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Central Boston Elder Services

Boston, Massachusetts

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Little Necessities Program for Women & Men

The purpose of the Little Necessities Program is to assist needy and deserving men and women, in reduced circumstances, that their lives be made more comfortable.
The Little Necessities Program authorizes home care managers access to monies to help older women and men maintain their independence in order to live comfortably and safely in their own homes.

A little necessity may be a microwave for someone unable to use a stove; a railing in the hallway to prevent falls; an air conditioner in the summer to prevent asthmatic attacks; payments towards chore service to clean up an apartment that has deteriorated; a security deposit needed to secure a new apartment; or a mattress for someone who has been sleeping on the floor. These are some of the possible items or uses that the Little Necessities program can assist with.

Over the past years, a seventy year old resident of Roxbury and consumer of Central Boston Elder Services, learned about the Little Necessities program and was able to receive two pairs of eye glasses. One pair she needed for reading and the other to see from a distance.

An older man who went from sleeping on his daughter's coach to obtaining his own apartment. Based on his connection with Central Boston Elder Services, the Little Necessities program was able to purchase all the items such as a bed, linens, and furniture to start over in his apartment.

More About Us

Since 1974, Central Boston Elder Services (CBES) has been serving elders in the city of Boston by promoting elder independence with respect for their dignity and care. Founded by local community leaders and elder advocates, our agency was established to meet the needs of an underserved minority population in the city's urban center. As a non-profit organization, CBES stands firm in our commitment as the only Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) within the 27 eldercare agencies to aid in the social and economic development of the communities we serve. Driven by our philosophy, CBES strives to provide high quality, responsive and supportive services and programs to the elderly, the disabled and caregivers. We are governed by an elected board of directors, consisting of 51 percent elders, and the remaining 49 percent professionals and providers.

Over 150 CBES employees work daily across a number of CBES programs to ensure our consumers receive the services they need and the care they deserves. Some of our programs include: Adult Foster Care (AFC), Boston Allied Partner (BAP), Clinical Assessment and Eligibility/Comprehensive Screening and Service Model, Home Care Programs, Little Necessities Program, One Care Plans, Project Bread, Residence Service Coordination (RSC), Senior Care Options (SCO), and Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services.


The mission of Central Boston Elder Services is to provide high quality, responsive, supportive services and programs to the elderly and the disabled in need of health and human services. Central Boston Elder Services seeks in its philosophy to provide services in a manner which reinforces dignity and worth of the individuals and also acknowledges and respects cultural sensitivity, gender and other differences, while serving the community with vision and integrity.

We are committed to partnering with families, caregivers and community entities that embrace the philosophy and our mission to reduce social, economic and health disparities.
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