How We Help
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services serves more than a third of the Island population every year. Reflecting the diversity of the Vineyard community, our clients are both impoverished and affluent and include families and individuals of all ages, races and ethnicities. A community-based organization, MVCS employs more than 100 staff and scores of volunteers who provide services through six core programs:
CONNECT to end violence provides free and confidential services to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence; as well as family members/significant others. CONNECT’s core services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, short-term counseling, court advocacy, medical accompaniment and referral services.The CONNECT Supervised Visitation Center provides families access to a neutral, secure space and quality visitation services. Learn more.
Disability Services provides employment support through Island Employment Services, vocational evaluations, and the Family Support Center for persons living with physical, developmental or mental health disabilities. Learn more.
Early Childhood Programs provide infant through pre-school center-based Childcare Center, a home-based Head Start program and supports the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center, offering parenting education, parent/child activities and family & provider supports. Learn more.
The Island Counseling Center provides mental health and substance abuse counseling; medication evaluation and monitoring; and 24-hour crisis intervention services to children, adolescents, adults and seniors. The New Paths Recovery Program is an intensive outpatient program for those recovering from addiction. The Island Intervention Center provides a triage system for urgent care, brief interventions, assessments, and immediate access to appropriate services for both mental health and substance use disorders.The Island Counseling Center also sponsors the Daybreak Clubhouse, a center for those with mental illness, that provides psychosocial rehabilitation services. Learn more.
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative develops and provides an Island-wide integrated system of behavioral health care that is comprised of local providers and maintains on–island treatment options for our youth, young adults and their families. Learn more.
The Thrift Shop provides recycled clothing and household items for the community while raising significant funds to support our programs. Proceeds from The Thrift Shop support the programs of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Learn more.