March 1, 2024 (North Adams MA) – In partnership with the Berkshire Humane Society Pet Assistance Program, BFAIR and Elder Services of Berkshire County are helping elders feed their pets in conjunction with their Meals on Wheels program, which provides a hot lunch-time meal for people aged 60 and older.  

The Pet Assistance program kicks off on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield, MA at 10:30 AM.  BFAIR’s Community Based Day Services Program (CBDS) participants will fill a vehicle at Berkshire Humane Society, before they embark on a journey throughout Pittsfield and Dalton to deliver pet food to over twenty elders in the Berkshire Community. The program will run monthly, where BFAIR program participants will continue to deliver this much-needed item.  

BFAIR’s Community Based Day Services program helps adults with disabilities participate in their community and improve their skills by providing access to regular, meaningful social contact and stimulating activities. Community-Based Day Services are designed to maximize a person’s ability to manage everyday life activities in their community.  

According to Kayla Brown-Wood at Elder Services of Berkshire County, “For us at Elder Services, we’re excited to be able to offer this to the people receiving Meals on Wheels while also strengthening our community partnerships and helping people with disabilities make an impact through this experience.” 

Laura Baran recently appointed Senior Director of CBDS and Employment at BFAIR states, “Our CBDS program adds value to our local community in multiple ways; providing an opportunity for participants to interact in the community, and with that, comes wonderful volunteer service in the Berkshires, to help those in need.” 

John Perreault at the Berkshire Humane Society remarks “It’s impressive how three very different non-profit organizations can come together in this way to provide a meaningful service to people, and pets, in our community.” 

To be eligible to receive pet assistance through this program, the individual must receive services through Elder Service’s Meals on Wheels program. For more information on how to get started, please visit esbci.org or by calling 413-499-0524. 

About Elder Services of Berkshire County 

Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc. (ESBCI) is a private, non-profit agency with a mission to provide Berkshire elders, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live with dignity, independence, and self-determination, and to achieve the highest possible quality of life. ESBCI is designated as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) for all of Berkshire County and carries out its mission through services including Information and Referral, Home Care, Caregiver Support, Housing Options, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Advocacy, Money Management, and the Senior Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels).  

About Berkshire Humane Society 

Berkshire Humane Society is at 501(c)3 nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization.  Our mission is to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and placement of companion animals, while promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through education and outreach. 

About BFAIR 

For thirty years, BFAIR has provided Adult Family Care (AFC), Residential, Clinical, Employment and Day Services for adults with developmental disabilities, Acquired Brain Injury and Autism. BFAIR is a proud member agency of the Northern Berkshire United Way and the Williamstown Community Chest. 

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