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Net of Compassion

674 Main Street C1, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 322-1363
http://www.netofcompassion.org

Hotel Grace is a 24/7 emergency shelter that operates Nov. 1–March 30 (until May in 2021).

Joshua’s Shower Trailer is a shower trailer that is located at 44 Temple Street, Worcester MA. The hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm.

Programs at 674 Main Street:

Grace Pantry is the free food distribution program which runs on Thursdays, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm, basement level.

Grace Closet is the free clothing distribution program which runs on Wednesdays, 1:00–4:00 pm, basement level.

Meals on Main Street is a free meal program that runs every week on Saturday morning from 1:00 am–4:00 pm, on the sidewalk in front of the parking lot.


Wic Program

1139 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 737-5142
Services: Dental Care, Enabling, Other Professional Services, Primary Medical Care Remarks: Year round
Forest Park
532 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108
(413) 787-1877
Services: Dental Care, Enabling, Other Professional Services, Primary Medical Care Remarks: Year round


Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern New England

(866) 889-9347
Services: Receive foreclosure counseling and debt reduction from this non-
profit. CCCS provides homeowners and people in debt with confidential financial counseling. Services offered to clients include assistance with budgeting and money management, mortgage delinquency, debt management programs, foreclosure and housing counseling, and consumer education.


Social Security Office – New Bedford

53 North 6th Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 999-3101


Family and Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc.

111 North Common Street, Lynn, MA, 01902
(781) 592-5052
Services: runs the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This is a so called fund
of “last resort” and can help people who have no other options. Call and apply for financial assistance that can be used only after all other entitlement and government funded aid has been exhausted. The agency may provide everything from interest free loans to referrals and other support from FFS.
Depending on funding from the United Way and other agencies, it can provide help for such expenses and needs as utility and heating bills, eviction prevention, utility and heating costs or other emergencies. Food as well as security deposits can also be partially paid learn more on Lynn based Family and Children Service.


Salvation Army – Essex County

40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 (978) 465-0883


Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc.

35 Park Street, Beverly, MA 01915 (978) 927-1561
Services: rent and mortgage payment assistance, Debt Reduction/Budget Counseling, Financial Management Workshops, Benefits Assistance, and Landlord Tenant Assistance mediation and advice. Coordinators for this program also assist residents in variety of ways, including applying for government programs such as DTA and Food Stamp benefits online, accessing local programs such as fuel and heating oil assistance, or provide help with an eviction. There is also support for people with
a notice to quit or court summons, rent or mortgage arrearages, financial literacy classes, individual budget review, and completing public housing applications.


Catholic Charities – North Massachusetts

Lynn and Gloucester
280 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970
(781) 593-2312
Services: rent payment assistance, free food, mortgage help and payment assistance, rental deposit assistance, or electric, heating, water, and gas bill payment assistance in Essex County. There is also free general legal aid and advice, immigration/ naturalization services, teen parent/pregnant teen education programs, parenting/ family support groups and day camps, and pregnancy counseling.


United Neighbors of Fitchburg

18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2069
Services: Clothes Closet: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm; Food pantry: Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
ESL and GED classes
GED preparation in Spanish (English if needed); ESL classes; ESL Computer classes; Wellness program including Cooking and Nutrition classes, and Zumba; Spanish classes
Adult Education
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Wic Programs, Smoc

7 Bishop Street, 1st floor, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-1445
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides free food and nutrition information
to help keep pregnant women, infants, and children under five healthy and strong. Participants receive nutrition counseling and financial support to purchase food staples and infant formula. Receiving WIC benefits will not prevent you from getting a green card. Eligibility is based on income level.


Jewish Family Service of the North Shore

1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
(978) 741-7878
Services: A social services agency that helps people of all religions. Some of the services and assistance programs run include grants, financial assistance for bills and expenses, food pantries, consultation, counseling, referrals and networks to other service providers and charities.


