Community Resources

Written by on May 26, 2021

This page is updated regularly with new resources for you.

Here’s where you can get a COVID vaccine in Worcester:

Worcester Community Fridges believes having daily access to fresh food is a human right. In Worcester, 15% of families,  have identified as living with food insecurity. While navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers have risen significantly within our city. Community fridges are open 24/7, leaving no barriers in the way of someone accessing free food. 

Community Fridges can be found at 910 Main Street outside of Fantastic Pizza and The Printers Building at 44 Portland Street

Massachusetts COVID reopening: State to move to Step 2 of Phase 3 on Monday; Phase 4 to begin on March 22

For more on the Coronavirus, please visit:

Homelessness is the other pandemic:
Hotel Grace is a 24/7 shelter in Worcester that is helping young, middle-aged, and older adults find shelter and food throughout the wintertime. More than that, it provides dignity to people, no questions asked.

Hotel Grace is in urgent need of volunteers.   Please go to and then to the tab “How to Help” to find out how you can help during these freezing cold days.

Shower Trailer44 Vernon Street, Worcester, MA 01604
We were blessed to finally receive delivery of our portable shower trailer for Worcester’s homeless. Shutdowns since March have left no facilities open for the homeless to shower. An angel donation came from a long time friend and supporter of Net of Compassion

How COVID-19 Affects The Mental Health of Seniors: COVID-19 has affected everyone in a lot of different ways.  If you are in the 65 and up age group it has probably limited your social interaction even more than others.  These extra precautions the elderly have to take has affected their mental health and feelings of loneliness more than usual.

Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts: Need someone to talk to?  ​
Parental Stress Line
Free & Confidential 24/7

D’Amore Mental Health – Covid Depression

Substance Abuse/Misuse Among The Elderly:

Substance misuse among the elderly can often be overlooked but is still prevalent in today’s society. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as reported in 2018, about 1 million adults over the age of 65 live with a substance use disorder. For example, alcohol has proven to be the most commonly used substance in older adults and many elderly adults take prescriptions, making it a recipe for disaster. This resource page has information on common addictions, signs to look for, and ways to help someone struggling: 

Covid-19 Testing in Worcester

Week of January 24:

201 Commercial St., Worcester (Intersection of Commercial St. and Mechanic St.)​​:

Monday, January 25, 11 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, January 26, 11 am to 3 pm
Thursday, January 28, 11 am to 3 pm
No appointment required. 

ARK Behavioral Health – Our goal is to use a whole-patient approach built on a foundation of integrity, transparency, and compassion. Each facility is centered around individualized patient care with an emphasis on long-term recovery to empower those with sense of purpose and joy.

Ark is also proudly accredited by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is considered “The Gold Standard” in accreditation for behavioral health facilities and organizations, respected in behavioral health and medical communities.

We strive to have our website be an educational resource by providing up-to-date, accurate, and evidence-based information related to substance abuse, mental health, and more. This is done in order to increase understanding and awareness of addiction without shame.

The Recovery Village® has resources to help anyone struggling with substance use, increased anxiety and depression or other mental health disorders cope with the unprecedented challenges that have emerged from the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).

Managing Your Finances During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Reopening: Four-Phases Approach

CDC Coronavirus Updates and Prevention

MA Department of Unemployment Assistance

Rehab4Addiction – During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a lot of information about the virus and its effects on mental health.

That’s because coronavirus and the social, financial, and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact one’s mental wellbeing.

The Massachusetts PPE Index

PPE Resource Index

Nursing Home Family Resource Line
Families with loved ones in nursing homes can now dial one dedicated hotline. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Health and Executive Office of Elder Affairs created a new Nursing Home Family Resource Line so you can get the info & resources you need. 📞: 617-660-5399
For more info & resources on #COVID19MA, visit

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
In these trying times, it’s common to feel disconnected and isolated. But remember you’re never alone. The #DisasterDistressHelpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7 hotline dedicated to providing free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support during disaster or disease outbreaks like COVID-19.

Learn more:

PPP Small Business Loans: COVID Loan Tracker

Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF)
Greater Worcester COVID-19 Updates

Worcester-Area Restaurants Open For Takeout & Delivery

UMass Memorial Healthcare Needs PPE. Donor Information Here

UMass Memorial Medical Center is looking for Caregivers
UMass Memorial Medical Center is seeking registered nurses, as well as
current students in nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, or respiratory
programs interested in helping the fight to contain and treat the coronavirus at the temporary hospital campus located at the DCU Center in Worcester.

UMass is recruiting registered nurses and patient care associates for a
24/7 operation in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak.

We can ALL help save healthcare workers’ lives so they can save ours:

  • YOU can: – Share ANY of these links with your audience –
  • Volunteer 7+ places
  • Donate money
  • DIY make/sew/3D print
  • Manufacture
  • Donate supplies

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Worcester Business Journal

Mutual Aid Worcester


Every day the United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve our community! Your support will deliver a positive, lasting impact where and when it matters most in our community — helping connect families and individuals with the resources and services they need to improve their lives.

On March 13, 2020, the United Way of Central Massachusetts initiated a new emergency fund to respond to the COVID-19 crisis – the We Care Fund! Your donation to the We Care Fund will help those hardest hit by COVID-19 in our community.

In response to the urgency of the Covid-19 Virus situation, WCCA TV has launched a new public service program ” Daily Breaking “.

Seen LIVE daily Monday through Thursday, at 12 noon on WCCA Cable Channel 194 (Worcester) and at and . It also re-cast during later parts of the day as program schedule space allows.

Daily Breaking is designed to allow community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate –up – to – date information, mobilize support and resources, and Community News, expression and to alert viewers accordingly.

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