Thanks to a humble, anonymous donor, the Gándara Center is supplying its Impact Center in Springfield with 20 backpacks full of food, clothing, feminine hygiene products and much more. These are needed by the 16-21-year-old youths the agency serves who are, or at risk of becoming, homeless and may have mental health and/or substance use concerns.

Interested in making a similar donation to the Impact Center or another one of Gándra Center’s programs? Contact Lisa Brecher at or 413-296-6214.

The Impact Center, at 41 Taylor Street, offers:

  • Peer mentoring
  • Recovery navigation
  • Free WiFi
  • Book lounge
  • Media lab
  • Support groups
  • Benefits navigation
  • Housing resources
  • Resume building help
  • Help and wellness tips
  • Independent life skills coaching

The Impact Center is a place where youths can be themselves without judgement, get help in reaching their goals, advocate for their needs, and have some fun.

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