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Dental Care

Author: Van Christo

Albanians and other newcomers should take advantage of the sources listed below in the Greater Boston Area that offer affordable dental and/or dental hygiene treatment and care.

  • Forsyth Dental Center (Provides cleaning and examination services only) 140 The Fenway $25 for adults Boston, MA 02115 $20 for children $12 for senior citizens
    For appointments, phone Ms. Louise Howard at (617) 262-5200, Ext 206 Most of the following organizations offer complete dental services (cleaning, fillings, etc.) at prices that are generally 40-50% cheaper than private dental practices. Please contact the organization nearest you to determine the types of offered services and prices.

    1. Boston University Dental Health Plan 100 East Newton Steet Boston, MA 02118 For appointments, phone (617) 638-4671 930 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 For appointments, phone (617) 739-0033
    2. Tufts Dental Clinic 1 Kneeland Street Boston, MA 02116 For appointments, phone (617) 956-6828
    3. Harvard School of Dental medicine, Student Dental Clinic 188 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115 For appointments, phone (617) 432-1424
    4. Boston Medical Center 818 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118 For appointments, phone (617) 534-4852
    5. East Somerville Dental Clinic 42 Cross Street E. Somerville, MA 02145 For appointments, phone (617) 638-4671 (See additional listings on reverse side) Frosina Information Network/162 Boylston St/Boston, MA 02116/Tel: 617/482-2002/Fax: 617/482-0014 Web Site: www.frosina.org eMail:VanChristo@frosina.org

    Community Health Centers
    (Please phone in advance to determine types of services offered, opening hours, and/or to make an appoinment) Also call: Mayor’s Health Line (617) 534-5050

    Joseph M. Smith Health Center, 287 Western Ave., Allston, MA 02134 Tel: (617) 783-0500

    Back Bay
    Boston Evening Medical Center, 388 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215 Tel: (617) 267-7171

    Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin St., Dorchester, MA 02122 Tel: (617) 825-9800
    Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124 Tel: (617) 825-9660
    Geiger Gibson, 250 Mount Vernon St., Dorchester, MA 02125 Tel: (617) 288-1140

    North End
    North End Health Center, 332 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02114 Tel: (617) 742-9570

    Roslindale Greater Roslindale Med. & Dental Ctr., 8 Cummings Hgwy, Roslindale, MA 02131 Tel: (617) 323-4440

    Dimock St. Community Health Center, 55 Dimock St., Roxbury, MA 02119, Tel: (617) 442-8800
    Roxbury Comp. Community Health Ctr., 435 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119 Tel: (617) 442-7400
    Whittier Street Health Center, 20 Whittier St., Roxbury, MA 02120 Tel: (617) 427-1000

    South Boston
    The Laboure Center, 271 West 4th ST., South Boston, MA 02127 Tel: (617) 268-9670
    South Boston Com. Health Ctr., South Boston, MA 02127 Tel: (617) 269-7500
    Frosina is grateful to Ms. Sheila Gleeson of the Irish Imigration Center, Boston, MA, for supplying the above information.

Free Services to Those Affected by Welfare Reform

Author: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)

Albanian and other newcomers to Massachusetts who receive welfare can benefit from free programs offered by Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).

Since the end of January, 1999, when Massachusetts Governor A. Paul Cellucci announced stricter reforms to th Commonwealth’s welfare system, many have asked where people cut from the rolls can seek assistance. Welfare-to-Work programs operated by local agencies, supported by state and federal funding, provide some free solutions to the employment woes of current and recent welfare recipients.

JVS, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that has served residents of Greater Boston for 60 years, offers a wider range of these services than most agencies. JVS has fourteen (14) programs that help Boston-area residents find stable employment with opportunities for future growth. These include structured job placement and work search assistance; skills training in accounting, medical and computer skills; education classes in English, literacy and high school equivalency, and business start-up, expansion and lending programs.

Many programs are geared for welfare recipients (or, in some cases, others with low incomes) and refugees. Many help participants access other free assistance with day care, transportation and similar issues. With over $1.3 million in Welfare-to-work services, JVS has the capacity to offer an individually tailored mix of services including job placement coupled with on-the-job training for those whose support has expired or will soon end. Accelerated job placement is available for those with immediate need, while longer-term programs are available for those who have more time to prepare to transition off the welfare rolls.

For more information, call Mark Goldstein at (617) 451-8147, Ext. 116


Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
26 West Street, Room 6, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111