Resources Updated as of November 2021

Events Happening Right Now

Virtual Parenting Group  Tuesdays at 5:15pm Open to all parents and people in parenting rolls 13 weeks rolling admissions.

MakeIT Haverhill ongoing events and Job Fairs MakeIT Haverhill

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Coalition for Literacy (MVJCL) is excited to announce Welcome Aboard, Let’s Read!a new collaborative program with the Haverhill Public Library.   This is a free, secular program that helps children in first, second, and third grade become confident and skilled readers.  Click here for more information

Haverhill Public Library is open and has ongoing events Check them out here Do you need a device or hotspot?  HPL has them to borrow. laptop & hotspot spanish laptop and hotspot english Homework Help available Ages 8-12 | all subjects Tuesdays 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Bilingual English & Spanish Parent, student, and tutor  sessions available by request Registration Information Here

Thanksgiving and Holiday Assistance  

Common Grounds provide Thanksgiving Meals on site and for families.  Please stop by or call

Community Action has Thanksgiving Baskets Please call 978-373-1971

Liz Murphy Open Hand Pantry- Providing Thanksgiving Meals for families to pick up on 11/20

Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meals Wednesday November 24, 2021  Thanksgiving Flyer



Work Permits- Information to Obtain Youth Work Permits


Emergency Community Resources- Housing, Clothing, Hotlines etc.

Have you lost income because of COVID-19? If you are having trouble paying your rent or utilities, the City of Haverhill may be able to help. The City of Haverhill is still running their rental assistance program (eligibility for this program is COVID-specific). The goal is to get people into stable housing before winter weather begins. To contact someone regarding the city’s rental assistance program, please call (978) 374-2344.

If you need emergency housing/ shelter applications call 1-866-584-0653 DHCD COVID 

St. Vincent de Paul – Providing financial assistance for rent, utilities etc call 978-372-5824, or email at for assistance.

RAFT– The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Call 781-654-5607

ERAP– Emergency Rental Assistance Program: federal funding for eligible low-income tenants who are in need of financial assistance. Households may be eligible for up to twelve (12) months of rental arrears (plus an extra 3 months if funding allows and need is demonstrated), as well as overdue utilities arrears up to $1,500. All rent and utility arrears must have been, accrued after 3/13/20.   More information here ERAP Info.

If you are unsure what you qualify for or where to go contact Community Action in Haverhill.  They have bilingual staff and if they can not help you they can refer you to the right place.  978-373-1971

Anchor of Hope Diaper Bank Program-  If you are in need of diapers Information Here

Know Your Evictions Rights. English Evictions RightsSpanish Eviction Rights

Clothing Needs- Ruth’s House- Thrift Store.  Open to the public and also provide a $50 voucher to each family member, 4 times a year to spend at the store if they qualify.   Qualification based on enrollment of at least one of the following programs: MASS Health, Food Stamps/EBT Card, Fuel Assistance, Veterans Aid, SSDI, SSI or Free Lunch Program.  Free Suits altered for any Veteran.

Parental Stress Line — A 24-hour hotline in Massachusetts 1-800-632-8188

Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline:  978-388-1888 or 1800-439-0183 (TTY)

Community Action-provides resources and opportunities for individuals, families and communities to overcome poverty, including housing and fuel assistance, WIC, Child Care Programs etc.,

Community Action Programs
Services Available (Spanish)

Hand Hold MA COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on our families. Many families are worried about their child’s mental health, but they aren’t sure where to turn or how to get started.  Massachusetts’  Department of Mental Health, Office of Child Advocate and Health and Human Services partnered for a  new family friendly website created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have “been there.”

Family and Community Resource Center-  Family & Community Resource Center to help families raise children in healthy, stable homes. All services are free and open to all families in Essex County. .

Salvation Army 395 Main Street Haverhill MA Provides food pantry, community meals, energy assistance, youth and adult programs. More information on what Salvation Army does

Food Pantries and Community Meals

Sacred Hearts Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. 6 Carleton Avenue, Bradford, MA Participants are asked to wait outside using social distancing in line while they wait to check in at the usual door facing the parking lot.  Prepackaged bags of food may then be picked up at the next door.  We are accepting new participants. Our Pastoral Center phone lines are open for calls and spiritual support 978-373-1281

Common Ground – 194 Winter Street Haverhill Schedule Café Hours: Monday – Friday 12PM-3PM, Coffee, Water and Tea are available. There is a Portable Restroom available outside of the cafe.   Monday Lunch: Grab and Go – 12PM-2PM Friday Lunch: Grab and Go from the Parking Lot . 12PM-1:30PM Saturday: Breakfast Grab and Go 7AM – 9AMAM Sunday: Breakfast grab and go 7AM to 8:30 AM Coffee and Service 8:30AM – 10AM (Can Only Serve a Limited Number of Patrons).   Clothing Distribution: Appointment Only. Please call 978.372.3336 Free ESL classes also offered.

