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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


Education and Employment

Education

Assumption College-Continuing and Career Education


Housing Applications

Dismas House: Apply by downloading the PDF Document HERE (or Download the Word Document HERE), fill it out and return to cmdismashouse@aol.com or mail to:

Dismas House
Post Office Box 30125
Worcester, MA 01603

 

More applications coming soon.


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.


Prescription Assistance

MASS Medline
1-866-633-1617
Services: Free prescription drug info and referral service for Massachusetts residents.

Prescription Advantage
1-800-AGE-INFO
Services: State-sponsored prescription drug insurance plan for qualifying Massachusetts seniors and disabled residents.

MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program
25 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-866-633-1617
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Services: Comprehensive review of individuals’ medications and prescription drug coverage.


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.


Hotlines

Community Resources

Mass 211
Dial 211, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Free statewide confidential information and referral help line

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Daybreak Resources for Women & Children
(508) 755-9030
Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Health Imperatives Violence Intervention & Prevention

24-Hour Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Hotline

508-588-8255

SafeLink Hotline
1-877-785-2020
24 Hour hotline for crisis intervention, safety planning, support, information, and referrals to emergency shelters

SAVE Victim Services (LUK, Inc. )
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-0685
LUK Toll Free: 1-800-579-0000
Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Voices Against Violence
24-hour hotline: 1-800-593-1125 or (508) 626-8686

Help with Substance Abuse

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline
1-800-327-5050

The Youth Central Intake and Care Coordinator (YCICC)
1-866-705-2807

Mental Health

Child & Family Services – Emergency Mental Health Services

543 North Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Emergency Services Child & Family Services: (508) 984-5566

Emergency Services Crisis Center Child & Family Services: (508) 996-3154

Services: Emergency Services offers assessments and interventions to children and adults who are in a crisis situation. Interventions with children ages 0-20 can occur at any location including homes with Emergency Services involvement for up to 8 hours the first day and an additional 6 days of support as needed. Outreach for children ages 0-20 is provided 24/7.

Monetary Support 

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.

Neighborhood Services & Centers

Worcester Division of Neighborhood and Housing Development
(508) 799-1400

Centro Las Americas
(508) 798-1900

East Side Community Development Corporation (CDC)
(508) 799-6942

Green Island Neighborhood Center
(508) 753-4661

Main South Community Development Corporation (CDC)
(508) 752-6181

Lakeside Neighborhood Center
(508) 792-5750

Oak Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC)
(508) 754-2858

Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center
(508) 754-7793

Quinsigamond Village Community Center
(508) 754-7481

South Worcester Neighborhood Center
(508) 757-8344

Worcester Senior Center
(508) 799-1232

State Agencies

Department of Mental Health (DMH)
(508) 363-3838

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
(508) 792-6200

Department of Public Health (DPH)
(508) 792-7880

Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE)
800-392-6066

Department of Revenue (Child Support)
800-332-2733

Department of Children and Families (DCF, formerly DSS)
(508) 929-2000

Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)
(508) 767-3100

Department of Youth Services (DYS)
(508) 792-7611


Mentoring Programs

African Community Education Program
24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 799-3653
Services: mentoring for African immigrant youth in grades 5–12.

Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-9pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters
484 Main Street, Suite 360, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-7868
Services: mentoring services to children at risk (ages 6–13)

Center for Living & Working, Inc. – Transition to Adulthood Program(TAP)
484 Main Street, Suite 345, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 755-1782
Services: prepare youth (14-22) with signi cant disabilities for independence of adulthood.

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative – Therapeutic
Mentoring Services
Various Contracted Providers 1-888-217-3501
Services: teaching children new skills, especially how to interact with adults and other children.

Friendly House, Inc. – Pilot Mentoring Program
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-4362
Services: Career and college readiness for youths (ages 13–17).

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

LUK, Inc. – LUK Mentoring Program
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
40 Southbridge Street, 4th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
99 Day Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
251 Main Street, Webster, MA 01570
1-800-579-0000.
Services: one-to-one, community-based, and site-based programs for youth (ages 6–17).

LUK, Inc.
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Monday–Friday, 9:00am-7:00pm
(978) 345-0685
LUK Toll Free: 1-800-579-0000temp
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MIHN Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network
923 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 342-9501
St. Peter’s Church – After School Mentoring Program
929 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 767-1356
Services: On Wednesday and Thursday, children (ages 6–15) are matched with college volunteer mentors for homework help, arts, sports, and games.

Tempo Young Adult Resource Center
68 Henry Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1424
Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Website: http://tempoyoungadults.org/

Training Resources of America – Young Parent Demonstration Program
2 Foster Street, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 753-2991
Services: Mentoring services focused on education, career advancement and personal development (ages 14–21).

Worcester Police Department – The Clergy Police Youth Partnership
9-11 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-8696
Services: reach, assist, and transform youth, especially those affected or drugs, crime, and/or violence (ages 5–21).

YEATEAM (Youth Empowerment and Activism)
Raquel (774) 242-6461 or Marianna (774) 641-1132
Services: young people and adults who creatively and strategically fight racism together (ages 13–18).
YWCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters – The Girl’s CHOICE Program
1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3073
Services: fosters long term mentoring friendships between professional women and middle school.


Women & Families

Family Support:

Community Service Agency

3057 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA 02745

(508) 990-0894

Services: facilitate access to, and ensure coordination of, care for youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) who require or are already utilizing multiple services or are involved with multiple child-serving systems (e.g., child welfare, special education, juvenile justice, mental health) and their families.

Emotional Wellness Counseling

3267 Acushnet Ave New Bedford, MA 02745

(508) 995-1400

Family and Community Resources, Inc.

18 Newton Street, Brockton MA 02301

508-583-6498

Services: advocacy, support, individual and group treatment, case management and community education and training.

Montachusett Opportunity Council: Fitchburg Community Connections Coalition
76 Summer Street, Suite 210, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 829-0163

NAMI Mass Compass

The Schrafft Center 529 Main Street, Suite 1M17 Boston, MA 02129

(617)-580-8541

The NAMI Mass Compass is operated by peers and family members who have dealt with these issues first hand. Navigators are available to answer a wide range of questions and refer to NAMI support & education programs and other community resources

New Bedford Community Connections Coalition

NBCCC was established in 1995. We are one of twenty two coalitions across Massachusetts that is federally funded through the Department of Children and Families. Our mission is to facilitate the organization of comprehensive family support systems in the neighborhoods of the City of New Bedford while promoting a community centered child welfare best practices approach within the DCF system.

