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Net of Compassion

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

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

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

Programs at 674 Main Street:

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

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

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


Visitation House

119 Endicott Street, Worcester, MA

Phone: (508)965.7391

Contact: Eve Lindquist evelindquist@visitationhouse.org

Website: https://visitationhouse.org/

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.

 


Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke

70 Nick Cosmos Way, Holyoke, MA 01040 (413) 534-7366


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.


The Women’s Center

405 County Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 999-6636
Website: http://www.thewomenscentersc.com/index.php
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.


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.


Emotional Wellness Counseling

3267 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02745 (508) 995-1400


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

98 North Front Street, 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.


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.


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.
Mental Health Clinic
1061 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 996-8572
• Adult Behavioral Health Services
• Child Behavioral Health Services
• School-Based Counseling Services
• Mixed Population
• Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI)
Child & Family Services | Fall River
66 Troy Street, Fall River, MA 02720 (map) (508) 676-5708
• Adoption Journeys
• Adoption Services
• Adult Behavioral Health Services
• Child Behavioral Health Services
• In-Home Therapy (IHT )
• Parent Mentor
• Therapeutic Mentoring (TM)
• Young Parent Support (services Fall River and New Bedford areas) (YPS)
Child & Family Services | North Street
543 North Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 996-3154 | (877) 996-3154
• Adult Behavioral Health Services
• Child Behavioral Health Services
• Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT )
• Community Crisis Stabilization (CCS)
• Emergency Services (Crisis Center)
Child & Family Services | Cape Cod
100 Independence Drive, Unit 8 Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 778-1839
• Adoption Journeys
• In-Home Therapy (IHT )
• Mental Health Services
• Parent Mentor
• Specialized Adoption Services
• Therapeutic Mentoring (TM)
Child & Family Services | Merrimack Valley
439 South Union Street, (Suite 203B) Lawrence, MA 01843 (978) 687-5852
• Adoption Journeys
• Adoption Services
Child & Family Services | Florence
P. O. Box 60006, 140 Pine St Suite 12, Florence, MA 01062 (413) 320-4680 | (800) 972-2734
• Adoption Journeys
Child & Family Services | Waltham
395 Totten Pond Rd, Ste 204, Waltham, MA 027451 (781) 444-1042 | (800) 972-2734
• Adoption Journeys
Child & Family Services | Worcester
330 SW Cutoff, Ste 101, Worcester, MA 01604 (map) (508) 459-2339 | (800) 972-2734
• Adoption Journeys


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.


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

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


Smoc Daycare Programs

7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-2373
SMOC Child Care provides quality, full-day/full-year, center-based and family child care, early education and care services to children ages infant through the 5th
grade. Classrooms generally operate Monday through Friday, 7:00–7:30 am until
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm. After school programs operate from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm during school vacations and during the summer. Family child care homes are open Monday–Friday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.


Amesbury Center – Community Action, Inc.

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

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

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


Daybreak Emergency Shelter for Men and Women

19 Winter Street, 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. There is a 9:00 pm curfew.
Daybreak Shelter provides temporary shelter, up to thirty days, for homeless men and women over the age of eighteen. It is one of the last “Wet” shelters in the state, meaning we allow individuals under the influence of alcohol or substances to stay, though we do not allow alcohol or substances to be brought onto or used on our property. The Shelter is open from 5:00 pm on a first come, first served basis, to 8:00 am each day. Breakfast and dinner are served each day.


Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

365 Lindell Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453
Juniors (ages 8–12) and Teen Programs (ages 13–18)


Allencrest Academic Learning Center

24 Church Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-7799
The Allencrest Academic Learning Center is an after school tutoring center located in the Allencrest Apartment Complex in Leominster. The Leominster Public School has students from the high school, Sky View Middle School and Southeast elementary school attending the center. Students in grades K–12 receive afterschool tutoring Monday–Thursday, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Work, Inc.

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


Veteran Homestead Hospice, Gardner

Corporate Office:
69 High Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 353-0234
Support services and housing, Fitchburg


Montachusett Opportunity Council: Fitchburg Community

connections coalition
76 Summer Street, Suite 210, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 829-0163


Tri-valley, Inc.

10 Mill Street, Dudley, MA 01571 (508) 949-6640


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


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


Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA)

6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone:(508) 752-5519
Fax: (508) 752-5009
Website: http://www.cmhaonline.org/index.php

Services: counseling on tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, eviction procedures, code violations, and security deposit law.

Hours: 9-5, Monday-Friday


Children’s Friend

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

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

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

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

These services are provided through the four major programs:

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

Youville House

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

Website: http://www.ccworc.org

Office hours: 8–5, Monday-Friday

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

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

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

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

Catholic Charities Services helping families faced with developmental disabilities:

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

Interfaith Hospitality Network

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

Hours: 8:30-6, Monday-Friday

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


Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention and Family Support

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

Hours: 8am-5pm

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

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


Parents Helping Parents

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

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

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


Pleasant Street Baptist Church- Baby Boutique

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

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


Baby Safe Haven

Phone: (866)814-SAFE (Children of Hope)

Services: The Safe Haven Act of Massachusetts (2004) allows a parent to legally surrender newborn infants 7 days old or younger at a hospital, police station, or manned fire station without facing criminal prosecution. The Safe Haven Act is an amendment to Chapter 119 of the Massachusetts General Laws, section 39½. The law became effective on October 29, 2004.

