Community Resources North Central Region

North Central Career Centers - Leominster and Gardner

Information and Referral

United Way - First Call for Help, just dial 211 or click on image below

MassResources -  an online resource for Massachusetts residents in need of basic services - click on image below

Making Home Affordable - Mortgage Relief, Foreclosure Prevention Programs & Resources for Unemployer Homeowners; click on image below

Medical Resources

Community Health Connections Family Health Center www.chcfamilyhealth.org
275 Nichols Road Fitchburg  (Burbank Hospital)
978-665-5901
Provides primary care health services including dental.  Mental Health services for non-insured (free care) and MassHealth,   Located on the fourth floor of Burbank Campus of Health Alliance Hospital.

Community Health Connections Family Health Center
Gardner
978-665-5980
Provides referrals and transportation to the Fitchburg campus from Gardner.

Gateway Health Access Program GHAP
Heywood Hospital
242 Greene Street Gardner
978-630-6562
Health access program to connect uninsured people access to affordable healthcare in the Gardner area.

Worcester Resources.org

Free & Low Cost Walk-In Clinics in Worcester and surrounding towns click on link below for details of locations with day/hours of available services

Mass League of Community Health Centers www.massleague.org
1-800-475-8455
Free Care for uninsured

Mass Health Service Center 1-800-841-2900

Medical Security Plan 1-800-908-8801

 

24 Hour Emergency / Psychiatric Services

North Central Human Services
31 Lake Street, Gardner
978-632-9400

Emergency evaluations also at Heywood Hospital ER and Athol Memorial Hospital ER

Lipton Center
45 Summer Street, Leominster
9 – 5 weekdays 978-534-6116
After 5pm, weekends, holidays  800-977-5555

Health Alliance Leominster Campus Emergency Services
60 Hospital Road, Leominster
978-466-2451

Heywood Memorial Hospital Emergency Services
242 Green Street, Gardner
978-632-3420

Athol Memorial Hospital Emergency Services
423 Main Street, Athol
978-249-3511

Emerson Hospital
Route 2 Concord
978-287-3510      
For 24 hour psychiatric emergency care ask for Behavioral Health Clinician.

Suicide

The Samaritans
978–688-6607
866-912-4673 (toll free)
877-870-4673 (toll free)

Alcohol / Drug Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous
978-840-8416

Al-Anon and Ala-teen
508-366-0556 (statewide #)

Statewide Drug and Alcohol Hotline
800- 327-5050
800-ALCOHOL   (800-252-6465)

Narc-a-non
1-800-477-6291

Montachusett Addiction Council (MAC Center)
978-537-2450
www.macenter.net

Domestic Violence

Battered Women’s Resource Center
Leominster:  978-537-8601
Gardner: 978-632-4424

Safe Link – Statewide Information & Referral
877-785-2020

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-7233 bilingual Spanish available

 

Rape

Rape Crisis Program of Central MA
Fitchburg
978-343-5683

Individuals at Risk

Child at Risk Hotline 800-792-5200 / 800-479-6111

Parental Stress Line 800-632-8188

Parents Helping Parents 800-882-1250

File child abuse DSS 978-466-1500

Disabled Person Protection 800-426-9009

Elder Abuse Hotline 800-922-2275

Legal Services

Lawyer Referral Service 800-392-6164 from the MA Bar Association

Legal Assistance Corp of Central MA
Worcester
508-752-3718

Mass Justice Project 508-831-9888 Volunteer Legal Services
Issues relating to housing, domestic relations, benefits, bankruptcy, foreclosure & education. Bilingual Spanish available.
www.masslegalhelp.org

Credit Counseling

Consumer Credit Counseling 1-800-208-222;  www.creditcounseling.org
A non-profit consumer credit counseling service, Bi-lingual Spanish available.

Food Pantries

Ginny’s Helping Hand Leominster 978-537-1387
T, W, Th and Sat 11-2

Family & Children’s Services of Catholic Charities
Leominster 978-840-0696

Montachusetts Community Action Center Food Bank
Fitchburg 978-342-8617

Salvation Army
739 Water Street
Fitchburg
978-342-3300

Cleghorn Neighborhood Center
18 Fairmont Street; Cleghorn residents only, bilingual Spanish available
Fitchburg 978-342-2069

First Baptist Church Food and Clothes Closet
1st and 3rd Saturdays 9 to 11 am
Leominster 978-537-2685

Highland Baptist Church
1st and 3rd Saturdays 9 to 11 am
Fitchburg 978-342-9646

Fitchburg / Leominster Community Action Center 978-342-8617
Dial a ride services, energy services, education, employment and self sufficiency services, pro-health services, elderly nutrition program, food pantry, clothes closet and information and referral.

