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Amherst Survival Center
The Amherst Survival Center is a community center that offers lots of resources to help people meet their basic needs. We provide free meals, free groceries, free clothing, free medical care, and free community activities. The center also offers public computers, a phone, and limited copy/fax services. We provide showers, laundry, and lockers for people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, our resource center hosts representatives from other area service organizations making the Amherst Survival Center a one-stop-shop for accessing resources. Finally, all of this is provided in a warm community center environment, with activities ranging from live music to sewing workshops to office hours with elected officials. All of these services are made possible by a huge team of volunteers and are available to all.
What to expect at the Amherst Survival Center
When you arrive you will be asked one simple question—”Where do you live?” We need this information to keep track of how many people come in a day from what area.
It is fine to just sit down and relax, talk to people and meet new friends. If you have a question, ask anyone! They may know the answer or be able to point you in the direction of a person who can help. Volunteers at the reception desk are happy to give you a tour or help you find the information you need. You can also ask staff in the front office for help.
During your visit, you are welcome to access any of the resources provided. The food pantry can only be accessed once a month, but everything else (meals, fresh food distribution, community store, health clinic, resource center, activities, showers, laundry, mail) can be accessed every day we are open.
There is limited parking available in our lot. Please do not park on grass or in other restricted spaces. Extra parking is available on the street on Cowl’s road. Do NOT park at Cowl’s Lumber, Watroba’s, or ProSensing. These businesses are strong supporters of the Amherst Survival Center and need their parking for their customers.
Volunteering is an opportunity for individuals who want to play a bigger part in the cycle of giving and receiving that defines the Amherst Survival Center. Engaging volunteers in our work is also part of our mission.