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Food and Shelter
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matthew 25:35)
Are you struggling to put food on your family's table but don't know where to turn? Do you know someone in need of affordable housing? There are many agencies in our area that are devoted to giving individuals and families the help they need. Adequate food and shelter are necessities. Please use the links below to find the right organization to help you.
Catholic Charities of the Merrimack Valley (Lowell):
Catholic Charities provides a wide range of support, including food pantries, a wide variety of temporary shelters, rent and mortgage assistance, permanent supportive residences, utility assistance, assistance in providing furniture, baby supplies, clothing and other necessities, and seasonal and holiday assistance for families who cannot afford a warm meal at Thanksgiving or gifts for their children at Christmas.
Catholic Charities helps families and individuals work toward the goal of getting back under their own roof. All of their shelters are staffed by trained men and women who help guide each resident through their path to self-sufficiency and independent living.
- Basic Needs Emergency Service
- Food Pantry
- Young mothers and first-time parents ages 20 and under
- Counseling for families, children, adolescents and adults
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Open Table (Concord and Maynard):
Founded in 1989, Open Table provides a welcoming community of support and assistance to families and individuals, including many seniors and children – no questions asked. Open Table's mission is to provide healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity. Open Table offers weekly community supper programs and food pantries in Concord and Maynard to more than 300 guests.
Beyond providing food resources, Open Table strives to build a community of support for our guests who face many challenges associated with poverty. Some needs are small - a notebook for a school project, a winter jacket or boots or transportation. Many of our guests face crises in housing, fuel assistance, summer childcare and critical health situations. For these issues, we draw on the wider community of support and refer our guests to other community agencies whenever possible.
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