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Local Providers Join Together, Increase Service Delivery Options


Western MA–Effective December 1, 2016, Friends of the Homeless, Inc. (FOH) and Clinical & Support Options, Inc. (CSO), have merged organizations and will operate under the CSO organization. FOH, based in Springfield, provides emergency shelter, housing and support services for low income residents throughout Western Mass. CSO is based in Northampton and provides outpatient and […]

Local Leaders to Serve Meals during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


Springfield – In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Friends of the Homeless will be hosting several area legislators, municipal leaders, and media personalities as meal servers throughout the week to bring local attention to the issues of homelessness and poverty. is a national movement organized by the and is held annually the […]

Area Housing and Human Service Agencies to Merge


NORTHAMPTON — One of the region’s largest human service agencies is merging with an emergency shelter and housing provider in Springfield in a move designed to strengthen services for clients at both organizations. The boards of directors of Clinical & Support Options Inc. in Northampton and Friends of the Homeless Inc. in Springfield each voted […]

Photos from the Impressions of Home


HOLYOKE –€“ The Friends of the Homeless Inc. staged its first art show entitled “Impressions of Home” with an estimated 150 visitors at the Log Cabin in Holyoke Monday evening. The show featured over 30 artists, which included local artists, students, and residents of the Friends of the Homeless. Guests were treated to a light […]

Doing more for homeless people in Massachusetts


THE FOUNDING OF the Massachusetts Bay Colony was grounded in the social contract. In a sermon delivered in 1630, Gov. John Winthrop articulated the belief that, “[W]e must… make other’s conditions our own…as members of the same body.” For generations, vital services in Massachusetts have been a responsibility of our government. We’re rightly proud that […]