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Support Groups

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(508) 756-1545
YWCA, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-1545
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


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

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.


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.

 


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.


YOU Inc.

81 Plantation Street, Second Floor, Worcester, MA  01604
(508) 849-5600

GED Classes
Contact:
Kate Mallet
508849-5600 x7303

Services:
In addition to their GED program they also offer an Education for Employment program. Both services are available for persons ages 16-21 that qualify.

Hours:
They are open Monday thru Friday 9:00 am–12:00 pm.

Registration Information:
They have an ongoing registration. There is no fee. Please call for more information and to set up a placement test.

 

Mental Health Treatment
Contact:

For referrals 508.849.5600 ext. 421 or  855-4YOUINC

Services:
Counseling available  for children, adolescents, adults and families. They help adolescents with Substance Abuse. Psychological testing, neuropsych screening, risk assessments, ADHD evaluations, trauma evaluations are available. After-school programs, Group therapy for parents, grand-parents, teens and kids, Parent Resource Rooms and Prevention Specialists are offered. In- home services are provided. S

Sexual Abuse treatment & evaluations, Medication management & evaluations for clients receiving services at YOU Inc.Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services, Community-Based Services, Adult Case Management, GED programs, Fire-setters’ Prevention program, In Home Behavioral Services, Positive Parenting, and Therapeutic Mentoring available.

Spanish speaking clinicians available.

Payments:
Accept all private insurances (except CIGNA or TriCare). Limited sliding fee. Accepts all Mass Health plans and the Children’s Medical Security Plan.

Parenting Psychotherapy Support Group

Services:
The program provides affect management, communication and  discipline.

Contact: 
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600×421

Hours: 
Accepting referrals Tuesdays from 5:00–6:00 pm.

Eligibility:
Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

Adults:  Parenting Skills for Spanish Speaking Parents

Services:
This program conducted in Spanish helps the participants develop and tone their parenting skills.

Contact: 
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours: 
Accepting referrals
Fridays from 1:00–2:30 pm

Eligibility: 
Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

Adults 18+

Services:
A movement based group using martial arts and mindfulness to support stress reduction and emotional regulation.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Accepting referrals
Tuesdays from 12:00–1:00 pm.

Eligibility: 
Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

Young Adults Support Group 

Services:
Helping young adults  navigate sexuality & relationships.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours: 
Accepting Referrals Mondays 6-7:00 pm.

Eligibility:
Young adults ages 16-21 co-ed.

 

Adolescent Substance Abuse Services

Services:
A group treatment that focuses on substance abuse treatment for those 11-18 who have a history of either experimental or significant substance abuse and addiction.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Rolling admission

Eligibility/ Payment:
Must be between the ages of 11-18. Accepts Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

PUNCH! 

Services:
Anger management for adolescent and pre adolescents (11+) who have difficulties managing their anger in any situation.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Rolling admission

Eligibility/ Payment:
Must be between the ages of 11-18. Accepts Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

LGBTQ Support Group

Services:
Assisting clients struggling with issues related to gender and/or sexuality.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Accepting referrals Thursdays from 4:00–5:00 pm.

Eligibility/ Payment:
Open to persons struggling with the issues listed above. Accepts Mass Health.

JSI

Services:
Group for boys with sexual offending or harmful behavior (ages 13-17)

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Meets on Tuesdays from 3:00–4:00 pm

Eligibility/ Payment:
Open to persons struggling with the issues listed above. Accepts Mass Health.

Harmony/Aikido

Services:
Building self-regulation & interpersonal relationship skills through movement and martial arts; co-ed ages 8-12.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Eligibility/ Payment:
Open to persons with the above criteria. Accepts Mass Health.

 


Community Healthlink Inc

72 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860–1260
(508) 421-4473 (Support Groups) Robyn Ernst Program Director

Substance Abuse Treatment

Program Locations:
72 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-1260/ Intake: (508) 421-4411                   

12 Queen Street, Worcester,MA 01610          
(508) 860-1200         
Detoxification    

280 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01602          
(508) 860-1172      

17 Orchard Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 537-3109/ Intake: 617-661-3991    

Services:

Substance abuse treatment available. Community Healthlink Inc. has a series of services such as adolescent recovery, outpatient care, inpatient care and recovery services. Under adolescent recovery there are two programs:Motivating Youth Recovery (MYR) and Highland Grace House. These are intended for teenagers. Inpatient services have three programs: Detox, PASSages, and Thayer TSS. The Detox program provides 24 hour nursing care and observation for clients that are detoxing from drugs and alcohol. PASSages is a post-detox Clinical Stabilization Service (CSS) program that provides intensive, community based, short term care that includes residential, group, and individual treatment for individuals in the early stages of substance abuse recovery. Thayer TSS  provides transitional support.

