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COVID-19 Community Resources

 COMMUNITY-WIDE RESOURCES 

If there is nothing specific in the community listings below or you need additional resources, you may need to use the following: 

  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB): If the individual is legally blind and needs further assistance, you may want to coordinate with the MCB case manager (with the consumer’s permission). If they want information about MCB’s services, you can give them the number (617) 727-5550 
  • MASS 211: United Way’s statewide assistance and referral line Mass 2-1-1 which is available 24/7, confidential and multi-lingual.  Please call 2-1-1 or visit the website
  • Catholic Charities is operating some services across the state and locating a local office may be helpful. They serve individuals of any background, not just Catholics (see regional contact numbers). 
  • AGING SERVICES ACCESS POINTS AND ELDER CARE AGENCIES: Provide I&R and direct services. Use the link below to locate the ASAP in a specific town: https://contactus.800ageinfo.com/FindAgency.aspx 
  • COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES providing emergency stabilization (check for regional agencies) https://www.masscap.org/agencies/

FOOD WEBSITES & NUMBERS 

FINANCIAL RESOURCES 

  • United Way COVID-19 Family Support Fund: United Way established a COVID-19 Family Support Fund, offering grants to help families impacted by the crisis meet their basic needs. CALL 2-1-1 for info about how to access funds.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES 

  • Online support groups from The Relational Center: The Relational Center is offering Zoom conference links to daily online video chat support groups that are free and open to the public. http://www.relationalcenter.org/onlinesupport
  • Call2Talk, 508-532-2255 or Text C@T to 741741 for mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention program run by Mass211.  
  • Network of Care, Connect With A Trained Specialist To Help Find Behavioral Health Services https://massachusetts.networkofcare.org/mh/ 
  • WarmLine MA Listings 
    • Peer Support Line (http://metrobostonrlc.org/peer-support-line/)
      877-733-7563 
    • Western Mass Peer Support Line (http://www.westernmassrlc.org/peer-support-line)
      888-407-4515 

BOOKS, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS and other MEDIA in ALTERNATIVE FORMATS

  • Coronavirus Virus Information on NFB NewsLine ®  Accessible newspapers and magazines and breaking news available to people who are registered for the service, all consumers registered with the Perkins Library are eligible but must register,  over 400 newspapers and magazines that can be accessed by phone, downloaded to a device, or read online. Call 866-504-7300 to obtain additional information.
  • At this time the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library is NOT mailing out cartridges. Borrowers are asked to hold all Library materials until further notice. The BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) system is still working. Users can download titles to an android, kindle fire, or iOS device for easy playback. You can also download the books to a USB drive for use with our digital player. To get started, visit https://nlsbard.loc.gov/NLS/ApplicationInstructions.html. If you wish to learn more, please contact Cory Kadlik at 617-972-7580 or email kadlik@perkins.org.
  • Perkins Library without Walls conference calls are continuing. For more information call the dedicated Perkins Library Without Walls Information line: 617-972-7852

ONLINE AA MEETINGS 

REGIONAL RESOURCES 

GREATER BOSTON 

  • Boston Globe resources running list:  

https://www.boston.com/culture/local-news/2020/03/17/how-to-find-help-access-resources-impacted-by-coronavirus 

  • Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston

Operating Food Pantries and basic needs. The Basic Needs Hotline is open for calls: (617) 506-6628.  https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/member/catholic-charities-archdiocese-of-boston/

  • Catholic Charities South 

Catholic Charities South serves people of all faiths from the communities of: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Cohasset, Duxbury, Foxboro, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Milton, Norwell, Norwood, Plainville, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Randolph, Rochester, Rockland, Scituate, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood, Weymouth, Whitman, Wrentham as well as many towns in Norfolk County 

Catholic Charities South
169 Court Street, Brockton
P: 508-587-0815 

SOUTHEASTERN MASS 

Catholic Charities South 

Catholic Charities South serves people of all faiths from the communities of: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Cohasset, Duxbury, Foxboro, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Milton, Norwell, Norwood, Plainville, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Randolph, Rochester, Rockland, Scituate, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood, Weymouth, Whitman, Wrentham as well as many towns in Norfolk County 

Catholic Charities South
169 Court Street, Brockton
P: 508-587-0815 

Norfolk County Food Pantry resources 

https://www.norfolkdeeds.org/support/faqs/what-are-the-norfolk-county-food-pantry-locations-142 

 

Coastline Elderly Services 

In most instances, our staff will be communicating with your over the phone. Please call Coastline at 508-999-6400 for assistance.  New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.  