The Women’s Center

(508) 999-6636

The Women’s Center provides free and confidential 24-hour easily accessible services to those in need. We provide counseling, education, outreach, referrals and resources. We may be called the Women’s center, but we serve men and children as well.

Work, Inc.
18 Mill Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-0337

Tri-Valley, Inc.
10 Mill Street, Dudley, MA 01571
(508) 949-6640

Work:

One-Stop Career Centers- Workforce Central
340 Main Street Suite 400, 4th Floor Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1600
Services: job-related services including job listings, job fairs, career counseling, workshops, computer access and information about training and apprenticeship programs.

After School Programs for Children:

Allencrest Academic Learning Center
24 Church Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-7799
Students in grades K–12 receive afterschool tutoring
Monday–Thursday, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
365 Lindell Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453
Juniors (children ages 8–12) and Teen Programs (13–18)

Cleghorn Youth Center After school Programs
18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Monday–Friday, 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

CYC KIDZ
Youth ages 5–11. Daily homework help and one-on-one tutoring assure academic success.

CYC Teens
Youth ages 11–18.

Belmont AME Zion Church
55 Illinois Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 754-4539
Services: After school program for girls

Big Brother Big Sisters
484 Main Street, Suite 360 Worcester, MA
(508) 752-7868
Services: A variety of after school programs and activities for at-risk youth (co-ed).

Boys and Girls Club of Worcester
65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-3377
32 Great Brook Valley Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 852-7620
Services: After school programs for children of all ages.

Community Builders of Plumley Village East
16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 757-3801
Mon.–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm; Wed 9:00 am–2pm
Services: Various after school and summer programs for residents of Plumley Village.

Friendly House
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-4362
Services: Provides a variety of service from like after-school programs, immigration assistance, food distribution, furniture and much more.

Girls Inc.
125 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-6455
Services: Provides high quality programming to girls in the Greater Worcester area, ages 5-18

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massechusetts
81 Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 852-7674
Services: Summer and school year programs for girls

Pernet Family Health
237 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA  01601
(508) 755-1228
Services: Youth group for 6th, 7th and 8th graders

Salvation Army
640 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 765-7191 (x227)
Services: After school program and an after school food service program.

Saint Peter’s Church
929 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-4674
Services: Mentoring Program for children ages 6-14.

Worcester Youth Center
326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 791-4702
Services: Offers leadership, educational, employment, mentoring programs and more for youth between the ages of 14-24.

YMCA
766 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
75 Shore Drive, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 755-6101
Services: They offer childcare, camp opportunities for children, sports, and other programs for youth of all ages. The YMCA has services for children and their families.

YOU Inc.
81 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 849-5600
Services: Youth Making a Difference (YMD) therapeutic afterschool and summer programs for adolescents ages 10-16. (accepts DCF referrals only)

YouthNet (Girls Inc. Program)
484 Main Street, Suite 560, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 791-3181
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school. In collaboration with You Inc. for middle school girls.
Services: Free summer program for youth ages 11-15 involving several agencies. Transportation provided

Summer Programs:

Leominster Public Schools
24 Church Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-7700

Food Programs for Children:

Salvation Army/Kids “Feast”
640 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-7191
Services: Meals for children between 1st and 6th grade, Monday-Thursday 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Boys & Girls Club Kids Café:
65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-3377
Services: Meals available during the school year. Monday- Friday from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm. Services are for children and youth between the ages of 8-18.

USDA Free Summer Meal Program

145 Border Street, Boston, MA 02128
Project Bread: 1-800-645-8333
Services: Free meals available at sites around the city. For a location near you, call Project Bread.

Child Care:

Child Care Resources
799 W. Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 856-7930
Services: referrals to licensed day care providers for families that receive DTA benefits
Hours: M.T.Th.F., 7:00 am – 4:30 pm; W., 7:00 am–6:00 pm

Head Start Program of Worcester Public Schools
770 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-3608 or (508) 799-3254
Services: Preschool programs for children ages 3 and 4. Must meet Federal Income Guidelines and be a Worcester resident.

SMOC Daycare Programs
7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702

YMCA Respite Drop-In Program
Not available at Central Massachusetts location

Domestic Violence Resources:

Day Break Resources for Women and Children
PO Box 3093 Worcester, MA 01613
(508) 755-9030
Services: The hotline offers court advocacy, information about support groups, individual short-term counseling, and connection with emergency centers

Department of Children & Families (DCF) – New Bedford Site

98 North Front St. New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 910-1000

Services: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families.

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.

SafeLink Hotline
877-785-2020
Services: Access to emergency shelters statewide. Provides crisis prevention, safety planning, support, information and referrals to a variety of programs. 24-hour line response in English, Spanish and TTY. Has translation in 140 languages.

Worcester Police Department (WPD) WINN Program:
(508) 799-8610
Services: Assistance for victims of Domestic Violence within the WPD.

Pathways for Change
588 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
800-870-5905 (English) or 800-233-5001 (Spanish)
Services: 24 hour hotline for those who have been sexually assaulted or know someone who has been sexually assaulted. Various support groups are available.

RCAP Solution’s Safe Step Program
1-800-488-1969 x6772
Services: Transitional Housing and Case management for any women with children who are fleeting from Domestic Violence and meet eligibility criteria. Not for emergency placement.

Community Healthlink Victims Services (A Member of UMass Memorial Health Care)
275 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 752-3261
Services: Various Therapeutic Programs for Victims of Domestic Violence are available.

New Hope Inc.
91 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA, 01605
(508) 753-3146
Services: Offers services to individuals and families involved in domestic violence

Spectrum’s Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) Program
585 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
1-800-464-9555 or (508) 854-3320 x1156
Services: Offers a 40-wk psycho-educational program designed for men who batter their partners.

Parent Support & New Parent/Pregnancy Programs:

American Red Cross
2000 Century Drive, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 595-3700
Services: programs for parents and child, including but not limited to adult infant and child CPR, adult infant and child first aid and babysitting classes for children 10-13.

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.

Baby Safe Haven
866-814-7233
Services: If unable to keep child and wish to give child to a safe place. No questions asked and no criminal charges filed. Any fire station or hospital will take you child under the Baby Safe Haven Program.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church- Brephos Boutique
165 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-8754
Services: Distribution of baby clothing, shoes and other baby essentials.

Clearway Clinic
358 Shrewsbury Street, Worchester, MA 01604
(508) 438-0144
Services: pregnancy tests, options counseling, abortion recovery, referral and resources, STI information, pre-Natal classes, parenting classes and more.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
19 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 852-1805
Services:  preventive care, routine checkups, immunizations, and management of acute and chronic illnesses. Patients have access to social service case management, psychological counseling, extended support services to people living with HIV, patient education and community prevention programs, and many more programs and services to serve our patients and communities.