Outpatient services include assessment; crisis intervention; health education; individual, group, couples, and family counseling; medical/psychiatric consultation; referral and aftercare planning; self help groups; and treatment planning.

Services vary by locations.

 

Mental Health Treatment

Services:
The Community Healthlink provides help with inpatient Detox, Intensive Post-Acute Recovery Clinical Stabilization Service (PASSAges). Outpatient counseling services for adults is also available.

There is also a crisis stabilization unit available. Substance abuse counseling is available. Community Healthlink also has an Emergency Services 24 hours hot line 1-800-977-555 or 1-866-549-2142.

There are spanish speaking clinicians and Vietnamese speaking interpreters.

Payment:

Accepts various insurances with referral, except for Harvard Pilgrim.  Fee operate on a sliding schedule. Does accept the Mass Behavioral Health Plan

Support Groups: 

Types of Group: The Act Group, Yoga, Mindfulness,The Nurturing Parent, and Building Bridges Program.

Services:

ALL of the support group programs offer childcare  after 3:00 pm for children 3 and up. ALL services provided in English only.

Act Group: Connect with other teens to discuss relationships, stress, mindfulness, conflict resolution, etc.

Yoga: Yoga for adolescent girls and women affected by trauma. Participate in a yoga class that emphasizes the power of breathing and stretching

Mindfulness: Group for school aged children to participate in activities, games, stories, and art to learn to be mindful

The Nurturing Parent: Helps parents develop nurturing parenting skills

Building Bridges Program: Program–help individuals who have lost a loved one to homicide connect with others.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Act Group: A free program open to individuals ages 15-18. Begins in Spring 2014, must call for days and times.

Yoga: Open adolescent and adult women who have been affected by trauma. Begins in Spring 2014, must call for days and times

Mundfulness: Open to school age children. Must call for dates and times.

The Nurturing Parent: Open to adolescents and young adults. Begins in Spring 2014, must call for dates.

Building Bridges Program: Open to all. Must call for dates and times.

 


Family Continuity Programs

Family Continuity Programs

17 Mechanic Street, 3rd floor
Worcester, MA

(508) 755-0556

Services:

Services include outpatient counseling and psychiatry. Community Based Services through the Mass Health CBHI Initiative (for ages 3-21). These community services include In-home therapy and  Therapeutic Mentoring.   There is Community Support Program (CSP) – case management program for all ages.

Medical evaluations available.  Clinicians are trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

Home-based clinician available who speaks Spanish.

Payments:

All forms of Mass Health are accepted.  Accepts all private insurances except for Cigna, Aetna and Tufts. There is a waiting list for sliding fee eligibility.


Pathways for Change

 

Pathways for Change (formerly the RAPE CRISIS CENTER of Central Mass)

588 Main Street
Worcester, MA

(508) 852-7600 Worcester
(800) 870-5905; 24/7/365
(800) 223-5001; en español
(888) 887-7130; TTY (Monday through Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm)
(508) 340-4872; VP (Monday through Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm)

Services:

Pathways for Change operates a 24/7/365 Hotline Crisis Support and Intervention and a 24/7/365 Emergency Room & Police Advocacy. They help teens and adult survivors of sexualized violence and their support persons.   In addition they provide aid to Deaf Survivors and their support persons, this service is also available to spanish speakers. 1:1 counseling is available along with Support Groups, and Advocacy of all genders.

Services also include Professional & School based education & technical support.

Payments:

All Counseling Services are FREE and Confidential. Convenient parking at municipal garage next door.

 


Island Counseling

Island Counseling

108 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605-2651

(508) 753-3220

For new intakes press x107

Services:

Services available include Group Therapy,  Individual Therapy, TMS Therapy,  Couples and Family Therapy, Medication Management and Evaluation, Crisis Intervention Services, Educational Groups, Specialized Groups, Couples and Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Therapy Groups: (offered sporadically) Continuing Care Group, Suboxone Treatment Group. They also do initial Psychiatric Evaluations.  Does not offer one-time parenting, psychological sexual abuse or sex offender assessments

Suboxone treatment is available  for opiate Additions.

