December 2021

- YouTube

Winter Wishes (formerly Holiday Giving Program)

This year we had 36 families/103 residents apply to the Winter Wishes program. Thank you to all of our donors for their generosity, support, and flexibility with a expedited timeline this year. A special thank you to:

Eagle Leasing Company

Phaneuf Concrete Cutting

Southborough Village Preschool

Woodward Elementary School

Neary Elementary School

Trottier Middle School

Central Office for the NSboro Schools

Town of Southborough employees

Southborough Community Fund

Southborough Trust Fund

Rotary Club of Southborough

St. Anne's Parish


and all of our individual donors!

Big picture

Training Opportunities!

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training is a grass-roots way for you to help keep friends, loved ones, and our community safe. QPR is an acronym for Question, Persuade, Refer. Not unlike CPR it teaches basic skills to help a person in crisis. In this 2-hour training, you are taught how to ask the suicide Question, how to Persuade a person to tell you more, and to seek help and Refer to outside professionals. It is offered in a small setting of no more than 12 participants to allow for time to ask lots of questions and try out newly learned skills through role-plays.

Available QPR training dates

Saturday, December 11th at 9 - 11 am

Wednesday, December 15th at 6 - 8 pm

Registration form below.

Have questions? Check out our list of Frequently Asked Question below.

Still have questions or need more information? Contact Shannon Kinayman.

(508) 481-5676 ext 3

Sharable flyer below.

The Art of Communication in Relationships...

Listen With L.O.V.E.

Positive communication is a critical element in relationship success and yet, it is something that challenges all of us. How do you support your loved one who is in distress? How do you get your needs met while still preserving important relationships? How do you persevere when your navigating challenging conversations with someone regularly? SYFS is offering the workshop, Listen With L.O.V.E: The art of communication in relationships to address some of these challenges and review critical elements of successful communication. If you are a parent, spouse, friend, son or daughter, or simply a human in relationships with other humans, please consider joining us. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 5th from 6-8pm at 21 Highland St in Southborough. Stay tuned for more details about subsequent trainings in the new year.

Registration form is below.

Big picture

BUT WAIT, there's more!

Communication Skills and Discussion Group

Looking for comradery, a space to vent, an opportunity to hear that others are going through something similar and you're not alone? As a compliment to the Listen With L.O.V.E. Workshop, we are offering communication skills and discussion groups to take deeper look at some of the skills presented in the workshop and apply them in real life. Take a time out for yourself and choose from two options: a weekly lunch break or a biweekly early evening meeting. Both are informal opportunities to get support and recharge before going back to your daily lives.
Big picture

Mental Health Support and Therapy Referral Services

Services available:

  • Clinical Consultations
  • Interface Referral Services
  • Assessments
  • Short-term counseling support
  • Therapeutic groups and workshops

Learn more by:

Fuel Assistance

This program affords eligible households with financial assistance directly to their heating vendor. Eligibility is based on gross annual income and family size. SYFS is an intake site for new fuel assistance applicants, a benefit that is issued through South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC). If you are a renewing fuel assistance applicant, you can go directly to SMOC.

Income Eligibility and Benefit Levels:

Household Guidelines:

Fuel Assistance Checklist:

For more information about Fuel Assistance, please contact Christina McCarthy at or (508) 481-5676

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, and Happy Holidays! We'll see you next year!

About Us

Southborough Youth and Family Services provides compassionate and equitable behavioral health and social services to Southborough residents of all ages.