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Cyber Café Community Bulletin 11 16-12

  1. 1. Cyber Café @ Malden Square Electronic Bulletin Board News, Schedules, and Other Informationof interest to Malden and neighboring communities Today is Friday, November 30, 2012 The time is 1:33 PM
  2. 2. Welcome to theCyber Café @ Malden Square We invite you to become a member of our community and use our facility/services• We try to minimize rules/regulations.• Our main requirement is simple: Respect! – for other people – for our facility/equipment We have adopted a fragrance-free policy to accommodate the growing number of people with allergic reactions to perfumes, colognes, body sprays, etc. Please put your cell phone on vibrate or silent while you are in the Cyber Café.
  3. 3. Alert! Clients with EBT cards(cash or SNAP) EBT scam in other states; *may* hit Mass clients as well Client receives text message – told to call a toll-free # or their card will be de- activated Clients who call the # are asked for their EBT Card # Never give out your EBT card numbers, pin’s, SSN’s, or other personal info except to – A DTA worker – Your Case Manger – Or when it is needed for a transaction you trust! When in doubt, call the 800 # on back of your
  4. 4. Joomla! Boston User Group Cyber Café @ Malden Square hosts the Joomla! Boston User Group monthly meetings 4th Wednesday of every month Location: Cyber Café Training Room Wifi available Register at http://bostonjoomla.org
  5. 5. Everett G.B.A.R.C. Proudly Presents: A Musical Sleigh Ride: An Evening of Dinner, Show & Dancing Friday November 30th, 2012 Cocktails 6:30 – 7:30 Dinner served at 7:30 Anthony’s, 105 Canal St. Malden Tickets: $40 Cash Bar 781-629-5051 Limited Seating, Tickets Must Be PLENTY OF FREE Purchased by November 23, 2012 PARKING
  6. 6. LGBT Mystic Tea
  7. 7. Free Citizenship Class Offered by the Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) For anyone planning to take the US Citizenship Exam within the next 12 months. Class meets Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Prepares students for the citizenship exam and interview Register in person at the ILC  Monday, Tuesday Thursday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 -2:30 PM.  Need more information? Call (781) 322-9777
  8. 8. Free Tax Preparation VITA Site is gearing up for Tax Year 2012 Volunteers Needed: Inquire Within
  9. 9. Volunteers Needed – Inquire Within The Cyber Café @ Malden Square is currently looking for volunteers to join our staff. • We are looking for volunteers with computer skills and/or customer service skills. • Morning and afternoon shifts available • Monday – Friday; 9:30 am – 5:00 pm • Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pmWant a volunteer application? Inquire within or contact cybercafe@maldensquare.org
  10. 10. Do You Know PowerPoint? PowerPoint Volunteer Needed • Ongoing updates and maintenance of this Electronic Bulletin Board. • 2-4 hours monthly may be needed. • Onsite or Remote work – we’re somewhat flexible • Other projects may be available.Want a volunteer application? Inquire within or contact cybercafe@maldensquare.org
  11. 11. Website Volunteers – We Want You! Do You Know Joomla! CSM? Are you Willing to Learn it? • Ongoing updates and maintenance of our website, maldensquare.org • 4-6 hours monthly may be needed. • Onsite or Remote work – we’re somewhat flexible • Other projects may be available.Want a volunteer application? Inquire within or contact cybercafe@maldensquare.org
  12. 12. Volunteer Projects – Can You Help? Volunteers Needed for several online (web-based) projects • Recategorize blogger-based sites and link to Delicious. • 4-6 hours monthly may be needed. • Onsite or Remote work – the tools are all online, you can be too! • Blogger, Delicious, and other tools.Want a volunteer application? Inquire within or contact cybercafe@maldensquare.org
  13. 13. Buses to Replace Orange Line untilDecember July 8 until Dec. 28  Buses replace evening Orange Line trains  Between Sullivan Square and Oak Grove stations  Sunday through Thursday. On the affected nights  Bus replacement service will begin at 9 p.m. and run until the T closes. For more information, go to www.mbta.com
  14. 14. Why You Should Get Tested forHIV HIV Testing: IS Free, Simple, and Confidential IS a Smart Choice for Making Choices About Your Health IS available even if you don’t have health insurance Make the Smart Choice Today! Go to Cambridge Health Alliance for same-day results testing  195 Canal Street, Malden, MAThe 2010 Campaign to promote HIV/AIDS awareness in Malden andEverett isthe Free, ConfidentialEverett Boards of Health and Call sponsored by the Malden and Information Line: 617-the Malden-Everett HIV/AIDS Taskforce. 591-6767