Social Security and Medicare Benefits (framingham)

1 Clarks Hill Suite 305, Framingham, MA 01702 1-844-587-1390/1-800-325-0778


Salvation Army – Framingham

35 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 875-3341
Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry


Savers Thrift Store

500 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-0225
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm


Pearl Street Cupboard & Café (united Way of Tri-county)

46 Park Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 879-2063
Pantry Hours: Monday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; Wednesday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Café Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Hope Food Pantry

214 Concord Street (Boston Church of Christ Building), Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 848-2400
Website: HOPEfoodpantry.org
Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Lawrence Community Works

168 Newbury Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 (978) 685-3115
Services: Helps people in low income areas. Resources and programs administered help with home rehabilitation programs, housing counseling, eviction prevention, and mortgage foreclosure assistance.


Amesbury Center – Community Action, Inc.

44 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-2570

https://www.communityactioninc.org/programs/food/amesbury-center

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.


Community Action, Inc.

3 Washington Square, Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 373-1971
Services: clothing, shelter, food, income and health and medical care. The non-profit community action agency provides clothing, food, and information of Massachusetts and federal government program and advocacy for tenants. Counselors will offer services to clients requesting assistance with utility companies to maintain services. Administers EFSP funds, Gazette Santa (holiday program), and Coats for Kids in
the wintertime.
Service Areas: Haverhill, Lynn and throughout Essex County


Leominster Spanish American Center

112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-3145
Basement of SAC Office
Hours: Monday and Wednesday–Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Services: Free English Classes every Saturday Morning, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)


Catholic Charities, Leominster Office

(Also serves Fitchburg, Gardner area)
196 Mechanic Street, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 840-0696
Website: http://www.ccworce.org
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm


Gardner Community Action Committee

294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-8700
Website: http://www.gardner-cac.org
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30–4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Clothing Closet

Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (978) 632-8700

Emergency Funds

Provides families and individuals in crisis assistance with emergency needs such as first months rent, one month’s rent to prevent eviction, utility bills with a termination notice and medical prescriptions. Assistance is provided while funds are available. Through this program families and individuals have access to comprehensive case management, advocacy and budget counseling.

Fellowship Table Program

Provides a free nutritious weekly meal at the United Methodist Church, 161 Chestnut Street, Gardner, MA, every Thursday served at 5:00 pm. Transportation to and from the meal site is available at four different locations beginning at 4:15 pm. The meal site is handicap accessible with ample parking and follows the public school schedule.
Provides families and individuals in crisis assistance with emergency needs such as first months rent, one month’s rent to prevent eviction, utility bills with a termination notice and medical prescriptions. Assistance is provided while funds are available. Through this program families and individuals have access to comprehensive case management, advocacy and budget counseling.

Food Distribution Program once a month
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:40 am – 4:30 pm, Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Food pantry Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fuel Assistance Program

The CAC is a seasonal satellite office for the Fuel Assistance Program. A representative from Fuel Assistance arrives weekly, while the program is in effect, to accept applications and answer questions regarding the program. Appointment must be made through the Fuel Assistance Agency prior to your visit.

Medical Transportation Program

Provides medical transportation to the elderly and handicap to medical appointments outside of Gardner, extending as far as Worcester. This program runs Monday through Friday with the earliest pick-up time being 8:30 am and the van returned to Gardner by 4:30 pm. Please note that this program books up very quickly, therefore appointments need to be scheduled ahead of time. For the transportation we ask for a donation, this amount varies upon where the appointment is located.


