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Food Assistance from State & Local Agencies

 

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

Call 978-825-7300 or visit www.mass.gov/snap

 

Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)

Call 1-800-WIC-1007 or visit www.mass.gov/wic

 

Meals on Wheels and Senior Lunches

Call SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 or visit www.seniorcareinc.org

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Call 978-281-8672

 

Catholic Charities (Food Assistance)

Call 978-283-3055

 

Project Bread Food Source Hotline

Call 1-800-645-8333 or visit www.gettingSNAP.org

If you have HIV/AIDS and need help...

Health & Education Services
www.hes-inc.org
Gloucester location: 978-283-0000
Offers HIV/AIDS prevention, counseling, testing, outreach and education.

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts
www.aac.org/hotline
AIDS Hotline: 1-800-235-2335
Free and anonymous informational hotline for individuals with HIV, STDs or Hepatitis. The hotline hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-5pm.

Spanish Speaking
Latin American Health Institute
www.aac.org/hotline
(617) 350-6900
Latino AIDS Hotline: 1-800-637-3776
Offers these supports to Latinos with HIV: crisis intervention, counseling, referrals to support groups, HIV test sites, contacts to health care providers, and substances abuse programs.

North Shore Health Project
www.healthproject.org
5 Center Street, Gloucester
978-283-0101
Offers free holistic health care to individuals with HIV and Hepatitis C.

Strongest Link AIDS Services, Inc.
www.strongestlink.org
978-777-5885 or 800-887-0036
Offers support services for members of the Essex County community living with HIV/AIDS.

Gloucester High School Auto Shop
978-281-9865 x1518
Schedule an in-person appointment for low-cost or no cost auto repair.

Money Management International
www.moneymanagement.org
1-800-649-3797
Credit counseling. Offers financial counseling, education, and debt management plans.

If you or someone you know has been abused call:

HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)
www.hawcdv.org
24h Hotline: 1-800-547-1649
Gloucester Office: 978-283-8642, 5 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
Salem Office: 978-744-8552, 27 Congress Street, Salem
Provides services for individuals and their children in the North Shore living with domestically violence. Services include: individual and support group counseling, parent/child trauma recovery program, youth outreach program, legal advocacy, shelter, and prevention awareness education.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
TTY 1-800-787-3224
A national hotline that provides council and information for victims of domestic violence.

North Shore Rape Crisis Center
www.nsrcc.org
24h Hotline: 1-800-922-8772
Office: 781-477-2313
TTY: 781-477-2315
156 Broad Street, Lynn
Additional sites in Amesbury, Beverly, Gloucester, Ipswich, Newburyport, and Salem.
Offer free services for adolescent and adult sexual assault survivors: companionship to hospitals, police stations, court as well as individual and support group counseling, professional training, prevention education and outreach.

Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN)
www.rainn.org
24h Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Offers free confidential advice, and networks survivors and loved ones to supports in their area.

MA Department of Children & Families
www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dcf
Hotline: 1-800-792-5200
Child-at-Risk, Abuse/Neglect Reporting

MA Disabled Persons Protection Commission
www.mass.gov/dppc
Abuse Reporting Hotline: 1-800-426-9009
Office: 617-727-6465
TTY: 888-822-0350
Resource for abuse or suspected abuse against persons with disabilities.

MA Office of Elder Affairs Protective Services
www.mass.gov/elders
24h Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-922-2275
Office/Programs: 617-727-7750

Greater Lynn Senior Services – Older Battered Women's Program
www.glss.net
781-599-0110
glssobwp@glss.net
Provides free and confidential help to North Shore women aged 50 and older who are victims of partner abuse. Services include: individual and group counseling, advocacy, legal services and referrals. This unique program is a joint effort between GLSS, Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) of Salem, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Lynn.

Addiction Center
www.addictioncenter.com
1-877-655-5116
AddictionCenter.com is a comprehensive addiction information hub; a guide to the dangers of abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs and more. Addiction Center reviews top treatment centers to help you find the one that gives you or your loved one the best chance at a successful recovery.

