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Cash Assistance

Department of Transitional Assistance

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604

1-877-382-2363/(508) 767-3100

Massachusetts State Supplement Program (SSP)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)

The Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)

Public Transportation Assistance

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, Ma 01702

1-877-382-2363/(508) 661-6600      Monday – Friday, 7:30AM-5PM

SNAP: Food Assistance / Food Stamp

49 Nursery Lane, ste.101, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978)665-8700  Office Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30am–5pm

1 North Street, Southbridge, MA  01550

(508) 765-2400    Office Hours: 7:30am – 5pm

Gardner Community Action Committee

294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440

(978)-632-8700  Office Hours; Monday–Thursday, 8:30am–4:30pm; Friday, 8:30am–4pm

Emergency Funds

Social Security Administration – SSI

http://www.ssa.gov

51 Myrtle Street, Worcester, MA 01608

1-866-331-9069/1-800-772-1213

Social Security and Medicare Benefits

1 Clarks Hill, ste.101  Framingham, MA 01702

1-844-587-1390/1-800-772-1213

Department of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester

455 Main Street, Room 108, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 799-1041

WIC Program, SMOC

7 Bishop Street, 1st floor, Framingham, MA  01702

(508)-620-1445


Clothing and Furniture

Abby’s House Thrift Store

52 High Street, Worcester, MA  01609

(508) 756-5486

Catholic Charities, Leominster Office

196 Mechanic Street, Leominister, MA 01453

(978) 840-0609

Hours: M-F 8:30am-4pm

Donations Clearinghouse of the Central MA Housing Alliance

6 Institute Road, Worcester,MA 01609

(508) 791-7265 / (508) 752- 5519

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

Dress for Success – Worcester

484 Main Street ste.101, Worcester,MA 01608 (Denholm Building)

(508) 796-5660

Hours: T-F 10am-3pm

worcester@dressforsuccess.org

Emmanuel Baptist Thrift Store

717 Main Steet, Worcester,MA 01610

(508) 756-5336

Faith Boutique of Christ Baptist Church

24 Granby Road, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 799-9101

Friendly House,Inc

36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 755-4362

Hours: M+W 12-3:3Opm, F 9:30-3pm

Gardner Community Action Committee: Clothing Closet

294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440

(978) 632-8700

Hours: M 9-12pm, T-TH 9-4pm, F 9-11:45am

Goodwill Store

25 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 752-4042

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

The Little Store at Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope

242 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA 01603

(508)831-7455

Neighbors Closet at Christian Community Church

108 Beacon Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01610

(508) 304-6023

Problem Pregnancy

495 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609

508-507-8378

Hours: M-W 10-4pm, TH 9-3pm, F 9-12pm

Salvation Army

72 Cambridge Street, Worcesterl,MA 01603

(508) 799-0528

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm

Salvation Army – Fitchburg

739 Water Street, Fitchburg, MA     01420-6479

(978)  342- 3300

Salvation Army Thrift Store, Gardner

8 Union Street, Gardner, MA 01440

978-832-9854

Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

Savers Thrift Store

500 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701

(508) 875-0225

St. Stephen’s Thrift Store

20 Hamilton Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 755-3165


Education and Employment

Education

Assumption College-Continuing and Career Education


Energy and Utility Assistance

Action, Inc.

180 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 283-7874.

Services:

  • Energy Services – Can help low income individuals pay heating bills during those cold winter months. Get information on heating oil programs, and financial aid. Learn about the Citgo Free Oil Heat program.
  • Heating system repair or replacement – If your system is not working properly, you may qualify for a free heating heating or repairs.
  • Weatherization – Save on your winter heating and summer cooling bills from this free energy conserving program. Get energy saving updates to your home.
  • Job programs – Get training, career counseling, information on local employers, job placement, and services such as computer training and resume review.
  • Housing and rent – Get information about emergency rental assistance programs and eviction prevention. Staff from Action Inc. work to prevent and reverse homelessness in the region.
  • Service Areas: Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, and Ipswich (and sometimes Hamilton)

Amesbury Center – Community Action, Inc.

44 Friend Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts, 01913

(978) 388 – 2570

Services: Low and moderate income families can apply for housing, rent assistance, food, mortgage help, holiday meals and gifts and clothing. They also operate a food pantry and clothing bank. In addition get help from a counselor in applying for the CAI Low-income Heating Assistance program (LIHEAP) as well as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition and health program.

