With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have expressed feelings of isolation, anxiety, depression, and fear. These uncertain times are particularly difficult for those who struggle with substance use and mental health issues and for those who depend on helping networks for daily survival.
Unfortunately, even as the rate of COVID-19 infection decreases in Boston, the need for our behavioral health services continues to grow with alarming urgency.
Due to the pandemic, our annual government funding is now in question, as state and city budgets are under historic stress. At the same time, we have had to cancel our usual fundraising events.
After over 20 years of operation, the Collaborative Center now needs your support to continue to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable members of our community. Funds raised here will go directly towards supporting our daily operations.
Through the support of community members like you, we may continue to offer accessible treatment to any person struggling with substance use disorder and mental health issues, and work to address the ongoing opioid crisis in the City of Boston.
We understand this is a difficult time for many people in the Boston area, including the non-profit community. Thank you for investing in the future of our community!
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If you prefer to write a check, please Pay to the Order of: South Boston Collaborative Center, Inc. and mail to the following address:
Joseph “Dodo” Nee South Boston Collaborative Center
1226A Columbia Road
South Boston, MA 02127
Who We Are and What We Do
At the Joseph "Dodo" Nee South Boston Collaborative Center, our mission is to provide quality substance use and mental health treatment and prevention services to the greater South Boston Community, regardless of status and ability to pay. Our office in South Boston offers a safe, welcoming environment for families in need, where we assist them to effect positive change in their lives and to instill a sense of hope for their futures.
The Joseph Nee South Boston Collaborative Center was established in 1997, at a time when South Boston was engulfed in one of our nation’s worst suicide epidemics. It was launched as part of an intensive community-wide initiative to confront the tragic incidences of adolescent suicides and drug overdoses. The Collaborative Center is located in an old library space in the Anne M. Lynch Old Colony Housing Development at 1226 Columbia Road, near the traditional borders of the South Boston and Dorchester neighborhoods. The site is less than a ten-minute walk from the JFK/UMass red line subway station, as well as close to several bus routes, providing easy access for our many clients without cars. We are licensed by the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services as an outpatient community-based clinic. We provide counseling and psycho-educational services to residents of South Boston and Dorchester, and to people who live elsewhere (or are homeless or insecurely housed) but maintain family or historic connections to the community.
We have more than 20 years of experience providing substance use and mental health treatment and recovery services to our community. We provide a range of comprehensive intervention, prevention, and treatment services, including outreach and educational programs, to create an environment conducive to making healthy changes. For those with substance use and dependence disorders, the Collaborative Center provides services that assist them in achieving abstinence and sobriety. We also help parents in navigating a complex service system so that they can efficiently and effectively obtain services for themselves and their loved ones struggling with addiction. Though an independent nonprofit organization, we are also affiliated with the Boston Public Health Commission (the city’s health department)—supporting two-way referrals and providing a close link between neighborhood service delivery and citywide treatment, recovery and prevention strategy.