Addiction Guide
www.addictionguide.com
1-888-733-5032
Addiction Guide is your reliable source on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. We cover how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment. Our mission is to guide you and your loved ones to a healthier life.

Alcoholics Anonymous
www.aa.org
www.aaboston.org
617-426-9444
12 Channel Street, Suite 604, Marine Industrial Park, Boston
A support group by alcoholics for alcoholics recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership.

Beverly Health & Education Services
www.hes-inc.org
978-921-1292
131 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Services include primary prevention, outpatient treatment, emergency services, residential care, and substance abuse services.

Lahey Health Behavioral Services (formerly CAB Health & Recovery Services)
www.nebhealth.org/
978-968-1700
Zero Centennial Drive, Peabody
Provides mental health, substance abuse, and social services to adults, youth, and families in greater Boston and in the Merrimack Valley

Detoxification at Danvers Treatment Center
www.nebhealth.org/
1-800-323-2224 (MA)
978-777-2121
111 Middleton Road, Danvers
Provides detoxification and referral services to men and women from across northeastern Massachusetts and greater Boston.

Adolescent Residential Program (Male only site)
www.nebhealth.org/
1-800-323-2224 (MA)
978-739-7601
111 Middleton Road, Danvers
Each boy receives intensive, customized treatment, including individual, group and family therapy, educational tutoring, recreational opportunities and aftercare placement. Staff will continue to follow-up first year after discharge.

ONESTOP Harm Reduction Center
www.healthcenter.org/
978-865-3924
302 Washington Street, Gloucester
Needle exchange, sexual health supplies, counseling and referrals. A program of the North Shore Health Project.

Outpatient Services
www.nebhealth.org/
1-800-334-5512 (MA)
978-745-8890
27 Congress Street, Salem
Offers outpatient therapy for individuals, families and teens, and special programs for women, gamblers, and aftercare prison groups.

The Young Offender Re-entry Program
Essex County Correctional Facility

781-592-4477
Middleton, MA
For persons aged 18-24, with a history of substance abuse serving a sentence in the Essex County House of Corrections or Massachusetts State Prisons. Links clients to free outpatient or residential drug and alcohol treatment, legal help , referrals, case-management around food, housing, transportation, clothing, healthcare referrals, adult education, GED, or getting a job.

Narcotics Anonymous
www.na.org
978-283-4000 x422 (Recovery Program-Meth Clinic)
Located at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester
A 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts.

Referral Networks

www.drughelp.org
A National referral network providing information on specific drugs and treatment options, self-help groups, family support groups and crisis centers throughout the United States.

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline
www.helpline-online.com
1-800-327-5050
TTY: 1-888-448-8321
Offers free and anonymous referrals to treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts. Helpline services are 24/7.

Recovery Connection
www.recoveryconnection.org
1-800-993-3869
A 24/7 networking resource that refers callers with alcoholism or a drug addiction to treatment clinics.

American Council for Drug Education
www.acde.org
Information: 1-800-488-DRUG (3784)
Referrals: 1-800-DRUG-HEL[P] (x435)
Ensures public access to current scientifically-based, prevention programs and information on illegal drugs and their effects.
 
For immediate and specific assistance or referrals:

 
1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)
1-800-HELP-111 (1-800-4357-111)
1-800-RELAPSE (1-800-735-2773)
1-800-MARIJUA(NA) (1-800-627-4582)
1-800-9-HEROIN (1-800-943-7646)
1-800-CRISIS-9 (1-800-274-7479)

Al-Anon
www.al-anon.alateen.org
1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666)
For people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking, Al-Anon links callers with meetings in their area.

Withdrawal.org
www.withdrawal.org
1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666)
Substance and alcohol withdrawal education, treatment and prevention.

US Department of Education Publication Center
www.edpubs.gov/ProductCatalog.aspx
Drugs: Shatter the Myths (publication available for download)
1-877-4ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827)
Educational literature on substance abuse for parents and educators.

Libraries

Isabel Babson Memorial Library
978-283-5624
69 Main Street, Gloucester
10am-4pm
Named for Gloucester's first midwife, this library had books featuring every aspect of family life including maternity, child care and women's health.