There are Spanish and  Arabic Speaking Doctors on site.

Payments:

They accept most forms of private and public insurance  like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna,Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim, United Health Care, Fallon, Network Health, Neighborhood Health, Aetna, Magellan, Medicare, MBHP, Mass Health, Tri Care.

Sliding Fee payment schedule is also offered.

Support Groups

Type of Groups:
Continuing Care Group, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT),Suboxone Group:

 

Services:
Childcare and transportation not provided. Services provided in English only.Support groups to help those dealing with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder or drug addiction.

Continuing Care Group: Open forum to discuss depression, anxiety and other issues in your life. Do not need to call. Walk-ins welcome.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The group focuses on treating people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) as well as chronically suicidal individuals.  It combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing

Suboxone Group: Narcotic addiction support group

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Continuing Care Group:  Insurance based program that is available to anyone who wishes to participate. Program meets on Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 am–11:30 am.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Insurance based program that focuses on treating people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) as well as chronically suicidal individuals. Group meets on Tuesdays from 1:15 pm–2:15pm

Suboxone Group: Open to anyone with a narcotic addiction. Meets on Thursdays, 11:15 am–12:00 pm.

 


Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Behavioral Health Services
19 Tacoma Street
Worcester, MA  01605

(508) 852-1805

Services:

The Community Health Center provides outpatient multilingual psychotherapy and psychiatry services for children, adolescents and adults. There is a pharmacy on site.  These services are only available for health center patient only.

Payments:

MassHealth all plans are accepted along with Medicare and Medicaid, HSNO, CMSP, Commercial Insurances.


AIDS Project Worcester

85 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-3773 x16

Food Pantry

Services: 

They run a food pantry to their costumers on Tuesdays from 9MA to 4:00 pm

Support Groups

Services:  Support groups for those living with HIV/AIDS, for Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered individuals and their families/friends.

Type of Groups: Latino Support Group, HIV support group for Gay men, Women’s Group, NEW Horizon Transgender Group, The Empowerment Group, Women’s HIV Support Group

To find out about the dates and times of these groups, must call (508) 755-3773. Transportation or childcare not available.

Eligibility:
Clients living with HIV/AIDS, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals their parents, families and friends

LUK Inc.

Four Locations:

1. 545 Westminster St. Fitchburg, MA 01420

2. 40 Southbridge Street, 4th floor Worcester, MA. 01608

3. 99 Day St. Fitchburg, MA 01420

4. 251 Main St. Webster, MA. 01570

1-800-579-0000:  contact number for all sites

 

LUK Mentoring Program

Services:
Free mentoring for youth between the ages of 6 and 17 in Central MA. Services available in English. Spanish translation is available.

LUK’s one-to-one community-based and site-based programs serve youth ages 6 to 17 living in the 65 cities and towns of Central MA. Adult volunteer mentors meet with mentees for at least one hour per week for at least one year, provide support through friendship, and focus on improving mentees’ social competencies, academic engagement and performance and preventing and decreasing offenses.

Mentors, youth, parent/guardians are all interviewed and information gathered helps determine who the mentor and youth will be paired with.

All volunteer mentors agree to a background check and attend training before they are matched with a youth

Eligibility and additional information:
Eligible youth are boys and girls ages 6 – 17.

The majority of youth involved in the LUK Mentoring Program are youth with a learning, emotional or behavioral disability. We also serve youth living in the foster care system.

Any youth who would benefit by having additional adult support may be a part of the program.

The program is provided free of cost.

Support Groups

Types of Groups: Therapeutic support group and support group for parents/guardians of adolescents who are using or in recovery.

Services:
Childcare and transportation is available for both programs. Stipends may be provided when applicable.

Therapeutic support group helps those who have been impacted by an under the influence incident including, but not limited to, the loss of a loved one while the other support group is for those in recovery.

The other support group is for parents and guardians of adolescents who are using or in recovery.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Therapeutic support group is for anyone affected by someone operating under the influence incident. All ages encouraged to attend. Program is free. Meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (at Southbridge location).