  15. 15. Social Security Public Hours Malden Social Security public hours  Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM Address:  192 Commercial Street, Malden, MA (next to Ace Hardware)  1-800-772-1213 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778 Many services can be conducted by phone or on the web at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/
  16. 16. Parents: Free School Meals If you receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits, your child is automatically eligible to receive free school meals! If you applied for free school meals and were denied, see if you qualify for SNAP; once qualified, your child will be eligible for free school meals. Call the Project Bread Hotline, 1-800-645-8333  Mon – Fri, 8 am – 7 pm; Sat, 10 am – 2 pm Child Nutrition Outreach Program  The Hotline can617-723-5000 for SNAP benefits Phone: screen you Email: cnop@projectbread.org Website: www.meals4kids.org
  17. 17. Healthy Eating for Successful Livingin Older Adults, 1 Six-week Healthy Eating SeriesLearn how to make positive changes in your health! All interested seniors must pre-register Enrollment is limited to 20 participants All facilities are handicap-accessible Program offered to all seniors at no cost.**Voluntary donations will be accepted.Any donations are confidential and will contributedirectly to the support and promotion of the HealthyEating program.
  18. 18. Healthy Eating for Successful Livingin Older Adults, 2 Six-week Healthy Eating Series Locations & Registration Info Everett: Mondays, 8/13 – 9/24, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.  (No class on September 3rd) Everett Armory, 90 Chelsea Street, Everett, MA CALL Sandra Lisboa, Everett Older Adult Program Coordinator, 617-591-6741
  19. 19. Food, Cash Assistance, HealthBenefits Self-serve web access for public benefits recipients www.mass.gov/vg/selfserve Head of Household (person who signed benefits application) can create a username and log in to see status of their:  Health Benefits  MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, Health Safety Net, Children’s Medical Security Plan, Healthy Start  Food/Cash Assistance Benefits  SNAP (food stamps)  TAFDC (cash assistance)  EAEDC (cash assistance)
  20. 20. Seniors Need “Extra Help” with Prescription Drug Costs? Deductibles Premiums Co-pays The “Donut Hole” Call the SHINE Program at Mystic Valley Elder Services
  21. 21. Malden Senior Center Events Blood Pressure: Mon, Tue, Wed: 9 AM – 1 PM  Sponsored by the Malden Council on Aging Blood Pressure with Chinese Translation  Every 4th Thursday: 12 Noon – 1 PM  Sponsored by Hallmark VNA Writer’s Group: Tuesdays, 1 PM Digital Photography Class: Wednesdays, 1 PM Computer Classes: Thursdays, 3 PM – 7 PM  For more information call 781-397-7144
  22. 22. Council on Aging Transportation Malden Council on Aging Transportation Program All Malden seniors eligible for door-to-door service for: Medical appointments to Malden, Medford, Melrose, and Stoneham Grocery shopping (local) Shuttle service to the Senior Center and home  Tuesdays and Thursdays Call 781-397-7144 for an appointment
  23. 23. Hunger Network Malden, Medford, EverettThe 15-member Tri-City Hunger Network builds thecapacity of local food pantries and meal programs bycoordinating efforts, leveraging resources, providingtechnical assistance, etc.Locations and times for food pantries and soup kitchensin each city follow…
  24. 24. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenBread of Life Soup Kitchen 54 Eastern Ave (rear)  5:30 – 6:30 781-397-0404 Tuesday – Thursday Food Pantry: St. Paul’s Church  26 Washington Street  4:00 – 6:00 Wednesday  5:30 – 6:30 Friday  2:00 – 4:00 Friday First Baptist Church  1 visit every 4 weeks  493 Main Street
  25. 25. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenEmmanuel Baptist Church 20 Hillside Avenue 781-322-5885 Food Pantry:  10:00 – 11:30  Monday, Wednesday, Friday  No Calls Please  Closed on holidays and inclement weather
  26. 26. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenHaitian Nazarene Church 12 Thatcher Street 781-324-2692 Food Pantry:  9:00 – 1:00  Wednesday and Thursday  Saturdays by appointment only  Please call first
  27. 27. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenImani Temple 264 Salem Street 781-324-3378 Food Pantry:  10:00 – 1:00  Every 3rd Saturday of month
  28. 28. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenMaplewood Baptist Church 729 Salem Street 781-322-2636 Food Pantry:  9:30 – 11:30  Friday  Please use side door  Please call first  1 visit every 3 months
  29. 29. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenNorth Shore Assembly of God 77 Kennedy Drive 781-321-2121 Food Pantry:  6:30 – 8:00  Tuesdays  1 visit per month
  30. 30. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenPhiladelphie SDA Church 575 Main Street 781-397-9143 Food Pantry:  10:00 – 1:00  1st Sunday of month and on emergency basis  Required: ID’s and Signature Soup Kitchen:  Wednesday  12:00 – 2:00
