|A shelter for homeless men and women providing life saving services to 107 people nightly and over 1,000 unduplicated clients annually.|
Emergency Services Center and Shelter
CASPAR’s Emergency Services Center (ESC) is one of two shelters in Massachusetts that accept people who are using drugs and alcohol and are homeless. At the ESC clients receive medical and mental health care, nutritional food, personal hygiene supplies, clean clothes, counseling, case management, and employment, housing, and treatment referrals in an environment that is welcoming and safe. The ESC provides 24-hour shelter, 365 days a year to residents of Cambridge and Somerville.
For many ESC clients, the shelter represents the entrance point to CASPAR’s continuum of substance abuse services.
The ESC has strong ties to the community, including Cambridge and Somerville hospitals and police departments, who view the ESC as a partner in reducing harm on the streets. In addition, the ESC enjoys a special relationship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which built the shelter for CASPAR on MIT property in 1994.
Please contact program staff with any questions by calling (617) 661-0600.