The other support group is for parents & guardians of adolescents who are using or are in recovery from substance abuse. Participation is based on a rolling admission. Program is at no cost to you. Date and times are based on location. Every Thursday from 6-7:00 pm (LUK Worcester office), every Wednesday from 6-7:00 pm (LUK Fitchburg office), every Wednesday from 6-7:00 pm (Lowell General Hospital)

 

Behavioral Health Clinic

Services:
LUK Behavioral Health Clinic – Mental Health Services serves youth and families. With Family Counseling, Individual Therap, Couples Counseling, Expressive Art Therapy, Group Counseling, Psychoeducation Groups, Psychological Evaluations, Medication Management, Psychiatric Consultation, Individual and Family Assessment and Parenting Assessment.

LUK Behavioral Health Clinic  also helps with Substance Abuse. The Moving On Program – Uses the evidence-based Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an effective treatment of youth. CLYR (Continuous Learning for Youth in Recovery) – Using the evidence-based Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach/Assertive Continuing Care, an effective home-based recovery support and treatment service for youth. CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training)–an evidence-based support group for parents of youth in recovery. In addition they provide Substance Abuse Evaluations and Outpatient substance abuse treatment.

Spanish & Portuguese capacity for some programs.

Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center provides evidence-based trauma-focused treatments for youth ages 0-18 including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma in Schools. They also do training in trauma-focused evidence-based treatment for youth ages 0-18 and training in trauma-informed services.

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative Services division provides In Home Therapy.  An intensive therapy for a youth and family to treat the youth’s behavioral health needs and assist the family as they support the youth in the home.Therapeutic Mentoring  is also available and consists of 1:1 coaching and support for youth to learn social skills, and better ways to interact with other youth and adults. Finally In Home Behavioral Services assist youth and family with specific problem behaviors that get in the way of everyday life.

Victim Services operates the STEP Program,  which provides therapeutic services, advocacy, and outreach for individuals (and their friends/families) who have been impacted by an under-the-influence accident.

Languages:

Spanish, Cantonese, Twi, French, French Creole, and Polish capacity .

Payments:

Accepts various insurances, including the following MassHealth products: MBHP, Neighborhood Health Plan, Beacon, Network Health, Fallon, Medicaid, Limited Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Tufts, Children’s Medical Security Plan. There is limited funding available  for uninsured/underinsured for substance abuse treatment. Private pay with sliding fee scale available. CLYR Program is grant funded through DPH and SAMHSA.

The Victims Services is free for individuals who have been impacted by an under-the-influence accident.


Center for Living & Working, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 345 Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508.755.1782
TTY: 508.755.1003/ VP: 508.762.1164
Contact: Krista Rancourt
508)762-1165 (video phone)

Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP)

Services:
Preparing disabled youth to transition to the community and have greater independence. Services are available in English yet , interpreters can be provided if needed for certain languages.

Through this MRC state-funded program CLW provides IL services to Chapter 766 eligible youth to prepare them for transition to adult services.  Participants are between the ages 14- 22 and may have a significant disability of any type.  The goal of the TAP Program is to prepare youth with all disabilities, including physical, cognitive, sensory or emotional limitations, for their transition to the community and greater independence through the adult human services system.

Eligibility and additional information:
This is a free service program. All youth between the ages of 14 and 22 who have a significant disability of any type are eligible.

For additional information please visit us at: http://www.centerlw.org

 

Support Groups:

Types of Group: In addition to the Transition to Adulthood Program, the Center for Living & Working, Inc also has a support group for deaf parents called Dead Parenting Group.

Services: Support group for deaf and hard of hearing parents at no cost. Transportation and childcare is available if requested ahead of time.

Eligibility and scheduling:
Must be a deaf or hard of hearing parent. Must call for dates of program.


YWCA of Central MA

One Salem Square, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 767-2505

Girls CHOICE Program

Contact:
Jennifer Madson
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3073

Services:
Girls CHOICE fosters long term mentoring relationships between professional women and middle school aged girls. The program aims to empower girls to achieve their aspirations through education and financial independence. Girls participate in one-on-one mentoring and weekly programming. Weekly programming is held during the school year and includes topics such as: stress management, bullying, body image, violence prevention, community service and group mentoring events. Girls also receive academic support services as needed.

This program is free of charge.