Family Health Center- NEW Baby Café!
26 Queen Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-7889
Services: A comfortable place to breastfeed your child. Tuesdays 1:30 pm-3:30 pm and Fridays 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Lutheran Social Services of New England- Birthparent Support Services
14 E. Worcester Street, # 300 Worcester, MA 01604
774-243-3900
Services: Referral assistance for birth mothers looking into adoption options

MSPCC
335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 753-2967
Services: Clinical care, and prevention and intervention programs are available in order to promote child well being. Offers home visiting programs.

Parents Helping Parents Parent Stress Line
1-800-632-8188
Services: 24 hour free, confidential, and anonymous helpline for parents who need to talk about problems they are having with their children.

Pernet Family Health Services, Inc.
237 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 755-1228
Services: Family home visiting, pregnant and parenting support.

Problem Pregnancy
495 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA, 01609
(508) 507-8378
Services: Confidential pregnancy counseling and pregnancy testing, post abortion counseling, pre and post natal care and free maternity and infant (up to size 12) clothing and baby equipment.

South Bay Early Childhood
548 Park Avenue, Suite B, Worcester, MA 01603
774-823-1500
Services:Early intervention, Play groups, Parenting classes, Baby class, Toddler Play Group and Mom Support Group.

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention and Family Support
239 Mill St, Suite B, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 752-8466
Services: Screening for developmental problems, home visits, parent support groups and play groups are available to families with children under the age of three.

Umass Memorial Medical Center and the Child Passenger Safety Coalition of Worcester County
774-443-8627
Services: Free child passenger safety care seat checks by certified safety technicians.

WCCC (Worcester Community Connections Coalition) Resource & Referral Center
484 Main Street, Suite 460 (4th Floor) Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 796-1411
Services: Helps local families connect to community services. Various parent educational and support groups available.

Worcester Family Partnership
130 Leads Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 799-3136
Services:  home visits, support groups, play groups for children, and parent workshops and family activities. For parents and their children ages 0-8.

Worcester Public Schools Head Start Programs for Homeless Expectant Mothers
770 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 799-3608 or (508) 799-3225
Services: Provides home visiting, resources, support and referrals for families that are currently homeless (including doubled up) and or families who may have recently found housing.

Women/Family Shelters

Abby’s House
52 High Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-5486
Services: Housing and shelter services to women and children. In addition to housing, women and children will have support around domestic violence and other issues.

Emergency Assistance- Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)
9 Walnut Street
, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-249-2007
Services: Gives shelter and other emergency housing services to low-income families with children, and to pregnant women, to prevent homelessness

Youville House
133 Granite Street, 
Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 753-3084
Office hours: 8:00–5:00, M–F
Services: Shelter for homeless families with DHCD referral

Shepherd’s Place
133 Paine Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 757-5198
Services: Housing for single parent families, females only, age 18 or older with DHCD referral

Friendly House
87 Elm Street, 
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 792-1799
Services: Shelter available for homeless families with DHCD referral

Interfaith Hospitality Network
114 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
91 June Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Phone: (508) 755-2212
FAX: (508) 798-8286
Services: Shelter available to homeless families with children. DHCD referral is NOT needed.

Visitation House

119 Endicott Street, Worcester, MA

Visitation House is a welcoming home for women facing unplanned pregnancies with no other place to turn. The house serves up to 12 women at a time with a caring 24/7 staff and volunteers to mentor and model successful working-family life. Visitation House nurtures women to better care for themselves and their babies in a supportive family-like setting providing private rooms, food, clothing, as well as educational programs and coaching to build important life and career skills. Women stay at the house any time during their pregnancy until 6 months after their baby is born. This program is offered at no charge to the mother and is funded primarily by individual donations. Visitation House receives no government funding.

Contact: Eve Lindquist evelindquist@visitationhouse.org

 Phone: (508)965.7391

Learn more at visitationhouse.org.

Homelessness Prevention Programs

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA)
6 Institute Road, 
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 752-5519
Services: counseling on tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, eviction procedures, code violations, and security deposit law.

Community Healthlink
72 Jaques Avenue, 
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-1000
Services: emergency assessment and response to help the homeless and people at risk of homelessness.

Homeless Prevention Center–Catholic Charities
10 Hammond Street
, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-2250
Services: help with utility and rent payments, housing search assistance, a food pantry, referrals, and other prevention services.


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
1-800-243-5111
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

MSPCC
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

PPAL–Worcester
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

Samaritans
4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA 01602

617-674-5237
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

774-823-1500
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

YWCA
One Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01608

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


Mental Health Providers

Advocates
1881 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 628-6300
24-hour Crisis Support 1-800-640-5432
Website: http://www.advocates.org/

Apogee Mental Health
23 Fruit Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 797-0537
Services: outpatient counseling.

Arbour Counseling Services
255 Park Avenue, Suite 305, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-0688
Services: outpatient counseling, psychiatric assessments.
Attachment Institute of New England
21 Cedar Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-2663
Services: specialized for children with attachment disorders, trauma histories, PTSD and ADHD.

Bay Coast Behavioral

170 Pleasant St #100, Fall River, MA 02721

(774) 294-5722

Services: Bay Coast Behavioral is CARF accredited for Outpatient Treatment in Mental Health for Adults, Children and Adolescents. To learn more about CARF, or Bay Coast Behavioral’s accreditation

Behavioral Healthcare Services
198 Russell Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-8003 (for new clients) or (508) 753-5554 (for Psychiatric care)
Services: individual and family counseling, physical/sexual abuse assessments, medication management.

Open Sky Safe Homes
4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 755-0333
Services: individual & family counseling for LGBT youth ages 14–23.

Cedar Street Family Clinic
340 Main Street, Suite 775, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-1331
Services: Individual, family & couples counseling, home-based counseling, medication management, psychological testing.

Center for Human Development
(Formerly Child and Family Service)
55 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753-1260
Services: outpatient counseling for adults, children & couples, home visits, substance abuse evaluations & counseling.

Child & Family Services – Emergency Mental Health Services

543 North Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Emergency Services Child & Family Services: (508) 984-5566

Emergency Services Crisis Center Child & Family Services: (508) 996-3154

Services: Emergency Services offers assessments and interventions to children and adults who are in a crisis situation. Interventions with children ages 0-20 can occur at any location including homes with Emergency Services involvement for up to 8 hours the first day and an additional 6 days of support as needed. Outreach for children ages 0-20 is provided 24/7.

