A Resource for the Re-entry Population of Greater Worcester
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Net of Compassion

674 Main Street C1, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 322-1363

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.

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

Catholic Charities

10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-0191

GED Classes

Joanne Chester–(508) 860-2228


GED classes for homeless, recently homeless & at risk individuals from September – June

Monday –Thursday,
Time 8:30 am-2:30 pm

There is on-site childcare. Transportation is offered yet limited. Computer Instruction also available. These courses are intended for those ages 16 and up. Must contact Joanne Chester (508) 860-2215.


Citizenship Classes

Bob Cronin at (508) 860-2228

4 hours per week:  $30 fee includes all materials.  Held during the day & evening.
Tues. & Thursdays, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Wed. & Fri. 9:00 am–10:30 am

Registration is Free
Walk in or call for an appointment.  (508) 860-2228 for the citizenship classes and (508) 860-2215 for the GED. Agency follows the Worcester Public Schools schedule. Enter any time. Works w/people  on their level. Registration is ongoing.

Food Pantry

(508) 860-2237

Food distribution Monday through Friday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

Homeless Prevention Center 

Services: Families receive emergency assistance, food and help with budgeting skills to prevent homelessness, while others find usable, 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.


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         

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

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


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

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.


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.


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.


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