Eligibility:
Applicants must be entering or enrolled 7th grade girls attending Worcester Public Schools.

Applicants must be eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Applicants must be able to attend regular weekly programming and occasional events.

Applicants must be willing to be matched with a one-on-one mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

The Young Parents Program

Contact:
Brenda Safford
(508) 767-2505, x3028

Services:
The Young Parents Program offers pregnant and parenting out-of-school youth, aged 14-21, who have not achieved a high school diploma with GED preparation along with a variety of educational and life skills training.

Registration:
Registration is on going. Please call to schedule an appointment if you interested.

 

Sober Housing

Services:
Sober housing available for women. Housing available from four weeks up to two years.

Eligibility:
Women in need of short-term housing, full time student and/or working, 18 or older

Young Parent Program (YPP)

Services:
This program provides teen parents and pregnant teens the opportunity to complete their high school education through a GED program. Teen parents also receive community-based assistance while preparing for their GED such as childcare, case management, life and parenting skills training, job search assistance, health services, career exploration and more.

Contact:
Alyson Whalen
(508) 767-2505 x3028

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays
9:00 am–2:30 pm

Eligibility:
DTA referred Parents under 21 years old, pregnant or with children.

Breast / Reproductive Cancer Support Group

 Services: 
Water Exercise, Health and Wellness

Contact:
Maureen Burdulis
ENCOREPlus Facilitator
(508) 767-2505 Ext. 5509

Hours:
Held every Tuesday
Water Exercise component 11:00–11:30, Support Group at noon

Eligibility:
Free and open to any woman diagnosed with breast cancer or reproductive cancer.

Daybreak Domestic Violence

Services: 
Domestic violence services are designed to meet the needs of women and children whose lives are affected by interpersonal violence. All services are confidential and free of charge. All services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour hotline in your geographic area.

Contact:
Hotline
(508) 755-9030

Hours:
Call for dates, times, & location

Eligibility:
Adult  victims of domestic violence. No cost.


Worcester Youth Center

326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA  01602
(508) 791-4702

GED Classes

Contact:
Laura Suroviak

Services:
The Worcester Youth Center offers free, small GED preparation courses. This program pays for the GED testing fee.  In addition they offer a bilingual program–prepare for the test in either English or Spanish.  Upon earning their GED participants will receive $100. This program is for people between the ages of 16-24.

Hours:
Monday-Fridays
2:00–7:00 pm

Eligibility:
Youth Ages 14-24. No cost, membership form.


Southeast Asian Center

484 Main Street, Suite 400
Worcester, MA 01608
 (508) 791-4373
Andrew Le

Support Groups

Group Types:
Southeast Asian Teen Support  and Recreation Group, ‘Youth Effect’

Services:
Provided in English and Southeast Asian languages. Southeast Asian Center provides all sort of support for the Southeast Asian youth community through its teen support program and the recreation program called Youth Effect.

Eligibility and Scheduling:
Services (after school programs) are available Monday–Friday from 2:pm–6:pm. This program is for youth of Sotheast Asian decent between the ages of 13-19.


Samaritans

41 West Street 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
1-617-674-5237
Debbie DiMasi- Director of Grief Support Services

Support Groups

Services:
Free support (in English only) for survivors of suicide loss. Transportation and childcare not provided.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Anyone who is a survivor of suicide loss is eligible to attend the support group. Support group meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 am–8:30 pm at  4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA 01602.


St. Francis Adult Day Health

101 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA  01604
(508) 752-2546
Pat Fanjoy, LCSW or Lisa Pontbriand, LSW 

Support Groups

Services:
Support group of those who are caregivers of the elderly or disabled adults. During support group, refreshments are provided yet transportation and childcare is not included.

Eligibility and Scheduling:
Services are for Caregivers of Elders of Disabled Adults. Program meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.


Potential Plus

422 Boston Turnpike Rd, Suite 100
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

(508) 450-5593
Robbin Miller
miller_robbin@yahoo.com

Support Groups

Services:
Support for parents who are divorced or going trough a divorce.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

For parents who are divorced or going through a divorce. Must call for more information on services. Although locationis in 422 Boston Turnpike meetings are held at a different location. Meetings are held in 3 Tennis Drive in Shrewsbury, MA. Each session/group meeting is $15.