Highland Baptist Church

19 Cedar Street, Fitchburg MA 01420
(978) 342-9646
Food Pantry: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month, 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Leona E. Fleming Food Pantry Fitchburg/leominster Cac

62 Normandy Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-8617
Food Pantry: Monday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Tuesday, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm


Gvna Community Services

53 Lunenburg Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 345-3050
Food Pantry: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Pleasant Street Baptist Church- Baby Boutique

165 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-756-8754
Website: http://www.pleasantstreetbaptist.org/baby-boutique-with-clear-way-clinic/

Services: The Compassion Baby Boutique is a partnership between Clearway Clinic and Pleasant Street Baptist Church and its mission is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children and their caregivers in the Worcester area. It is open the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Mondays 10 am to 12 noon. On the third Monday a parenting class is offered.  You must register ahead of time for the class. For more information about Compassion Baby Boutique you can email Joyce at joycemorse@msn.com


USDA Free Summer Meal Program (Project Bread)

145 Border St, Boston, MA 02128
Phone: (617) 723-5000 (Project Bread)
Website: http://support.projectbread.org/site/PageServer?pagename=abouthunger_solutions_sfsp

Services: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children, ages 18 and under, when school is out for the summer. Meals are often provided along with educational and recreational activities. Summer meals sites are located at schools, parks, pools, neighborhood centers, social service organizations, and other local sites throughout many cities and towns in Massachusetts. No registration or identification is needed in qualified areas. Most sites serve lunch, though some sites offer additional meals such as breakfast, snack, or dinner.

Summer Food Service Program:

Website: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

To find a meal service site near where you live, contact organizations in your community that are offering an activity program. Organizations offering activities for children are often local schools, community centers, recreation centers, and faith-based organizations. You may also call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE.


Boys and Girls Club of Worcester

65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: 508-754-2686
Fax: 508-754-7635
Email: info@bgcworcester.org
Website: http://www.bgcworcester.org

Services: Mission is to help youth, especially those who need us most, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and community leaders, through caring professional staff who forge relationships with our youth members and influence their ability to succeed in life. Provides after school programs covering academic work, healthy eating, art skills, community outreach, leadership, mentoring programs, and other support services.

Kids Café: The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to positively influencing our youth’s lives.  While our many programs serve several purposes, one of those purposes is to promote healthy living. Some families who send their children to the Boys & Girls Club struggle to put healthy food on the table each night. Two nights a week during the school year members and their families are invited to enjoy a nutritious prepared meal right here in our Kids Café.  Each meal is nutritionally sound, and is geared toward kids’ likes.

Clubhouses: There are three Clubhouses located in Worcester. The Francis A. and Jacquelyn H. Harrington Clubhouse is located at 65 Tainter Street. The Kids Club at Great Brook Valley is located at 180 Constitution Ave. The Plumley Village Clubhouse is located at 16 Laurel Street.


Belmont AME Zion Church

55 Illinois Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: (508) 754-4539
Website: http://belmontamezion.com

Services: Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church Outreach and Network strives to be an integral part of the community both locally and county, individual (people and person in need) through interfaith and social groups that make a viable community.  We canvas, assess the need, and make available participation in the church conference and community through the various ministries within the church.

Answering the struggle and relieving those in need are handled through the resources and referrals made through one of our various church ministries.  We also partner with local and civic organizations to help ensure that the hungry will be fed, the thirsty will be given water, the homeless will be given shelter and the naked shall be clothed.

Our church ministry will address the need, help or refer those seeking assistance.

It is our goal to develop a rapport with the community at large, interfaith, social, alliance with members of other denominations and individuals who help in setting social standards in good faith.


Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

Soup Kitchens

Gardner Community Action Committee

Fellowship Table Program

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

John Street Baptist Church

43 John Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753-4991
Services: This is a local soup kitchen, which serves meals on Saturdays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Emergency food distribution is available at the same time.

The Mustard Seed

93 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 754-7098
Services: Meals at this food pantry are served Monday – Saturday. Winter hours are 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Summer hours are 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. On Sunday meals are served at 12:00 pm.

Salvation Army – Framingham

35 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 875-3341
Monday–Friday, Door opens at 5:00 pm every night; dinner is served at 6:00 pm.

Salvation Army Citadel – Sally’s Place

640 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-7191
Monday–Friday, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Services: Salvation Army o ers breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday – Friday. Closed on Saturdays. Dinner only on Sunday.

