CASPAR, Inc. (Somerville, MA)


  • Name:Ruth Aaron
  • Title:Interim Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CASPAR, Inc.
  • Address:5 Middlesex Avenue
    Suite 307
    Somerville, MA 02145
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:617-628-3850
  • Main fax:617-628-6810

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  • Mission:
  • CASPAR is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the harm associated with substance use and contribute to a healthier community. Since its founding in 1970, CASPAR has provided prevention, intervention, treatment, housing, and other support services to approximately 120,000 adults, youth, and families affected by alcoholism and substance use. Services directly respond to a host of challenges that this population experience, including homelessness, joblessness, and chronic physical and mental illness for all age groups ranging from newborns to senior citizens.

  • Overview:
  • As a national model for providing creative, high-impact coordinated programs and services, CASPAR offers a comprehensive continuum of care to residents of all ages of Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts and neighboring communities, whose lives have been affected by substance abuse and mental health disorders. Each year, 3,500 individuals receive emergency shelter, food, and clothing, primary medical care, mental health services, case management, residential treatment, transitional housing, and employment and housing search assistance.

    CASPAR supports 11 distinctive programs delivered through the following service areas:

    -Prevention Services: Highly-targeted programs designed to reduce the devastating impact of substance abuse and mental health disorders. Prevention Services work with individuals across the substance abuse spectrum, from at-risk youth who have yet to become addicted, to elders who have suffered for many years and are living on the streets.

    -Emergency Services: Serve people in crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by offering shelter, an on-site medical clinic, case management and referral to other community-based services to help them address their substance abuse and homelessness challenges, including detoxification and continued sobriety and transitional and permanent housing. Case management staff work with clients to assist them in seeking treatment, housing, governmental benefits and employment.

    - FirstStep Street Outreach Team offers life-saving alternatives to unsheltered homeless men and women who are affected by substance abuse, mental illness, and medical complications associated with life on the streets. Through a combination of foot teams and mobile teams in our van, FirstStep seeks out the homeless, offering access to emergency medical and psychiatric care, meal programs, shelters, clothing, substance abuse treatment, and daytime drop-in and social service centers.

    -Residential Services: Offer structured residential addiction programs for individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders after they have achieved sobriety. Staff provides clinical support services, on-site individual and group counseling, support groups, psycho-educational groups, legal assistance, and referrals to support groups and social and medical services. CASPAR operates four residential programs, two for men, one for women and one for prenatal and postpartum women and their babies.

    -Aftercare Services: Continued support and case management services for participants who have completed CASPAR's residential programs, providing clients with an opportunity to strengthen their recovery and gain skills to live on their own. This includes two transitional residential facilities, one for women and one for men.

    -Support Services: Provide outpatient clinical support services, including psycho-social assessments, individual and group interventions, case management, structured addiction programs, peer support/navigation, employment training and support.

  • History:
  • CASPAR (Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation) is a community-based, non-profit organization founded in 1970 to provide prevention, intervention and treatment for individuals and families in Somerville and Cambridge whose lives have been affected by alcoholism and substance use disorders.

    Dedicated to underserved populations, including individuals who are indigent and homeless, CASPAR’s mission is to reduce the harm associated with substance use and contribute to a healthier community. To do that, we have built a comprehensive array of services with 11 programs, including an outreach program, a drop-in center, homeless shelter, stabilization programs, residential care, aftercare services and prevention services.

    CASPAR was founded in response to a growing community need for substance abuse treatment. At the time, no treatment options existed other than local hospital emergency rooms for the 10% of the population affected by substance use disorders. Many suffering from this disease were incarcerated rather than receiving treatment. The decriminalization of alcoholism in Massachusetts in the early 1970s, a legislative initiative spearheaded by CASPAR's founders, reinforced CASPAR's recognition that people with substance use disorders require treatment not punishment.

    Since 1970, CASPAR has grown from a single halfway house for men and a shelter for homeless men and women to a comprehensive array of services that provide access to people wherever they are on the substance use / abuse / recovery continuum. From street outreach to aftercare housing, CASPAR's programs reflect a shared commitment to non-judgmental, client-centered care for men and women who struggle with sobriety.

    CASPAR clients benefit from a well-trained and compassionate staff that is diverse in terms of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, language, and sexual orientation. Many of them have experienced homelessness and are in recovery from substance abuse.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:74


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:237193288

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:237193288
  • Organization Name:CASPAR INC
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  • Organization Address:66 CANAL ST
  • Organization City:BOSTON
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:02114-2002
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1972
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):399
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other housing activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:F22Z
  • Asset Amount:$6,729,163
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,978,988
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,966,343
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:08:10 pm

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