All Saints Food Pantry – 120 Bellevue Ave, Haverhill  Until further notice, will continue to serve anyone who comes to the Pantry parking lot on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10am – 12:00noon.  Donations ARE being accepted.    We are set up in our parking lot, asking everyone to keep a safe distance from each other, and distributing prepackaged bags of groceries to each participant.

Open Heart Ministries–  217 Main Street Haverhil MA Distributing hot meals in to-go containers on Sundays from 2-3pm. Distribution is at the kitchen door in the back of First Baptist Church.

The Salvation Army 395 Main Street Haverhill MA, Food Pantry is open Mon-Wed-Fri mornings from 8:30-11:30 am and 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 5p-7p. Individuals can take a pre-packed box or participate in a semi-choice style pantry.  Bag lunches on Tues-Thurs-Fri at noon in place of our regular meal service. Starting October 1 – resume sit down lunch in 2 shifts. 11:30 and 12:15. Dining area can only hold 24-32 people at a time.  

The Liz Murphy Open Hand Pantry  We service Haverhill/Bradford residents.  We are located in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 16 Ashland Street.   Open Tuesdays 4-7pm. New Clients must bring proof of residency (Utility Bill, IRS Letter, SNAP Letter, Welfare Letter, Social Security Letter, etc).  978-372-0260.

Project Bread Helpline

WIC– At this time we are limiting the number of visits into our WIC offices. We are encouraging participants who currently have scheduled appointments to not come into the office, but stay at home and wait for us to call them with further instructions on how we will be able to help them obtain benefits. New applicants, and those who need to schedule an appointment, should not walk in, but call us and we will call them back. Thank you for your patience. To reach us at WIC please call: Haverhill – Main Office (Monday-Friday) 978-374-2191

Domestic Violence Supports:

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Inc. Our advocates and clinicians are seeing new and ongoing survivors remotely using a secure video-conferencing program. For any new clinical referrals for children or adult survivors, those in the Amesbury and Haverhill area can call 978.834.9710 and those in the Lawrence area can call 978.989.9361. We are accepting new clients! Services Offered En Espanol

YWCA Domestic Violence Supports  Anyone in need of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault services may call the YWCA during the day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 978.374.6121.  After hours, you may call our 24-hour hotline at 844.372.9922. As an alternative, you may call the Massachusetts statewide, 24-hour SafeLink Domestic Violence Sheltering Line at 877.785.2020.  This line is for referrals to shelter and domestic violence hotlines and programs in your region.

Therapeutic Services:

Starting May 25th Adolescent Anger Management Group.  Manage and understand anger, cope with difficult situations and express feelings in healthy ways.  Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm Zoom and in person.  Referral Line 978-891-5283.

ACA Family Resources: Actively taking new referrals and offering TeleHealth services. Programs/Services: Outpatient Therapy, IHT, Therapeutic Mentoring, and Community Service Programming (CSP).Multilingual and multicultural services available  Main Number: (978) 989- 9902Address: 599 Canal Street #12, Lawrence, MA 01840. Website:   

Arbour Counseling : Providing TeleHealth services and actively taking new referrals for Individual Counseling.   (978) 373-7010 116 Summer St, Haverhill, MA 01830  Outpatient Therapy: Children, Adults & Group.

Arbour Counseling Partial Hospital Programs are open and providing PHP services state wide to Children, Adolescents and Adults through  Zoom, Phone and in person if needed.  Referral Line is 24 hours/day 855-575-2273.

Beth Israel Lahey Emergency Services/Mobile Crisis-  ( 978) 521-7777 Ongoing in-person evaluations at the AJH and LGH emergency rooms and continue to conduct mobile and in-office evaluations as determined by the outcome of the DPH COVID-19 screening tool protocol.

