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Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke

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


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


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.


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.

 


Salvation Army

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

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

Transitional Housing

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

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

Clothing

Services:
Clothing, etc.

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

 

Soup Kitchen

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

 

Food Pantry

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

Kids “Feast”

Nekel.may-Speight@USE.Salvationarmy.org

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


Friendly House Inc.

36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Tel: (508) 755-4362
Fax: (508) 793-7800

Pilot Mentoring Program:

Contact:
Jennifer Lonergan, Program Coordinator
Email–jlonergan@friendlyhousema.org

Services:
Mentoring for teens ages 13-17.

Geared toward career and college readiness, the program works with at-risk teens ages 13-17 in the Worcester Community.

Registration and other information:
There is no cost to participate in this program.

Those who wish to participate must complete a registration form and attend a training session.

Services are in English, but special arrangements may be made for those who are limited-English or non-English speaking.

Food Pantry:

(508) 755-4362

Services:

Food distribution on Monday and Wednesdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am–3:00 pm.

Plumley Village Location:
16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Food distribution on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

Clothing:

Services:

Social service workers help families with food, shelter, clothing, resume, job search, information and referral, holiday baskets and toys.

 


Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.

484 Main Street–Suite 360 Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-7868
mentor@bbbscm.org
http://www.bbbscm.org

 

Services:
Mentoring for boys ages 6-13 and girls ages 6-12.

Provides programs specializing in mentoring services to children at risk. Children are paired with a volunteer in their area with similar interests, and every volunteer is checked for background information to make sure they are the right match for a child.

Registration and additional Information:
Boys ages 6-13 and girls ages 6-12 are able to register.

English and Spanish spoken.

No income guidelines used to determine eligibility.

Service Area:
Acton, Ashland, Auburn, Boxborough, Boylston, Charlton, Dover, Dudley, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Leicester, Marlborough, Maynard, Millbury, Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Oxford, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Stow, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Wayland, Webster, West Boylston, Westborough, Worcester


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.


St. Peter’s Church

929 Main Street Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-4674

After School Mentoring Program

Contact:
Elizabeth Koroleski
mentoring@assumptionsisters.org.

Services:

Mentoring for children ages 6-15. Services in English and Spanish.

Mentoring is every Wednesday and Thursday 2:30-4:45pm in the Saint Peter’s meeting room. Children are matched with college volunteer mentors for homework help, arts and crafts, sports in the gym, games and much more!

Eligibility and Cost:
Free mentoring to children ages 6-15.

 

ESL Course

Contact:
Amy Neville

Services:
ESL courses are available during the Fall, Winter and Spring.

Fall:  Sept. – Dec
Winter: Jan – March
Spring: April–June

There are four different levels of English: basic, intermediate 1, intermediate 2 and advanced. Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am–12:00 pm and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-11:00 pm (Only for Spanish speaking learners).  These class takes place year round.

Registration:
For future registration dates contact Amy Neville at (508) 752-4674. There is a $20 fee for enrollment.


Community Builders of Plumely Village East

16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 770-0508

GED and ESOL Classes

Services:
GED & ESOL classes are available.

ESOL: Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
GED for Spanish Speakers:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 pm -9:00 pm

Registration:
Ongoing registration

Registering is fee and GED and ESOL classes are FREE

GED starts in September. ESOL classes will mostly likely start in Oct.

 *Services are only for Plumley Village Residents


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.


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.


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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