Prayer, Evangelization, & Stewardship

Emergency Resources


Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Offering Help to Those in Need

If you live in Ayer or Littleton:
Saint Vincent de Paul - St. Anne Conference, Littleton, MA                  
Direct Phone Line: 978-320-4215
Email: email here

If you live in Ashby, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, or Westford
Saint Vincent de Paul - St. Catherine of Alexandria Church Conference, Westford, MA
Direct Phone Line: (978) 320-4214
Email: email here.
Inspired by the Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in our community. Beneficiaries do not need to be parishioners or Catholic to receive assistance, and all requests are confidential. Vincentians may be able to help in a short-term situation. They may also provide information that addresses longer-term needs. Are you facing financial difficulty due to illness, unemployment, personal tragedy, or other unexpected challenges?  To request help in a time of need, please call us direct at at the numbers above or send an email. Leave a message and you will be contacted by a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul organization.

Area Community Dinners
It is recommended that you call the location to confirm day and time.

Neighborhood Supper
Congregational Church
330 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460

Open Table, Inc.
33 Main St
Maynard, MA 01754

Mt Calvary
Community Supper
472 Massachusetts Ave
Acton, MA 01720

Open Table, Inc.
First Parish Church
20 Lexington Rd
Concord, MA 01742

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry     978-772-4627 ext. 312
Please visit their website for more information about food assistance.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is located at 234 Barnum Road in Devens and serves the communities of Ayer, Devens, Dunstable. Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley.

Westford Food Pantry      978-692-5523
Please visit their website for more information about food assistance.
The Westford Food Pantry provides services for individuals and families in the local community and surrounding towns with emergency, short and long-term needs for quality fresh and dry foods along with personal care and household items. Located at the Cameron Senior Center 20 PLEASANT STREET, WESTFORD MA 01886 

Free Little Pantry: 461 King Street, Littleton, MA


Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts ("HGRM")     978-635-1710 ext. 3
HGRM clients are individuals and families in transition who need help to rebuild their lives. They include:

  • victims of fires or floods
  • women and children escaping abusive domestic situations
  • people coming out of shelters or halfway houses
  • war veterans down on their luck
  • refugees and recent immigrants to the U.S.

If you need furniture and household goods, you must have a referral e-mailed to HGRM from a social service agency, government agency or clergy. Please ask the person from the agency or religious organization who is helping you to make the referral and set up an appointment for you to come to HGRM.
If you are not being assisted by any agency or organization or have other questions about receiving goods, please call us at 978-635-1710 ext.3.

Littleton Council on Aging     (978) 540-2472
The Littleton Council on Aging addresses the physical and emotional needs of our town's seniors.  They provide programs, information and referrals that enable seniors to live independent and fulfilling lives.  Their Outreach Office is located at 33 Shattuck St, Room 231 in Littleton.

Westford Council on Aging    (978) 692-5523
The Council on Aging strives to improve the quality of life for Westford residents who are aged 60 or older and to provide services, advocacy and resources. Physical Address: 20 Pleasant Street, Westford, MA 01886

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston     (978) 452-1421
The mission of Catholic Charities is to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. Catholic Charities, established in 1903, is the primary social service agency of the Roman Catholic Church in Greater Boston. Catholic Charities offers 139 programs through 43 service sites located throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The agency’s programs include community health and social services, residential shelters and transitional housing, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment programs, refugee and immigration services and parish social ministry.

In Need/At Risk

Alcoholics Anonymous     617-426-9444
Local Meeting finder: https://www.aaemassd21.org

Al-Anon / Alateen     508-366-0556
The primary purpose of Al-Anon/Alateen is to help families and friends of alcoholics.
Local Al-Anon Meetings Finder: https://al-anon.org

 Project Rachel is a confidential ministry of the Catholic Church that offers hope and healing for women (and men) in pain from past abortions. https://www.projectrachelboston.com/

Substance Abuse Hotline     800-327-5050

Narc-Anon     866-624-3578
Call for information about NA for addicts, professionals, and the general public, with ultimate goal of directing those seeking recovery to Narcotics Anonymous.

The Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery Pastoral Support Services (AARPSS), a ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston, collaborates with various agencies and organizations to assist parishes throughout the archdiocese. We seek education, prevention, treatment, and solutions for the disease of addiction. https://aarpss.org/

Child Risk Hotline     617-232-4882

Elder Abuse Hotline     800-922-2275

Parental Stress Line     800-632-8188

Safe Link Domestic Abuse Hotline     877-785-2020

National Suicide Prevention LIFELINE     1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Psychiatric Emergency Services: (800) 540-5806 If you are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, please call to speak to an Advocates crisis clinician. They are available to help 24 hours a day, every day.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800)273-8255

Samaritans Statewide Helpline: (877)870-4673 The Samaritans Statewide Helpline is available to anyone in Massachusetts who is need of emotional support.  Anyone can call or text the helpline to receive help from specially trained volunteers.

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

COIN: Community Outreach Initiative Network, Addiction and Recovery assistance 508-488-5072

Minuteman Senior Services has a grant to help Elders in their 16 communities who might need computer technology. Contact Hilary Viola H.Viola@minutemansenior.org

Community Teamwork, Inc.    
(Emergency / Homeless Shelter)     978-459-0551
Community Teamwork established the first shelter for homeless families in Greater Lowell, which remains in existence today the name of Milly's Place.  CTI also opened the Merrimack House to further address the needs of a growing homeless family population.

The mission of the Milly's Place and the Merrimack House is to assist homeless families to locate affordable housing and to become self-sufficient while providing a safe, and supportive environment. In addition to emergency services such as shelter and food, we also offer a wide array of social, educational, and enrichment programs. We strive to respond to the needs of our residents by assisting them with job training and educational opportunities, personal and financial counseling, information and referrals, housing assistance, as well as case management.

For more information about CTI's Shelters, call Milly's Place at (978) 458-8853 or Merrimack House at (978) 452-4241.

NAMI Central Middlesex is a local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest non-profit mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for people living with mental health conditions and their families. https://www.namicentralmiddlesex.org/