Children’s Friend
20 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753-5425
Services: outpatient counseling for children, adolescents and their parents, home visits, diagnostic evaluations.

Community Healthlink, Inc.
72 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860–1260
Services: inpatient detox, outpatient counseling, substance abuse counseling, crisis stabilization unit.

Community Healthlink – Youth and Family Services
275 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 791-3261
Services: mental health, substance abuse and social services, early intervention.

Community Service Agency

3057 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA 02745

(508) 990-0894

Services: facilitate access to, and ensure coordination of, care for youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) who require or are already utilizing multiple services or are involved with multiple child-serving systems (e.g., child welfare, special education, juvenile justice, mental health) and their families.

Comprehensive Assessment Rehab & Education Center
26 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 754-8780
Services: assessments, counseling, anger management, sexual abuse survivors, substance abuse services, divorce mediation.

Counseling and Assessment Clinic of Worcester
38 Front Street, 5th Floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-5400
Services: counseling, therapeutic mentoring, medication assessment.

Counseling and Assessment Clinic – Union Street Office
51 Union Street, Suite G02, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-2005
Services: substance abuse counseling.
Counseling and Assessment Clinic – Fitchburg
76 Summer Street, Suite 200, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-9400
Services: counseling, therapeutic mentoring, medication assessment.

Department of Mental Health (DMH) –  New Bedford Site

800 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 996-7900

Services: The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
19 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 852-1805
Services: Outpatient multilingual psychotherapy and psychiatry services for children, adolescents and adults.

Emotional Wellness Counseling

3267 Acushnet Ave New Bedford, MA 02745

(508) 995-1400

Family Continuity Programs
17 Mechanic Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 755-0556
Services: outpatient counseling and psychiatry, in-home therapy and therapeutic mentoring (ages 3–21).

Family Health Center
26 Queen Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-7930
Services: psychiatric services, adult and child therapy.
Family Services of Central MA
31 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-4646
Services: Outpatient counseling, elder counseling, family mediation.

Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center
155 Airport Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420
855-220-6812

Genesis Club
274 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 831-0100
Services: Employment, education and housing supports, recovery through work/ friendship.

Heywood Rehab Center
69 Pearson Boulevard, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 630-6900

Island Counseling
108 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 753-3220
Services: individual, group, couples and family therapy, crisis intervention, medication management, initial psychiatric evaluations.

Ivy Child International
P.O. Box 63, Worcester, MA 01613
(508) 299-7905
Services: multicultural mindfulness programs, health education, mentoring and leadership programs.

Jewish Family Service of Worcester, Inc.
646 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-3101
Services: outpatient counseling, family mediation, custody evaluation, neuropsychological assessment.

Jewish Family Service – Westborough
45 Oak Street, Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 366-5300
Services: outpatient counseling, family mediation, custody evaluation, neuropsychological assessment.

LUK, Inc.
40 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 762-3000
Services: counseling, medication management, psychiatric consultation, substance abuse services.

LUK, Inc.
Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services; Counseling
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
1-800-579-0000
Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
MSPCC – Family Counseling Center
335 Chandler Street, Suite 1, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 753-2967 or 1-800-442-3035
Services: Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative Services, family support, adolescent support, sexual abuse and trauma services.

Lazarus House Ministries

412 Hampshire St, Lawrence, MA 01841

(978) 269 – 5284

Services: A program known as St. Luke’s Dental and Medical Program provides community clinics in the region. the free center also offers patients free dental care and medical care. The clinic is for those patients who have no health insurance and those who cannot afford to see a medical doctor or dentist.

Multicultural Wellness Center – Worcester
250 Commercial Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-4665
Services: individual and family therapy, culturally centered counseling, psychiatry, medication management.

Multicultural Wellness Center – Fitchburg
515 Main Street, 3rd floor, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-3336
Services: individual and family therapy, culturally centered counseling, psychiatry, medication management.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

529 Main Street, Suite 1M17 Boston, MA 02129

(617)-580-8541

The NAMI Mass Compass is operated by peers and family members who have dealt with these issues first hand. Navigators are available to answer a wide range of questions and refer to NAMI support & education programs and other community resources

Newton Square Counseling Center
338 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 752-5880
Services: counseling, anxiety, depression and stress management, alcohol and drug counseling.

Odonata Psychotherapy and Retreat Center

3229 Cranberry Highway Buzzards Bay MA 02532

774-247-4939

Services: Odonata Psychotherapy provides both individual and group therapy for a variety of concerns depending on the needs of each client.

Pathway’s Counseling Services

284 County Street New Bedford, MA

(774) 628-0001

Psychology Today

Psychology Today is a web magazine that offers a searchable database of therapists, psychiatrists, support groups, and treatment facilities.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us

SMOC Behavioral Health Services
300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 879-2250

South Bay Mental Health
340 Main Street, Suite 818, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 791-4976 or 1-800-244-4691
Services: outpatient counseling, substance abuse counseling, in-home therapy and therapeutic mentoring, urgent care services, kin coaching.

South Bay Mental Health – Early Childhood Services
548 Park Avenue, Suite B, Worcester, MA 01603
(774) 823-1500
Services: early intervention, infant mental health, family support services.

South Bay Mental Health – Day Services
340 Main Street, Suite 819, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-3969
Services: partial hospital program, intensive outpatient program, day treatment program.

Seven Hills Behavioral Health – New Bedford

589 S 1st St, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 755-2340

Southeast Center for Independent Living

508-679-9210

The Philosophy of Independent Living maintains that individuals with disabilities have the right to choose services and make decisions for themselves.

Services: training,information and support to help consumers achieve individual goals, experience personal growth and participate fully in community life.

Spectrum Outpatient Services – Lincoln Street
585 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 854-3320
Services: substance abuse counseling, adult outpatient counseling, intensive outpatient treatment.

Spectrum Outpatient Services – Merrick Street
105 Merrick Street, Worcester, MA 01607
(508) 797-6100
Services: adolescent substance abuse treatment, substance abuse evaluations.

UMass Memorial – Emergency Mental Health Service
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 334-3562
Services: 24-hour psychiatric emergency service.

UMass Memorial – Ambulatory Psychiatry Service (APS)
328 Shrewsbury, Street, Worcester, 01604
(508) 334-5393
Services: General psychiatry clinic with psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

UMass Memorial – Women’s Mental Health Specialty Clinic
328 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 334-5101
Services: Consultation and treatment regarding hormonally in uenced conditions (pregnancy, post-partum and menopause).