Sawyer Free Library's Literacy Program
www.sawyerfreelibrary.org
978-281-9763
2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester
Offers free tutoring for literacy, GED program, and English as a second language.


Adult Education Programs and Classes

Wellspring's A.L.I. (Adult Learning Initiative)
www.wellspringhouse.org/programs/adult-basic-education-ali/adult-basic-education-ali
978-281-3558 x304 (8:30am-4:30pm)
302 Essex Avenue, Gloucester
Offers training for GED, college, and job-readiness skills.

The Women in Transition Program
www.northshore.edu/wit
(978) 739-5515
e-mail: mfiggins@northshore.edu
North Shore Community College campus, 112 Sohier Road, Beverly
Offers support for women interested in going to college.

Wellspring's MediClerk Course
www.wellspringhouse.org/programs/adult-basic-education-ali/job-training-mediclerk
978-354-2499
Spanish: 978-354-2128
302 Essex Avenue, Gloucester
A 13-week skills class to prepare adults for administrative position in the healthcare field.

Wellspring's MediClerk Course
www.wellspringhouse.org/programs/adult-basic-education-ali/job-training-mediclerk
978-354-2499
Spanish: 978-354-2128
302 Essex Avenue, Gloucester
A 13-week skills class to prepare adults for administrative position in the healthcare field.


Employment Resources

MA Labor and Workforce Development
web.detma.org

  • Department of Workforce Development
    617-626-7122
    TTY: 617-727-4404
    Offers programs and resources for employers and job seekers.
  • Division of Unemployment Assistance
    617-626-6800
    Administers the Unemployment Insurance program, and provides temporary assistance to unemployed Massachusetts workers.
  • Department of Employment and Training
    978-283-4772
  • Division of Career Services
    617-626-5300
    Helps to provide job seekers with career guidance as well as referral to jobs and training.

Action, Inc. Employment and Training
www.actioninc.org/jobtraining.html
978-281-7402
Jobs skills training for adults.


Youth Employment

Action, Inc. Compass Youth Programs
www.actioninc.org/compass.html
978-281-9682
186 Main Street, Gloucester
Provides education, training and employment programs for youth ages 16-21.


Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Community Enterprises, Inc.
www.communityenterprises.com
978-281-8889
ssilva@communityenterprises.com 150 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester
Employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, autism and physical disabilities.

In any emergency, dial 911.

 

Police Department
Essex: 978-768-6200
Gloucester: 978-283-1212
Ipswich: 978-356-4343
Manchester: 978-526-1212
Rockport: 978-546-3444

Fire Department
Essex: 978-768-6363
Gloucester: 978-281-9760
Ipswich: 978-356-4321
Manchester: 978-526-4040
Rockport: 978-546-6750 or 978-546-6848

Poison Control Center
1-800-682-9211

The Samaritans Suicide Hotline
24h 617-247-0220
Toll Free 1-877-870-4673
508-875-4500
Provides help and information about suicide.

State Police Missing Children – Commonwealth Fusion Center
800-622-5999
978-451-3700

National Council for Missing & Exploited Children
www.missingkids.com
1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Provides resources and information missing children.

Child Development/Early Education

Pathways for Children
www.pw4c.org
Head Start Preschool in Gloucester: 978-281-2400
Head Start Preschool in Rockport: 978-546-5299
Provides affordable childcare, education, recreation and other support services for children and their families.

Gloucester PreSchool
preschool.gloucesterschools.com
978-281-9848
6 School House Road, Gloucester
Preparing children for kindergarten.

Cape Ann Early Intervention
www.ne-arc.org/familyservices/ei.htm
978-921-1182 or 978-281-8441
111 Dodge Street, Beverly
Email: mlevine@ne-arc.org (Martha Levine, Director)
For children birth to age three diagnosed with, or at risk of having, disabilities or developmental delays. Services include home-visits, center based visits, assessments, parent-child groups, parent support groups, service coordination, referral and transition assistance.


After School and Recreation Programs

Cape Ann YMCA
www.northshoreymca.org/locations/cape-ann
978-283-0470
71 Middle Street, Gloucester
Offers recreational sports programs and equipment.

