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Boston and Eastern Massachusetts Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Families across the greater Boston area, including Suffolk and Middlesex County Massachusetts, can turn to Catholic Charities for help. The non-profit organization may be able to assist people who need help providing for their family and meeting basic needs. Whether you need support with paying energy bills, food, housing, holiday assistance, or other aid, your local Catholic Charity affiliated church in Boston or nearby towns may be able to help you in your time of need.

The charity organization has about 15 sites located around the region. Locations are tasked with helping people deal with a short term hardship that they may be facing. Case managers from Catholic Charities will embrace each and every family in the Boston area, and present them with a plan to achieve long term self-sufficiency.

Assistance from Catholic Charities

While each location will have its own funding and specialties, in general a wide range of support and assistance programs are offered for qualified individuals. Resources range from rent and mortgage assistance, free food, furniture, baby supplies, diapers, and clothing. The demand for services will usually increase during the holiday season, so Catholic Charities can provide holiday assistance for low income families and seniors. The centers may offer gifts for their children at Christmas, or a hot meal or food box at Thanksgiving or Christmas time.

Housing assistance is offered in the form of emergency rental assistance, shelter, or short term transitional housing. They will help individuals and families work towards a goal of maintaining or getting a roof over their heads. The Catholic Charity agency runs a variety of temporary shelters in Suffolk County and surrounding areas.





They can also help families get into permanent, long term supportive housing. The shelters are staffed by highly trained men and women who help guide each family, and get them back on track with self-sufficiency and independent living. Some of the shelters offered include Nazareth Residence, St. Ambrose Family Shelter, Brigid's Crossing, St. Patrick's Shelter, and Genesis II. In addition, Boston Catholic Charities can give referrals to security deposit programs and other financial help. Find other details on transitional low cost housing in Suffolk County.

Catholic Charity churches help immigrants in Eastern Massachusetts. It can be legal aid, assistance with getting green cards, as well as help finding employment, affordable housing, and resources to assist in the transition. Or immigrants can get help with sending money to family overseas using apps, enrolling into ESL classes, and more. As there are many diverse people in Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, and nearby cities.

Catholic Charities also has thrift stores and resale shops throughout Eastern Massachusetts. These sell furniture, electronics, winter jackets, shoes, boots and other items. Anyone can shop there, regardless of income. There are often free items for the elderly, children, immigrants, and vulnerable.

Location of Catholic Charity centers in Suffolk and Middlesex County

Catholic Charities South (see address below) is a local service center. They focus their programs on families and children in the Brockton Massachusetts area. The southern location of Catholic Charities offers a continuum of care to qualified low income and working poor families and children. They provide assistance with meeting basic needs, including heating oil/fuel, rental and utility assistance, and food. Other more social service type programs offered include English as a second language classes, family youth and support services; and mental health and substance abuse counseling.





The Catholic Charities South, address is 169 Court Street, Brockton, Massachusetts 02302, dial (508) 587-0815. There is also a food pantry at 169 Court Street in Brockton.

The Greater Boston Catholic Charities serves people more in the Somerville, Dorchester, and other metro Boston neighborhoods. Most of the services are offered at the Yawkey Center, which is based in Somerville Massachusetts. This center will also help with meeting basic living needs, such as rent, food, medications. Other services include an after-school program for teenagers, elder and senior social  Low income parents with new kids can also get free assistance with baby supplies.

Greater Boston at the Yawkey Center, 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, Massachusetts 02121, telephone (617) 506-6600

Catholic Charities North helps those in Gloucester and the North Shore region. Programs administered include homeless prevention, Basic Needs Emergency Services, education and job training, and also programs for young and single parents. The aid provided from this location extends to families across Middlesex and Essex counties, and they operate additional offices in Salem and Lynn. Main phone (978) 283-3055, and the primary office is located at 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn, MA 01902.

Open Hand Food Pantry is based in Haverhill Massachusetts at 16 Ashland Street. Call (978) 372-2828. Meals, groceries, and holiday assistance is available here. The church provides boxes of free food to struggling Boston area families.

Lawrence and Lowell are supported by Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities. This center administers a number of services for people in the northern Middlesex County area. Assistance programs can help with basic needs, and includes food, emergency utility and rent assistance, and holiday programs. Also get referrals to long term case management programs that are focused on jobs and increasing a family’s income and skills. 70 Lawrence St., Lowell, Massachusetts 01852, telephone (978) 452-1421





South Boston is also supported by a Catholic Charity center at Labouré Center, 275 West Broadway, South Boston, Massachusetts 02127. Call (617) 268-9670 for information on social services and family programs offered here.


By Jon McNamara

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