UMass Memorial – Addiction Co- Morbidity Treatment Service
328 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 334-0365
Services: Consultation and/or brief treatment of addiction.

UMass Memorial – Depression Specialty Clinic
328 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 334-0366
Services: Consultation service when other treatments for depression have not worked well enough.

UMass Memorial – Barre Family Health Center of UMMMC
151 Worcester Road, Barre, MA 01005
(978) 355-6321
Services: evaluation and treatment.

UMass Memorial – Family Medicine and Community Health
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655 279 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 334-8830
Services: evaluation and brief treatment.

UMass Memorial – Neuropsychiatry Referral Center
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 856-5548
Services: complex neuropsychiatry consultation.

UMass Memorial – Neuropsychology Referral Center
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 334-8205
Services: neuropsychological testing and evaluations of medical conditions that a ect cognitive, behavioral or emotional functioning.

UMass Memorial – The Sleep Center
85 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 793-4950
Services: sleep study, cognitive behavioral therapy of insomnia, psychopharmacology for insomnia.

UMass Memorial – Department of Psychiatry Parent’s Apart Program
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 793-6336
Services: court-approved parent education program for divorcing and separating parents.

UMass Memorial – Child Protection Program
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
(774) 442-6629
Services: Outpatient evaluation of children for suspected abuse, referral to mental health services.

Valley Psychiatric Services, Inc.
225 Park Avenue, No. 500, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753-2900 or 1-800-800-5504
Services: in-clinic and home-based counseling, psychological testing, medication evaluation, group therapy.

Worcester Pastoral Counseling Center – Worcester
128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 757-0376
7 Church Street, Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 366-4000
34 Felton Street, Hudson, MA 01749
(508) 366-4000
Services: outpatient counseling for individuals, couples, marriage and family, grief and loss, alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety, depression & stress management.

YOU, Inc. – Family Center Worcester
81 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 849-5600 ext. 277
Services: Counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families, adolescent substance abuse, psychological testing, trauma evaluations, and after- school programs.

YOU, Inc. – Family Center Gardner
205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-2321
Services: Counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families, adolescent substance abuse, psychological testing, trauma evaluations, and after- school programs.

YOU, Inc. – Family Center Southbridge
328 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-9101
Services: Counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families, adolescent substance abuse, psychological testing, trauma evaluations, and after- school programs.

YOU, Inc. – Community Based Services
172 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 770-0511
Services: Counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families, adolescent substance abuse, psychological testing, trauma evaluations, and after- school programs.


Public Housing and Section 8

Worcester Housing Authority (WHA)
40 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3000

Fitchburg Housing Authority
50 Day Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-7025

Framingham Housing Authority
One John J. Brady Drive, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 879-7562
Website: http://www.framha.org/

Public Housing:

If you are interested in applying for the public housing programs administered by the Worcester Housing Authority, you must file a written application. The application must be filed at our Admissions Department located at 40 Belmont Street in Worcester.

To determine your eligibility you will need:

  1. Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, social security number (if applicable) and relationship to the family head
  2. Your current home address and mailing address/ telephone numbers
  3. Family characteristics or circumstances that might qualify the tenant for selection preferences
  4. Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family’s suitability as a tenant
  5. An estimate of your family’s anticipated income for the next twelve months and the sources of the that income
  6. The names and addresses of employers, banks and any other information the WHA would need to verify your income, assets and any applicable deductions

Section 8:

Application Process:

There are three ways to apply:

  1. You can apply online by making a  login, and then accessing the application. The link to the login is located HERE
  2. You can complete a preliminary application, and then return it to a participating housing authority. The link to the preliminary application is located HERE
  3. You may call the closest housing authority near you and request and application to be emailed to you.

You will receive preference for a WHA Section 8 Voucher if:

  • You live and work in Worcester.
  • You are a veteran, or the family of a veteran who’s death was a service related fatality.
  • Homeless persons, those living in substandard housing and those forced to move out due to no fault of their own also receive priority.

For assistance with housing applications, contact these organizations:

Main South CDC
875 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-6181
Services: This organization helps individuals with rental and homeownership opportunities.

Worcester Common Ground
5 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 754-0908
Services: Assistance with housing issues and housing applications.

Worcester Community Housing Resources
11 Pleasant Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-0322
Services: Housing opportunities for low income individuals.

RCAP Solutions
90 Madison Street, Suite 303, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 792-5230
Services: Assistance with applications, homelessness prevention.

If you are having problems with housing discrimination, contact the Fair Housing Project at Community Legal Aid by calling (508) 799-8589 or visit their offices at 405 Main Street, Worcester 01608.


Shelters and Transitional Housing

Emergency Services:
If you are homeless the MA Department of Housing and Community Development may be able to help. They are located at 9 Walnut Street, Worcester and their phone number is (508) 767-3189.  Their offices are open from 8am–4pm. Arrive early in the day in order to guarantee you are seen that day.

For one-on-one counseling, information, referral and workshops related to income security and housing stability go to RCAP Solutions Housing Consumer Education Center located at 12 East Worcester Street or call them at 1800 -488-1969.

Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114
617-573-1100

Shelters:

Action Emergency Homeless Shelter

370 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 283-4125

Homeless shelter for men and women. Accepts up to 16 men and 4 women.

Allows up to 90 days at shelter.

Services: Counseling; 2 meals/day; Spanish; handicap accessible; limited medical care (referrals); visiting nurse.

Must be sober.

First come first serve.

Alternative Housing Domestic Violence Shelter

PO Box 2100, Lowell, MA 01851

(978) 937-5777

24-hour crisis hotline: 1-888-291-6228

Provides shelter, support, counseling, legal advocacy for battered women and their children.

Alternative House Outreach Service offers emergency shelter, safe housing, 24-hour crisis hotline, transitional housing, supervised children’s visitation, youth/teen domestic violence prevention program, legal advocacy, free legal information clinics, support groups, and training/education on domestic violence.

Common Ground Resource Center (SMOC Headquarter)
8 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-2690

Community Teamwork 1 Lowell

167 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01852

(978) 459-0551

This is a Non Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:

Fees may apply for this Transitional Housing resource. Contact Community Teamwork 1 with the contact information we provided to get full details. Oftentimes you can apply for sliding scale fee payment or other options if you are low income. You will need to speak with them to see if you qualify.

Daybreak Emergency Shelter for Men and Women

19 Winter St, Lawrence, MA 01843

(978) 975-4547

Emergency Shelter for Men and Women.

