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Support Groups

AIDS Project Worcester
85 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-3773
Group Type: HIV, LGBTQ support groups

Belmont AME Zion Church
55 Illinois Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 754-4539
Group Type: Financial literacy and support program

The Bridge of Central MA
4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 755-0333
Group Type: LGBTQ and parents, family and friends of LGBTQ community

Center for Living and Working
484 Main Street, Suite 345, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 798-0350
Group Type: individuals with disabilities, transition to adulthood, deaf parenting, parents of youths with disabilities

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Children’s Friend
21 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 753-5425
Group Type: social skills, dialectical behavior therapy, school age mothers, grief support and adoptive parents

Community Healthlink–Youth & Family Services
275 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 791-3261
Group Type: Act group, yoga, mindfulness, nurturing parent, building bridges

Clearway Clinic
358 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 438-0144  

Group Type: abortion recovery support, pre-natal classes, parenting classes

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
19 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 852-1805
Group Type: refugee support groups (specifically those from Iraq, Bhutan, Burma and Burundi)

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.
67 Millbrook Street, #100, Worcester, MA 01606

(508) 756-1545
YWCA, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-1545
TTY: 774-312-7291
Group Type: grandparents raising grandchildren support

Family Continuity Programs
17 Mechanic Street, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 755-0556
Group Type: “Just Dads”

Island Counseling
108 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 752-3220
Group Type: dialectical behavior therapy, narcotic addiction support group

Learn to Cope
309 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 368-3300
Group Type: peer-led support for families dealing with addiction

LUK Crisis Center Inc.
40 Southbridge Street, 4th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 762-3000
Group Type: support for those who have been impacted by an under-the-influence accident, support for parents/ guardians of adolescents who are using or in recovery

Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation
90 Madison Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 0168

(508) 753-0600
Group Type: Spanish/English naturalization support

335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 753-2967
Group Type: teen girls, caregivers of children who have been abused and healthy families

Multicultural Wellness Center
76 Summer Street, Fitchburg MA, 01331
(508) 752-4665
Group Type: balancing life and recovery

21 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 767-9725
Group Type:  teen youth group, living with mental health issues, parent support group

Parents Helping Parents
129 Granite Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 852-4239
Group Type: parent support group

Pathways for Change, Inc.
588 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

275 Nichols Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420
1-800-870-5905 (English) or 1-800-223-5001 (Spanish)
Group Type: Survivors of rape/ sexual abuse, friends and family of survivors

Pernet Family Health Service
237 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 755-1228
Group Type: fathers support, parenting classes

Potential Plus
422 Boston Turnpike Road, Suite 100, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

(508) 450-5593
Group Type: divorced women

Central MA Recovery Learning Community/KIVA Center
209 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 751-9600
Group Type: various groups for adults with mental health conditions, healthy living, recovery

Saint Francis Adult Day Health
101 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 752-2546
Group Type: Caregivers of elder or disabled adults

4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA 01602

Group Type: survivors of suicide

Southeast Asian Center of Central Mass
484 Main Street, Suite 400, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 791-4373
Group Type: Southeast Asian teen support

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

South Bay Early Childhood
548 Park Ave, Suite B, Worcester, MA 01608

Group Type: toddler play group, mom’s support group, parent step curriculum

UMass Medical School
365 Plantation Street, Suite 100, Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 320-0314
Group Type: parents with autistic children

Worcester Adoptive Families Together
335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 753-2967
Group Type: parent run groups for adoptive parents

Worcester WIC Program–Family Health Center
199 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 762-5700
Group Type: breast feeding support, nutrition counseling

Worcester Community Connections
484 Main Street, Suite 460, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 796-1411
Group Type: family needs, parenting

Worcester Family Partnership
130 Leeds Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 799-3136
Group Type: playgroup

Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 799-1232
Group Type: Low vision, AA

Worcester Youth Center
326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 791-4702
Group Type: academic and work readiness

YOU, Inc.
81 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 849-5600
Group Type: teen specific, harmony/aikido, healthy relationships, JSI, LGBTQ, anger management, peer relationships, adolescent substance abuse, girl power, parenting, domestic violence, cancer support, health/wellness

One Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 767-2502
Group Type: young parent program

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

Spectrum Health Systems’ Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) Program

585 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
Phone: 1-800-464-9555 (x 1156)
Website: http://www.spectrumsys.org/programs/domestic-violence

Services: Spectrum’s Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) program is a 40-week psycho-educational program designed for men who batter their partners.  The program helps clients recognize violent and controlling behaviors, take responsibility for their actions, and learn non-violent ways to resolve conflict with others.  Clients are required to attend forty 2-hour group sessions.  Intervention may also require referrals to develop a sober and drug free lifestyle, obtain employment training or acquire parenting skills.

New Hope Inc.

