Springfield “Bowen” Center
Currently up to 10 community members can be in the space at a time. We are offering frozen foods and other basic supplies as much as we are able, and prioritizing people who have no other safe space to be in and/or who are at risk of forced hospitalization or similar.
We ask that people who do have a space to live in continue to stay home and make use of our on-line and phone supports.
235 Chestnut St. Springfield, MA 01103
We are right on the first floor with an accessible entrance.
Directions and Info
Large, free off-street lot
Ramp entrance to building and accessible bathrooms at entryway. We encourage people to not wear fragrances and can schedule ASL interpretation by request.
- Computers, printer, and fax
- Gym equipment
- Space to connect with others
- Art room
- Limited Laundry (we can wash but not dry clothes right now, and the washer is in high demand).
- Clothing pantry
Some Bowen Center History
The Bowen Resource Center opened in Springfield in May of 2009. Located on the South end of Main Street, it was situated directly between McDonalds and the Housing Advocacy Program (HAP). The center was developed in collaboration with the RLC’s sister community, Leadership, Employment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) and was named after Shelly Bowen, a founding member of the Guiding Council of Western Mass (GCOW) who spoke frequently of having an RLC center based in Springfield before she passed away in 2008. The center offered a variety of supports, including peer support by phone and in person, a computer lab with four computers, a lending library and a variety of workshops, community meetings and other activities. Above all else, it was intended to create a safe space within which our community can come together, heal, share, support, learn from and strengthen one another
In fall of 2016 we relocated to our new space at 235 Chestnut Street; only one block away from the Union Station Bus Terminal. We continue to offer all of our past supports and have added a shower, washing machine, clothing donation room, and Spanish speaking advocates to all of our open days. We have free Reiki once, and Acupuncture twice a month respectively. Narcan trainings occur regularly. Please see our calendar for more details! Food donations from Rachael’s Table and other generous organizations are frequent as well.
The Bowen Center includes a free Wellness Space to utilize weights, treadmills, spin bikes, and other gym/cardio equipment anytime during our open hours.