Additionally, Mayor Menino has announced yesterday that the City of Boston’s resource center to assist local families affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti will extend its operation through next week, with the potential to remain open after that time based on need. Opened last Thursday at SEIU Local 1199 in the wake of the disaster, today the resource center will relocate to the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library in order to better serve members of Boston’s Haitian community still seeking updates and information about the earthquake and ongoing relief efforts.

Translators, crisis counselors, computers, and phone lines to accommodate international calls will continue to be available at the center. The Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians is also coordinating with immigration attorneys that will be available to answer questions, similar to the current immigration clinics sponsored by this office. A combination of staff from city agencies such as the Boston Public Health Commission and volunteers from SEIU Local 1199 will continue to operate the resource center out of its new location.

Beginning TODAY, the relocated resource center, operating out of the Mattapan Branch Library at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, will maintain the following hours:

Thursday, January 21 – Friday, January 22: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 23: 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 24: Closed

Monday, January 25 – Friday, January 29: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 30: 12 noon -5 p.m.

Individuals may continue to contact the resource center by phone at (617) 284-1199. Those interested in volunteering at the center are encouraged to contact the Boston Public Health Commission by emailing haitisupport@bphc.org.

For more information about the City of Boston’s Haiti assistance efforts and other ways to get involved in the recovery, please visit www.CityofBoston.gov and refer to «Haiti Support» on the City’s homepage.

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