Food Pantries

AIDS Project Worcester

85 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-3773 ext. 10
Services: They run a food pantry to their customers on Tuesdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Coming Home MetroWest, Central, and Western Massachusetts Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc.

Catholic Charities Food Pantry

10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-0191
Services: Food distribution Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Catholic Charities, Leominster Office

196 Mechanic Street, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 840-0696
(Also serves Fitchburg, Gardner area)

CENTRO

11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 798-1900, ext. 237
Services: Food distribution Monday–Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm

CENTRO – Great Brook Valley Pantry

176 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(774) 823-3722
Services: Food distribution Monday – Wednesday, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Friendly House Pantry

36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-4362
Services: Food distribution on Monday and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Friendly House Pantry – Plumley Village

16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Services: Food distribution on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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 Food pantry Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Food Distribution Program once a month

Good Samaritan Food Pantry

85 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(774) 253-1619
Distribution: Tuesday & Friday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

GVNA Community Services

35 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 665-9078
Food Pantry: Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Henry Lee Willis – Plumley Village NC

16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-6981
Distribution: Tuesday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; Wednesday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Thursday, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Schedule may vary, call first.

Highland Baptist Church

27 Cedar Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-9646
Food Pantry: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

HOPE Food Pantry

214 Concord Street (Boston Church of Christ Building), Framingham, MA 01702
(617) 899-5222
Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jeremiah’s Inn, Food Pantry

1059 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 755-6403
Distribution: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wednesdays, closed.

Services: Food distribution

John Street Baptist Church

43 John Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753-4991
Services: Food distribution on 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Leominster Spanish American Center

Basement of SAC Office,
112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-3145
Visit: Monday and Wednesday–Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Leona E. Fleming Food Pantry Fitchburg/Leominster CAC – Fitchburg, MA – Food Assistance
62 Normandy Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-8617

Food Pantry: Monday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Tuesday, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Lighthouse Mission Food Pantry

165 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Hours: Every Monday (except the 1st): 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Loaves & Fishes Pantry

Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester
90 Holden Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-1942
Services: Food distribution on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Mustard Seed

93 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 754-7098
Services: Food distribution for individuals on the third Friday of the month, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mt. Carmel Outreach Ministry

24 Mulberry Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 791-0731
Services: Food distribution on Tuesdays only 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Orthodox Food Center

St. Spyridon Cathedral
102 Russell Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 791-7326
Services: Food distribution on Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pearl Street Cupboard & Café (United Way of Tri-County)

10 Pearl Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 370-4921
Pantry Hours: Monday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; Wednesday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Café Hours: Tuesday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm; Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Quinsigamond Village Community Center

16 Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-7481
Distribution: Monday –Friday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Services: Food distribution

Rachel’s Table

633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 799-7699
Services: Will pick up food from businesses and food institutions in Greater Worcester and deliver it to agencies that have feeding programs for the hungry.

Revival Church – Fountain of Life

23 Coral Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 791-5555
Services: Food distribution on Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

St. Paul’s Outreach

19 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-5009
Services: Food distribution on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, pantry is also open on Thursday, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Salvation Army – Framingham

35 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 875-3341
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

South Worcester Neighborhood Center

47 Camp Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 757-8344
Services: Food distribution Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

South Worcester Neighborhood Ctr. – Green Island

50 Canton Street, Worcester, MA 01610
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Services: Food distribution Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

South Worcester Neighborhood Ctr. – Lakeside Center

54 Circuit Avenue South, Apt. 1, Worcester, MA 01603
No Phone on site-call (508) 757-8344 (SWNC Camp Street)
Services: Food distribution Monday – Wednesday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

St. John’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

44 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 756-7165
Services: Provides free morning meals every weekday.

St. Vincent de Paul – St. Anthony’s Pantry

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
596 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-2555
Services: Food distribution on Thursdays, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

St. Vincent de Paul – St. Peter’s Church

929 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-4674
Services: Food distribution on Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

United Neighbors of Cleghorn

18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2069 -NA
Food Pantry: Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

United Neighbors of Fitchburg

18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 342-2069 -NA
Food Pantry and Clothes Closet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Veterans, Inc. Food Pantry

69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605

Main: (508) 791-1213  Food Pantry: (508) 769- 5795

Services: Food distribution on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, 10:00 am – 4:00 Veterans Identi cation is required.