Camp Wonderland (Salvation Army)
www.campwonderland.org
781-784-5934 (Summer)
617-542-5420 ext. 161 (off-season)
186 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon
Kids camp for all income families.

Boy Scouts of America
www.scouting.org
(978) 372-0591
186 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon
Provides activities and peer relationships for school-aged boys.

Girl Scouts
www.girlscoutseasternmass.org
617-482-1078 or 1-800-842-5566
e-mail: MembershipSpecialistsArea1@girlscoutseasternmass.org
Offers a safe place for school aged girls to socialize and participate in group activities.

Cape Ann Art Haven
www.arthaven.org
978-283-3888
180B Main Street, Gloucester
Offers after school art classes for children. Scholarships are available for low-income families.

Gloucester Stage
www.gloucesterstage.com
978-281-4099
267 East Main Street, Gloucester
Offers year round theatre programs for kids.

Gloucester Stage
www.gloucesterstage.com
978-281-4099
267 East Main Street, Gloucester
Offers year round theatre programs for kids.

Ben Smith Playground
Located at East Main Street, Gloucester
Play structure for kids.

Stage Fort Park
Hough Street, Gloucester
On the Yellow Line CATA bus route

Ravenswood Park
On route 127 between Gloucester and Magnolia

Rockport Public Library
www.rockportlibrary.org
978-546-6934
17 School St, Rockport
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1-8; Tuesday: 1-5; Friday: Closed; Saturday: 10-5; Sunday: 1-5

Sawyer Free Library
www.sawyerfreelibrary.org
978-281-9763
2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester
Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 8:30-6:00pm; Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-6:00pm; Friday and Saturday 8:30-5:00pm
Free lending of books, tapes, periodicals, and art prints. Some videos require a very small fee. Offers free/low-cost passes to select museums when you sign up ahead of time.

Cape Ann Museum
www.capeannmuseum.org
978-283-0455
27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
The Cape Ann Museum showcases the art and cultural history of maritime New England.

Support for Parents

Children Friend and Family Services
www.childrensfriend.net
978-283-7198
33 Commercial Street Gloucester
Provides youth and families with counseling, mentoring, childcare and juvenile court programs.

Parents/Professional Advocacy League (PAL)
www.ppal.net
Parents Support Group, 2nd Friday of each month from 6:00-8:30pm (dinner at 6pm; childcare available)
Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall Street, Salem
Krissie Burnham krissieburnham@aol.com
978-283-0296 x 731
A family resources for children with mental health needs.

Child Care Circuit
www.childcarecircuit.org
1-800-660-2868
180 Cabot Street, Beverly
info@childcarecircuit.org
Provides referrals for families looking for childcare and/or searching for careers in early education.

Cape Ann Families
www.pw4c.org/what-we-offer/cape-ann-families
978-281-2400 x110
hgranger@pw4c.org
Offers services that educate, nurture, affirm families and connect families to community resources.

Department of Children and Families
www.ma.gov/dcf
North Shore: 978-825-3800
45 Congress Street, Building 4, Salem
Ensure the safety of children in a manner that holds the best hope of nurturing a sustained, resilient network of relationships to support the child's growth and development into adulthood.

Massachusetts Parent Information and Resource Center (MPIRC) (formerly Parents Place)
www.pplace.org
617-236-7210 or 1-877-471-0980
1135 Tremont Street, Suite 420, Boston
Offers information for parents to make the best decision for their child's education.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)
www.mspcc.org
1-800-442-3035
1135 Tremont Street, Suite 420, Boston
Strengthens families and prevents child abuse through child welfare, mental health treatment and effective public advocacy.

Referral Networks

Parents Helping Parents
www.parentshelpingparents.org
Parent Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188
Strengthens families and prevents child abuse through child welfare, mental health treatment and effective public advocacy.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America
www.drugfree.org
212-922-1560
Provides information that helps parents raise drug-free teens.