Beth Israel Lahey Behavioral Health Services  is  Providing Telehealth services for Haverhill Office clients. Programs available: Outpatient Therapy (OP) and Community Service Agency (CSA).   26 Parkridge Road Haverhill, MA 01835 Main Number: (978) 373-3086  Ext: 3  CSA Services

Children’s Friend & Family Services: Providing telehealth services at this time. Programs available: Outpatient Therapy (OP), In-Home Therapy (IHT),  In-Home Behavioral Services (IHBS),Therapeutic Mentoring (TM), Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Family Support & Training, Parent as Teachers, Long Term Support Case Management, Early Psychosis and Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment.  Main Number: (978) 682-7289.  Referrals: Amy Sypher: (508) 380- 0273 or   Address: 15 Union Street, Lawrence, MA 01840  Website:    JRI Telehealth Flyer JRI Telehealth Flyer (Spanish)

The Edinburg Center
has IHBS openings in Haverhill, Methuen, Georgetown, Groveland, Newbury, West Newbury, Rowley, Boxford, Merrimac, Lawrence, North Andover, Andover, North Reading, Reading and Middleton. Intake coordinator is Karen Saaristo at (781) 761-5060 or email to

Endurance Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program– Serves the mental health needs of teens 13-20 via comprehensive HIPAA compliant virtual programming. PHP offers daily structure including individual therapy, family support, didactic and process group therapy, as well as daily wellness therapy including yoga, art and music.  Currently we are able to accommodate new clients into the program quickly. For information give us a call at 603-760-1942 or visit our website at

Family Services of Merrimack Valley: Providing Telehealth services to current clients. Programs available: Outpatient Therapy (OP), Therapeutic Mentoring (TM), Parenting Programs, and CASA.  (978) 327-6600 430 North Canal Street, Lawrence, MA 01840 

NFI, Massachusetts in Haverhill: Providing Telehealth services only. Programs available: Outpatient Therapy, (ages 3+). English and Spanish speaking clinicians available. Main Number: (978) 373-1181 Address: 76 Winter Street, Haverhill, MA 01830 Website: Online Referral Platform: Medication Management is not available alone- clients must be participating in another NFI service ** 

Northeast Family Services-  Providing Telehealth services at this time. Programs available: Outpatient Therapy, In-Home Therapy (IHT), In-Home Behavioral Services (IHBS), and Therapeutic Mentoring (TM).  Online Referral  774-206-1125  .

South Bay Community Services: Providing Telehealth services at this time.  Programs available: Outpatient Therapy (OP), Medication Management, CHBI, Early Childhood Services and Virtual Children Groups ages 0-3, Parent Support Groups and Autism Services. Spanish and English speaking clinicians available. .Main Num (978) 688-4830 360 Merrimack St bldg 9, Lawrence, MA 01843  Intake Line: (508) 427-5362.

Recovery and Addiction Services

Motivating Youth Recovery Website MYR is a 12-bed acute detoxification and stabilization program for adolescents 13-18 years old. While at MYR, clients are medically monitored 24 hours a day and receive a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, treatment and aftercare planning from a multidisciplinary treatment team comprised of psychiatrists, master’s level clinicians, registered nurses, case managers, and counselors. MYR – Brochure

CFFS Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Use Treatment and Support. Accepting Referrals  Virtual Substance Use Treatment and Support

Virtual AA meetings:

  • “Pause a While” free conference call meetings 2pm every day (425) 436-6360 access code 422932#
  • AA meeting 730 every night 605-313-5684 access code 855830#
  • “WEconnect” and “Unit Recovery” are partnering 4x day meetings open format anyone in or seeking recovery 7days a week 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 9 pm Go to.

Many more by checking here

NA meetings

More Resources

Health Coverage Helpline

Housing Assistance: How to Find Shelter.    Housing Assistance

Haverhill Youth Programs

Haverhill Inner City Boxing Club

Haverhill Downtown Boxing Club

Haverhill YMCA

Haverhill Boys and Girls Club

You Forward Supports youth and young adults 16-25 experiencing mental health challenges.  Staff is also available at Haverhill High School Family Resource Center  during Thursday lunch periods.

The Massachusetts Family Resource Center for Haverhill is located at 530 Broadway 3rd floor, Lawrence MA.  They work with families to provide services and referrals to community agencies to help strengthen families.   

WIC Nutrition Program Do you have a child under 5?

Free Legal Help for low-income individuals

Mass Legal Help   

Help for youth to quit smoking or vaping

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