Main Office

140 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone 508-226-4015
Fax 508-226-6917
RESPECT (Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program) 877-222-0083
Please send all general email inquiries to new-hope@new-hope.org

Satellite Offices

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

MJ Leadenham Center (Supervised Visitation & RESPECT Program ONLY)
91 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone 508-753-3146
Fax 508-753-3148
RESPECT (Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program) 877-222-0083

District Court Advocate Locations

Attleboro District Court
88 Main Street
Attleboro, MA
Court Clerk’s office:  508-222-4869
SAFEPLAN Advocate:  508-226-4015
Serving the towns of Attleboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro and Norton

Dudley District Court
279 West Main Street
Dudley, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-943-7123 ext 0
Serving the towns of Charlton, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Webster

East Brookfield District Court
544 East Main Street
East Brookfield, MA
Court clerk’s office:  508-885-6305
SAFEPLAN Advocate office:  508-885-0908
Serving the towns of East Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton. Warren, Spencer, Leicester, Barre, New Braintree, Rutland, Hardwick, West Brookfield, Brookfield

Milford District Court
161 West Main Street
Milford, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-473-1260
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-949-0452 Ext 2181
Serving the towns of Milford, Bellingham, Hopedale, Mendon and Upton

Taunton District Court
40 Broadway
Taunton, MA
District Court Clerk’s office: 508-977-4900
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-824-5205 Ext 2190
Serving the towns of Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Rayham, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Taunton

Uxbridge District Court
261 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-278-2454
SAFEPLAN Court Office: 508-278-6561
Serving the towns of Uxbridge, Sutton, Douglas, Northbridge, Millville, and Blackstone

Westborough District Court
170 Oak Street
Westborough, MA
Court Clerk’s Office:  508-366-8266
SAFEPLAN Court Office:  508-366-8266 ext 144
Serving the towns of Westborough, Northborough, Southborough,  Shrewsbury and Grafton

Probate Court Advocate Locations

Taunton Probate Court
40 Broadway
Taunton, MA
Probate Clerk’s office: 508-977-6040
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-824-5205 EXT 2090
Serving the towns of Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Achusnet, Taunton, Dighton, Seekonk, Easton, Raynham, Rehoboth, and Berkley

Phone: (508) 753-3146
Toll-Free, 24-Hour Hotline: 800-323-HOPE (4673)

Services: New Hope is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is “Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in Our Community”. While some programs serve only domestic or sexual violence survivors, New Hope is a dual mission agency which addresses both issues together. Since domestic and sexual violence are often intertwined, our clients benefit from the full spectrum of programs we offer, allowing them to receive domestic and sexual violence services all in one place.

We offer a wide range of services which combine crisis intervention, violence prevention, life transition and self-sufficiency opportunities, while promoting behavioral and systemic changes to reduce violence at the individual and community levels.

Toll-Free, 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

Our trained hotline specialists assist callers with crisis intervention, risk assessment, and safety planning. Callers are also provided with information about New Hope’s services and other community resources to address domestic and sexual violence.

Our Hotline is also available to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who may be concerned about someone they know that may be a survivor of domestic or sexual violence.

Emergency Shelter

We provide women, men, and children safe haven in New Hope’s two confidential emergency shelters. While at the shelter, clients receive crisis intervention, counseling, economic literacy training, financial advocacy and case management, including a housing plan.


Dedicated to supporting both groups and individuals, trained counselors work with children, adolescent, and adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


Advocates stationed in seven district courts and one probate court assist individuals with obtaining restraining and harassment orders. These advocates are located in Attleboro, Dudley, East Brookfield, Milford, Taunton (District and Probate), Westborough and Uxbridge. This program is partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) through the 1984 VOCA grant from OVC, OJP, US D.O.J.


Community-Based Advocacy

Community advocates assist individuals with finding resources to enhance their safety while staying in their home community. Local assistance aims to minimize future risk and prevents the need to flee to shelter.

Supervised Visitation

Located at the MJ Leadenham Center in our Worcester office, supervised visitation is provided to non-custodial parents due to a prior history of domestic or sexual violence. Staff model healthy parenting skills with these adults while they visit their children in a safe, monitored and nurturing setting.

Housing Stabilization

Our housing stabilization program provides individuals with funding for rent, utilities, or other costs necessary for providing stable, reliable housing which was jeopardized as a result of domestic or sexual violence.

Civilian Police Advocate

Our civilian advocate in the Attleboro Police Station provides individuals with services such as crisis intervention, safety planning, and assistance with the criminal justice system.


Worcester Family Partnership

130 Leeds Street, Worcester, MA 1606
Phone: (508) 799-3136
Fax: (508) 799-3129
Email: vietze@worc.k12.ma.us or beltont@worc.12.ma.us
Website: http://worcesterschools.org/worcester-family-partnership

Services: Worcester Family Partnership is a MA Department of Early Education and Care grant to provide support services to families with children birth to school age. Worcester Family Partnership is offering you the opportunity to participate in a FREE Screening for your child. The AGES & STAGES Questionnaire only takes a few minutes and will give you important information about your child’s development.

WFP Opportunities include:

Playgroups–For parent and child Monday through Friday 9:30–11:00 am
Family Literacy–In collaboration with Adult Education programming (GED & ESOL) sponsored by partner agencies,  family activities are offered to extend learning to the entire family.
Family Recreational Activities – scheduled monthly.
Workshops–Related to parenting topics – scheduled monthly.
Family Resource Information.
Support for families–Transitioning into school/child care settings.
Quality support -For early education programs.
PCHP–Parent-Child Home Program.

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