Pregnancy Help

Pregnancy Exposure InfoLine
www.thePEIL.org
1-800-322-5014 or 781-466-8474 (M-F: 9am-4:30pm; W: 11am-2pm)
Free, confidential, non-judgmental informational resource about safety and health concerns before and during pregnancy.

Teen Parents

Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
www.massteenpregnancy.org
Benefits Access Line: 1-800-645-3750 x115
Provides information and referrals on public benefits and family issues, and provides programs and services for pregnant and parenting teens.


Blind/Disabled Parents or Children

Northeast Arc
www.ne-arc.org
978-762-4878
TTY: 978-762-4873
Life-long support for People with disabilities.

Cape Ann Early Intervention
www.ne-arc.org/services/early-intervention-2
978-921-1182
111 Dodge Street, Beverly
For children birth to age three diagnosed, or at risk of, disabilities or developmental delays.

Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Division for Parental, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs

Community Support Line: 1-800-882-1435 (M-F: 9am-5pm)
*Best to be reached by phone, English and Spanish speaking.
Offers technical assistance and resources for families of children with special health needs and providers serving these families.

Massachusetts Office on Disability
www.mass.gov/MOD
1-800-322-2020
The state advocacy agency that serves people with disabilities of all ages and connects families with supportive services.


Young Adult Education Support

The Gloucester Alternative Program (GAP)
www.ne-arc.org
Stage Fort Park
978-282-1860
A drop-out prevention program, primarily for special-needs students.

The Summit — Gloucester High School
www.ne-arc.org
978-281-9870
32 Leslie O. Johnson Road, Gloucester
A drop-out prevention program open to all students.

If you are hungry and cannot afford to buy food:

  • Apply for SNAP (formerly Food Stamps)
     
    Project Bread's GettingSNAP.org
    www.gettingsnap.org
    Check online to see if you qualify.
     
    The Open Door
    www.foodpantry.org
    978-283-6776 or getsnap@foodpantry.org
    We can offer assistance with applying for SNAP.
     
    Project Bread Food Source Hotline
    www.projectbread.org
    1-800-645-8333
    Answers questions about SNAP and free and low cost food resources in the caller's area.
     
    North Shore Department of Transitional Assistance
    www.mass.gov/dta
    978-825-7300 (M-F 7am-5pm)
    1-800-848-0056
    35 Congress Street, Salem
    Answers questions about SNAP and free and low cost food resources in the caller's area.
     
  • Apply for WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program)
     
    North Shore Department of Transitional Assistance
    www.mass.gov/wic
    1-800-WIC-1007 (1-800-942-1007)
    180 Main Street, Gloucester
    Offers access to healthy food for families with children birth to age 5.

If you are not eligible for Food Stamps or WIC, are waiting to receive benefits, or are receiving benefits but are still hungry:

If you are not eligible for Food Stamps or WIC, are waiting to receive benefits, or are receiving benefits but are still hungry:

  • Go to a Soup Kitchen/Dinner Program
     
    Community Meals at The Open Door
    www.foodpantry.org
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday; doors open at 4pm, dinner served from 5-6pm
    Sunday; doors open at 3pm, dinner served from 4-5pm
    978-283-6776
    28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester
    Transportation may be provided to this site.
     
    Harvest Meals
    Tuesdays, from 5-6pm, at St. John's Episcopal Church
    48 Middle St, Gloucester
    978-283-1708
     
    Fridays, from 5-6pm, at Trinity Congregational Church
    70 Middle Street, Gloucester
    978-283-1442
    Transportation may be provided to these sites.
     
    LifeBridge (formerly Salem Mission)
    www.lifebridgesalem.org
    Monday-Sunday, LifeBridge, 7 Crombie Street, Salem
    978-744-0500
     
    Tuesday & Thursday, Salvation Army/Beverly Pantry, 50 Elliot Street, Beverly
    978-922-4522
     
    SeniorCare
    www.seniorcareinc.org
    978-281-1750
    49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester
    Call for senior lunch sites and meals on wheels.

Your children may be eligible for Free or Reduced School Lunch

  • If you are interested in School Breakfast and Lunch Programs for your children (free or low cost) contact their school for further information.