 

Catholic Social Services, Fall River Diocese 

Covers many towns in SE MA and Cape 

https://www.cssdioc.org/area-of-service/ 

Catholic Social Services of Fall River serves people in the Bristol, Barnstable, Nantucket, and Dukes County, which covers parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and the towns of Mattapoisett, Marion, and Wareham in Plymouth County. 

We have offices spread throughout that area and work closely with other local organizations so that we can better serve the many people who rely on our help. Offices in Fall River, New Bedford, Hyannis, Attleboro  Contact: https://www.cssdioc.org/contact-us/ 

United Way of Greater Plymouth County 

Information & Referral:  Our United Way and our Family Center are working to refer and provide assistance to calls in need of resources coming to our office.  

 

NORTH SHORE 

Catholic Charities North
117 North Common Street, Lynn
P: 781-593-2312 

Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities
70 Lawrence Street, Lowell
P: 978-452-1421 

WORCESTER AREA 

A COVID-19 Information Line has been established at 508-799-1019. The line provides facts and information about COVID-19, how to stop the spread, what to do if someone is experiencing symptoms and quarantine information. The line will be available in multiple languages. 

Catholic Charities, Worcester County 

Food and basic needs sites in Worcester, Leominster, Milford, Southbridge 

https://www.ccworc.org/ 

508-798-0191 

Worcester County Food Bank – 508-842-3663 

Elder Services of Worcester Area – 508-756-1545 – Serves Central Worcester County 

Montachusett Home Care Corporation – 978-537-7111.  Serves North Worcester County  

Tri-Vally, Inc.  508-949-6640  Serves South Worcester County.   

 

PIONEER VALLEY 

The Public Health Institute of Western Mass is updating this resource page: 

https://www.413cares.org/about/covid-19 

They are also working on a local response to help people with shopping and will keep us informed as this develops. 

Greater Springfield Senior Services (413) 781-8800 

Agawam, Brimfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wales, West Springfield and Wilbraham. 

Highland Valley Elder Services 800-322-0551 

AmherstBlandfordChesterChesterfieldCummingtonEasthamptonGoshenGranvilleHadleyHatfield
HuntingtonMiddlefieldMontgomeryNorthamptonPelhamPlainfieldRussellSouthamptonSouthwickTollandWestfieldWesthamptonWilliamsburgWorthington 

LifePath (Franklin County Home Care) 800-732-4636 

Franklin County and Athol, PetershamRoyalston and Phillipston, Massachusetts. 

West Mass Elder Services 

 Contact WMEC staff at 413.538.9020 or email info@wmeldercare and let us know how we can help. 

Holyoke, Chicopee, Granby, South Hadley, Ludlow, Belchertown and Ware; as well as many other surrounding communities. 

Catholic Charities, Springfield Diocese 

Office of Social Services: Laura Robertson
413-452-0605
l.robertson@diospringfield.org 

 

BERKSHIRES 

 

Elder Services of Berkshire County at 413-499-0524  

 

CAPE  COD

Catholic Social Services, Fall River Diocese 

Covers many towns in SE MA and Cape https://www.cssdioc.org/area-of-service/ 

Catholic Social Services of Fall River serves people in the Bristol, Barnstable, Nantucket, and Dukes County, which covers parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and the towns of Mattapoisett, Marion, and Wareham in Plymouth County. 

We have offices spread throughout that area and work closely with other local organizations so that we can better serve the many people who rely on our help. 

 

Offices in Fall River, New Bedford, Hyannis, Attleboro 

Contact: 

https://www.cssdioc.org/contact-us/ 

 

COMMUNITY-SPECIFIC RESOURCES 

Acton 

https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6259/2020-3-17-Food-Resources-Update-COVID-19-Response 

  • Questions around fuel assistance eligibility and utility shut-off prevention should be directed to the Community Resources Office at 978-929-6651 or lducharme@acton-ma.gov. 
  • Acton-Boxborough schools will offer bag lunches to individuals and families on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 for pick-up outside the main entrance of the High School. Pick up times will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals picking up bag lunches should not enter the school and practice appropriate social distancing measures. All residents are welcome to pick up a meal regardless if you have a child enrolled in the school system. 

