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Children’s Friend

20 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: (508) 753-5425
Administrative Fax: (508) 757-7659
Website: http://childrensfriend.org/programs/outpatient-counseling/

Counseling Center hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am–8:00 pm, and Saturdays by appointment.

A clinician is available to our clients by telephone for after-hours emergencies. The Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center is located at 20 Cedar Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Services: We strive to help families survive difficult times and return to their highest level of functioning. To accomplish this, we work collaboratively with physicians, other mental health and social service providers and schools. We encourage referrals from schools, agencies, hospitals and medical professionals for a wide range of services including individual, group, and family therapy, psychological testing, psychopharmacology, and parent training.

These services are provided through the four major programs:

    • The Carriage House, A Center for Grieving Children and Families
    • The Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center
    • Adoption and Family Services
    • School Age Mothers (SAM) Program

Youville House

133 Granite Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 753-3084

Website: http://www.ccworc.org

Office hours: 8–5, Monday-Friday

Services: provided through Catholic Charities Services which help elders, families and children in need with:

  • Older and disabled adults maintain their independence by receiving home care services while others enjoy the companionship of our volunteer visitors.
  • Low-income seniors learn new job skills by working at numerous area agencies as senior aides.
  • Homebound elders and people who would otherwise be alone enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with the aid of many volunteers.
  • Families receive emergency assistance, food and help with budgeting skills to prevent homelessness, while others find useable, wearable clothing at the Catholic Charities boutique.
  • Parents and children find emergency shelter and transitional services at Catholic Charities Youville House and at the Little Brown House through Catholic Charities partnership with Street, Mary’s Parish.
  • Women of all ages receive post-abortion counseling through Project Rachel.
  • Many parents and children benefit from the encouragement and instruction of parent aides.
  • A child completed his journey to his adoptive family, while prospective adoptive families are helped to access adoption services. Many others locate their adoptive histories.
  • Adult learners, assisted by volunteer tutors, pursue educational and life goals through improved literacy.
  • Refugee and immigrant youngsters are tutored after school weekly by college students through a partnership between Catholic Charities and the African Community Project.
  • Families discover strength by building life skills through our Family Resource Center group services.

Catholic Charities Services helping families who seek independence and community support:

  • People volunteer in the resettlement and homeless programs.
  • Newcomers (asylees, refugees and immigrants) living throughout Worcester County with limited financial means receive free medical physicals, lab work and medical documentation in their quest for US citizenship and permanent residency through a partnership of Catholic Charities and Street, Luke’s Health Center.
  • People participate in citizenship education and while others obtain immigration counseling.
  • Former refugees find help in their resettlement and in beginning new lives in the Untied States and others are enrolled in employment training.
  • Immigrants and refugees process legal documents that eventually lead to permanent residency and citizenship.
  • Men at Crozier House continue their pursuit of sobriety, while additional men live in the community through Crozier’s collaboration with Street, John’s Parish.
  • People with multiple sclerosis are assisted in their efforts to live independently.
  • Many of our neighbors access information and referral services.

Catholic Charities Services helping families faced with developmental disabilities:

  • Young adults find jobs through Mercy Centre’s employment services and job training or receive community based day services.
  • Hearing impaired people find comfort and companionship through deaf ministry.

 


Interfaith Hospitality Network

91 June Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Phone: (508) 755-2212
Fax: (508) 798-8286
Emailjalley@ihnworcester.org

Hours: 8:30-6, Monday-Friday

Services: Program staff counsels families to help them identify their needs and develop a comprehensive service plan.  The families receive case management, advocacy, assistance in securing housing, employment and other vital services such as obtaining a doctor or health insurance, enrolling in school, day care or counseling. They attend weekly classes on budgeting, parenting and developing employment skills, and they are taught to advocate for themselves and their children. Program guests are required to seek employment (unless receiving disability) or enroll into school, develop a budget, save money, payoff past due bills and work on the goals of their service plan.  Our goal is to provide the guests with the knowledge and skills that they will need to maintain their families in their new homes. Our volunteers provide meals, supplies and grocery gift cards as well as companionship, moral support and encouragement. Volunteers also work in the evening and overnight staffing.


Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention and Family Support

239 Mill Street, Suite B, Worcester, MA 01602
Phone: (508) 752-8466
Fax: (774) 243-6611
Email: Kelly.brennan@thomchild.org
Website: http://www.thomchild.org

Hours: 8am-5pm

Services: Early Intervention Program (EI): In Massachusetts is a statewide, family-centered, developmental service. Thom Child & Family Services offers the earliest possible intervention and support for children birth to three years old who have developmental difficulties due to identified disabilities or whose development is at risk due to certain birth or environmental circumstances.
Pregnancy and Newborn Support: Thom Child & Family Services offers free home visits to pregnant women, new mothers and their infants who live in the Springfield and Greater Lowell areas of Massachusetts.

Regional Consultation: Regional Consultation Programs (RCPs) provide consultation, family support, and community-wide workshops and training in Massachusetts.


Parents Helping Parents

Email: info@parentshelpingparents.org
Website: info@parentshelpingparents.org

Parental Stress Line: (1-800-632-8188)

PHP’s prevention philosophy is grounded in a self-help model based on the belief that parents are capable of developing their own solutions when given the space, encouragement, and community resources that they need.  Thus, it is the parents themselves who decide the direction a conversation will take during a Parent Support Group meeting or Parental Stress Line. Through a combination of trust, mutual support, honesty, and collective wisdom, involvement with PHP can become the foundation for a parent’s own personal growth and change.


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