If you need housing assistance call:

The Housing Authorities
Housing for income eligible or elderly families, and rental assistance in private housing.

Gloucester, 259 Washington St, 978-281-4770

Rockport, 13 Millbrook Park, 978-546-3181

Essex, Chebacco Terrace, 978-768-6821

Manchester, The Plains, 978-526-1850


The Department of Transitional Assistance
978-282-1545
Located at 35 Congress St, Salem.

Catholic Charities of Gloucester
978-283-3055
Located at 74 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
Provides the following services: limited financial assistance for rents/mortgages, utilities and fuel, budgeting and emergency food card program. Other services provided by CC on the North Shore include counseling, education and training (ESL, .HiSET, and Office Works), child care and elder services. Please call for the appropriate phone numbers.


North Shore Community Action Programs
978-531-0767
Located at 98 Main St, Peabody
www.northshorecap.org
Services include Housing Assistance, HIV/AIDS housing advocacy, Fuel Assistance, Energy Conservation, Adult basic education, Transition to Work, Home Care, Legal Assistance, and emergency shelter.

Action Home Loans 978-283-7874
www.actioninc.org/housingloans.html

Wellspring Housing Rental
978-281-3221
There are three Gloucester properties which consti- tute Wellspring’s low-income rental housing and provides homes for very low-income people.

If you need help with other housing costs call:

Action Energy Program
978-281-3900
www.actioninc.org/energy.html
To help lower the costs of your energy bill.

Action Weatherization
978-283-2131
www.actioninc.org/energy2.html
For home insulation and winterization, designed to keep the heat in your home. If you are a Fuel Assistance client, your home falls within the guidelines and you may qualify for this program. You may be a homeowner or renter to be eligible.

Action Appliance Management Program
978-283-2131
If you have lived in your home for one year, have an R-2 rating on your bill, and use more than 10 KWH per day, you may be eligible for this program. If your refrigerator or freezer is a high energy guzzler, it may be replaced for free. Waterbed mattresses may be replaced for free. You may receive energy saving light bulbs and water conservation devices as well as information on how to save on your electric bill.

Action Heartwap
978-283-2131
An emergency program to help homeowners who meet the income guidelines, with fuel assistance, repairing or replacing heating systems.

Action Keyspan Gas Program
978-283-2131
A weatherization program for those who heat with Keyspan Gas. You must be receiving the Keyspan Gas Financial Discount Heating Rate on your bill to be eligible.

Fuel Assistance
1-800-JOE-4-OIL
www.citizensenergy.com
For help heating your home.

MOR Price
978-283-2131
Fuel assistance clients will receive a discount on their oil usage until their fuel assistance benefits are exhausted.

If you need emergency shelter:

The Shelter Commission
617-635-4507
www.cityofboston.gov/shelter
Call to access resources for services and housing.

Department of Transitional Assistance
978-825-7300

Wellspring House
978-281-3221
Located at 302 Essex Ave, Gloucester
www.wellspringhouse.org

Action Homeless Shelter
978-283-4125
www.actioninc.org/shelter.html
Hours of operation are 5 pm to 8 am, seven days a week, 365 days per year

If you need legal help...

Action Family Law Assistance
978-283-7874
www.actioninc.org/familylaw.html

Provides free and low-cost legal aid and/or in court representation to low-income and working poor families who cannot afford private legal assistance.

Action Housing Advocacy
978-283-7874
www.actioninc.org/advocacy.html
For help with evictions, court summons, rent or mortgage assistance, landlord- tenant disputes, public housing or application issues, free legal representation, free legal help with public benefit issues, managing budgets or debt.

Legal Assistance
1-800-645-3750 ext. 115.
Call to find out the number of legal assistance offices in your area. Legal assistance may be able to help you if you were denied aid or treated unfairly.

Massachusetts Legal Services
1-800-342-5297
www.neighborhoodlaw.org
Provides free legal assistance on bankruptcies, divorce and other issues to low income consumers.