  31. 31. Hunger Network, Malden Food Pantry & Soup KitchenSalvation Army 213-219 Main Street 781-324-1970 Food Pantry:  9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 3:00  Please call first  1 visit per month
  32. 32. Hunger Network, Medford Food Pantry & Soup KitchenEvangelical Church of Holiness 55 Otis Street 781-391-1443 Food Pantry:  2:30 – 4:30  Last Saturday of month
  33. 33. Hunger Network, Medford Food Pantry & Soup KitchenFriends of Francis 441 Fellsway West 781-396-3400 Food Pantry:  3:00 – 4:30 Thursday  Required: Picture ID, utility bill  1 visit per month
  34. 34. Hunger Network, Medford Food Pantry & Soup KitchenShiloh Baptist Church Corner of Holton and Bower Streets West Medford 781-483-8850 Food Pantry:  6:00 – 7:00 / 2nd Tuesday of month  10:00 – 11:00 / 3rd Saturday of month  Medford Residents Only
  35. 35. Hunger Network, Medford Food Pantry & Soup KitchenSt. Raphaels Church 33 Boston Avenue 781-488-5444 Food Pantry:  11:00 – 1:00  Tuesday  Medford Residents Only
  36. 36. Hunger Network, Medford Food Pantry & Soup KitchenUnitarian Universalist Church Community Cupboard Food Pantry 147 High Street 781-396-4549 Food Pantry:  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM  Thursday
  37. 37. Hunger Network, Everett Food Pantry & Soup KitchenBread of Life (Satellite location) 460 Broadway 857-888-3452 Food Pantry:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  3rd and 4th Thursday of month  Everett Residents Only
  38. 38. Hunger Network, Everett Food Pantry & Soup KitchenImmaculate Conception Church 489 Broadway 617-389-5660 Food Pantry:  6:30 PM – 7:30 PM every other Monday  Please call first  Everett Residents Only
  39. 39. Free Citizenship Class Offered by the Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) For anyone planning to take the US Citizenship Exam within the next 12 months. Class meets Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Prepares students for the citizenship exam and interview Register in person at the ILC  Monday, Tuesday Thursday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 -2:30 PM.  Need more information? Call (781) 322-9777
  40. 40. Low Cost Legal Immigration Services Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians  Assistance to Haitians applying for TPS  Duration of TPS is 18 months  Permits immigrants to stay and work in the United States for the time that their TPS is active Contact: Marlane Codair, 781-321-2121 Offered by Compassion Immigration Ministry  A ministry of the North Shore Assembly of God  www.northshoreag.org  Authorized by the Board of Immigration Appears (BIA) to provide low cost legal immigration services with affordable fees
  41. 41. Community Support Services, 1 Offered by Hallmark Health, 239 Commercial St, Malden Healthy Families, 781-338-7550  Statewide home visiting program for 1st-time parents under 20 WIC, 781-338-7578  Offices in Malden, Medford, Everett, Woburn, Wilmington Mothers Helping Mothers Free Clothing Store, 781-338-7579  Gently used infant & children’s clothing; some baby equipment
  42. 42. Community Support Services, 2 Creative Coping, 781-338-7607  New mom’s group in the Fall & Winter; Reunion in the Spring Community Health Education, 781-338-7561  Classes in childbirth, breastfeeding, infant care, anesthesia, new dad and mom, CPR, babysitting, and wellness The Baby Café, 781-979-6455  Offers breastfeeding support Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, 781-338-7900  Asthma management and many other programs Community Counseling Services, 781-338-7250  Brian O’Sullivan, LICSW, Director
  43. 43. Want Your Message Displayed?  Any local non-profit organization can get information posted to our calendar and electronic bulletin board (EBB)  Date-specific information: send to calendar@maldensquare.org  Include your contact info so we can verify posting  These will also be posted to the EBB  General information (not date-specific) or ongoing programs/services: send to ebb@maldensquare.org  Include your contact info so we can verify postingProvided as a public service by the Cyber Café @ Malden Square
  44. 44. Tri-City Community ActionProgramTri-CAP’s 3 divisions and the services they offerfollows…Children and Advocacy and EnergyFamily Services Community (Weatherization(CFS) Services (ACS) and Fuel Assistance)
  45. 45. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices Division, Head Start, p1 Tri-CAP Head Start has operated since 1980  Provides a comprehensive child development program Meets the educational, social, health, nutritional, and emotional needs of income eligible families  with children 3-5 (three to five) years old  who reside in the Tri-City Area and surrounding communities Emphasis is on parent involvement  Philosophy: parents are the primary educators of their children Provides foundation of physical, emotional, & intellectual stability Helps parents improve their child-rearing skills in a constructive, supportive manner Many families find that Head Start strengthens their family life
