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Resources for Merrimack Valley Residents (food, showers, etc)

New location: Lawrence Regional Recovery Resource Center (RRC):
Elks Lodge, 652 Andover Street, Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 687-7274
Wednesday, September 18, open from 12 – 9pm. Call for future schedule.

MEMA and the American Red Cross, working collaboratively with local officials, will coordinate the regional RRC to support disaster survivors from Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. The RRC will be staffed by representatives of the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, and disaster relief organizations. State agencies providing support to impacted residents include the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Registry of Motor Vehicles, and Division of Insurance (DOI).

  YMCA in Lawrence (40 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01840 – closes 10 pm); Andover (165 Haverhill Street, Andover, MA 01810 – closes 10 pm).  During the Merrimack Valley gas shut off crisis, Partners HealthCare employees can shower at this health club; need to show Partners ID:

The Clubs at Charles River Park
10 Whittier Place (behind MGH), Boston, MA 02114, 617-724-2884 Club Hours: Mon-Thur: 5:30 am - 10 pm • Fri: 5:30 am - 8 pm • Sat & Sun: 8 am - 6 pm.

Loans for Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) members
: For those dealing with the catastrophic damage and displacement after the Merrimack Valley explosions and fires, HUECU is offering a relief loan up to $1,000 for 12 months at 0.00% APR1. They hope this loan can help restock the fridge, or get the essential items needed in the weeks ahead. If interested in the relief loan, please complete a brief form or get in touch with their Member Support teamPhone: 617-495-4460 | Email: huecu@harvard.eduWebsite:

Small Business Assistance:  Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has activated its Emergency Loan fund to assist small business that may be impacted by the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley with emergency loan funds from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00.

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By mail: DTA Document Processing Center P.O. Box 4406, Taunton, MA 02780‐0420 By fax: (617) 887‐8765 or in person at your local DTA office

Food Resources

Bread and Roses  
58 Newbury Street, Lawrence MA 01840
Dinner served Mon-Thurs and Sat, from 5-7pm, Food Pantry available, need referral from clinician

Cor Unum Meal Center
191 Salem Street, Lawrence MA, 01843
(978) 688-8900
Bag Meals to go, Breakfast: 6-8am, Dinner: 4:30-6:30pm               

Lawrence Senior Center
155 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 620-3540
Giving out food: 11am - 2pm, 2 – 6pm         

St. Martha’s Food Pantry
242 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
Ken (Contact Person) 978-332-5013; (978) 689-8575 (press option 3 for food)
Pantry distributes 4 days of emergency food supplies every Wednesday to over 800 families each week. Wed 9am - 2pm      

Volunteer and Donation Information:

Claims Processing Center - Lawrence Firefighter's Relief's Inn
1 Market Street, Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 208-7373
Spanish interpreters are needed at The Lawrence Relief's Inn in shifts. 10am-3pm and 3pm-8pm

Lawrence Senior Center
155 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 620-3540
Volunteers needed to help collect, sort and distribute donations from 10am-6pm
Donation drop-off:

New hours: Donations can be picked up by those impacted between the hours of 11am – 2pm. Donations can be dropped off between the hours of 3-6pm.

Supplies Needed at Lawrence Senior Center:

The greatest need right now is for gift cards to local stores such as: Market Basket, Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Stop & Shop. In addition, canned or microwaveable food (tuna fish, Chef Boyardee, noodles, soups) is needed too.

Things needed in less quantity include: Baby washes and lotions, Soy or Alumentum formula, Pedialyte, Pediasure, First Aid items, Laundry soap, Clorox Wipes, Underwear for men, women and children, Blankets, Towels, Tampons and Feminine Products.

Supplies NOT Needed at Lawrence Senior Center: Toiletries, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste or granola bars.

For more information or to discuss housing concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.

This content was last modified on: 09/21/2018

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