Neighborhood Legal Services
1-800-747-5056
Located at 37 Friend St., Lynn
Provides services for denial of benefits, such as social security, welfare, family law cases involving domestic violence, elderly issues involving nursing home placement, specifically Medicaid/long term care.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program
978-283-3701
Located at 197 Main St., Gloucester
The Essex County District Attorney will update victims and witnesses of the appeals proceedings for cases in which they have been involved, for anyone who has been a victim of crime or has witnessed crime.

If you are a fisherman/mariner's family, and you...

Need financial assistance:

Shaw Fund for Mariners’ Children
978-283-6916
Provides short-term financial assistance to incapacitated sea fisherman, their wives, widows, and children.

Need a job:

Gloucester Fisherman and Families Assistance Center
978-283-2504
For free job placement, counseling, and retraining for fisherman, fisherman’s families, or fishing industry workers. Open Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.

Need Health Insurance:

Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership Gloucester Office
978-282-4847
www.fishermenspartnership.org/favorite.htm
Offers Fishermen’s Partnership Health Plan to fishing families at an affordable cost.

If you or your children need medical care or medical information...

  • Addison Gilbert Babson’s Womens Heath Center
    978-283-4000
    Located at 289 Washington St, Gloucester
    Offers informational referral service directing callers to services through the area regarding health, education classes, women’s clinics, acupuncture, and yoga.

  • Cape Ann Medical Center
    978-281-1500
    Located at 2 Blackburn Dr, Gloucester
    Services include: doctors on call, nurse services, counseling, referrals, cardiovascular, dermatolo- gists, and an on-site lab. Accepts HMO’s, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Medicaid/Medicare.

  • Gloucester Family Health Center
    978-282-8899
    Located at 302 Washington St., Gloucester
    Services include: medical, dental and behavioral health. Offers a discounted/sliding fee scale based on family size and income.
  • Health Quarters Beverly Clinic
    978-922-4490
    Located at 19 Broadway, Beverly
    www.healthq.org
    Services include: on site doctors and nurses, gynecological examinations, STD, UTI, and HIV testing, birth control, counseling for men, women, and teenagers. Low-income families with insurance are eligible.

  • Healthy Start (Pregnancy Healthline)
    1-800-531-MOMS
    Assists pregnant women applying for public insurance coverage (Healthy Start or Medicaid). Referrals to doctors or nurse-midwives, WIC and other services
  • Cancer Information Service
    1-800-4-CANCER
    English and Spanish; information and referral for treatment, diagnosis, local resources, and early detection. Provides info for women affected by DES (Diethylstibestrol).

  • Element Care (formerly Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc.)
    PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)

    978-283-7375 ext. 5525
    Located at 29A Emerson Ave, Gloucester
    www.elementcare.org
    Element Care's PACE Program is an alternative to nursing home care.

  • Smoker’s Quit Line
    1-800-4-CANCER
    Provides counseling, support and referrals for individuals trying to quit smoking.

  • Visiting Nurses Association
    978-283-2020
    Located at 8 Angle St, Gloucester
    Offers home health care for all ages, which includes nursing, therapy, homemakers, respite, and hospice care.

If you need health insurance or help with paying for your prescription drugs...

  • Health Care For All Helpline
    1-800-272-4232
    For questions about getting medical care.

  • MassHealth
    1-800-841-2900
    www.state.ma.us/dma/masshealthinfo/applmemb_IDX.htm

  • Children’s Medical Security Plan
    1-800-531-2229
    Provides children and adolescents with access to primary care and preventive services.

  • NeedyMeds.com
    P.O. Box 219
    Gloucester, MA 01931
    www.needymeds.org

Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA)
978-283-7916
3 Pond Rd, Gloucester

Bus transportation throughout Gloucester, Magnolia, Rockport, Essex, and Ipswich. Special rates for students, seniors, and disabled passengers. With 24-hour notice, “dial-a-ride” is available to transport individuals to specific area locations.

Charlie’s Cabs, Incorporated
978-281-4747
Located at 27 Railroad Ave, Gloucester

Gloucester Taxi and Livery
978-283-0099
Located at 212 Main St, Gloucester

Atlantic Taxi
978-281-5550
Located at 10 Elm St, Gloucester

Essex

First Congregational Church
978-768-7855
39 Main St

First Universalist Church
978-768-3690
59 Main St.

