The Christian Center is the oldest human service organization in the Berkshires, serving the community for more than 120 years. The mission of The Christian Center is “Uplifting the community by empowering individuals with dignity, nourishment, and hope.” Thousands of individuals and families come to The Christian Center each year seeking emergency assistance. All programs and services are available to qualified individuals free of charge.
The Center hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations may be dropped off between the hours unless otherwise noted.
(We are not accepting clothing or household goods until November 15th.
Personal care and household products and cash are still being accepted).
Breakfast is served Monday through Friday 9-11 a.m. and lunch Monday through Friday 12 p.m.
Food pantry hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30pm.
Boutique hours: Monday 12:45-2:30, Tuesday 9:30-12 and 12:45-2:30, Wednesday 12:45-2:30, Thursday 9:30-12 and 12:45-2:30. Closed Friday
|Support Group||Peer-To-Peer support group for families that have DCF involvement. Thursday 2pm|
|Boutique||Free store offering clothing,footwear, books, toys and household items|
|Third Saturday Lunch Program||Once a month a special meal is cooked by local agencies or organizations.|
|On-sight Caseworker||Available to our clients during Center hours.|
|Children’s Educational Programs||Drumming program for children ages 5 and older. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-5pm|
|Flu Clinic||Flu shots through Berkshire Health Systems- call for infotmation|
|Food Pantry||Providing nutritious, perishable and nonperishable food packages to hundreds of qualified individuals and families at least once a month. Includes personal care and household products.|
|Health and Wellness Screenings and Education||Monthly by Berkshire Health Systems-call for information|
|Thanksgiving Program||Coordinate with area churches to provide hundreds of food baskets in addition to hundreds of meals served at The Christian Center(see Thanksgiving Turkeys page). Meals are also delivered to shut-ins on Thanksgiving Day.|
|Holiday Angel Program||Holiday gifts for families with a focus on teens coordinated through the Salvation Army, BCAC and other area organizations|
|Intake and Referrals||Our unique Intake and Referral program is a “one-stop-social-services site” able to address all of a client’s needs as they journey from crisis to stability to self-sufficiency. Using our own resources as well as that of the community, our referral options include emergency food assistance, housing, fuel assistance, mental health and substance abuse services, employment, and educational opportunities. We also provide referrals to inpatient detoxification programs, shelters, and outpatient treatment|
|Living Skills Education Speaker Series||On a range of community services that are addressing the housing, utility, health and nutrition needs of our clients: Ad-Lib, Berkshire Children and Families, Berkshire Community College, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Berkshire Mediation, Berkshire Women Infant and Children [WIC], BerkshireWorks, Berkshire Community Action Council,Goodwill Industries, Link to Life, Mass Rehab, Mildred Elley, National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAWA], and Pregnancy Support|
|Meals Program||Continental breakfast and lunch served Monday through Friday and the 3rd Saturday of the month|
|Volunteer Program||Individuals from the community are welcome to volunteer for the many ongoing or special projects at the Center. Collaborating with BerkshireWorks, Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transitional Assistance, and the Keenan House we give youth and adults the opportunity to participate in meaningful work|
|Neighborhood Empowerment||Collaborating with neighboring agencies including Collaborate This! and West Side Initiative for “Pittsfield’s Own Block Party”, crime watch meetings and neighborhood cleanup|