The Community Day Center of Waltham opens its doors on weekdays between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm, so that you can have a safe place to rest during the daytime hours.

You are welcome to drop in at any time between those hours to have a bite to eat, watch TV, take a power nap, chat with a friend, or finish your crossword puzzle.

General Services

At the Day Center, you can:

  • Pick up your mail

  • Have lunch or a snack

  • Ask for clothing, hygiene items, and socks, if they are available

  • Use one of our computers

  • Watch TV

  • Express yourself in our art corner

  • Be seen by one of our nurse volunteers and referred, if necessary, to medical services

  • Make an appointment with our case manager or case workers

 

Case Management Services

When you are ready to get your life back on track, the Community Day Center of Waltham can help with a wide range of services and referrals.

The Community Day Center can help you:

  • Access health insurance

  • Apply for food stamps

  • Secure detox and rehabilitation facilities

  • Find medical, psychological, and spiritual services

  • Apply for housing

  • Handle probation and parole issues

  • Locate night shelter accommodations

  • Write a resume and conduct a job search

  • Apply for a phone

 

Programs

The Community Day Center of Waltham offers on-going programs as well as short-term workshops that are designed to provide support and guidance in making lifestyle choices.

  • Stabilization Program—led by our Case Manager, Nina Lordi, our stabilization program involves a detailed intake and a tailor-made action plan to assist guests in exiting homelessness and re-gaining stability in their lives.

  • Sustainability Program—designed for guests who have made efforts toward a more stable lifestyle but would benefit from continued follow-up and check-in.

  • Medical Coordination Program--designed for our guests with medical concerns who aren’t sure if they need to be seen by a physician.  Our volunteer nurses are here a few days a week to consult on any physical issue you may be experiencing and will make appropriate referrals. While we are not a licensed medical facility, our nurses can advise, dispense over-the-counter medicines, and dress wounds. Our Medical Coordination team regularly hosts workshops on relevant topics of care including the use of sunscreen, proper foot care, and avoiding hypothermia. In the fall, the Community Day Center offers free flu shots for the community through Newton Wellesley Hospital.

  • Smart Recovery—led by our Case Manager, Nina Lordi, Smart Recovery is an addiction recovery support group that is an alternative to the traditional 12-step programs. Open to the community, meetings are held at the Community Day Center on Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

  • Job Readiness—led by Executive Director, Carolyn Montalto, this program starts out with a worksheet where guests imagine the type of work they’d like to do, and it ends with a resume that has a clear career objective. Participants work with volunteers and interns on the job search process, interviewing techniques, and dressing for success.

  • Mentoring—designed to pair a guest with a volunteer for one-on-one support, goal-setting, coaching, and regular check-ins.

 

Because we believe that education is power, at the Community Day Center, we host short workshops on specific topics. Announced on our bulletin board, those workshops can include Housing for People over 60; Women’s Empowerment; Smoking Cessation; and Narcan Training.