Fuel Assistance
If you have a past balance due and need to work out a payment plan please check with your provider about arrearage programs. These programs sometimes allow for a portion of your overdue balance to be “forgiven.”

Citizens Energy Heat Assistance Programs
1-877-JOE-4-OIL
Services: reduction in utility payments for those facing financial hardships. There are no strict income limits and no citizenship requirements. You do not need proof of immigration status.

Gardner Community Action Committee
294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-8700
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

GLCAC, or the Greater Lawrence Community Action

305 Essex St, Lawrence, MA 01840

(978) 681-4900

Services: mostly provides referrals. Qualified low income families can get support for their basic needs from government benefits such as WIC or the Head Start services. There are also programs focused on energy bills and heating expenses. These are funded by the state of Massachusetts and federal government grants, and can be called upon for either energy conservation or to pay delinquent utility bills.

Other resources include Project SENIOR or child care vouchers. Case managers can offer referrals to food stamps, disability, and similar benefits too. Resources are for families in Methuen, Lawrence, and Andover only. More Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

Jewish Family Services of MetroWest
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 366-7191
Website: http://www.jfsmw.org/

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
484 Main Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-632-8175
Services: Government program to help low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills during the winter.

Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.

156 Broad Street, Lynn, Massachusetts

(781) 581 – 7220 Ext: 283

Services: runs the LEO Fuel Assistance. This service provides heating assistance through federal and state of Massachusetts fuel assistance program. Many other programs are run as well, as follows.

  • Head Start and Family Child Care Center help children in Essex County.
  • Emergency grants can help with rent, and this service also offers legal support.
  • LEO runs low income apartments in the region.
  • They also help underemployed Essex County families as well as immigrants access employment. Find more details on increasing income from work from home jobs.

Many other resources are also available for income qualified residents. The address is, , or more on Lynn Economic Opportunity assistance programs.

Service Areas: in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott and Wakefield

MassSAVE
1-866-527-7283
Services: MassSAVE o ers energy tips and information about free home energy assessments, energy-saving products, and loans, rebates, and other incentives for energy-saving home improvements.

Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities

599 Canal Street 6th Floor West, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01840, (978) 685-5930

70 Lawrence Street, Lowell, MA, 01852, (978) 452-1421

A couple of offices operate in the region, and low income people in need of assistance from Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, and surrounding communities may apply for assistance. A diverse range of services is offered, including so called Basic Needs Services. This includes emergency free food, fuel, rent, gas bill, mortgage, and utility assistance, among other resources. The offices of the Essex County Catholic Charities are.

National Grid and NSTAR
1-800-322-3223 / 1-866-315-2496
Services: Serve primarily residential customers with balances over $300 that has been due for at least 60 days.

The Salvation Army’s Good Neighbor Energy Fund
640 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-7191
Services: Assistance with heating bills, including gas, electric and oil.

Salvation Army – Essex County

(413) 442 – 0624.

Services: provides services to working poor and low income that include utility, heating bill assistance, access to free food from local pantries, or rent and housing payment assistance. There are also free school supplies, Christmas baskets and meals, prescription expense assistance, and Thanksgiving baskets in Essex County. Learn more on prescription medication programs.

Several other services are offered by the Salvation Army to Essex County families. They revolve around guidance and case management. The working poor, senior citizens, and low income can receive information on self-sufficiency type services, which can include job training, applications for government benefits, and support in overcoming a financial hardship. Read Salvation Army assistance Essex County.

Saint Vincent de Paul
507 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA, 01603
(508) 752-4232
Services: offers assistance with emergency new or gently used general clothing, utility or electric bill payment assistance and medical bill payment assistance.

RAFT Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(978) 630-6600
Services: gives short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Department of Public Utilities
1-800-392-6066
Services: Provide lower rates for gas, electricity and telephone for low-income families. Prevent the shutoff of gas of senior households, a low-income family with an infant, someone with a serious illness, or a tenant with utilities included in the rent.

The Worcester Community Action Council
484 Main Street, Second Floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1176
Services: provides eligible households, homeowners or renters with help paying a portion of winter heating bills.


Substance Abuse

AdCare Hospital – Worcester
107 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 799-9000 / Intake: 1-800-345-3552 ext. 4300
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services.

