Gateways Community Services is a private non-profit corporation created in 1981 to establish and maintain programs and services which promote growth and independence for individuals with developmental disabilities. Gateways delivers services for over 3,400 individuals with disabilities, families coping with autism, and seniors in need of care. We bring high quality services to residents in Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Wilton, and Nashua.
The Friends of the Dracut Public Library (FOL) is an independent, nonprofit organization of civic-minded volunteers. We support the Parker Memorial Library by promoting library awareness, providing needed unbudgeted items such as programming through fundraising, and participating in literacy programs.
Able To Serve – New England, Inc. was founded by Sr. Robin McCarthy in 2014 in response to her calling as a Roman Catholic Consecrated Nun with the Sisters For Christian Community. The organization, based in Lowell, provides basic necessities, such as food, clothing, financial assistance and transportation, to community members in need.
The Psychological Center, Inc. is a nonprofit agency with long history of serving the Greater Lawrence community with quality and compassionate services designed for flexibility and growth.The Psychological Center is committed to serving individuals living with substance or alcohol addiction, mental health issues or homelessness by providing structured and comprehensive environments that offer hope while empowering individuals to achieve recovery with respect and without stigma. Each person receives individualized treatment to make changes happen toward a healthy and meaningful future.
Hidden Battles is a non-profit organization that strives to help preserve the healthy minds of veterans, fire fighters, police officers and first responders through treatment and counseling for depression, suicidal tendencies, and PTSD.
The Clean River Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cleaning and preservation of our nations rivers, lakes, and streams. Their mission is to clean, protect, and provide a safer water supply to the many cities and towns who rely heavily on these natural resources. They’re committed to improving water quality by raising environmental awareness through education and prevention.
Uncommon Threads takes an outside-in approach to boosting women’s self-esteem through the power of clothes. Their mission is to provide domestic violence survivors and women in need with clothes that will inspire and increase self-confidence, and self-worth. Their goal is for every client to walk out of Uncommon Threads with a new look, holding their head a little higher, and feeling ready to take on the world!
Marguerite’s Place provides transitional housing, child care and a wide array of supportive services to help women and their children make their way from homelessness to permanent self-sufficiency. They assist with finances, job-training, education, community involvement, healthcare and more.
Kids in Disability Sports, Inc. (“K.I.D.S.”) has been enriching the lives of individuals with special needs in the Merrimack Valley for the last 21 years. K.I.D.S. provides 14 different sports programs throughout the year as well as social/recreational opportunities which include monthly dances, outings, professional/college sports events and an annual sports banquet. K.I.D.S. programs provide individuals with special needs the opportunity to get involved, learn new skills and develop long-term, meaningful relationships. These programs promote healthier lifestyles and encourage people to compete to the best of their individual abilities.
The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that opened its doors in 1981. The organization provide meals, emergency shelter, transitional housing, food boxes, both perishable and non-perishable items in its food pantry, as well as advocacy to poor and homeless men, women and families with children. The soup kitchen serves dinner seven days a week and breakfast five days a week. The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter believes no one should be hungry or homeless in the community.
The Mat Boule Fund
On April 2nd, 2003, Dracut resident Mathew G. Boule sacrificed his life for our country when he became Massachusetts’ first casualty of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mat’s family and friends have spent the last 13 years trying to find a way to honor him. Together, with the town of Dracut, the fund is working to build a memorial park to honor him and all others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The MGB Park Fund, a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit, is made up entirely of volunteers, so every dollar donated will go straight to the building of the park.
The Megan House Foundation is dedicated to helping provide and facilitate substance abuse treatment services for people struggling with substance abuse in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding areas. The first residential treatment center, Megan’s House, opened its doors in October 2015. Through an “evidence based” treatment program, the House and Foundation’s goal is to help people break free from the shackles of addiction and live a healthy and independent life.
This non-profit organization believes that recovery is possible. They consider it their duty to bring attention to the common misconceptions of substance abuse. It is their mission to provide knowledge, hope, and funds to help those families and persons impacted by the wide-spread epidemic and disease. One hundred percent of Zack’s Team Foundation’s net proceeds go toward its scholarship fund to help pay for treatment for patients.
Established in 2009, Power of Flowers is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by harnessing the power of flowers to lift spirits and promote healing. Recipients are people who are lonely, isolated, ill, or simply going through a rough patch. Flowers are renewed and refreshed after being recycled from weddings, banquets, business conferences, memorial services, etc.—any event where flowers are often left behind or tossed in the trash while they are still fresh. The North Billerica-based organization also receives donations from flower wholesalers.
This Chelmsford-based nonprofit provides a residential parenting program for homeless pregnant and parenting young women between the ages of 13 and 21 and their children. It is operated by Life Saver Ministries, a non-denominational, faith-based organization. It welcomes young women regardless of their religious beliefs. Its first priority is to provide clients with a safe, healthy, and stable living environment. Its second priority is to equip its clients with the tools they need to care for themselves and their children, to become self-sufficient, and to not become homeless again.
A Child’s Light, Inc.
The mission of this Dracut-based nonprofit is to prevent all forms of abuse and neglect of children, whether physical, sexual, educational, or emotional. It informs the public that the prevention of abuse and neglect decreases lifelong adverse medical and emotional consequences for children and promotes their well-being. It also reduces the costs of human services, delinquency, and criminal justice services.
The Food Pantry of Pelham at St. Patrick’s Parish is a nonprofit charitable organization comprised of a network of partners who are committed to ending food insecurity for those who live, worship, and work in the Pelham community. It provides basic, nonperishable food items, bread, meat and dairy products on a weekly basis. Personal care items, household supplies, and special items are available on a rotating basis according to inventory.
Kids in Disability Sports, Inc., serving Greater Lowell, believe that individuals with special needs deserve the same opportunities for recreation, sports, and skill-building as everyone else. The KIDS-sponsored sports programs build self-confidence and show the value of teamwork. The social events reinforce self-esteem and cooperation. KIDS’ programs include a mix of typical and special needs individuals with disabilities. Participants build lasting relationships in a safe, family-friendly environment.
This nonprofit organization was founded in 2013 to train shelter dogs to become service animals for veterans suffering from the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury that have left them debilitated, sleepless, and unable to cope. It is estimated by the Veterans Administration that about 20 percent of Massachusetts’ 400,000 veterans suffer with PTSD and TBI. Assistance animals help to reduce stress, treat depression, and manage the panic attacks associated with PTSD and TBI. It costs about $10,000 to train each animal and there is no cost to veterans.
The Lowell Humane Society was founded in 1873 with the mission of preventing cruelty to animals. It works to provide care for homeless and distressed animals, and educate the public about responsible pet ownership. It is one of the oldest humane organizations in the state of Massachusetts. Through humane education, the Society strives to enlighten the public with the goal of improving the quality of life for animals and people.
Its main mission is to promote public awareness and understanding of the needs and issues specific to the developmentally delayed and their families. RARA, which is based in Lowell, is a resource of services providing accessibility to social, recreation, education, and pre-vocational opportunities to clients and respite for their families.