Pernet Family Health Service

237 Millbury Street
Worcester, MA  01610
(508) 755-1228
Chris Nelson

Support Groups

Types of Groups: There are a variety of programs offered by Pernet Family Health Services. These programs include the Fathers Support Group and a parenting class.

Services: Child care is available for the Fathers Support group but not for the parenting class. Neither programs include transportation. Programs are geared to support fathers and families.

Eligibility and Scheduling:
The Fathers Support Group is only for fathers and is held every Tuesday from 5:45 to 7:15pm.

The parenting class is for DCF refereed families only. This class is held every Wednesday. Must inquire about timing. This program run in 8 weeks cycles.


Samaritans

  4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA 01602

The Worcester SafePlace Group

Services:
This program runs a peer led support group for survivors of suicide. Grief counseling is also available. The meetings are sponsored by the Samaritans and provide an atmosphere of acceptance, space to share each person’s story at their own pace and support around coping with their loss.

Contact:
Debbie DiMasi
Director of Grief Support Services
617-674-5237

Hours: 
1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.

Eligibility:
Anyone who has experienced  suicide loss or survivors of suicide are invited to attend.

 

 


PPAL, the Parent Professional Advocacy League – Worcester

51 Union Street, Suite 312
Worcester, MA  01609

(508) 767-9725

Support Groups

Group Types: Teen Youth Group: (HOPE) Helping Others Promote Equality, YOU: You are One of Us, and Parent Support Group

Services: Services in English. Dinner provided during support group times for all the programs except Parent Support Group. Every 4th week supper is provided for PSG, and every 2nd week there is a pot luck dinner. Support provided for teens who are living with emotional, behavioral or mental health needs. Childcare is limited, must register.

Eligibility and Scheduling:
Program is intended for teens ages 14-19 years old who are living with emotional, behavioral or mental health needs. No insurance needed & no cost. Program meets onTuesdays 5:00 pm-6:30 pm.  For HOPE, participants must be between the ages of 13-18. For YOU, participants must be between the age of 13-18.

For Parent Support Group: Parents / caregivers and family members who support children, youth, and young adults with emotional, behavioral and/or mental health needs are eligible. No insurance needed and services are free.


South Bay Early Childhood,

548 Park Avenue, Suite B, Worcester, MA01603

Parent Step Curriculum Group:

Services:
Focuses on practical skills you need to help your children from the start.  Also provides effective discipline strategies that promote both self-esteem and mutual respect

Contact:
Merrie Mackenzie, M.Ed.
774-823-1500

Hours: 
Starting June 19th Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Eligibility:
Open to any parents looking for support.

Toddler Play Group

Services:
Playgroups offer children a safe, leader-led time where they can explore their world and develop new friendships.  They are a wonderful opportunity to play and interact with your child and meet new friends.

Contact:
Merrie Mackenzie
M.Ed.
774-823-1500

Hours:
Please call for days and times.

Eligibility:
This service is available for children 18mo-3yrs and it is free of charge.

Partial Hospitalization and Day Treatment program 

340 Main St Suite 819 Worcester Ma 01608

Services:
Include the Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Addiction Program and the Structured Outpatient Addiction Program. Day treatment is also available.

Contact: 

Randy Dupell
Intake Liaison
(508) 752-3969 ext 1211

Tara Carloni,
Intake Liaison
(508) 752-3969 ext 1208

Or Julie DiLeo
Program Director
(508) 752-3969 x1203

Hours:
The office is open  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–4:30 pm.

Eligibility/Payment:
This program is for adults male and females age 18+ with mental illness. Insurance based payment.

 

 


Multicultural Wellness Center

Multicultural Wellness Center

250 Commercial Street
Worcester, MA  01608

(508) 752-4665

http://www.multiculturalwellness.org

Services:

Individual,Family and Group Therapy are available. They provide help with Adolescent Issues.  They provide psychological, parenting and other assessments.  In-home services (CBHI) are available.  Therapeutic Mentoring available.  They also run a Community Support Program and psychiatry and mediation management.

There is am emphasis on Culturally Centered Counseling:  African American, Caribbean, Latino & Biracial.

Spanish, Creole, French, Japanese, Russian and African (multiple languages) speaking clinician.

Payments:

Accepts Mass Health, Self pay and some private insurance. Accepts Mass Behavioral Health Plan, Network health, Fallon, Neighborhood health plan, BMC & Blue Cross/ Blue Shield as well as Harvard Pilgrim.