Wesley United Methodist Church

Carty Cupboard
114 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-4191
Services: Food distribution on the 2nd and last Mondays of the month, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and Fridays, 10:00 am – Noon.


Dept. of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester

City Hall
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1041

Veterans and Their Families

Services:
Helps Worcester veterans with immediate financial and medical needs. It also refers veterans to other organizations that can deal with long-term needs, such as cash assistance and housing. Services provided: ordinary and fuel allowances for everyday living expenses such as food, rent, electric, etc. Dept. of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester also provides provide all encompassing medical coverage such as prescriptions, hospitals, doctors, dentist, eyeglasses and payment of existing hospital insurance and  additional referrals to other sources of possible income such as the United States.


Problem Pregnancy

 

495 Pleasant St.
Worcester, MA 01609

1-888-310-7217

Services:

Abortion Consultation, Free Pregnancy Tests, Free Limited Ultrasounds, Additional Service Referrals, and Confidential Services

Considering Abortion In Worcester, Massachusetts?

If you’re pregnant and considering abortion in Central Massachusetts, visit Problem Pregnancy. Our center provides abortion consultations to help you make an informed decision about abortion. Make an appointment at Problem Pregnancy to talk about your personal situation, discuss the abortion methods that may be available to you and get answers to any questions you may have.

Abortion Consultations

During your abortion consultation, Problem Pregnancy will provide information about the options that may be available to you at this point in your pregnancy and answer questions you may have about the abortion pill or surgical abortion. All abortion consultations are free and confidential.

Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)

Medical or non-surgical abortion uses RU486 or other types of chemicals to terminate your pregnancy. This method of abortion is used for women who are within 10 weeks of the start of their last menstrual period.

Surgical Abortion

If you’re not a candidate for a medical (non-surgical) abortion or if the medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion would be necessary. Some of the most common surgical abortion procedures include manual vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and dilation and evacuation.

Savers

50 Mill Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 363-2777

Clothing

Services:
Sale of used and new clothing among other items.

Hours:
Monday- Saturday 9:00 am -9:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am–7:00 pm.


Neighbors Closet at Christian Community Church

Neighbors Closet at Christian Community Church

108 Beacon St.
2nd floor
Worcester, MA 01610

(508) 202-4532

Services: Provides new refugee families and families in a emergency crisis situation with clothes, house hold items, and furniture free of charge as needed and upon availability of items (by referral).

 


St. Stephen’s Thrift Store

20 Hamilton Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-3165

Clothing

Services:
Used clothing available for sale.

Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 9a-3p
Saturdays 9a-3p


Goodwill Store

Goodwill Store

25 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 752-4042

Hours:

Monday through Saturday 9a-7p. Sundays 11a-6p.

Services:  Sale of items such as clothing, furniture, and toys.


Emanuel Baptist Thrift Store

Emanuel Baptist Thrift Store

717 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610

(508) 756-0009 / (508) 756-5336

Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 10a- 5p

Services: The thrift store has furniture and clothing.


Donations Clearinghouse of the Central MA Housing Alliance

Donations Clearinghouse of the Central MA Housing Alliance

6 Institute Rd.,
Worcester, MA 01609

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

Hours: Tuesdays 1-4p, Wednesdays 1p–4p, Thursdays 9:00 am– 11a, Fridays 9:00 am–11:30a

Services: Donated items of furniture and household goods for families and individuals moving out of shelter to permanent housing, victims of fire, or those fleeing domestic violence, DCF reunification and elders at risk

 


Abby’s House

52 High Street, Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 756-5486

http://www.abbyshouse.org/thrift_shop

Abby’s House Thrift Store

Services:
The Abby’s House Thrift Store provides  clothing, accessories, home goods, and bargain-priced cosmetics to the community.