  46. 46. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices Division, Head Start, p2 Children spend half days or extended-days in a rich learning environment supervised by licensed pre- school teachers Play is an essential ingredient in a childs health development Head Start experiences:  Complement childrens individual developmental skills  Strengthen their socialization skills  Strengthen their ability to interact cooperatively  Help develop positive self-esteem  Carefully balance the need to experience success and the opportunity to face and overcome challenges The childrens sense of self is enhanced by giving them choices and various opportunities for creative expression.
  47. 47. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices Division, Head Start, p3 Head Start provides children with a variety of health services  Particular emphasis on early identification of problems All children receive complete physicals, immunizations, and health screenings Parents are helped to enhance their advocacy skills Parents also receive training in such areas as  nutritional cost allowances  menu planning  budget counseling  food preparation  food related activities Children receive at least one third of their daily nutritional needs at the Center.
  48. 48. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices Division, Head Start, p 4 Licensed Nutritionist assists in identifying childrens nutritional needs, making recommendations, and explaining nutrition’s role in preventative health care Multi-cultural experiences include a variety of ethnic foods, which foster an appreciation of different backgrounds Social Services enable families to cope with their problems Staff utilize their extensive community networks to  make referrals, advocate, and empower parents  ensure that families receive the best available services
  49. 49. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices Division, Head Start, p5 Mental Health staff work closely with children and families to ensure that children reach their fullest potential As needed, children are observed and evaluated  Their psychological needs are then further discussed with the parents to ensure all services needed are received. Educational trainings and parent workshops  assist parents in further understanding:  child development, assertiveness training, and behavior management Mental Health Consultant is available to meet with parents on an individual basis
  50. 50. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices Division, Head Start, p6 Parent Involvement links all the family services components together. All parents may participate in family nights, parent groups, and special events. Parents are given many opportunities to participate in decision-making about virtually every aspect of the Head Start program from specific activity committees to the Policy Council. The Policy Council is comprised of parents and community representatives, who plan, monitor and evaluate the program to ensure it meets the needs of the families being served. The Policy Council represents a tremendous opportunity for parents to develop their leadership skills and exert an important impact on their program.
  51. 51. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices Division, Head Start, p7 Head Start believes all children are special Head Start is mandated to offer at least 10% of its enrollment opportunities to children with "disabilities" or "special needs” A child may come into the program with a diagnosed special need or it may be determined through ongoing assessment  Head Start and the parent would make a referral for evaluation  Collaboration within Head Start and with the community is fostered to ensure appropriate services for children with special needs are implemented in a timely fashion  A developmental approach allows staff to address children at their particular stage of development  Parent training on related laws, specific disabilities and approaches to accommodate them are also provided
  52. 52. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p1 Advocacy and Community Services provides  Information and referral  Clothing  Housing assistance  Benefits and health care advocacy  Pro bono legal assistance and advocacyto all low-income Tri-City residents Provides housing counseling and case management for people with HIV/AIDS in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance. Mobile Homeless Outreach Team (MOHT) provides assistance to homeless individuals seeking housing, income, and mental health/substance abuse services.