Support Groups

Services:

Services are provided in English and transportation/childcare are not provided.

Balancing Life and Recovery support group is an insurance based support group for those in recovery.

Scheduling:

Program meets on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.

 


MSPCC

Family Counseling Center
335 Chandler Street, Suite 1
Worcester, MA  01602

(508) 753-2967
1-800-442-3035

Services:

They are Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative Services for eligible children under the age of 21 years, such as In-Home Therapy, Russian, and Albanian speaking available and Therapeutic Mentoring, Spanish-speaking available.

Majority of counseling services are provided within the home. The clinicians are trained in TF-CBT, in working with traumatized children and issues around attachment.

There is support available for military families. Sexual Abuse Treatment and Trauma Services (VOCA) is also available.

There is aPParent Support Group Workshop for non-Offending Caretakers with children who have been either abused or traumatized in the Fall and Spring.

Psychiatry available for ongoing clients in addition to young parent support.

Payments:

Accepts various insurances including the following MassHealth Products: MBHP, Medicaid, Neighborhood Health     Plan, Network Health, Fallon and Boston Medical Center. Limited BC/BS and Tufts Insurances.

Support Groups

Group Types: Support Group for Teen Girls, Support Group for Caregivers when a Child has been a Victim of Abuse, Healthy Families Parent Support Group

Services:Transportation and childcare is available for Healthy Families Parent Support Group but not for the other two support groups.

Support groups are for girls who have undergone abuse or neglect, for the parents or caregivers of children who have been abused and for parents who are enrolled in the MSPCC Healthy Families Program.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Support Group for Teen Girls is intended for girls ages 12-16, who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and/or neglect. This program is FREE and meets on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm. Program starts on 3/6/2014 and runs for 8 weeks.

Support Group for Caregivers is for all non-offending caregivers, including biological/foster/(pre)adoptive parents, grandparents, and/or other adults in a caregiving role. This service is free. Program meets on  Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 am or on Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm. Program starts on 3/6/2014 and runs for 8 weeks.

Healthy Families Parent Support Group is for parents who are enrolled in MSPCC Healthy Families Program.


Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation

90 Madison Street, Suite 300
Worcester, Ma 01608
mlmfud@gmail.com
(508) 753-0600
Contact: Claudia Paz 

Services: Provided in English and Spanish. Child supervision is available. Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation provided Spanish/English Naturalization support. Naturalization classes are offered in English or Spanish.

Eligibility and Scheduling:
Anyone is eligible. Must call to set up an appointment.


Learn to Cope

New Worcester Recovery Hospital
309 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA  01605

Support Groups

Services:
A peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery in a family member. Services are provided in English.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Parents, family members, spouses and caregivers with a family member who is addicted to opiates alcohol or other drugs are eligible to attend. Meetings occur on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

For more information go to :  http://www.learn2cope.org


Worcester Community Connections

548 Park Avenue, Suite B, Worcester, MA01603

Nurturing Parenting Program

Services:
A 16 week curriculum for building healthy and caring families by enhancing self-worth, empathy, discipline, and empowerment.

Contact:
Pat Strong
(508) 796-1417

Hours:  
16 week sessions; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

Eligibility/Payments:
All parents or caregivers. Free of charge.

The following support groups at offered at 484 Main Street, Suite 460 Worcester, MA  01608. 

Parenting Journey

Services:
The Parenting Journey is a 12-week journey designed for parents who want to learn more about          themselves, their childhood  relationships and the relationships with their children. Participants will also learn about resources to help with parenting.

Contact:
English: 
Olga Lopez Hill
(508) 796-1412

Spanish:
Rosa Salazar
(508) 796-1416

Hours:
12 week sessions; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

Eligibility/Payments: 
All parents or caregivers. Free of charge.

Effective Co-Parenting

Services:
Program focuses on ways to co-parent when you are not living together; ways to improve communication skills and reduce conflicts.

Contact:
Amanda Beeso
(508) 796-1411

Hours: 
5 week sessions; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

Eligibility/Payments: 
All parents or caregivers. Free of charge.

Parenting With Love and Logic

Services:
Gives parents practical strategies for reducing behavioral problems, increasing motivation, building responsibility and resiliency.