Advocates, Inc. – Linda Fay Griffin House
15 Northampton Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 755-8990 / Intake: (508) 755-8990 ext. 0
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house.

Arbour Counseling
255 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-0688
Services: Substance abuse treatment.

Catholic Charities – Crozier House
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-2216 / Intake: (508) 860-2209
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house.

Center For Recovery
West Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 713-4672
Specialties: Substance abuse recovery, sexual addiction, eating disorders

Channing House
21 Catharine Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 755-8088
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house.

Clinical and Support Options – Satellite
491 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
(978) 249-9490
Services: Substance abuse treatment.

Community Healthlink, Inc.
72 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-1000 / Intake: (508) 421-4411
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services.

Community Healthlink Inc – Detoxification Program
12 Queen Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-1200
Services: Detoxification.

Community Healthlink Inc – Highland Grace House
280 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 860-1172
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services.

Community Healthlink, Inc. – Orchard Street, Program
17 Orchard Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 537-3109 / Intake: (617) 661-3991 Services: Substance abuse treatment.

GAAMHA, Inc. – Pathway House
171 Graham Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-4574
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house.

Genesis Counseling Services
24 Union Avenue, Suite 11, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-2992
Website: http://www.genesiscounselingservices.org/

Habit OPCO
155 Airport Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-6300 ext. 127 / Intake: (978) 343-6300
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services.

Harrington Memorial Hospital – Recovery Services George B Wells Center
176 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-2725 / Intake: (508) 765-9167 ext. 4222
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services.

Hector Reyes House
27 Vernon Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 459-1801
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house, Buprenorphine Services.

Hope House, Inc.
119 Forest Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 892-1010 / Intake: (508) 892-1061
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house, Buprenorphine Services.

Integrated Treatment Unit
P.O. Box 219, Rutland, MA 01543
(508) 886-4746 / Intake: (508) 886-4746 ext. 322 Services: Substance abuse treatment.

Jeremiah’s Inn
1059 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 755-6403
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house.

LUK Crisis Center Inc – LUK Behavioral Health Clinic
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-0685 ext. 244 / Intake: (978) 829-2200 Services: Substance abuse treatment.

Hours: 9am-7pm

McLean Ambulatory and Residential – Treatment Center
216 Lake Road, Ashburnham, MA 01430
1-800-230-8764
Services: substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine services.

McLean Center at Fernside
162 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 01541
1-800-906-9531 / Intake: (978) 464-2141
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine services.

Motivating Youth Recovery Program
26 Queen Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-1244
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine services.

North Central Human Services
P.O. Box 449, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-9400
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine services.

SMOC Substance Abuse Treatment Residential Programs
7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 872-4853
Website: http://www.smoc.org/substance-abuse-residential.php

South Middlesex Opportunity Council – Rhodes to Recovery
5 Rhodes Street, Millbury, MA 01527
(508) 581-7821
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house.

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
176 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 792-5400 ext. 5201 / Intake: (800) 464-9555 ext. 1161 Services: Substance abuse treatment, Methadone Maintenance.

Spectrum Health Systems Inc – Outpatient Services
200 East Main Street, Milford, MA 01757
(508) 634-1877 ext. 3102 / Intake: (800) 464-9555 ext. 1161
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine services.

Spectrum Health Systems Inc – Outpatient Services
585 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 854-3320 / Intake: (800) 464-9555 ext. 1161
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification.

Spectrum Health Systems Inc – Outpatient Services
105 Merrick Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 797-6100 / Intake: 1-800-464-9555 ext. 1161
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Methadone Maintenance, Buprenorphine services.

Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center

25 Pleasant Street, Worcester MA 01609

(508)799-6221

Spectrum Health Systems Inc – Primary Care
154 Oak Street, Westborough, MA 01581
(800) 366-7732
Services: Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification.

Spectrum Health Systems Inc – Transitional Support Services
154-155 Oak Street, Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 898-1570 ext. 2197
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Methadone Maintenance, Halfway house, Buprenorphine services.

UMass Memorial Medical Center – Ambulatory Psychiatry Service
361 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 334-2537
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine services.

UMASS Memorial Medical Center – Mental Health 8 East
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
(774) 443-2761 / Intake: (508) 856-0011
Services: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine services.

Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc – Structured Outpatient Services
172 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 770-0511 ext. 109 / Intake: (508) 770-0511 ext. 120
Services: Substance abuse treatment.


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