Community Services

There are many services available in our area for elders and their families, including:
  • Assistance with basic needs such as housing, income, and food
  • Assistance for people with hearing or vision problems
  • Guidance for people with questions on health care
  • Assistance for people caring for their elderly parents
Please call Maura Plante, Program Director for Services, at 413-259-3213 or Helen MacMellon, LCSW at 413-259-3062 for direct counseling. They have an extensive knowledge of programs and services available in the Amherst area and can provide information and referrals to meet your specific needs. They can help with questions concerning Medicare, housing, health, social well-being, and community services.

S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
S.H.I.N.E offers confidential counseling and assistance to medicare beneficiaries.
They also provide assistance with Medigap, HMO coverage, Medicare, Prescription
Advantage, public benefits and more.

The Amherst Senior Center's S.H.I.N.E. counselors, have appointments on the 1st and the 3rd Monday afternoon each month. Call the Senior Center at 413-259-3060 to schedule an appointment.

Town of Amherst Emergency Funds Program

The Emergency Funds Program helps Amherst citizens who are facing a financial emergency and are without financial resources to resolve the crisis. The program helps sustain housing by providing a one-time payment that will assist with rental arrears, utility bills, transportation or medical emergency expenses.

For more information please click on this link
TOA Emergency Funds  OR call Ruth Taylor at (413) 259-3199.