The Community Day Center of Waltham opens its doors on weekday afternoons so that adults in need can have a safe place during the daytime hours to get the help and resources they need.

Guests are welcome to drop in between 12:30 and 4:30 pm to have a bite to eat, take a power nap, participate in one of our programs, or meet with a case manager.

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.

  • Health Care 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 guests may be experiencing and will make appropriate referrals. The Center is not a licensed health care facility; however, after doing a basic health assessment, the nurse may offer guidance and suggestions regarding health needs. This may include suggestions regarding the use of over the counter medications, routine foot care, nutrition and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes. In the fall, the Community Day Center offers free flu shots for the community through Newton Wellesley Hospital and throughout the year, workshops on proper dental care are offered.

  • 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 Prep Program—designed by Eben Forbes, this new program is geared to those guests who seek hands-on work experience that can help open doors to future employment. Currently led by volunteers, interested guests are offered the opportunity to work in various capacities at the Community Day Center in an effort to gain skills in best practices in the workplace.

  • 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.

  • Homeless Helping Homeless—led by guests of the Community Day Center, with support of the staff, this program allows guests to share their stories of addiction and homelessness in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

 

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.