Fair Haven Chapel
978-768-6180
180 Western Avenue

St. John’s Church
978-768-6284
54 Main St.

United Methodist Church
978-768-0059
18 Eastern Ave.

Gloucester

Annisquam Village Church
978-281-0376
820 Washington St.

Calvary Baptist
978-283-8856
384 Washington St.

Cape Ann Bible Church
978-281-3941
78 Concord St.

First Baptist Church
978-283-4808
38 Gloucester Ave.

Riverdale United Methodist Church
978-281-1040
436 Washington St.

Independent Christian Church (Unitarian Universalist)
978-283-3410
Corner of Church and Middle Sts.

Lanesville Orthodox Congregational Church (Evangelical)
978-283-2345,
1120 Washington St.

Our Lady Of Good Voyage
978-283-1490
142 Prospect St.

Sacred Heart Church
978-283-4457
5 High St.

St. Ann’s Church
978-283-0054
74 Pleasant St.

St. John’s Episcopal Church
978-283-1708
48 Middle St.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
978-283-6550
1123 Washington St.

St. Peter’s Church
978-283-0874
Sayward St.

Temple Ahavat Achim
978-281-0739
86 Middle St.

Trinity Congregational Church
978-283-1442
70 Middle St.

Union Congregational Church
978-525-3346
3 Norman Ave.

West Gloucester Trinitarian Church
978-283-2817
488 Essex Ave

Manchester

First Baptist Church
978-526-4283
20 School St.

First Congregational Church of Manchester
978-526-8500
c/o 4 Hickory Hill Road

First Parish Congregational Church on the Village Green
978-526-7661
10 Central St.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
978-526-1263
62 School St.

Rockport

Congregational Church First UCC 978-546-6638
12 School St.

Christian Science Reading Room 978-546-2392
3 School St.

First Baptist Church 978-546-6121
2 High St.

Pigeon Cove Chapel 978-546-2523
155 Granite St.

Rockport United Methodist Church 978-546-2093
36 Broadway.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 978-546-3421
36 Broadway.

St. Joachim’s Catholic Church 978-546-6756
62 Broadway.


978-283-1736
211 Washington St.

Calvary Baptist
978-283-8856
384 Washington St.

Cape Ann Bible Church
978-281-3941
78 Concord St.

First Baptist Church
978-283-4808
38 Gloucester Ave.

Riverdale United Methodist Church
978-281-1040
436 Washington St.

Independent Christian Church (Unitarian Universalist)
978-283-3410
Corner of Church and Middle Sts.

Lanesville Orthodox Congregational Church (Evangelical)
978-283-2345,
1120 Washington St.

Our Lady Of Good Voyage
978-283-1490
142 Prospect St.

Sacred Heart Church
978-283-4457
5 High St.

St. Ann’s Church
978-283-0054
74 Pleasant St.

St. John’s Episcopal Church
978-283-1708
48 Middle St.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
978-283-6550
1123 Washington St.

St. Peter’s Church
978-283-0874
Sayward St.

Temple Ahavat Achim
978-281-0739
86 Middle St.

Trinity Congregational Church
978-283-1442
70 Middle St.

Union Congregational Church
978-525-3346
3 Norman Ave.

West Gloucester Trinitarian Church
978-283-2817
488 Essex Ave

Manchester

First Baptist Church
978-526-4283
20 School St.

First Congregational Church of Manchester
978-526-8500
c/o 4 Hickory Hill Road

First Parish Congregational Church on the Village Green
978-526-7661
10 Central St.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
978-526-1263
62 School St.

Rockport

Congregational Church First UCC 978-546-6638
12 School St.

Christian Science Reading Room 978-546-2392
3 School St.

First Baptist Church 978-546-6121
2 High St.

Pigeon Cove Chapel 978-546-2523
155 Granite St.

Rockport United Methodist Church 978-546-2093
36 Broadway.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 978-546-3421
36 Broadway.

St. Joachim’s Catholic Church 978-546-6756
62 Broadway.