Important Terms: 

Newborn infant: a baby 7 days old or younger.

Voluntary placed, voluntary placement or voluntary abandonment: voluntarily leaving the newborn infant with an appropriate person at a designated facility.

Designated Facility: hospital (it is preferred that the newborns specifically be taken to an acute care hospital emergency department), police department or manned fire station; the locations stipulated by the Safe Haven Law.

Appropriate person: someone at a designated facility who is able to ensure that the newborn infant is safe; for example, the triage person in a hospital emergency department or duty officer in a police station.

Notification: An immediate notice to be filed with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) on the voluntary surrender of the newborn infant.


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

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

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


New Hope Inc.

Main Office

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

Satellite Offices

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

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

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

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

District Court Advocate Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Probate Court Advocate Locations

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


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

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

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

Toll-Free, 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

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

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

Emergency Shelter

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

Counseling

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

SAFEPLAN

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

 

Community-Based Advocacy

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

Supervised Visitation

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

Housing Stabilization

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

Civilian Police Advocate

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

 


Child Care Resources

799 W. Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Phone: (508) 856-7930
Website: http://www.sevenhills.org/programs/resources-for-child-care-providers

Services: The Child Care Resources (CCR) Program at Seven Hills provides resource and referral services to assist families in locating affordable, quality child care programs & to:

  • Ensure families have access to high-quality information, resources and referrals to meet their child care needs.
  • Educate families on the cost, quality and availability of early education and out-of-school-time care.
  • Promote provider development and support, with ongoing access to training and technical assistance.

                                                       


USDA Free Summer Meal Program (Project Bread)

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

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

Summer Food Service Program:

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

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


Girls Scouts

81 Gold Star Blvd. Worcester, MA 01606
Phone: 800-462-9100
Fax: 508-852-7674
Website: http://www.gscwm.org

Services: Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) is in the forefront of helping girls develop the courage, confidence and character to make a difference in their own lives, in their communities and in the world.


Girls Inc.

125 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 755-6455
Email: info@girlsincworcester.org
Website: http://www.girlsincworcester.org

Services: After 100 years, Girls Inc. of Worcester continues to inspire all girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent).  We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. Experience- consisting of the people, place and programming that together, empower girls to succeed.  As the oldest and only facility-based, girl-centered organization in Central Massachusetts, the Girls Inc. Experience is what makes us unique among youth serving organizations.

Girls Inc. provides more than 1,400 girls in Greater Worcester with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique challenges girls face.  By offering researched-based programming, girls learn to set and achieve goals, overcome obstacles, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).


Boys and Girls Club of Worcester

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

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

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

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


Worcester Family Partnership

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

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

WFP Opportunities include:

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


Worcester Adoptive Families Together

335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Telephone: (508) 753-2967
Fax: (508) 767-3095
Website: http://www.mspcc.org/about/office-locations/worcester/

Services: Adoptive Families Together (AFT) provides education, advocacy, training, and support to families, professionals and communities about the unique circumstances inherent in the adoption experience. Our groups include parents who have adopted children of all ages and races, domestically and internationally, children of kin, and children with special needs. We also welcome adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents, guardians and pre-adoptive parents.

For more info contact Lori Baeumler 617-587-1522 or lbaeumler@mspcc.org

Other Services Provided By the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children:

Pregnancy & Parenting Support– MSPCC supports teen and young adult parents beginning at pregnancy. Home visitors offer encouragement and education to parents through each stage of pregnancy and early childhood development. MSPCC also provides guidance to parents, helping them reach their educational and career goals.

Child & Family Counseling– MSPCC clinicians provide behavioral health services to children who have experienced trauma, family or community violence, school bullying and social and emotional adjustment issues. We work both one-on-one with the child and with the whole family in the home and in our Family Counseling Centers.

Foster Care & Adoption– MSPCC provides support to foster families, helping parents manage the needs of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. MSPCC also facilitates the adoption process when children cannot be returned to their biological families and offers post-adoption support.


UMass Medical Center (Shriver Center)

University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301, Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: 774-455-6562
Email: shriver.center@umassmed.edu
Websites: http://shriver.umassmed.edu/about-us
http://www.udiscovering.org/

Services: To help with early intervention, the Shriver Center team of national experts in the fields of autism, applied behavior analysis, psychological sciences, and instructional technology work together, and with NIH grant support, have developed a number of innovative courses for parents and professionals. These courses are distributed through an online portal called UDiscovering. Developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Shriver Center, UDiscovering offers a new line of online training tools, products, and services to help families and professionals touched by or working in the fields of autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Shriver Center is a nationally and internationally recognized research, education, and public service center dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established 30 years ago, it became a part of UMass Medical School in 2000. The Center offers a wide range of resources:

Helping the public understand and ameliorate the challenges faced by those with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities

Training professionals and leaders in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field

Promoting efforts to enhance the health, safety, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families

Offering a series of disability related products, starting with Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent’s Interactive Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).


