A Resource for the Re-entry Population of Greater Worcester
Currently Browsing: Women/Family Shelters

Interfaith Hospitality Network

91 June Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Phone: (508) 755-2212
Fax: (508) 798-8286

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.

Abby’s House

52 High Street, Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 756-5486


Abby’s House Thrift Store

The Abby’s House Thrift Store provides  clothing, accessories, home goods, and bargain-priced cosmetics to the community.

Monday through Thursday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Fridays 10:00 am–2:00 pm. Saturdays 10:00 am–1:00 pm. The store is closed on holidays.


Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

Cash Assistance

Department of Transitional Assistance

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604

1-877-382-2363/(508) 767-3100

Massachusetts State Supplement Program (SSP)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)

The Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, Ma 01702

1-877-382-2363/(508) 661-6600      Monday – Friday, 7:30AM-5PM

SNAP: Food Assistance / Food Stamp

49 Nursery Lane, ste.101, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978)665-8700    Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm

1 North Street, Southbridge, MA  01550

(508) 765-2400    Office Hours: 7:30am – 5pm

Friendly House Inc.

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

Pilot Mentoring Program:

Jennifer Lonergan, Program Coordinator

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


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




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


Department of Transitional Assistance

9 Walnut Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-445-6604 /(508) 767-3100

Cash Assistance

DTA–Cash Assistance

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC):
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is a government program that gives cash and health insurance to needy families with dependent children. It is a state and federally funded program which provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, with little or no assets or income.


  • Have at least one dependent child under 18 or 19 (including teen parents) OR pregnant women with no children (the child is expected to be born within 120 days of the application).
  • Must meet income and asset limits
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant
  • Live in Massachusetts.


Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC):
Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a Massachusetts state-funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, SSI, or other similar benefits.


  • Unable to work due to a physical or mental incapacity which has lasted or will last at least 60 days and meets the Department-established medical standards for disability;
  • Over 65 years old and waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to begin;
  • Caring for a child living in the home and not related to the individual;
  • Participating in a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission program; or
  • Required to be in the home to care for an incapacitated individual who would have to be institutionalized if someone does not provide the care in the home.
  • Meet income and asset limits
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.

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