Allows up to 40 guests. 30 men allowed and 10 women allowed.

Services Provided: Counseling; AA meetings; 2 meals/day (lunch in-house for people w/ medical problems); clothing when available; Spanish; handicap accessibility; on-site clinic; day programs; transportation; limited storage facilities.

Must be over 18 years old. 9pm curfew.

Jeremiah’s Inn
1059 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 755-6403
Services: Community residential recovery program for men.

Lowell Transitional Living Center

189 Middlesex St

Lowell, MA 01852

(978) 458-9888

This is a Non-Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:

HOUSING AND MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS

Fees may apply for this Transitional Housing resource. Contact Lowell Transitional Living Center with the contact information we provided to get full details. Oftentimes you can apply for sliding scale fee payment or other options if you are low income. You will need to speak with them to see if you qualify.

LUK, Inc.
Main office:
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
(978) 345-0685
LUK Toll Free: 1-800-579-0000

Webster Office:
251 Main Street, Webster, MA 01570
(508) 640-0011

Fall River Family Center

257 Cherry Street, Fall River, MA 02720

(508) 679-2109

Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

First Step Inn

175 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720

(508) 679-8001

Program providing safe shelter and daily nutritional meals to 20 homeless persons in the City of Fall River daily.

Fitchburg Office:
99 Day Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-0685

Greater Lawrence YWCA – Oasis Project Domestic Violence Shelter

38 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

(978) 682-3039

Domestic Violence Transitional Shelter.

Harbour House Family Center

713 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746

(508) 992-6027

Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Call (508) 992-6027 or DTA @ 508-646-6200

Harbor House Family Center houses 16 families

Transitional Living Program (TLP)
(508) 762-3200

MIHN Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network
923 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 342-9501

New Step Home Homeless Shelter

506 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720

(508) 674-2788

Noah Shelter – Homeless Shelter for Men and Women

77 Winter Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 778-5255

NOAH is a 55-bed emergency homeless shelter for male and female individuals who can prove Cape Cod residency for at least 6 months (off-Cape or pregnant get 1 night only).

Our Father’s House
55 Lunenburg Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-3050, (978) 345-2256
Emergency/ Transitional Shelter for men and women over 18

Pathways Family Shelter, SMOC
248 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-5047

St. Francis & St. Therese Catholic Worker House Hospitality
52 Mason Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-3588
Services: Emergency shelter in addition to two meals a day.

Sister Rose House

75 Division Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 997-3202

Sister Rose’s House is a Dry Men’s Shelter and is staffed 24 hours a day. The program offers a wide range of supportive services including assessment, job skills training, budgeting information, and access to mental health and other needed services, and the goal of Sr. Rose House is to help our clients to gain long term sustainability while working on the current issues that lead to their homelessness.

SRO Central MA Housing Alliance
6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 791-7265
Services: Provide single room occupancies for single individuals.

Turning Point Single Adult Shelter, SMOC
3 Merchant Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-6429

Veterans, Inc. Homeless Shelter
69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 791-5348 or (508) 791-1213
Services: Housing for homeless veterans, and the families of veterans that were killed in combat.

Worcester Triage and Assessment Center (SMOC)
701 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 872-4853
Services: The Worcester Triage and Assessment Center (SMOC) help people in crisis, with or without substance abuse problems.

Transitional Housing Programs:

Channing House (Willis Center)
21 Catherine Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 755-8088
Services: Half-way house that focuses on the rehabilitation of clients with substance abuse and mental health issues. They o er long term and short term treatment.

Crozier House (Catholic Charities)
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 797-6727
Services: Rehab center focusing on alcohol and substance abuse issues. Provides long term sober living treatments.

Dismas House
30 Richards Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 799-9389

Dismas Family Farm

687 Lincoln Road

Oakham, MA 01068

Services: Transitional housing for former o enders facing homelessness.

New England Prison Ministries Inc. Lowell

27 Fleming St, Lowell, MA 01851

(978) 458-1721

This is a Non Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:

The goal of New England Prison Ministries is that every prisoner released in New England be welcomed into the community with:o A safe place to live; o Help re-establishing their lives; o Connection with a church family; and o Structured programs of Christian encouragement and discipling.

Oasis House
9 Chadwick Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 860-1175
Services: Transitional housing and services for homeless adults dealing with mental illness.

Permanent Housing for Homeless Men in Recovery
4 Leighton Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 400-5284

Transitional Housing Assistance Hyannis

77 High School Rd extension, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 862-6600

Transitional Housing for Women in Recovery
76 Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-5724

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center
72 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 799-0528
Services: Six month program for individuals in recovery.

Affordable Housing Programs:

Barnstable Housing Authority

146 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 771-7222

Catholic Social Services Fall River

1600 Bay Street, Fall River, MA

(508) 674-4681-12

Catholic Social Services New Bedford

59 Rockland St, New Bedford, MA 02740

508-674-4681-13

Fall River Housing Authority

85 Morgan Street, Fall River, MA 02722

(508) 675-3595

Gloucester Housing Authority

259 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01931

(978) 281-4770

Housing Assistance Corporation Hyannis

460 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 771-5400

Lazarus House Lawrence

412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01842

(978) 689-8575

Lawrence Housing Authority

353 Elm Street, Lawrence, MA 01842

(978) 683-2751

Lowell Housing Authority

350 Moody Street, Lowell, MA 01853

(978) 937-3500

New Bedford Housing Authority

134 South Second Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 997-4800

SouthCoast Fair Housing

257 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(774) 473-9994

info@southcoastfairhousing.org


Veterans and Their Families

You may be eligible for Veterans’ Services if you are a veteran or a dependent of a veteran who served during wartime, you have few resources and little income, and you need financial help.

 

VA’s Veterans Suicide Prevention Line:
1-800-273-8255

Dept. of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester
City Hall
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1041
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.

US Veterans Administration Boston Health Care System
605 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 865-0104
Services: primary and preventative health care for returning veterans

US Veterans Administration Boston Health Care System
691 Grafton Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 753-7902
Services: readjustment counseling and mental health services.

American Red Cross
2000 Century Drive, Worcester, MA 01606

(508) 595-3700
Services: For active duty members- offer coping with deployment counseling sessions. Emergency communications during family crisis and health and safety career training opportunities. Limited scholarships available.

Veteran Homestead Hospice, Gardner
69 High Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 353-0234
Support services and housing, Fitchburg

Veterans Inc.
69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605

800-482-2565
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.


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
# NIS
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.


Employment

Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1600 / (508) 799-8000
Services: Career counseling, referrals to job openings, CORI assistance, job training, etc.

Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 767-3100 or 1-877-382-2363
Services: Employment and job training assistance.

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 661-6600 / 1-877-382-2363

Monday–Friday, 7:45 am – 5:00 pm

Employment and Training Resources

1671 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(617) 928 0530
Website: http://www.etrcc.com/
Provides individual training programs and career services such as resume writing and interviewing skills. Accepts referrals from the Department of Transitional Assistance. Provides support for economically disadvantaged clients with financial barriers to employment and provides individual training programs.

Gardner Career Center

25 Main Street, Gardner, MA 01440

(978) 632-5050

Mass Rehab Commission

359 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608-1511
(508) 754-1757
Services: Assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

North Central Career Centers

Leominster Career Center/ Employment Links, Inc. 100 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-1481

Tempo Young Adult Resource Center

68 Henry Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1424
Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Training Resources of America

2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991
Services: Job training (especially in construction and customer service) for youth, adult education, ESL services, etc.

Training Resources of America, Inc

435 Main Street, Suite 2500, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978) 343-4452

United Way Fitchburg

649 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978) 345-1577

Worcester Public Schools – Nightlife Program

24 Chatham Street, Room 105, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3090 / (508) 799-1986
Services: Vocational and career training, work force and continuing education classes, adult literacy and GED, etc.

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1176 ext. 153
Services: GED preparation, pre-employment skills, education and career counseling, job and internship placement assistance, life skills workshops, case management, and summer job opportunities for youth and former o enders.

Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 799-1600 or (508)799-8000

MLK Business Empowerment Center

237 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-6330
Services: Free business consultation, access to business resources and training, reasonably priced workshops and seminars, etc.

Dress for Success

484 Main Street, Suite 101, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 796-5660
Services: Professional attire, support networks, career development tools for women.

American Red Cross Health Care Training

Nurse Assistant and HomeHealth Aide Training programs

2000 Century Drive, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 595-3700 / (978) 537-3339
Services: Provides the information and skills that will enable students to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, for clients at home and patients
in hospitals.

 
 

Job Corps

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 890-1999
Services: Residential educational and job training program in North Grafton, MA. Some commuter spots available.

* To apply for unemployment insurance, go to Workforce Central at 44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608, or call (508) 799-1600. You can also call the TeleClaim center at 1-877-626-6800.


CORI

For information about the new CORI Law that went into effect May 2012, and how to seal your CORI record, please visit: massresources.org/cori.html and workforcecentralma.org/additional-programs/re-entry

It is recommended that you seal your record if possible. Most employers will not be able to view a sealed record on your CORI report.

EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement)
4 King Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(774)420-2722
exprisoners.org
Services: Ex-prisoners and current prisoners, along with allies, friends and family, working together to create resources and opportunities for those who have paid their debt to society

Workforce Central
44 Front Street, #600, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1600
Services: Program designed by workforce development professionals and former offenders to create opportunities for people to prove themselves

*Information provided by EPOCA and the Workforce Central Career Center

 

BAR None – CORI and the Sealing of Criminal Records

The CORI Personal Request Form can be accessed at the following web address: Website: http://www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/criminal-law/seal-record.html


ESL and GED Preparation Classes

Catholic Charities
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-0191
Services: GED and Citizenship classes.
Clark University – COPACE
950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 793-7794
Services: ESL classes.
Clinton Adult Learning Center
150 School Street, Clinton, MA 01510
(978) 365-4226
Services: GED and ESL classes.
ESL Program, Framingham State
100 State Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 626-1510

See program details here: https://www.framingham.edu/academics/continuing- education/english-language-programs/

Framingham Adult ESL+

Fuller Middle School

31 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 626-4282
Services: Free ESL courses. Visit http://www.faesl.org/ for a class schedule and more information.

Grafton Job Corps – Career Academy

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 887-7300
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Grafton Job Corps – Outreach & Admissions Office
250 Main Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 890-1999
Services: GED classes and vocational training.
Latino Education Institute – Club E
Worcester State University
537 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 414-2590
Services: ESL classes.
Literacy Volunteers of Worcester
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Room 332, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-8056
Services: ESL classes.
Literacy Volunteers of Montachusett Area
Fitchburg Public Library
610 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Literacy Unlimited at Framingham Public Library
49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 532-5574
Lutheran Social Services for New Americans
51 Union Street, Suite 222, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1121 ext. 440
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Community Builders of Plumley Village East
16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 770-0508
Services: GED and ESL classes.Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area- Fitchburg Public Library
610 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Quinsigamond Community College – Great Brook Valley
180 Constitution Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3358
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Quinsigamond Community College – Boys and Girls Club
65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 579-4464
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Quinsigamond Community College
751 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 751-7900
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Refugee Apostolate
242 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 831-7455
Services: ESL classes.
Regional Adult Education Center (Mount Wachusett Community College)
Fitchburg Learning Center, McKay Campus School
67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 665-3433
Services: Morning ABE, Pre-ASE and ASE Classes, Evening ESOL classes
Gardner MWCC Adult Learning Center
444 Green Street, Room 56A, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 630-9259
Leominster Adult Learning Center
110 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-1563
Services: Evening ABE, Pre-ASE, and ASE classes
St. Bernard’s Church Rectory Marie Anne Center
236 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 736-6986
Services: ESL classes.
St. Peter’s Church
929 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-4674
Services: ESL classes.
Southeast Asian Coalition
484 Main Street, Suite 400, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 791-4373
Services: ESL classes.
Spanish American Center
112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-3145
Training Resources of America
2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991
Services: GED and ESL classes.
United Neighbors of Fitchburg
18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2069
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Victory In Christ / Victory Center
371 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 832-4696
Services: Citizenship and ESL classes.
Webster Public Schools: Adult Basic skills Program
41 East Main Street, Webster, MA 01570
(508) 943-0104
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.
484 Main Street, Suite 203, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1176
Services: GED classes, Computer/ Job Training.
Worcester Housing Authority
32 Great Brook Valley Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3306
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center
24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3090
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center – Greendale Headstart
130 Leeds Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 799-3252Services: ESL classes.
Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center – South East Asian Coalition
484 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-3090Services: ESL classes.
Worcester State University – Intensive English Language Institute
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8120
Services: ESL classes.
Worcester State University – Intergenerational Urban Institute
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8978Services: ESL classes.
Worcester Youth Center
326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602(508) 791-4702
Services: GED classes.
YOU, Inc. – Worcester
81 Plantation Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 849-5600 ext. 397
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – Whitinsville
68-72 Church Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588
(508) 266-2125
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – W. Brook eld
7 E. Main Street, West Brook eld, MA 01585
(508) 867-5800
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – Milford
3 Exchange Street, Milford, MA 01757
(508) 473-2178
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – Southbridge
328 Main Street, 1st Floor, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-9102 ext. 22
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YWCA of Central Massachusetts
1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3028
Services: GED classes.