Central MA Recovery Learning Community

209 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 751-9600
Fax: (508) 751-9601
Email: info@centralmassrlc.org
Website: http://www.centralmassrlc.org

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30am-when last meeting of the day ends

Services: Offers peer-support groups. Meetings are frequently straight-up Peer Support: people coming together to discuss experiences, challenges, symptoms or whatever else comes to mind. Other meetings approach recovery through other channels, helping peers with any aspect of life from Aromatherapy to Zen. Examples include Computer Literacy, Creative Writing, Yoga and more.

These meetings help peers with extreme emotional/mental experiences on many levels. They give us a reason to get out of bed when we’re having a hard time doing so, and a place to go when we need one. They ground us in the “here and now” and give us new ways with which to express ourselves by engaging us in creative activities (drumming, writing, knitting, etc). Most importantly, they provide a network of emotional support, simply by bringing us together.

The RLC holds meetings in locations all throughout Central Massachusetts, in hospitals, community centers, book stores, churches-anyplace that has opened its space for use of the community. Our physical homes, sometimes referred to as our Resource Connection Center, also hosts numerous meetings throughout the week.


Elder Services of Worcester Area

67 Millbrook Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 756-1545
Toll-Free: 1-800-243-5111
TTY: 774-312-7291
Website: https://eswa.org

Services: Our primary goal is to keep eligible elders and younger disabled individuals safe at home for as long as is possible. We do this by providing in home and community services.

  • If you’re over sixty and interested: Contact us by phone or have someone call for you and talk with staff in our Information and Referral Department. (If you prefer you can send us a question by email.) Tell us about your situation. If you are interested in services, then you will be asked some more detailed questions related to your needs.
  • Once the referral is made, one of our case managers will contact you or a designated contact person within the next few days to set up a time to come to your home for an assessment. During the assessment, the case manager will explain our eligibility standards, which include age, income, and level of frailty.
  • If you are eligible to become a client of Elder Services of Worcester Area, the case manager will explain the services that may be beneficial to you. With your input we will develop a service plan. Please click here for a complete list of the services we offer with brief descriptions.
  • Once services begin, your case manager will visit you to check on your status and to make sure that the services are going well. Your case manager is your main contact person for the services and other concerns you may have, and will visit you on a regular, ongoing basis.

Most of our clients pay a relatively small monthly fee based on their income. The income scale was developed by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Clients who have Medicaid coverage are not charged a fee; otherwise, elders pay a graduated fee based upon their annual income. Elders who are caregivers may be interested in Respite services. Respite services are available regardless of income. We suggest that you contact us with any questions.


Belmont AME Zion Church

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

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

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

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

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


Lutheran Social Services

14 East Worcester Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 774-243-3900
Toll Free: 877-500-8263 

Services: Resettlement services, basic needs, and legal advice (including help with citizenship forms) for refugees and immigrants.


Fairbridge Project

237 Chandler Street, Suite 217, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: (508) 453-4884
Fax: (508) 751-8591
Email: info@fairbridgeproject.org

Services: The Fairbridge Project International Incorporated (FPI Inc.) works with the community to improve access to health care, education, economic opportunities and resources that would make life better for new immigrants and refugees particularly those from Africa and living within the state of Massachusetts. Through our services we hope that the new arrivers would easily transition to independent and productive lives. Also, FPI Inc. works to reduce poverty, illiteracy and public health problems in sub-Sahara Africa.

 


Ethiopian Dream Center

18 Millbury Street, Unit A, Worcester, MA 01610
Tel/Fax: (508) 762-8085 or (508)304-8692
Email: info@ethiopiandreamcenter.org

Services:

  • Finding Housing.
  • Pairing up with Host Families.
  • Assistance in obtaining driver’s license and navigating the complex process of other legal documents.
  • Assistance in finding employment and employment resources.
  • Act as a liaison with state and federal agencies to provide necessary services.
  • Offer translation services if needed.
  • Assistance in locating relatives or family acquaintances.

Eastern African Community Outreach

484 Main Street #2, Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 754-1176

Services: Helps connect people with community resources.


Department of Children and Families (DCF, formerly DSS)

Worcester East Area Office
121 Providence Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 929-2000
Fax: (508) 754-9803

Worcester West Area Office
121 Providence Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 929-2000
Fax: (508) 929-2161

Services: Strive to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

Programs:

  •  Adolescent Services
  • Adoption/Guardianship
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foster Care
  • Housing Stabilization
  • Family Support & Stabilization
  • Out of Home Placements

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