Community Legal Aid to Celebrate Opening of New Fitchburg Office
Community Legal Aid is opening of a new office at 515 Main Street in Fitchburg. With this new office, CLA aims to increase access to vital legal assistance for residents of Fitchburg, Leominster and the other communities of North Central Mass.
CLA is the non-profit civil legal aid program providing free civil (non-criminal) legal help for the low-income and elderly residents of Central and Western Massachusetts. CLA helps people access safe and stable housing; get unemployment, disability and other benefits to stabilize their income; break free from domestic violence; and obtain needed services in school. Community Legal Aid works to assure fairness for all in the justice system, protecting homes, livelihoods, health and families.
Attorney Lauren De Oliveria, who specializes in family law; Attorney Eleanor Cashmore, a benefits specialist; Attorney Daniel Schneider, who focuses on housing law; and receptionist Raydi Soto will make up the initial Fitchburg team. The office will be managed by CLA Managing Attorney Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies. CLA is in the process of hiring other staff who will join the Fitchburg team in the coming months.
CLA (then known as Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Mass.) had an office in Fitchburg for many years. Unfortunately, in the mid-1990s, funding cuts forced that office to close. While CLA has continued serving the residents of North Worcester County, the organization had never given up hope of operating a full-service office in the community, and CLA is thrilled to open a Fitchburg office once again.
There will be an Open House Celebration at the office on Wednesday, June 12, between 4:30 and 7:00 so CLA can connect with neighbors and the North Worcester County community. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 508-425-2805, if you would like to attend.