  53. 53. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p2 Housing, Stan Kaszanek House Offers housing to 11 homeless males and females Collaboration between Tri-CAP and Heading Home, Inc. Offers supportive services to residents  Skills training  Anger management, etc. Potential residents must be referred by Tri-CAP  See your Tri-CAP case manager for information
  54. 54. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p3 Housing, Single-Room Occupancy October 2008, Tri-CAP opens 14-bedroom Single Room Occupancy (SRO) house at 115 Washington Street, Malden  This house was established to provide an opportunity for homeless and low-income individuals to achieve stability in their lives. Tenant agree to a one-year renewable lease  this can become permanent housing if they choose  Some look at this as a stepping-stone to acquiring a one or two bedroom accommodation in the future Tri-CAP also provide four rooms that are available to non-clients (people from the general community) in the tri-city area For more information, call Fernanda Brito at 781-322-
  55. 55. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p4 Housing Resource Center Opened July 1, 2009 for residents of Malden, Medford, & Everett Serves needs of homeless or almost homeless families Targeted to at-risk families/individuals – particularly elders, people with disabilities, or people in need of housing resources Coming Soon: HRC will host a  Hot line service and web-based housing-related resource bank  Links to Tri-CAP’s legal services  Special funds, emergency food and shelter funds
  56. 56. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p5 Pro Bono Legal Project (PBLP) Provides legal information, advice, advocacy, referral, and representation to low-income people with civil legal problems related to  Housing  Family law  Unemployment  Disability Pro Bono Legal Project staff provide services directly and through a panel of volunteer attorneys who offer their services to the program.
  57. 57. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p6 Community Organizing is currently focusing on elderly residents at Heritage Apartments in Malden  Resident were hit with a 35% rental increase over 5 months Tenants formed the Heritage House Tenant Association and  Picketed for better communications from the building owner  Successfully developed a working relationship with the property advisor and building management  Hold regular meeting for and with tenants Tenants stimulated legislation that passed through Congress to ameliorate their rent situation Oct 2010 Update: Received $10.8M funding for renovation and $2M for maintaining affordability!
  58. 58. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p7 Hunger Network The 15-member Tri-City Hunger Network builds the capacity of local food pantries and meal programs by  coordinating efforts  leveraging resources  providing technical assistance, etc. Brings together operators of food pantries and meal programs to improve the community’s capacity to respond to hunger
  59. 59. Tri-CAP Advocacy and CommunityServices Division (ACS), p8 Cyber Café @ Malden Square Offers free access to computers and the Internet Low membership fee (required)  1-day or 1-week pass available for low fee Basic computer assistance and training available IRS-certified VITA Site  VITA = Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Formed and operated by Tri-CAP, the Office of Representative Christopher G. Fallon, Malden Access TV, Murray Learning Associates, and The Career Place http://maldensquare.org or call 781-397-2970
  60. 60. Tri-CAP Energy, p1 Fuel Assistance Fuel Assistance serves over 4,000 households in Everett, Medford, Malden, Winchester, Stoneham, Melrose, and Woburn.  helps low-income homeowners and tenants pay a portion of the cost of heating their homes.  payments can be used toward oil, gas, and electric costs and toward rent, if heat is included in the rent. open for six months each year, November through April. When combined with utility discounts and energy conservation measures, Fuel Assistance helps make energy costs affordable for low-income families.
  61. 61. Tri-CAP Energy, p2 Weatherization, 1 Weatherization provides energy conservation measures to low-income homeowners and tenants in Everett, Malden, Medford, Woburn, Winchester, and Stoneham. Funded by the Department of Energy, Weatherization can provide  weather stripping  insulation of attics and walls  heating system improvements  health and safety checks
  62. 62. Tri-CAP Energy, p3 Weatherization, 2 KeySpan/NGrid Weatherization Program provides weatherization services to low-income tenants and homeowners who have gas as their primary source of heat. The scope of work is similar to the Department of Energy-funded Weatherization.
  63. 63. Tri-CAP Energy, p4 The Heating Systems Program The Heating Systems Program is a heating emergency assistance program for low-income Fuel Assistance-eligible homeowners who are in no-heat or dangerous situations due to faulty systems. Primarily designed to assist with heating emergencies, the program may also improve heating system safety and efficiency. Scope of work done by the program may include:  repairs  new burners  heating system replacement  related asbestos abatement
  64. 64. Tri-CAP Energy, p5 Appliance Management Programs Appliance Management Programs help low-income families save money by reducing their electric usage. Tri-CAP provides on-site assessments of electric appliances. Electric use is reduced through the installation of efficient light bulbs, water conservation devices, and, in some cases, replacement of high-use refrigerators.