Hours:  
Monday through Thursday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Fridays 10:00 am–2:00 pm. Saturdays 10:00 am–1:00 pm. The store is closed on holidays.

 


Centro Las Americas

11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 798-1900 x 221

ESL Classes

Services:
ESL Classes

 

Food Pantry

(508) 798-1900, ext. 237

Services:

Food distribution on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:00 am–12:00 pm.


Cash Assistance

Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc.

35 Park St, Beverly, MA 01915

(978) 927 – 1561

Services: rent and mortgage payment assistance, Debt Reduction/Budget Counseling, Financial Management Workshops, Benefits Assistance, and Landlord Tenant Assistance mediation and advice. Coordinators for this program also assist residents in a variety of ways, including applying for government programs such as DTA and Food Stamp benefits online, accessing local programs such as fuel and heating oil assistance, or provide help with an eviction. There is also support for people with a notice to quit or court summons, rent or mortgage arrearages, financial literacy classes, individual budget review, and completing public housing applications.

Catholic Charities – North Massachusetts

Lynn and Gloucester

(781) 593 – 2312.

Services: rent payment assistance, free food, mortgage help and payment assistance, rental deposit assistance, or electric, heating, water, and gas bill payment assistance in Essex County. There is also free general legal aid and advice, immigration/naturalization  services, teen parent/pregnant teen education programs, parenting/family support groups and day camps, and pregnancy counseling.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern New England

(866) 889 – 9347

Services: Receive foreclosure counseling and debt reduction from this non-profit. CCCS provides homeowners and people in debt with confidential financial counseling. Services offered to clients include assistance with budgeting and money management, mortgage delinquency, debt management programs, foreclosure and housing counseling, and consumer education.

Department of Transitional Assistance

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604 1-877-2363 / (508) 767-3100

Massachusetts State Supplement Program (SSP)

SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a federal program of the Social Security Administration that makes monthly payments to certain people who are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Massachusetts adds more money to SSI payments for Massachusetts residents. This is called the State Supplement Program, or SSP.

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is a government program that gives cash and health insurance to needy families with dependent children.

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

Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a Massachusetts state- funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, SSI, or other similar benefits.

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702

(508) 661-6600/1-877-382-2363

Monday–Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Family and Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc.

111 North Common Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, 01902

(781) 592 – 5052

Services: runs the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This is a so called fund of “last resort” and can help people who have no other options. Call and apply for financial assistance that can be used only after all other entitlement and government funded aid has been exhausted. The agency may provide everything from interest free loans to referrals and other support from FFS.

Depending on funding from the United Way and other agencies, it can provide help for such expenses and needs as utility and heating bills, eviction prevention, utility and heating costs or other emergencies. Food as well as security deposits can also be partially paid learn more on Lynn based Family and Children Service.

SNAP: Food Assistance/ Food Stamp

49 Nursery Lane, ste.101, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 665-8700
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

1 North Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-2400
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Gardner Community Action Committee

294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

(978) 632-8700

Emergency Funds

Provides families and individuals in crisis assistance with emergency needs such as first months rent, one month’s rent to prevent eviction, utility bills with a termination notice and medical prescriptions. Assistance is provided while funds are available. Through this program families and individuals have access to comprehensive case management, advocacy and budget counseling.

Jewish Family Service of the North Shore

1430 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

(978) 741 – 7878

Services: A social services agency that helps people of all religions. Some of the services and assistance programs run include grants, financial assistance for bills and expenses, food pantries, consultation, counseling, referrals and networks to other service providers and charities.

Service Areas: Cape and Islands

Lawrence Community Works

168 Newbury St, Lawrence, MA 01841

(978) 685 – 3115

Services: Helps people in low income areas. Resources and programs administered help with home rehabilitation programs, housing counseling, eviction prevention, and mortgage foreclosure assistance.

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.

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.

