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The North Quabbin Community Coalition (NQCC) holds an informative forum on the third Friday of each month, September through June, at the Athol-Orange Elks Club, 92 New Athol Road, Orange, from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Various topics concerning the North Quabbin area are presented by assorted organizations, businesses and individuals. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The North Quabbin Community Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, exclusively supported by membership donations and grants. Your donation is tax deductible.



North Quabbin Community Coalition
251 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
Fax 978-575-0474

State/National Directory

If information about you or your agency is incorrect, please let us know at 978-249-3703 or If you or your agency are not listed as a service for the North Quabbin region, please feel free to submit your information for consideration.

Please click here for an alphabetical list of agencies: INDEX

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

48 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116-4718
800-392-6450 ~ 617-727-5550 ~ TTY 800-392-6556 ~ Fax 617-626-7685

The Mission of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind is to work in partnership with legally blind individuals to reach their goals of independence and participation in their communities.

Vocational Rehabilitation ~ Information on employment related services, job searches, resume & cover letter writing, and information for potential employers.

Independent Living Social Services ~ Services designed to maximize independence.

Specialized Services to Children ~ Services for children from birth to age 14.

Specialized Services to Elders ~ Services for adults 55 & over.

Consumer Assistance Program and Support (CAPS) ~ Advocacy for blind persons

Rehabilitation Teaching ~ Skills development in the home, other living situations and the workplace.

Orientation and Mobility ~ Help with health costs (financial criteria apply.)

Deaf/Blind, Multi-Handicapped Services ~ Community and residential services for the deaf-blind and multiply impaired.

Vending Facilities ~ A business opportunity for persons who are blind.

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Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF)

(Formerly the Department of Social Services)
PATCH Office, 423 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-5070 ~ Fax 978-249-5080

The Department of Children & Families is the Massachusetts State Child Protective services. DCF provides:

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Massachusetts Department of Development Services

(Formerly Department of Mental Retardation)
Franklin/Hampshire Area Office
One Roundhouse Plaze, Northampton, MA 01060
413-586-4948 ~ Fax 413-584-0611

DDS provides services and supports to adults with mental retardation and children with developmental disabilities. Assistance is available in the areas of:

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
781-388-3300 ~ TTY 800-439-2370 ~ US Department of Education

The DOE administrates the public education of state residents including those with special needs.

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Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

One Winter Street, Boston, MA 01208
617-292-5500 ~ Fax 617-556-1049

The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

PO Box 389, Northampton, MA 01061
413-587-6200 ~ TTY 413-586-6592 ~ Fax 413-587-6205 or
12 Prospect Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-772-5600 ~ TTY 413-772-3076 ~ Fax 413-772-5638

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) sets the standards for the operation of mental health facilities and community residential programs and provides clinical, rehabilitative and supportive services for adults with serious mental illness, and children and adolescents with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.

Towns served: Ashfield, Athol, Bernardston, Buckland,Charlemont , Colrain , Conway, Deerfield Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Millers Falls Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Petersham Phillipston, Rowe, Royalston, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

23 Service Center, Northampton, MA 01060
413-586-7525 ~ Fax 413-784-1037

The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services oversees the substance abuse prevention and treatment services in Western Mass and helps to provide access to treatment services for indigent and uninsured people.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Western Regional Office

23 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA 01060
413-586-7525 ~ Fax 413-784-1037

DPH promotes and insures conditions that improve and protect the health of all Massachusetts residents and communities. Programs address:

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Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

143 Munson Street, Unit #3 , Greenfield, MA 01301
800-470-5877 ~ 413-772-3400 ~ Fax 413-774-5266

The Department of Transitional Assistance is the Massachusetts State Division of Welfare. They distribute food stamps, TAFDC, EAEDC, emergency assistance and referrals. The DTA office has a satellite office in Athol at First Call for Help, 423 Main Street. The satellite office is staffed Wednesdays from 9:00-5:00 pm with a clerk who is able to answer questions, hand out paperwork/applications & schedule appointments.

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Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services

600 Washington Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5480 ~ Fax 617-210-5755

The mission of the Department of Veterans’ Services is to be the leading advocate for the more than half-million veterans of the Commonwealth and their families and survivors. DVS establishes policy, proposes legislation, ensures adequate funding for veterans programs is included in the Governor’s budget, and represents the interests of veterans in matters coming before the General Court.

In addition, DVS represents all state agencies and individual veterans before the federal Department of Veterans Affairs in securing federal compensation and other benefits that might be available. It administers the needs-based benefits program (M.G.L. C. 115) through Veterans’ Agents in each municipality of the Commonwealth, and also provides state funding to organizations offering homeless shelter, transitional housing, and outreach services to veterans.

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Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS)

PATCH Office, 423 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-5070 ~ Fax 978-249-5080

The Department of Youth Services is the Massachusetts State Juvenile Delinquency prevention program and provides oversight of court involved youth.

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Massachusetts Development Disabilities Council (MDDC)

174 Portland Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

Information and referral on questions regarding developmental disabilities.

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Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC)

50 Ross Way, Quincy, MA 02169
617-727-6465 ~ HOTLINE 800-426-9009 (7 days a week)

DPPC is committed to protecting adults with disabilities from abusive acts and omissions of their caregivers through investigation, oversight, public awareness, and prevention.

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Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD)

One Ashburton Place #1305, Boston, MA 02108
617-727-7440 ~ Fax 617-727-0965

The purpose of MOD is to bring about full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life in a manner which fosters dignity and self determination. MOD works to:

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Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

238 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-774-2326 ~ Fax 413-774-4654

The MRC is the agency of the Commonwealth responsible for vocational rehabilitation services, independent living services (except for persons who are blind) and for eligibility determination for SSI/SSDI (federal) benefits programs for citizens with disabilities. There is an outreach worker who comes to Orange and Athol twice a week to meet with clients. Call for an appointment in the North Quabbin area.

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600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5000 ~ 800-841-2900

MassHealth is insurance coverage that pays for healthcare for income eligible residents of Massachusetts. MassHealth covers a broad range of health-care services by paying for part or all of a member’s health insurance, or paying MassHealth providers for medical services.

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Social Security Administration

55 Lake Street, Gardner, MA 01440
978-632-1004 ~ 800-772-1213 or

The Social Security Administration administers:

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