Links Celebrates 40 Years of Service

By Amy Skalinder

Things were changing on the North Shore – and across the country – in 1972. In the wake of the cultural changes of the late 1960s, local social service agencies were seeing more teens dealing with issues related to sexuality, and there were few resources available. Local referral hotlines received almost 300 calls in six months from young people looking for help and information about sexuality issues, and the nearest clinics were 20-30 minutes away by car and had a 6-8 week waiting period.

Responding to these emerging community needs, a group of community leaders including clergy, physicians, and local professionals decided to act. Links — North Shore Youth Health Service opened its doors on May 7, 1973 as a reproductive health care clinic in the basement of Northfield’s Josselyn Center.

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