Community Resources During School Closure

Dear Families,

While our schools are closed, staff are working remotely, and we want to provide you with local, state, and national resources that can assist you.  Below is a list of organizations that you can turn to for help with food, housing, emotional support and for emergency response.  Please click on the name of each organization to learn more about what they offer during this time.

Needham Resources

Beth Israel Lahey Health Information about COVID-19 
Needham Community Council Food Pantry

 781-444-2415 x1050
Needham Youth and Families
Needham Youth & Family Services offers mental health support

Information from Area Resources

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham Emergency Room
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and need to go to the Emergency Department, please call ahead and let them know of your symptoms.
Needham Public Health Department

Newton-Wellesley Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and need to go to the Emergency Department, please call ahead and let them know of your symptoms.
Riverside Community Care Emergency Services

9-1-1 Emergency Response
Please note that if you have a medical emergency that required 9-1-1, and you are experiencing symptoms of, or are diagnosed with COVID-19, you must tell the dispatcher so that our first responders can take appropriate precautions.

Information from Massachusetts Resources

27/7 mental health hotline, emotional support, suicide hotline through Mass 2-1-1
Text:  C2T to:  741741
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Information on COVID-19

Statewide Information on COVID-19 through 2-1-1 system
Receive updated information, resources and referrals that are translated into more than 150 languages, 24 hours a day.
Office of the Attorney General Information During COVID-19 617-727-8400
Main Hotline
Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Protecting our families and communities during COVID-19
Massachusetts Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (P-EBT Program)
Families who qualify for free lunch or reduced price lunch are eligible for additional assistanceTranslations are available.
Mass.Gov COVID-19 Printable Fact Sheets  

Information from National Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Information

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Reducing Stigma/CDC

Samaritans Mental Health Hotline

(text or call 24/7)

Resources for Boston Resident Students

Greater Boston Food Bank Partner Directory
A directory of all of the food pantries and soup kitchens in the Greater Boston area.
Foodcare Boston COVID-19 Relief Registration
Supporting families in need with food care packages (including fresh food, non-perishables, toiletries and PPE.
Boston Providers and Community Meal Program Updates  
Free and Low-Cost Food Locations 617-635-3717
Allston-Brighton, Back Bay, Chinatown, Fenway, South End  
Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Downtown, East Boston, North End. West End 
Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, West Roxbury  
Mission Hill, Roxbury, South Boston  
 Home Heating Help for Tenants 3-1-1 on mobile or landline
 MBTA Services 617-222-3200 Hotline
800-392-6100 Toll Free
 City of Boston's Free Wicked-Free WiFi 617-635-4783
 Boston Centers for Youth & Families 617-635-4920
 Boston Public Health Commission
 Provides a wide range of health services and programs.
 The Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center of Boston
 Provides comprehensive services to refugees, asylees and immigrants.
 Boston Community Centers  
Boston Community Centers Interactive Map  

Parenting Resources

 Parents Helping Parents
 For parents to gain support from other parents
24/7 Hotline 
 National Parent Helpline
 Emotional support for parents from trained advocates
1-855-4A PARENT
 The Child Mind Institute
 Offers telehealth evaluations and treatment for ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety   disorders, autism spectrum disorders and learning disorders.
 Child Mind Institute -Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus  
 CDC - Talking with Children about COVID-19  
 Family Dinner Project - 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens through the Coronavirus   Pandemic  
 Online events and webinars with William James College  

Protective Services

  REACH:  Domestic Violence Support
  Over-the-phone support for people experiencing or witnessing domestic violence   (Needham)
  Casa Myrna Domestic Violence Support
  Domestic violence support and offers shelter and supportive services to survivors   (Boston)
  National Domestic Violence Hotline
  Over-the-phone support for people experiencing or witnessing domestic violence
 Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
 Online chat and over-the-phone support services to survivors of secual violence ages   12 and older, their loved ones and friends and   professionals
 Chat On-line.   9:00am - 11:00pm

Substance Abuse

Online/Digital Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Video or over-the-phone meetings for support with substance use disorders
Online/Digital Al-Anon Meetings
Video or over-the-phone meetings providing support for those in relationships with those with substance use disorders

Grief & Loss

 Jeff's Place - Hope for Grieving Families
 Provides hope and healing in a supportive community for grieving children, teens, families and individuals
 The Children's Room
 Save, supportive community to help children, teens and families grieve in a supportive environment
 Good Grief Program, Boston Medical Center
 Provides care to children and families after a significant loss.
 The Child Mind Institute
 Helping children cope with grief.
 The American Psychological Association
 Grief and COVID-19
 Psychology Today
 COVID-19 and the grief process.
 CNN -  Grief and fear after a COVID-19 death. 
 Managing a double trauma.

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