Boston (see also neighborhoods) 

  • Boston COVID-19 Community CareSEE FOOD SECTION, The spreadsheet offers a round-up of community connections, providing contact information for people who are offering childcare, housing, healthcare resources, financial aid, educational resources, tips for free entertainment during quarantine/social distancing, and food. 
  • DISABILITY COMMISSION OFFICE 

Our office in City Hall (Room 967) will remain open Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm, with a reduced staff. We encourage members of the public to call us at 617-635-3682 or email us at disability@boston.gov 

  • There are food pantries in Boston that are providing delivery…check via Gr Bos Food Bank or Project Bread Hotline 
  • Boston Age Strong Commission 617-635-4366 

All services are operating 

  • Boston residents and case managers can call 311, the city’s hotline, with questions/requests for support 

https://www.boston.gov/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-boston 

Boxborough 

  • Acton-Boxborough schools will offer bag lunches to individuals and families on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 for pick-up outside the main entrance of the High School. Pick up times will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals picking up bag lunches should not enter the school and practice appropriate social distancing measures. All residents are welcome to pick up a meal regardless if you have a child enrolled in the school system. 

Braintree 

  • The Braintree Food Pantry will remain open and will continue to operate during normal business hours, Tuesday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with curbside pick up. Residents in need of food assistance and who are not currently a client of the food pantry should contact the Marge Crispin Center by phone at 781-848-2124. 
  • Braintree Public Schools are closed, but students may pick up breakfast and lunch through a grab and go system. 
  • General questions about ongoing operations should be directed to the Mayor’s Office at 781-794-8100.

Brockton

  • Catholic Charities South
    169 Court Street
    Brockton, MA 02302
    P: 508-587-0815 

Brookline 

Burlington 

Cambridge 

Jamaica Plain 

Lawrence 

  • Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen (http://www.breadandroseslawrence.org/index.html)

Medford 

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1RtYZ1wc8jxcSKDl555WszWhQWlOlSkNnfjIOYV0wXRA/mobilebasic?urp=gmail_link&fbclid=IwAR3Bc-bi-vbbtk0fk6q8qKKgir9kmQjPcGyQDp4b1_b3BimSPkOXoC3E9w8 

Natick

New Bedford 

  • Catholic Social Services, Fall River Diocese 

Thomas Rebello
Basic Needs Coordinator
New Bedford Office
(508) 997-7337 

Solanus Casey Food Pantry 

Newton 

  • The food pantries in Newton are delivering, call for info about current operations 

Centre St. Food Pantry
11 Homer St.
Tuesday’s 4-7pm
Every 1st Saturday 11am-1pm
*Families with kids 18 and under can get extra breakfast and lunch items in the summer 

  • Newton Food Pantry
    1000 Commonwealth Ave.
    Website (http://www.newtonfoodpantry.org)
    Email newtonfoodpantry@gmail.com
    Phone (617) 796-1233
    Click here to download the 

Arabic Baptist Food Pantry
187 Church St.
2nd and 4th Friday’s 11am-1pm
Twice per month 

Revere

The Revere Mayor’s office has offered to help support any if our Revere consumers that needs a ride to the pharmacy or grocery store or items delivered. Please let me know if you speak with anyone who needs support and with permission we can pass along their name and contact info to the Mayor’s office.

Roxbury

Jamaica Plain and Roxbury Mutual Aid: A shared local aid effort to provide resources and support for the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury communities. 

Somerville 

Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS): A shared local aid effort from MAMAS network to provide resources and support for the Medford and Somerville communities. 

Walpole 

  • Walpole Community Food Pantry is delivering 

If you are in need of food and wish to place an order, click here to order online on Mondays or Tuesdays. Or, you can call the Council On Aging at 508-668-3330, option 8, on Monday’s or Tuesday’s from 9:00 – 3:00 and a representative will take your order, set up a delivery date, and delivery window for the following week. https://www.wcfp.org/covid19 

West Roxbury 

  • WRCIA Family Food and Grocery Fund: The West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association is raising money to help West Roxbury families cope with school closures by collecting and distributing gift cards, cash, or food donations to help families in need of essentials. 

CORONAVIRUS INFO WEBSITES