North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

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 young family member. The program meets from September through June and meets twice a month. Partial funding made possible by a donation from NCECP, the National Coalition for Educational and Cultural Programs, Inc.  Please call the office at 781-246-5187 for more information and to be added to the e-mail list.

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, which begins September 2014.

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.  Available free items include books, infant and children’s clothing (to size 10), 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. Fall and winter clothes will be available after Sept. 1st.  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 24 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 further 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 System's Concussion Program. The program offers community outreach education and ImPACT Testing made possible through local grants.  Call 781-395-7750 for additional information.

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.

Melrose Family Room: The Melrose Family Room, located in the Green Street Baptist Church in Melrose, is a non-profit, cooperative organization providing a gathering place for member families with infants, toddlers and preschool children. The room is a wonderful place to play, talk, discuss parenting concerns, and in general, get to know families from Melrose and surrounding communities. The room is open to members for drop-in playtime Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  If you are interested in being put on the waitlist, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   For more information visit

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 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 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 or dial “211” for assistance.

The Autism Support Center (ASC): ASC was created to support parents and professionals who need assistance finding information and support about Autism Spectrum Disorders.    Located in Danvers at 6 Southside Road in Danvers, they can be reached at 1-978-777-9135, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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 and

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:   First Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Stoneham, 781-438-0097
                               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:
            Lynnfield:    Kara Mauro                   781-581-5140         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
            Melrose:      Patty White-Lambright   781-979-2160         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.              
            N. Reading:  Alison Elmer                 781-942-9149         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
            Reading:      Valerie Flynn                978-664-7180         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
            Stoneham:   Sandra A Fulmer          781-279-3840 Ext. 4       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
            Wakefield:    Lyn O’Neil                   781-246-6416                  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">lyn.o’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
            Winchester:  William McAlduff          781-721-7000         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       The above community programs and supports are not sponsored by Hallmark Health System or the Family Resource Network.


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