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 over due 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.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
484 Main Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Public Inquiries: 1-800-632-8175
Worcester Office: (508) 754-1176
Services: Government program–help low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills during the winter.

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

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

The Salvation Army’s Good Neighbor Energy Fund
640 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-7191
9:00 am–3:00 pm on weekdays
For eligibility and general inquiries: 1-800-334-3047
Services: Assistance with heating bills, including gas, electric and oil

Saint Vincent de Paul
507 Park Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts, 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
Public Inquiries: 1-800-224-5124
Resources for Communities and People
800-488-1969
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
Public Inquiries: 1-800-632-8175
Worcester Office: (508) 754-1176
Services: provides eligible households, homeowners or renters with help paying a portion of winter heating bills.


Immigrant Services

ACE / African Community Education Program
24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3653
Services: Educational programs, mentoring, and ESL classes for African immigrant refugee children

Catholic Charities
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-1091
Services: Education programs, health care, legal advice, and resettlement services for refugees and immigrants; citizenship classes

Centro Las Americas
11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 798-1900
Services: Information and referral, counseling, and legal advice for refugees and immigrants

East African Community Outreach
90 Madison Street, Suite 500, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 318-3430
Services: Helps connect people with community resources

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
19 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 854-2122
Services: Health care; groups for African and Iraqi refugees and immigrants

Ethiopian Dream Center
18 Millbury Street, Unit A, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 762-8085 / (508) 304-8692
Services: Cultural and social activities for Ethiopians and other African immigrants; assistance connecting with community resources

Fairbridge Project
237 Chandler Street, Suite 216, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 453-4884 / (508) 340-1669
Services: Information and referral for African and other immigrants; HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, and education; youth empowerment and violence prevention

Friendly House
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-4362
Services: Information and referral, translation, job search, and immigration services (especially for the Albanian population)

Community Legal Aid- Immigration Unit
405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-3718
Services: Immigration law for low-income families

Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England (LSSNE))
14 East Worcester Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604
774.243.3900
Services: Resettlement services, basic needs, and legal advice (including help with citizenship forms) for refugees and immigrants

Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope
242 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 831-7455
Services: Food, clothing, furniture, advocacy, language and work skills, citizenship assistance, etc.

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center
340 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-7557
Services: Resettlement services, counseling, health care, cultural assimilation, job counseling, and social services

Southeast Asian Center of Central Mass
484 Main Street, Suite 400, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 791-4373
Services: Educational (including ESL) and support services for Southeast Asian immigrant families

United Neighbors of Fitchburg
18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2069

Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center
24 Chatham Street, #105, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3170
Services: ESL and citizenship classes

 


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.


Budgeting, Credit Repair and Identity Theft

What is a Credit Report?

A credit report contains information about your credit history and the status of your credit accounts. This information includes how often you make your payments on time, how much credit you have, how much credit you have available, how much credit you are using, and whether a debt collector is collecting on any debt you owe. Credit reports also can contain public records such as liens, judgments, and bankruptcies that provide insight into your financial status and obligations.

Lenders use these reports to help them decide if they will loan you money, what interest rates they will offer you, or to check the status of an existing loan. Companies can purchase these consumer credit reports to help inform them while making a wide range of business decisions such as providing or pricing insurance; renting you an apartment; and (if you agree to let them look at your consumer report) making employment decisions about you. Credit reporting companies (also known as credit bureaus or consumer reporting agencies) compile these reports.

How do I get a copy of my Credit Report?

Visit AnnualCreditReport.com to get a free copy of your credit report, technically known as a “file disclosure” from the nationwide credit reporting companies. You can receive a free credit report once every 12 months:

Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

No matter which method you choose, you have the option to request reports from the nationwide credit reporting companies at once or one report at a time. By requesting the reports at the same time, you can determine whether any of your files have errors. By requesting the reports separately, you can monitor your credit file more frequently throughout the year. Your free credit report does not include a credit score. You are also eligible for free reports from nationwide specialty consumer reporting companies.

Be aware that there are many websites that claim to offer free credit reports. A number of these sites will only give you a free report if you buy other products or services. Still others give you a free report and then bill you for services you have to cancel. To get the free credit report authorized by law, go to AnnualCreditReport.com, and nowhere else.

 

Budget and Credit Repair

Go to http://www.justice.gov for an approved list of credit counseling agencies

American Consumer Credit Counseling

179 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 316-2195 or 800-769-3571
Services: personal and financial counseling, debt management and budget training

Money Management International (MMI)
340 Main Street, #813, Worcester, MA 01608
(866) 226-0278

Services: Personal and financial counseling, repayment programs, debt management and housing advising services

Neighborworks Homeownership Center
138 Green Street, Suite 4, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 791-2170 x226
Services: Budget and credit counseling

RCAP Solutions
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604

800-488-1969
Services: Budget and credit counseling

 

The Major Credit Bureaus:

Transunion
1-800-680-7289
http://www.transunion.com

Equifax
1-800-525-6285
http://www.equifax.com

Experian
1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)
http://www.experian.com

 

 

Identity Theft

Identity theft is the stealing of someone’s personal information and using it to commit fraud or theft.

If you’re a victim of identity theft or think you may be:

–    Contact the fraud departments of each of the 3 major credit bureaus

–    Contact the security or fraud departments at each of your creditors, and follow up with a   letter

–    File a report with the police reporting the theft/fraud

 

For Help with Identity Theft:

The Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Hotline
1-877-438-4338
Or visit http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft

 

BAR None – Credit Reports and Identity Theft.
Visit http://www.dismasisfamily.org/programs/bar-none/ for more information.

Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281 Atlanta, GA 30348-5281


License and Identification

City Clerk
City Hall, 455 Main Street, Room 206, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1121 / (508) 799-1133 (elections)
Services: Birth certificates, marriage licenses, voter registration

Registry of Motor Vehicles
611 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(857) 368-8000
Services: Obtain or replace driver’s license or Mass ID, pay court fees and taxes, renew registrations.

Social Security Administration
51 Myrtle Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-866-331-9069
Services: Obtain or replace social security card.

BAR None
Services: License Suspension, Revocation and Reinstatement.
Visit http://www.dismasisfamily.org/programs/bar-none/ for more information.


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