Community Resources and Support
Criterion Stoneham Early Intervention: Do you have questions or concerns about your infant or toddler’s development? Has your pediatrician recommended that you request an evaluation? Any parent or guardian with concerns about their child’s development can request an evaluation for their birth to three year old by calling the Criterion Stoneham Early Intervention Program. An assessment will be scheduled to determine his/her strengths and needs and if your family is eligible for services. Please call 781-935-3855.
EMARC: EMARC’s mission is to support, serve, and advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families to ensure they are valued, respected and have the opportunity to fully participate in their communities. We annually serve over 700 people from Burlington, Everett, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield and Woburn. For additional information, call Judy Santa Maria at 781-587-2314.
Parents of Tots: Parents of Tots is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with young children under six years old in Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Woburn and surrounding towns. Their mission is to provide parents with the means to build a supportive social network for themselves and their children through play dates, field trips, mom's nights out, and more. Membership is $25 a year and includes a monthly e-newsletter from September through June, as well as a copy of "Summer Fun Guide" listing kid-friendly attractions and destinations in the area. Visit www.parentsoftots.org to join.
Parents Helping Parents: Are you a parent feeling overwhelmed, isolated or stressed? Parents Helping Parents offers weekly support groups where parents discuss family problems and figure out ways to make things better. Current groups meet in Medford, Malden, and Salem. For location and meeting times visit www.parentshelpingparents.org or call 1-800-632-8188. This number also functions as a 24-hour helpline for parents.
“MA 211” Information Center: A resource available to families both on-line and via phone is the “MA 211” information center. This service will assist you with finding information about resources available in your area. Go to http://www.mass211.org or dial “211” for assistance.
The Northeast Arc: Dedicated to providing lifelong individualized supports to people with or at risk of developing disabilities, and their families, ensuring opportunities to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, socialize and play. We have a variety of programs: early intervention, recreation, personal assistance, advocacy, transition services, etc. Our main number is 978-762-4878 our website is www.ne-arc.org.
The Center for Early Relationship Support of Jewish Family & Children’s Service: The JCC provides a variety of support services to parents of children birth to five, including free weekly Moms groups (including Medford), free home visiting from volunteer mothers called “Visiting Moms”, postpartum depression support including a free weekly group on the North Shore, and parent consultations. CERS is currently also seeking new Visiting Mom volunteers to serve the northern suburbs, including Malden, Melrose and Wakefield. For more information visit www.jfcsboston.org/CERS and www.facebook.com/JFCS.CERS.
Local Food Pantries: Donations to the food pantries can be made through the Family Resource Network.
Lynnfield: The Blessing Room Food Pantry, 47 Grove Street, Lynnfield, 781-592-4722
Malden: Bread of Life, 54 Eastern Avenue, Malden 781-397-0404
Mobile Food Pantry, 239 Commercial Street, Malden, 781-338-7574 (Call for next available date and time.)
Melrose: A Servant’s Heart, Faith Evangelical Church, 200 Franklin Street, Melrose, 781-662-8226
Pantry of Hope, First Baptist Church, 561 Main Street, Melrose, 781-665-4470
N. Reading: North Reading Food Pantry, 235 North Street (Town Hall), North Reading, 978-276-0040
Reading: Reading Food Pantry, 6 Salem Street, Reading, 781-944-8486
Stoneham ACS Food Pantry, 9 Gerry Street, Stoneham, 781-392-4545
Wakefield: Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, 781-245-2510
Homelessness Education Liaisons:
The above community programs and supports are not sponsored by Hallmark Health System or the Family Resource Network.