Samaritans of the Merrimack Valley

Family Services’ Samaritans of Merrimack Valley strives to reduce the incidence of suicide in the Merrimack Valley and throughout Massachusetts by providing “befriending” to individuals who are lonely, depressed and contemplating suicide or self-injury. Suicide prevention is one of the primary goals of the Samaritans, although services also include postvention services, trainings and seminars, and support groups.


For more information, please contact:
Debbie Helms, Samaritans Director
[email protected]
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Family & Community Resource Center

We assist families and offer supportive services by providing educational programs, early childhood services, information, referrals, and advocacy for youth and parents. We also have cultural events and other opportunities for families and expecting moms. Serving children from 0-18 years of age. We offer free services for all families in Essex County and we welcome walk-ins.


For more information, please contact:
Maggie De Los Santos, Senior Family Partner
[email protected]
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The mission of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is to improve and maintain the health of individuals and families in the Merrimack Valley by providing a network of high quality, comprehensive health care services and by training healthcare professionals to respond to the needs of a culturally diverse population. To learn more about the Greater Lawrence Health Center, click here.


For more information, please contact:
34 Haverhill St. Clinic Main Number: (978) 686-0090
150 Park St. Clinic Main Number: (978) 685-1770
73D Winthrop Ave. Clinic Main Number: (978) 686-3017
700 Essex St. Clinic Main Number: (978) 689-2400
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Twitter: @GLFHC

Lawrence General Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital providing quality medical care and related services to the people of the Greater Lawrence community. Our physicians and caregivers offer treatment to all patients, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, disability, and other characteristics that make our patients and employees unique. To learn more about Lawrence General Hospital, click here.


For more information, please contact:

Lawrence General Hospital


GH Financial Counselors

(978) 683-4000, ext. 2069, ext. 2820 or ext. 2833.

Child Care


Children’s Medical Security Plan


Commonwealth Care

1-877-623-6765 (1-877-MA-ENROLL)

Food Stamps


Health Care for All


Health Safety Net


Healthy Start


Insurance Partnership




Prescription Advantage


YMCA Membership - Social Responsibility, Healthy Living, Youth Development

The Merrimack Valley YMCA involves more than 30,000 members and participants in more than 2,000 different programs. Emphasizing the four core character development values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, we are committed to strengthening our communities by nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

The Merrimack Valley YMCA identifies and responds to community needs in areas including recreation, aquatics-based programming, housing for the homeless population, child care, outdoor and camping opportunities, arts and humanities programming, teen development, community development, and community health and wellness. 

We are inclusive and accessible regardless of your ability to pay.


For more information, please contact:
Cathy Redard, Executive Director
[email protected]
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Counseling Services

We offer free and confidential counseling services to survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. We work with children, youth, adults and their loved ones by providing crisis intervention and psychoeducational sessions. We also offer a 24 hour hotline, support groups, accompaniment to the hospital, police stations and/or court. Additionally we impart educational trainings/workshops and make referrals.


For more information, please contact:
Mariel Batista, Director of Community Services
[email protected]
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