Support Programs

Hallmark Health Programs

The Baby Café: 
  A drop-in program offering breastfeeding support and assistance.  Pregnant mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding are welcome to attend.  Baby Cafés are facilitated by Hallmark Health lactation consultants and counselors. For more information, please call (781) 979-MILK (6455).

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital 

Baby Café
The Church of the Nazarene
2 Short Street 
Melrose, MA 
Wednesdays  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays  10 a.m. -12 noon

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Malden WIC 
Baby Café
239 Commercial Street
Malden, MA  
Tuesdays  5 - 7 p.m.

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Baby Café
in Everett:
Everett WIC office
Everett City Hall, 
Lower Level, Room 1A
484 Broadway, Everett
Thursdays  5 - 7 p.m.

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren In Harmony: The North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network offers a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren or other relatives raising a family member. The program meets twice a month from September through June. For additional information, call the office, (781) 246-5187 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kids & Grief Support Groups:  Hallmark Health System Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc. provide bereavement support to children ages 5 to 12 who have lost a loved one. Trained bereavement counselors and volunteers facilitate the group. There is also a separate parent support group offered at the same time. Please Call Judy Seifert, Bereavement Coordinator, at (781) 338-7861 for more information on the next group.

The North Suburban WIC Program:  Are you struggling to meet your weekly food bill?  Are you a new mom on unpaid maternity leave?  Has your family recently experienced a reduction in work hours or job loss?  You might be eligible for WIC benefits.  The North Suburban WIC, a program of Hallmark Health System, is a health and nutrition program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the USDA.  Contact the Malden office (781) 338-7578 to see if you are eligible.

North Suburban WIC Family Support Coordinator:  If you are a WIC participant, the Family Support Coordinator can meet with you and help you find additional community supports.  For further information or to set up a meeting, call Madlyna Bouchotte at (781) 338-7570 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mothers Helping Mothers Clothing Closet: If you are in need of a helping hand, call (781) 338-7579 to make an appointment for the store. Free items available include books, infant and children’s clothing (to size 16), and baby essentials such as swings, strollers, bouncy seats and pack ‘n plays. If you have gently used items you would like to donate, call (781) 338-7607. We appreciate your generosity, but please, no adult clothing (except maternity clothes), toys, cribs or car seats. Disposable diapers are always accepted, even opened packages of diapers.

Healthy Families:  Healthy Families Melrose/Wakefield is a home visiting program for first-time parents (age 20 and under) living in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield. *Available in Everett for parents 22 and under through the MA Home Visiting Initiative*. Based at Hallmark Health System, Healthy Families provides home visits, prenatal and parenting education, family-focused groups and activities, and connects families to community resources. Services are free and offered during pregnancy and until the child turns three. HEALTHY FAMILIES MASSACHUSETTS is funded by The Children's Trust.  For more information, please call (781) 338-7550.

Financial Counseling:  Federal Law mandates that all Massachusetts residents have health insurance.  If you are uninsured or underinsured, the Certified Application Counselors at Lawrence Memorial and Melrose-Wakefield hospitals are there to help all Massachusetts residents apply for health insurance and obtain the care they need.  Call (781) 338-7111 to make an appointment to determine your eligibility for services.

Look aHEAD to a Healthy Future: Protect your child or athlete with Hallmark Health's Concussion Program. The program offers community outreach education and ImPACT Testing made possible by a grant through the Boston Bruin's Foundation.  Call (781) 395-7750 for additional information.

Mobile Food Market:  Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1 pm at the North Suburban WIC Program, 239 Commercial Street, Malden.  Pre-registration is required by calling (781) 338-7568.   Participants receive fresh produce, dairy products and other refrigerated food items. Please bring a grocery cart or reusable shopping bag to transport food home. Offered by North Suburban WIC Program/Hallmark Health, in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings: As parents, we want to know that our child is on track developing and learning all that they can. Through the Department of Early Education and Care, we have received access to the Ages and Stages Developmental and Social Emotional Growth questionnaire.  This screening tool is a great way to learn more about your child’s development.  Complete the questionnaire based on your child’s age in the comfort of your own home, and then return it to the Family Resource Network.  Once completed, you and a staff member can review the results and see what we can do together to help your child reach their full potential.  If you have any questions, please call our office at (781) 246-5187

Childcare and Preschool InformationThe Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care website allows parents and caregivers access to a listing by town of all licensed childcare providers and preschools. Our office has a checklist of what to look for when visiting the sites. A staff member will be happy to speak with you about any questions and concerns.

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