our programs

 
Our founder, Hwei-Ling Greeney, and volunteers serving guests at our Fourth of July Meal!

Our founder, Hwei-Ling Greeney, and volunteers serving guests at our Fourth of July Meal!

bridge-the-gap meal program

Since 2015, ACC has leveraged a portion of the People's Fund to ensure that there is a free meal in Amherst every day. We have coordinated with Amherst Survival Center and Not Bread Alone to serve food on days that they are not able to, like holidays or days with inclement weather.

We open for meals on New Year’s Day, MLK Jr.’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and the day after Christmas. Thanks to the space the Unitarian Universalist Society provides to us and the work of local volunteers we are able to host a number of guests, averaging between 50 and 80 for every meal!

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Housing first program

ACC is pleased to announce that it will begin its Housing First Program this fall. Thanks to the recommendation of Amherst Community Preservation Act Committee, Amherst Town Meeting approved a $150,000 three-year grant to ACC to begin a housing first program. 

Three housing vouchers will be made available to Amherst residents who have been chronically homeless. ACC will provide wrap-around support service to the tenants with the goal of assisting them to get into long term stable housing and become valuable members in local communities. 

For more information click HERE!


jones library project

ACC provides walk-in hours for information and referral services at the Amherst Jones Library on Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. 

Library patrons may also access ACC's case management and advocacy services during this time. Walk-ins are welcome. ACC and Jones Library's collaboration has enhanced many people's lives, especially those who struggle to make ends meet. 


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Hampshire County Jail Outreach and Support

To prevent homelessness, ACC conducts outreach with inmates at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton. An ACC caseworker meets with inmates who have family or employment connections to the Amherst area and helps them find housing, employment and other resources once they enter the community again.


Shelter to work initiative

ACC provides shelter guests with intern opportunities at various sites. Interns gained and refined skills, collaborated with colleagues, and earned references for future work. Many participants have graduated from the Initiative and found employment and/or housing. Upon the completion of each internship, ACC networks with businesses such as the Amherst Business Improvement District to hire graduates from the Initiative. ACC believes that employment is part of the solution to help people out of homelessness and into stable lives. 

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