How Can I Stay Connected?
You can usually get mail at the shelter where you are staying, however Rosie’s Place, St. Francis House, and On The Rise will accept and hold mail. They provide a safe and secure way to get your mail even if you move from shelter to shelter. This way important information about housing etc. won’t get lost.
On The Rise
341 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118
St. Francis House
39 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
Community Voice Mail offers voice mail boxes through several agencies—Rosie’s Place, Women’s Lunch, On The Rise, and Heading Home are a few. Check to see if they have a voice mailbox available.
Safelink wireless lifeline provides free cellphone monthly minutes. To qualify you must receive some kind of government assistance (food stamps, MassHealth, etc) You must have a valid mailing address where the US Postal Service can deliver mail and a cellphone. A US post office box is acceptable. To get information and to apply on-line go to: www.safelinkwireless.com.
Computers, Telephones and Email
Having an email address can keep you in touch. Many places provide access and some can help you set up your own email address.
Bread and Jams, St. Francis House, On The Rise, Women’s Drop In, Rosie’s Place, Women’s Center, Cambridge Senior Center (listed in Day Programs section) all have access to phones or computers. Here are some more places…
Cambridge Public Library
All branches offer computer access with a library card. You need a shelter letter or proof of address and 2 IDs (not picture) to get a card. Main Library Broadway M-Thur 9-9, Fri-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5.
Boston Public Library
All branches offer computer access with a library card. You need a picture ID to get a library card to use the computers. You need an address and ID to get a card which allows you to take books out.
109 School St., Cambridge
Telephone for local calls. The phone is located to give you some privacy.
Multi Service Center
362 Green Street, Cambridge
Time-limited phone, not very private. Monday 8:30 AM –8 PM, Tuesday–Thursday 8:30 AM–5 PM, Friday to noon.
Women’s Lunch Place
67 Newbury St., Boston
Open from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. Phones and computers are available.
MBTA T Pass
People with disabilities, or over 65 are eligible for reduced fares. Pick up an application at the Charlie Card Store located in Downtown Crossing Station M-F 8-5:30. You can also download the application on the MBTA website or call 617 222-3200 to have one mailed to you. If you have Medicare you do not need further verification. Otherwise any licensed health provider can fill it in and mail it back. Health Care for the Homeless can help. When you receive approval, go to the Charlie Card Store with ID. There is no charge.
First Step Van
The First Step Van may be able to transport you in an