Service Areas: Salem and Lawrence

Social Security Administration – SSI

51 Myrtle Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-772-1213 / 1-866-331-9069
http://www.ssa.gov
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Persons age 65 and older that meet the financial criteria are eligible regardless of disability status.

Social Security and Medicare Benefits

1 Clark Hill, ste.101, Framingham, MA 01702

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

Social Security Office – New Bedford

53 North 6th Street New Bedford, MA 02740

508-999-3101

Department of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester

455 Main Street, Room 108, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1041
Provides ordinary and fuel allowances for everyday living expenses such as food, rent, electric, etc. (for eligible veterans who are citizens of Worcester).

WIC Programs, SMOC

7 Bishop Street, 1st floor, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-1445
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides free food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants, and children under twelve healthy and strong. Participants receive nutrition counseling and financial support to purchase food staples and infant formula. Receiving WIC benefits will not prevent you from getting a green card. Eligibility is based on income level.


Clothing and Furniture

Abby’s House Thrift Store

52 High Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-5486
Services: Clothing, accessories, home goods, and bargain-priced cosmetics

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.

Catholic Charities, Leominster Office

(Also serves Fitchburg, Gardner area)
196 Mechanic Street, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 840-0696

Community Action, Inc.

3 Washington Square, Haverhill, MA 01830

(978) 373-1971

Services: clothing, shelter, food, income and health and medical care. The non-profit community action agency provides clothing, food, and information of Massachusetts and federal government program and advocacy for tenants. Counselors will offer services to clients requesting assistance with utility companies to maintain services. Administers EFSP funds, Gazette Santa (holiday program), and Coats for Kids in the wintertime.

Service Areas: Haverhill, Lynn and throughout Essex County

Donations Clearinghouse of the Central MA Housing Alliance
6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 791-7265 / (508) 752-5519

Services: Donated items of furniture and household goods for families and individuals moving out of shelter to permanent housing, victims of re, or those eeing domestic violence, DCF reuni cation and elders at risk

Dress for Success – Worcester

484 Main Street, Suite 101, Worcester, MA 01608 – Denholm Building
(508) 796-5660
Worcester@dressforsuccess.org
Services: Professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools for women

Emmanuel Baptist Thrift Store

717 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

(508) 756-0009 / (508) 756-5336

Faith Boutique of Christ Baptist Church

24 Granby Road, Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 799-9101
Services: Free clothing and diapers

Friendly House, Inc.

36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4362
Services: Social service workers help families with food, shelter, clothing, resume, job search, information and referral, holiday baskets and toys, immigration and naturalization services, translation, forms preparation, notary, etc.

Gardner Community Action Committee: Clothing Closet

294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440

Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

(978) 632-8700

Goodwill Store

25 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 752-4042
Services: Clothing, furniture, toys, etc.

The Little Store at Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope

242 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 831-7455
Services: Clothing, shoes, books, tools, furniture, household goods

Neighbors Closet at Christian Community Church

108 Beacon Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 304-6023
Services: Provides new refugee families and families in a emergency crisis situation with clothes, house hold items, and furniture free of charge as needed and upon availability of items (by referral)

Problem Pregnancy

495 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609

1-888-310-7217
Services: Clothing, baby furniture

Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

507 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01603 (508) 752-4232 saintvincentstore@gmail.com
Services: Clothing, etc.

Salvation Army

72 Cambridge Street, Worcester MA 01603 (508) 799-0528
Services: Clothing, etc.

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.

Salvation Army, Fitchburg

739 Water Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420-6479 (978) 342-3300
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Salvation Army Thrift Store, Gardner

8 Union Street, Gardner, MA 01440

1-800-728-7825

Savers

50 Mill Street, ste.4, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 363-2777
Services: Clothing, etc.

Savers Thrift Store

500 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-0225
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

St. Stephen’s Thrift Store

20 Hamilton Street, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 755-3165
Services: Clothing, etc.


Salvation Army

72 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 799-0528

Office hours:
Monday through Friday, 7:30 am–4pm.

