Community Resources

We all need help sometimes. Sometimes finding the right book is enough, but often that is just the start. Continue your journey towards getting the assistance you need with these community organizations. 

Library computers are a great place to research the next steps for improving your situation- our computers do not keep any record of patron browsing activity after you end your session. Just sit down and start browsing, no log-in is required.

If you need a private place to make a phone call, please visit our Reference Desk. Study Rooms 1 & 2 or the Conference Room are often available, and our Reference staff members can help you reserve one. 

For a full help-finder tool, please visit Massachusetts 211

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assistance

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Dial 988
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Helpline Call or text: 833-773-2445
Samaritans Call or text: 877-870-4673 (HOPE)
Riverside Community Care Call 781-234-1610
Human Relations Service Counseling Services Call 781-235-4950
Local Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Online at
More mental health resources and helplines.  

Domestic Violence Help

REACH Hotline 800-899-4000
Transition House (women only) Crisis line: 617-661-7203
BIDMC Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery Call 617-667-8141
More resources to help escape violence.   

Housing, Food, and Financial Assistance

Emergency Shelters and temporary housing Massachusetts 211: Housing list
Regional Housing Services
Call 978-287-1092
Online at
Food pantries, SNAP/EBT, WIC Massachusetts 211: Food list
Help Applying for Public Assistance: Dept. of Transitional Assistance Call 877-382-2363
More housing, food, and financial assistance resources.  

Kids and Families

Parents Helping Parents- Parental Stress Line Call 800-632-8188
Emmerson Hospital New Mothers Support Online at
Mass 211 Early Education and Care Line Dial 2-1-1 extension 23
More parenting resources.  
Youth Homelessness Resources Dial 2-1-1 extension 27
Home for Little Wanderers programs for young adults who have "aged out" of the system Call 866-240-4663
More teen and adolescent resources   

Elder Care

Elder Abuse Hotline Call 800-922-2275
Elder Services and Resources Massachusetts 211: Elder Care list
Transportation for seniors Massachusetts 211: Elder transportation list
More elder care resources   


LGBTQ Helplines Massachusetts 211: LGBTQ Helpline List
LGBTQ Support Resources Massachusetts 211: LGBTQ Support List
Trans Specific Resources Massachusetts 211: Trans-Specific Resources List
Out Metrowest Youth Resources Online at
More LGBTQIA+ resources.