Residential Programs

STARR (Short Term Assessment Rapid Reunification)

The short-term (14–45 days), co-ed program provides shelter and assess youth who are moved from one housing unit to another. Services include: comprehensive assessment; medication management; individual and family therapy; anger management and life skills group; education support; sensory therapy; transportation; recreation; and comprehensive case management using a trauma-informed approach. Each STARR facility has a mix of respite and assessment beds.

Maple STARR (age 12–18)
Holyoke STARR (age 12–18)
Mooreland STARR (birth–11 years-old)

Contact SHINE Programs:
425 Union St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
shinehousing@gandaracenter.org; (413) 654-1554.

Referral: Closed. Referral through DCF only.

Choices

Program provides educational and vocational support, life skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as family and individual therapy. Program specializes in working with adolescents ages 13-18. The program uses a trauma informed service approach. Staff to youth ratios are 1:3 (day/evening) and 1:6 (overnight).

Location: 82 Vermont St., Springfield, MA; 01108

Contact: Ty Hart, thart@gandaracenter.org, 413-733-4187 x 248

Victory House

Program provides educational and vocational support, life skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as family and individual therapy for up to 12 youth ages 10-18. The program uses a trauma informed services approach. Staff to youth ratios are 1:3 (day/evening) and 1:6 (overnight).

Location: 107 Conway St., Greenfield, MA; 01301
Contact: Richard LeGare Program Director, rlegare@gandaracenter.org. 413-774-2303 x 351

Transitions Group Home

Program focuses on helping boys ages 14-20 develop skills for living on their own. It provides them with information on many community resources. The program uses cognitive behavioral therapy and can provide individual or family therapy for youth not receiving these services in the community. The program utilizes a trauma informed services approach. Staff to youth ratios are 1:4 (day/evening) and 1:6 (overnight).

Location: 198 Fort Pleasant St, Springfield, MA 01108
Contact: Adrian Calixto; acalixto@gandaracenter.org, 413-846-0426 x 150

SHINE

Provides transitional housing and outreach services for up to 8 homeless, unaccompanied, young adults ages 18 – 24 , who meet the HUD definition of homelessness. The goal is to provide them with a safe place to live and to help them develop life skills to live independently. Support services include: on site case advocacy, skill building that supports community connections, access to educational and employment opportunities, housing, economic and health stability. Youth may stay in the program for up to 24 months.

Location: 364-366 Main St., Indian Orchard (Springfield), MA, 01105
Contact: Pam Cook, pcook@gandaracenter.org 413-543-2460 x 189
Admission Requirements: Youth may self-refer, or be referred by a school, provider or family/community member. They must meet the HUD definition of homeless; be between the ages of 18 – 24; be willing to participate in structured program; be willing to enroll in school, job readiness, or employment. Priority will be given to Springfield residents or individuals enrolled in Springfield schools or with ties to Springfield.

Charles T. Grucci Youth Detention Center

This is a 12-bed, 24/7 staff-secure, boys detention program that provides for the educational, health and mental health needs of boys who are waiting for their next court appearance.

Closed Referral: DYS only
Location: 64 Dulong Circle, Chicopee, MA 01022.
Contact: Mary Gustofson, mgustofson@gandaracenter.org, 413-561-1500 x 132