus on dealing with the underlying issues that prevent guests from maintaining employment. We need to ensure that the guests are staying on a medication treatment program, accessing health care, maintaining sobriety, bringing an abuser to justice, clearing up an outstanding warrant, or reuniting with their family, just to name a few possible goals. Once there is stability in the guests' lives, we can focus on employment and post-employment issues. Over the next year, we plan to thoughtfully grow our programs and focus on systemic works so that our most vulnerable neighbors do not fall through the cracks. Our services aim to promote wellness, healthy relationships, productive living, and community involvement. We invite you to join us!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Angela Lordi chair

community volunteer

Term: May 2010 - May 2015

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