Contact:
Catalina Delaney
(508) 799-3225

Linda Jackson
(508) 799-3252

Hours: 
5 week sessions; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

Eligibility/Payments: 
All parents or caregivers. Free of charge.

Family Needs Parent Group

Services:
Provides activities to promote parent leadership and peer support.

Contact:
Anne Bureau
(508) 796-1418

Hours: 
The 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5 pm.

Eligibility/Payments:
All parents or caregivers. Free of charge.

 

 


Worcester Senior Center

128 Providence St.
(508) 799-1232

Services:

The Worcester Senior Center is  welcoming place for all seniors, their families and caregivers, elder service providers and the community.  The Center is on two bus routes and has free parking.

There is a strong emphasis on health and wellness programming, in addition to fitness, intergenerational events, support groups, arts & crafts classes, multi-cultural programs, computer classes and various other educational and recreational activities.

Lunch is provided every day, as well as diner. In addition to scheduled programs, elders enjoy a spacious library, computer lab practice, games, art exhibits and landscaped grounds. They also provide such services as veterans’ assistance, health insurance counseling, food stamps, tax return preparation, legal assistance and individual client advocacy. The Senior Scoop is a free monthly newsletter listing activities, menus and programs for the month.

Low Vision

Services:
Vision support group.

Hours:
3rd Friday 10 am-noon.

Eligibility/ Payments: 
Anyone with low vision. No cost.

Al-Anon

Services:  
Alcohol abuse support group.

Hours: 
Fridays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Eligibility/Payments:
Open Meeting. No cost.


Clearway

358 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, Ma.  01604
(508)438-0144 
Bethann Morton( pre natal class)/Janet Child(abortion recovery)/Joyce Morse ( Parenting Class)

Support Groups

Group types: Abortion Recovery Support Group, Pre natal Classes and Parenting Classes.

Services:
No childcare or transportation provided for any of the programs.

Abortion Recovery Support Group: provides assistance with abortion recovery  for females and males.
Pre natal classes: one to one pre natal classes provided at no cost to you.
Parenting Classes: A Christian curriculum based parenting class.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Must call to make an appointment.

Must call for days and times. Usually the third Monday of every month from 11:30 am -1:00 pm.

 

Eligibility and scheduling:
All programs are free. ARSG program is available to men and women in need of abortion recovery assistance. Pre natal classes are available to expecting mothers while parenting classes are available to any Worcester parent. Must call for meeting information regarding all the programs.


Children’s Friend

20 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 
(508) 753-5425

Intake Dept.: 753-5425 (SKG 8-10)
Intake Dept.: 753-5425 (SKG 11-12)
Intake Dept.:753-5425 (DBT)
508) 856-7373 (School Age Mothers)
(508) 753-5425. Karen Ludington,  Johanna Sagarin (Garriage House)
(508) 753-5425  Debbie Giza (Adpotion parent group)

Support Groups

Type of Groups: Social Skills Group for 8-10 year olds, Social Skills Group for 11-12 year olds,DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) groups, School Age Mothers, Carriage House(grief support group), Adoption parent group

Services:
All services provided in English only. Transportation not available for any of the programs except Age Mothers program. Mothers in the School Age Mothers program must obtain a bus pass.

Social skills group for children ages 8-10. Must call for meeting times and dates. No transportation or childcare available.Social Skills group for children ages 11-12. Must call for meeting times and dates. No transportation or childcare available.

Adoptive Parent Group does not have specific meeting times. It is based on interest.

Eligibility:
Varies by program. Most programs are age specific. Social skills groups are for kids 8-10 or 11-12, while School Age Mothers program is for pregnant and young mother registered in the Worcester Public Schools. Carriage house is for children ages 3-18 while Adoption parent group is for any adoptive parent or caregiver.


Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church

55 Illinois Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 754-4539 
Rev. Clyde D. Talley
Support Groups
Groups Types: Yes We Care After-School Program and a financial literacy program.
Services: Support group for those who wish to gain financial literacy (English only). No childcare or transportation available.
Yes We Care After-School Program provides academic and homework support to the parents and their children. Only for children between 1st grade and 6th grade.
Eligibility and scheduling:
This is open to all families and individuals seeking help in dealing with debt and living debt-free.
Look for scheduled days/times at:  daveramsey.com or call the church and ask for Rev. Clyde D. Talley.

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