  65. 65. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices, p1 Head Start Head Start provides comprehensive child and family development services to income-eligible residents of the Tri-City area, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, and Winchester. The program runs center-based child care centers for preschool aged children.
  66. 66. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices, p2 Preschool Teacher Training program Provides an opportunity for individuals with limited work history to gain experience and skills as preschool teachers Offers a 9-month supervised experience assisting in preschool classrooms. College credit provided by Bunker Hill Community College  Trainees are placed in child-related jobs at the end of the program year
  67. 67. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices, p3 Summer Lunch Program in Everett The Summer Lunch Program provides free lunches for Everett children under the age of 18. Lunches are provided throughout the summer at several Everett Parks. The program operates during July and August Sponsored jointly by  Tri-CAP  Massachusetts Department of Education  Project Bread
  68. 68. Tri-CAP Children and FamilyServices, p4 Extended Day Program Full-day, full-year Head Start classroom for Head Start children Available to children whose parents are working, studying, or participating in a training program Families already enrolled in the Head Start program are prioritized for services
  69. 69. Information for ImmigrantsESLHealth Care ResourcesInformation on Use of Public Benefitsfollows…
  70. 70. Free Citizenship Class Offered by the Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) For anyone planning to take the US Citizenship Exam within the next 12 months. Class meets Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Prepares students for the citizenship exam and interview Register in person at the ILC  Monday, Tuesday Thursday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 -2:30 PM.  Need more information? Call (781) 322-9777
  71. 71. Low Cost Legal Immigration Services Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians  Assistance to Haitians applying for TPS  Duration of TPS is 18 months  Permits immigrants to stay and work in the United States for the time that their TPS is active Contact: Marlane Codair, 781-321-2121 Offered by Compassion Immigration Ministry  A ministry of the North Shore Assembly of God  www.northshoreag.org  Authorized by the Board of Immigration Appears (BIA) to provide low cost legal immigration services with affordable fees
  72. 72. ESL: Conversational English 1-2:30 PM, every Wednesday, Malden Public Library For beginning English speakers to practice and learn new words
  73. 73. ESL(English as a Second Language)Learn English with Muslim American Cultural and Civic Association 110 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 Voice: 617-671-1276 Cell: 508-451-3985
  74. 74. Health Care Resources forImmigrants, p1 Organizations Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Toby Guevin, 617-350-5480 x216, www.miracoalition.org MA Law Reform Institute, 617-357-0700, www.masslegalservices.org Health Care for All – MA, 617-350-7279, www.hefama.org National Immigration Law Center, www.nilc.org U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, www.uscis.gov Greater Boston Legal Services (Immigration Unit), 617-371-1234, www.gbls.org
  75. 75. Health Care Resources forImmigrants, p2 Other Resources Health Care for All Consumer Health Helpline, 1-800- 272-4232 Public Health Insurance and Immigrants Webpage, http://www.hcfama.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.vie wpage&pageid=785 National Immigration Law Center: Immigrants & Public Benefits: Health Care Webpage, http://nilc.org/immspbs/health/index.htm
  76. 76. Health Care Resources forImmigrants, p3 For Victims of Discrimination Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/, to file a complaint, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html MA Civil Rights Division, 617-727-2200, http://www.mass.gov/ag
  77. 77. Immigration and Public Benefits, p1 Will benefits hurt my chances of getting a Green Card or Becoming a U.S. Citizen?If you do not have a green card yet  It will not hurt your chances of getting a green card if you, your children or other family members use:Health Care, such as: MassHealth, Healthy Families, WIC,prenatal care, other free or low-cost medical careFood Programs, such as: Food Stamps(SNAP), WIC,school meals, and other food assistanceOther programs that do not give cash such as: publichousing, disaster relief, childcare services, job training,transportation vouchers
  78. 78. Immigration and Public Benefits, p2 Will benefits hurt my chances of getting a Green Card or Becoming a U.S. Citizen?If you do not have a green card yet You might have a problem getting your green card later only if: You use Cash Welfare such as: TAFDC, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), EAEDC Or your family’s only source of support is cash welfare received by your children or other family members Or you are in a nursing home or other Long-term