Transitional Housing

Services:
The Salvation Army offers a six month program for individuals in recovery. Offers a holistic approach to assist men and women; provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance The center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy.

Eligibility:
Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be. If interested in applying or referring someone, may call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) or the number provided above ((508) 799-0528).

Clothing

Services:
Clothing, etc.

Hours:
Monday- Saturday 9:00 am–7:00 pm, Sundays Closed

 

Soup Kitchen

Services:
Salvation Army offers breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Closed on Saturdays. Dinner only on Sunday.

 

Food Pantry

Services:
Food distribution Monday thru Friday, 10:00 am–12:00 pm and 12:45pm–2:00 pm.

Kids “Feast”

Nekel.may-Speight@USE.Salvationarmy.org

Services: The Kids FEAST After school Program serves children ages 6-12 throughout the Worcester Community. This is a free program for all eligible income families. The Program runs Monday through Thursday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm. We offer homework help and tutoring along with Music, Science, Art, Games & Activities. The Program runs on the same schedule as the Worcester Public School Year.


Veterans Inc.

69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: (800)482-2565

Food Pantry:

Services:

Food distribution on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 10:00 am–2:00 pm. Veteran Identification is required.

 

Veterans Inc. 

Office hours:
open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Services:
The Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England. They are work hard to assist veterans using a clinical case management approach which allows them to assist veterans in job training and employment, health and wellness and legal advice. They also run a homeless shelter. You must be veteran to apply.

Log onto their website for resources like the Resident Application (Hyperlink:  http://www.veteransinc.org/contact-us/)

Get a Google map for this location (Hyperlink: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=69+Grove+Street,+Worcester,+MA&hl=en&sll=42.036922,-71.683501&sspn=3.49224,4.938354&oq=69+Grove+Street+worc&hnear=69+Grove+St,+Worcester,+Massachusetts+01605&t=m&z=17)

Veterans and Their Families

Services:
Operates a dry emergency shelter and many other supportive services for veterans including nutritional aid, counseling, referrals, relapse prevention groups, work therapy, medical help, education, and legal aid. Other services available such as family support.

 

 


St. Vincent de Paul

Food Pantry:

Locations:

Street, Anthony’s Pantry
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
596 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-2555

Services:

Food distribution on Thursdays, 9:30 am–2:30 pm and Saturday 10 am – 1:00 pm

 

Saint Peter’s Church
929 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-4674

Services:

Food distribution on Wednesdays, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

 

Clothing:
507 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 752-4232

saintvincentstore@gmail.com

Services:  Providing clothing.

 

Utility Assistance:
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

 


South Worcester Neighborhood Center

Food Pantry:

Locations: 

South Worcester Neighborhood Ctr.

47 Camp Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 757-8344

Services:

Food distribution Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–1:30 pm.

South Worcester Neighborhood Ctr.- Green Island 

50 Canton Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-4661

Services: 

Food distribution Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–1:30 pm.

South Worcester Neighborhood Ctr.–Lakeside Center

 

54 Circuit Ave. South, Apt. 1, Worcester, MA 01603
No Phone on Site-call (508) 757-8344 (SWNC Camp St.)

 

Services:

Food distribution Monday through Wednesday 10-2:00 pm and Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 am–1:00 pm

 


St. Paul’s Outreach

19 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 791-8455

Food Pantry:

Services:

Food distribution on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am–11:30 am.  Pantry is also open on Thursday, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm.


Rachel’s Table

633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-7699

Food Pantry:

Services:

Will pick up food from businesses and food institutions in Greater Worcester and deliver it to agencies that have feeding programs for the hungry.


Mt. Carmel Outreach Ministry

24 Mulberry Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 791-6139

Food Pantry:

Services:

Food distribution on Tuesdays only 9:30 am–1:30 pm.


Loaves & Fishes Pantry

Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester
90 Holden Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-1942

Food Pantry:

Services:

Food distribution on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:00 am–12:00 pm.


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