Friday, January 20, 2023 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 2nd Street, an organization supporting formerly incarcerated men and women in Berkshire County, has partnered with Community Legal Aid (CLA) to open additional office space in North Adams.

Located at 33 Main Street, North Adams, the office suite will be shared with CLA, which currently uses the space as a satellite office.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2023, 2nd Street will meet with clients by appointment only. Clients wishing to schedule an appointment may call (413) 443-7220, ext. 1275.

The intent behind offering space beyond the Pittsfield office is to bring services closer to where clients live, explained Jason Cuyler, 2nd Street Executive Director.

“Part of helping formerly incarcerated individuals succeed is being readily accessible to them,” Cuyler said. “Ideally, that means being able to provide assistance to clients where they are. We’re eager to make it easier for clients in the Northern Berkshires to access our services. Community Legal Aid has been a partner of 2nd Street since the beginning, and we deeply appreciate the space-sharing arrangement.”

2nd Street staff works to develop an individualized reentry plan for each client. Services include medical and mental health referrals, substance use disorder services, financial and legal resources, transportation and housing resources, employment and job training, and legal services.

“The new office space is a natural extension of the close working relationship between Community Legal Aid and 2nd Street,” said Jennifer Dieringer, CLA’s Managing Attorney for Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. “We’re so pleased to be able to offer our space to 2nd Street’s clients, especially knowing it will be much easier for North County residents obtain services. We look forward to growing our working relationship and to the success of 2nd Street.”

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