  79. 79. Immigration and Public Benefits, p3 Will benefits hurt my chances of getting a Green Card or Becoming a U.S. Citizen?If you are a victim of abuse: Who has filed a self-petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), use of cash welfare and other programs will not count against you.If you are a Refugee or Asylee You can use any benefits, including cash welfare, health care, food programs, and non-cash programs, without hurting your chances of getting a Green Card
  80. 80. Immigration and Public Benefits, p4 Will benefits hurt my chances of getting a Green Card or Becoming a U.S. Citizen?If you already have a green card You cannot lose your green card if you, your children, or other family members use: Health care, food programs and other non-cash programs Cash welfare Long-term care
  81. 81. Important Information for AllFree Services for Low-income ResidentsCommonwealth Care Brief Facts follows… Eligibility Income Guidelines Health Care Providers Health Care Providers
  82. 82. Free Services for Low-IncomeResidents, p1 Nutrition (Food Stamps) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Income-based; family size also counts Call for appointment and list of documents you’ll need to bring  781-322-4125 Health Insurance Signups Income-based; other requirements for non-citizens MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, Medical Security Program, Children’s Medical Security Program Call for appointment and list of documents you’ll need to bring  781-322-4125
  83. 83. Free Services for Low-IncomeResidents, p2 Tax Preparation January through April and beyond IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers Call for appointment and list of documents you’ll need to bring  866-833-2823 Part of the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program Accepting volunteers year-round at # above
  84. 84. Commonwealth Care Brief FactsUninsured?Not enough money to pay for health insurance?You may qualify for Commonwealth Care.Private Insurance at lower rates for low-incomeresidents! Tri-CAP’s Benefits Specialists may be able to help you determine if you qualify and help you apply. Call 781-322- 4125 to ask about an appointment!
  85. 85. Commonwealth Care Eligibility Health insurance for adults  Age 19 and older *  uninsured  meet certain eligibility requirements. You may be eligible for Commonwealth Care if:  Your family’s income before taxes meets the income guidelines specified on the next screen  You are uninsured,  You are a U.S. citizen/national, or you are an alien with special status who has had that status for at least 5 years, *persons under age 19 maybe able to help youTri-CAP’s Benefits Specialists may be eligible for MassHealth benefitsdetermine if you qualify and help you apply. Call 781-322-4125 to ask about an appointment!
  86. 86. Commonwealth Care IncomeGuidelinesFamily Size Income is Family Size Income is at or Below at or Below 1 $ 32,496 5 $ 77,376 2 $ 43,716 6 $ 88,596 3 $ 54,936 7 $ 99,816 4 $ 66,156 8 $111,036Note: Income guidelines used to determine eligibility change every yearon March 1.Tri-CAP’s Benefits Specialists may be able to help youdetermine if you qualify and help you apply. Call 781-322-4125 to ask about an appointment!
  87. 87. Commonwealth Care HealthServices In Commonwealth Care, all health plans offer the same medical services. Benefits of being a Commonwealth Care Member include:  Your own health care provider.  Preventative care checkups.  Care when you are sick or injured.  Prescriptions at your local pharmacy.  Treatment for alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health problems.  Vision care.Tri-CAP’s Benefits Specialists may be able to help you  Dental care (available to some members only).determine if you qualify and help you apply. Call 781-322-4125 to ask about an appointment!
  88. 88. Commonwealth Care Plans Plans may offer different extra services,  such as programs for weight loss or diabetes management. Some offer telephone help lines or discounts at fitness centers. You will have a choice of which plan to sign up for. 3 types of plans available, based on your income.  All providers offer these 3plans. Premium costs vary according to your incomeTri-CAP’s Benefits Specialists may be able to help you and the plan you choose.determine if you qualify and help you apply. Call 781-322-4125 to ask about an appointment!
  89. 89. Commonwealth Care Providers Commonwealth Care plans are offered by:  Boston Medical Center (BMC) Health Net Plan,  CeltiCare Health Plan,  Fallon Community Health Plan,  Neighborhood Health Plan  Network Health Availability of these plans varies by region of the state. Go to http://mahealthconnector.org for more informationTri-CAP’s Benefits Specialists may be able to help youdetermine if you qualify and help you apply. Call 781-322-4125 to ask about an appointment!

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