Loaves and Fishes
234 Barnum Road  
Devens
978-772-4627
Distribution Wednesday & Friday  9:45am-12:30pm 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month  8:45-11:00am

Gardner Community Action Committee
294 Pleasant Street Gardner
Information and Referral 978-632-1350 
Community Action Committee 978-632-8700
Toll free 1-800-993-3322
Information and Referral for Gardner area.  Emergency food pantry, shelter information, fellowship table, medical transportation, prescription services, clothing closet.

United Methodist Church
Chestnut Street Gardner, Thursday night supper
978-632-1978

Sacred Heart St. Vincent DePaul Society
Gardner
978-632-0405

Our Father’s Homeless Shelter 978-345-3050

Serve www.servenewengland.org
1-888-742-7363
Volunteer 2 hours/month for deep discounts on grocery, meat and vegetable items.

Mass Resources www.massresources.org
A web site with information on a range of assistance programs including energy assistance, food stamps, housing and health care.  Important links to a range of services.

Mass Coalition for the Homeless www.mahomeless.org
1-781-595-7570   8 am - 4 pm
For a complete listing of shelters in MA. A newsletter with information on a range of assistance programs including energy assistance, food stamps housing and health care.  Important links to services.

Worcester County Food Bank
www.foodbank.org/immediate_help/immediate_assistance.html
Listing of programs in your community that can provide food assistance to you year-round (soup kitchens / emergency food pantries / shelter and transitional programs)

Fuel Assistance

Mass Resources www.massresources.org
Information on LIHEAL (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), the Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program, The Good Neighbor Energy Fund, Utility Protection  Laws and Utilities Directory with customer service numbers and web sites.

Food Stamps 

Department of Transitional Assistance 978-665-8700

Spanish Speaking Services

Spanish American Center
112 Spruce Street
Leominster, MA 978-534-3145

Low Cost Mental Health Services

Community Health Connections Family Health Center www.chcfamilyhealth.org
275 Nichols Road
Fitchburg  (Burbank Hospital) 978-665-5901
Provides primary care health services including dental.  Mental Health services for non-insured (free care) and MassHealth, located on the fourth floor of Burbank Campus of Health Alliance Hospital.

Community Health Connections Family Health Center
Gardner
978-665-5980
Provides referrals and transportation to the Fitchburg campus from Gardner.

Lipton Center/Community Healthlink Outpatient mental health
Central intake for all locations, except Gardner, call 978-840-9329
Clinton  (978)  368-018
Gardner  978-630-4740
Leominster (978)  537-0956
Fitchburg  (978) 343-6957

Family Counseling Center Children’s Aid and Family Service, Inc.
915 South Street Fitchburg
978-345-4147
Offers individual, couple, family counseling

YOU, Inc. Counseling Center North
66 Parker Street Gardner
978-632-2321 x 0
Individual, group, and family counseling.

Addictions

Spectrum Health Systems
76 Summer Street Fitchburg
978-343-2433
Intake:  508-831-0045 x161
Clinic, outpatient services; Programs in both Fitchburg and Gardner.

L.U.K. Crisis Center
545 Westminster St. Fitchburg
978-345-0685 / 978-829-2200
Outpatient Behavioral Health clinic for adults as well as an array of services for young adults.  DMH funding available for some clients.

Prescription Assistance

MassMedLine www.massmedline.com
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA  01608
866-633-1617
A one-stop resource to understand medications and find ways to reduce costs.  Sponsored by the Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Science and the Pharmacy Outreach and Education Program.

Needymeds.com www.needymeds.com
Provides on-line information about patient assistance programs which provide no cost prescription meds to eligible participants.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
www.pparx.org  1-888-477-2669
Connects uninsured and under-insured patients with prescription
medicines. Sponsored by pharmaceutical research companies.

 

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